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Posted by: Squizzers - 15-03-2018, 06:39 PM - Forum: Crops - Veggies, Fruit etc. - Replies (12)

Well I think that is how you spell it! Wink

Last year I managed to purchase a second hand politunnel but by the time it was put up it was somewhat late in the season.

Nothing loath, I got stuck in and planted beans, squash, aubergine, corn and tomatoes amongst other stuff. Well! I could hardly see the paths, everything grew nearly to the roof and I couldn't find, never mind eat half of what I grew. Rampant doesn't cover it.

This year I'm going to be a little more restrained. I don't think I need 50+ tomato plants, or 30+ climbing beans.

My tomstoes which are going in the hanging baskets are now up, but I think with another spate of cold weather this weekend I will wait until the middle of next week before putting in any more veg seeds.

What are you guys planting this year?

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  Welcome to the forum
Posted by: scotsfran - 11-03-2018, 07:41 PM - Forum: Introductions - Replies (6)

Welcome to our newest member - Eglwyseg

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  Eggs off eBay
Posted by: eggy - 06-03-2018, 10:57 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (9)

Quite peeved that the seller who advertised hatching eggs for sale hasn't actually got the quantity advertised until maybe this Thursday. Why advertise something you actually haven't got ?

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  Cockerels treading the hens
Posted by: eggy - 03-03-2018, 04:56 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

Has the cold weather had any effect on the cockerels interest in the ladies ?

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Posted by: k9crystal - 02-03-2018, 02:02 PM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (5)

Happy birthday squizzers

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  Frozen drinking water
Posted by: eggy - 01-03-2018, 01:31 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (6)

Is there anything you can safely add to their water to prolong it from freezing ?

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  Dong Tao – A Rare Breed of Chicken in Vietnam
Posted by: dongtao - 28-02-2018, 04:05 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (5)

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Dong Tao chickens, better known as "Dragon Chickens" are native to Dong Tao Commune in Khoai Chau District. This is a special kind of chicken that looks horribly deformed but they are among the world's most expensive poultry as their huge thighs are a delicacy in Vietnam.

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It is very difficult to breed this rare species because they are extremely sensitive to changes of temperature  and weather and tend to lay fewer eggs than common chickens. Their huge legs and feet also make the hatching process more difficult, so more attention is needed from farmers to produce chicks.
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  Grow your own
Posted by: Tanya in spain - 18-02-2018, 02:40 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (4)

Hello peeps

I’m back again to ask questions

We have a mixed flock of generals watsits , 2 Cochins a male and a female Brahma. Hopefully I’ll plst pictures. Plus five ducks of the Khaki Campbell variety. All live in harmony in an acre of freeranging land.

This year I want to grow my own chicks ?. Both our Cochins and Brahma a brood queens and go broody as soon as warm weather hits . So I want to use them as mummies.

Questions in order

I want to shove a couple of our own eggs under them plus some aracuana eggs from a local supplier.

I have two options

We have the main chicken shed, and a separate shed that can be converted into a breeding house with attached enclosed run. I know of some folks who allow brood hens to brood in the main shed and keep chicks in with main flock? Sounds dangerous too me. So is it preferableas soon as broodiness starts to pop hen into brood pen.

Can you have more than one brood hen in the brood house?

How many eggs under each hen?

For how long can you keep young cockerels in the flock before agression starts ie any cockerels will be for the pot (sorry) We are a smallholding so are self sufficient. Chick crumb is hard to find here, any suggestion for a suitable mix I can make myself

Thanks in advance

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  Signs of better weather around the corner.
Posted by: zenith - 18-02-2018, 01:44 PM - Forum: Gardens - Flowers, Lawns etc - Replies (14)

It is always nice to see signs of Spring around the corner.  Smile So many Spring bulbs starting to push their way skywards, tree's and shrubs getting new buds. I have snowdrops in flower early this year, some winter flowering shrubs still in bloom. One of my favourite shrubs has such a tiny flower but gives off a lovely scent throughout January & Feb.

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Posted by: eggy - 15-02-2018, 07:08 PM - Forum: Feeding & Health Care - Replies (1)

Do you have a better egg ratio with different brands of layers pellets ? It seems my 5 prefer Mole Valleys own brand.

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