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by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 27, 2009 9:50 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: Cats and Chickens
Replies: 4
Views: 1094

Cats and Chickens

Our ex bats arrived on Saturday. Their coop is 6 foot high and the wire is dug in, but our neighbours cat has already found a way in and out. They also have a shed that is 6X6' and secure. I presume she is climbing the shed and jumping to the garage roof to escape. She is a very friendly smallish bl...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:42 pm
Forum: Health and Beauty
Topic: making herbal tintures with 90% alc.
Replies: 12
Views: 1507

Re: making herbal tintures with 90% alc.

Basil should not need a 90% alcohol tincture. 25 % alcohol is bacteriostatic and should be ok. If you use equal volume of good quality vodka to weight of basil, the end result should be about 25%. 500g basil 500ml good vodka (or brandy) put in blender and wizz. Leave to macerate to 14 days in the da...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:28 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: First Eggs
Replies: 8
Views: 660

Re: First Eggs

Thanks for all the comments. Chickens are cool and calming to the soul.....
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:27 pm
Forum: Looks like we made it
Topic: own made furniture
Replies: 8
Views: 3013

Re: own made furniture

I especially like the rocking chair :thumbleft:
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 26, 2009 9:06 pm
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: Tomato food
Replies: 12
Views: 1053

Tomato food

Does anyone have a good recipee for tomato food? I wouldn't want to make anything too stong and burn the roots, so I have been using shop bought stuff in my grow bags.
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:58 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: First Eggs
Replies: 8
Views: 660

First Eggs

We picked up our ex bat girls yesterday. They were in quite good shape with no clipped beaks. Some were a bit bald especially on the neck and their nails are really long, but I expected worse. They settled into their new home and were scratching in the dirt and clucking happily within the hour. They...
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: The ish Local - (Chat)
Topic: Ishy ways to save money!!
Replies: 38
Views: 2524

Re: Ishy ways to save money!!

The soap recipee sounds really intersting and I fancy giving it a try. Just a few questions. Where do you get Borax and what is Washing soda?
Thanks
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 26, 2009 8:34 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: chickens and mud
Replies: 3
Views: 734

Re: chickens and mud

Does it matter what sort of hedge trimmings you put in. We have privit, ivy and escallonia. Are they ok to put in the coop?
Thanks
by Ron and Jean
Tue Jul 21, 2009 8:53 am
Forum: Herbs and Vegetables
Topic: toms - how high?
Replies: 16
Views: 2016

Re: toms - how high?

I did an experiment last year with cherry tomato plants. Most of them i nipped the side shoots and the top when there were 5 trusses, but a few plants I didn't take the side shoots or top off. Interestingly these plants produced loads more tomatos. I suppose it is because cherry tomatoes don't need ...
by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:48 pm
Forum: Wild Foods and Foraging
Topic: I know almost nothing - can you help me identify these pleas
Replies: 9
Views: 2200

Re: I know almost nothing - can you help me identify these pleas

I thought the top right looked like red valarian. Are the flowers tube like with 5 petals at the top?
by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:37 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: WANTED - More Chickens - Lanarkshire, Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 951

Re: WANTED - More Chickens - Lanarkshire, Scotland

We are getting some from the battery hen welfare trust on Saturday, but you would need to travel to Callender. I think they still have hens on offer.
Jean
by Ron and Jean
Mon Jul 20, 2009 8:33 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: chicken pellets
Replies: 4
Views: 719

Re: chicken pellets

Thanks,
I will head to the farm shop tomorrow and see what they have.
jean
by Ron and Jean
Sun Jul 19, 2009 10:00 pm
Forum: Livestock
Topic: chicken pellets
Replies: 4
Views: 719

chicken pellets

Hi,
We have some ex-battery hens arriving next weekend and are quite excited. From what I have read layers pellets are the way forward once we have got them off the mash.

Can anyone recommend a good brand?
Thanks
Jean