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  • #519083
    DaylaDayla
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    Will try and get some pics soon. But I kept a sweet potato alive in a wicking bed. It was in the polyhouse so the warmth kept it going really. It gets cold here in the mountains.

    Lemon grass and capsicums forming, but this is also due to the polyhouse.

    #519079
    DaylaDayla
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    Hi HG,

    I still have my 2 big wicking beds made from 2 IBC’s cut up. They are in the polyhouse and it gets hot in there so they need a lot of water.

    The W beds are 2/3rds of the ibc each and the 1/3rd is earmarked for grow beds for the AP system.

    But I think the wicking beds are too deep. Or I have the water reservoir too far away from the roots of most plants. Something I wasn’t sure of when I set them up was where does the overflow outlet go in relation to the top of the gravel water reservoir. I think I may have the outlet below the soil level so it can’t wick up through it. The outlet should be above the gravel reservoir and in the soil section so the soil is wet and the wicking can happen.

    So I have to water from the top and it defeats part of the reason for doing it. Still works though and I have some nice capsicums fruiting at this time of year which is great.

    I haven’t gone on and made lots of garden beds into wicking beds as it seems to rain here a lot and we have a huge rainwater tank to back up.

    I am busy creating a food forest under a netted fruit tree area. Planting lots of edible and bee friendly plants around the young fruit trees.

    I don’t know when we’ll get onto our AP system. Maybe next year.

    Dayla

    PS Just had a thought whilst rereading this email. I could plug the existing outlet holes and put new ones in higher up!

    YaY! Thanks for getting my brain working and asking the right question.

    #519075
    DaylaDayla
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    Looking good HG, my system is still standing quietly waiting for time to set it up. Good to see yours in action.

    Dayla

    #516525
    DaylaDayla
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    Hi Marigold,

    I had rats eating my chook food more recently, which is why I bought the grandpas feeder and now the dineachook.

    My chooks are terrified of grandpas feeder but I have heard of other peoples chooks being fine with it, which is why i bought it. But the clang of the lid coming down makes them jump. Perhaps a new generation of birds may find it ok. I have a light piece of ply wood over the step so it is less violent in its actions and now they use it but it doesn’t shut properly and anyone/anything can eat out of it. I will try weaning them off the wood soon. The dineachook can only fit 1 chooks head into it. it is high enough off the ground to stop rats from getting in and they can’t get to it from the top either. Not sure if all the chooks have discovered it yet, I have only seen one chook eating from it and she is a clever one and the only one not to be scared of grandpas feeder. But they are not ravenous so must be getting food from them ok.

    The rats were dealt with using bait. I didn’t want to do it but all my neighbours do so I figure they have already killed any wildlife that might eat the dead rats and there seems to be lots of wildlife around here.

    I used rat sack as oposed to talon as I heard from a Vet that talon will kill any animale that eats a poisoned rat but have to eat several rat sack poisoned rats to die.

    The traps I bought were useless and couldn’t catch a cold.

    hope this helps.

    Dayla

    #516521
    DaylaDayla
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    Well I am happy to report that the dineachook works. My chooks have taken to it well.

    The grandpas feeder is still available to them aswell but i have to put a large piece of ply wood on the step or they won’t use it. The wood keeps the thing open so the purpose is defeated!

    Dayla

    #523449
    DaylaDayla
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    check out the post for birds eating my chook food, lots of stuff there.

    D

    #523447
    DaylaDayla
    Member

    be careful Nane with those step feeders. I spent $200 and my chooks won’t use it.

    I just bought a Dina chook, I think we wrote about it further back in this post. Early days but the chooks seem to be using it.

    I hang streamers and a lace curtain in the doorway and only have it open just enought to let the chooks in. This seems to have discouraged the rosellas and Currawongs.

    The miners don’t really come this far up the valley but they do go into the chook house.

    I have caught few in there using a broom to pin them to the wire mesh and then I grab them and give them a squeeze till they stop wriggling and drop them in the compost bin. Sounds gruesome to some people but it seems to keep them away and it is quick and they add to the compost, wonderful activators!

    Dayla

    #523440
    DaylaDayla
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    No that makes perfect sense, It is a little amazing though, you must have been exhausted after 50 chooks and very dirty. Did any mites jump onto you after the powder was applied?

    #523438
    DaylaDayla
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    So what is your set up bandicoot valley?

    Do yo have some one hold the chooks for you with their legs toward you or do you manage on your own?

    Dayla

    #523436
    DaylaDayla
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    Sounds a lot easier than the sulpher stuff.

    #523434
    DaylaDayla
    Member

    50 – 50 sulphur with the vaseline.

    #523431
    DaylaDayla
    Member

    I recently moved to the country and inheritaed some chooks and they had scaley mite on their legs. My neighbour gave me some vaseline mixed with sulphur powder. I rubbed it into the legs and saw an immediate different. One chook that I thought was old as she walked with a limp suddenly stopped limping. Some weeks later now and I need to do another go as I missed a few spots. But gee that sulphur stinks, it gets thru the rubber gloves too.

    This neighbour also says to put a garlic capsule down the chooks neck every month for the worms.

    My chooks look so healthy now.

    Dayla

    #516518
    DaylaDayla
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    Try the website. http://www.dineachook.com.au/

    I just ordered a feeder, it was $44 and then I was slugged $15 for postage. Funny how these sites only let you know the shipping after you have gone thru the process to buy. Thinking shipping was included.

    Never mind I just hope it works. I recently spent $200 on the Grandpas feeder and the chooks hate it.

    Dayla

    #520442
    DaylaDayla
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    http://badgerfarmwithdayla.blogspot.com.au/2012/03/plumpet-and-her-chicks.html

    here is the link to my blog where you can see lots of pictures of our babies!

    Dayla

    #519068
    DaylaDayla
    Member

    how do I find yuou on facebook? Looked for heretical greenhouse and no find you.

    Dayla

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