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  • replied to the topic Sick Isa Browns in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 4 months ago

    Yeah that’s another name for CRD apparently. And once they have it, they carry it for life, which means any new chickens that come in could get it.

    I’m more than a bit annoyed about it. At myself for not checking them thoroughly before taking them, and at them for giving me a sick bird…

    Hopefully I won’t lose any but I suppose it’s on the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic Sick Isa Browns in the forum All things Chicken 7 years, 4 months ago

    Hi Fruitful! Thanks for the link.

    They ended up giving me the number for the breeder and I rang him last night. Says it’s strange because he hasn’t had any disease in his flock. My chooks came down on a truck and he said there were other chickens not from him on it, but it would be unlikely that my new chook would’ve developed symptoms so…[Read more]

  • That makes sense. Procrastination is my favourite pastime, so I guess I’ll leave it until spring. It was only when I read the label that I thought maybe I should be doing it now.

  • No leaves on any of them when I bought them. They look like dead twigs actually 🙂 Hard to imagine that you can rip something out of the ground, cut off most of it’s roots and branches, stick it in the ground and it will actually survive. Amazing things…

  • The cherries are pretty well formed and have been pruned already to a vase before I bought them. But the peach and plums are more of a pyramid shape, they haven’t been pruned at all as far as I can tell.

    If I’m going to do a vase shape, I’m going to have to make some pretty severe cuts I think. The first time will be the hardest 🙂

    I’m just not…[Read more]

  • Thanks for wandering BlueWren because I somehow missed all the replies above. I always forget to tick the box to be notified of replies.

    I have to get back onto this project soon because winter will be here again before I know it. We need a new fire and I’m planning to get one with a wet back.

    I understand that the normal set up is to have the…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New Chook House in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 5 months ago

    I suppose they have to eat like anything else. We just have to make it hard for them and hopefully they’ll move on to easier pickings.

    I’ve only seen one fox in the last 6 1/2 years but I’m sure they’re out there. No-one around here has had any chooks taken as far as I know – don’t want to be the first.

    We’re probably more at risk from stray…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New Chook House in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 5 months ago

    Yeah I was always a bit sceptical about the wire. I saw some chook houses on the net that had wire floors and I suppose they get used to it. A couple of mine did walk around on it OK. I think the main problem was they could see the ground through it and so were nervous to walk on it. They would hop from the top perch to the lower perch and then…[Read more]

  • replied to the topic New Chook House in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 5 months ago

    Hmmm, maybe I didn’t link them right. Is that better?

  • replied to the topic New Chook House in the forum All things Chicken 8 years, 5 months ago

    >12 might be pushing their friendships a bit!

    Yes and I probably don’t need a dozen eggs a day either 🙂

  • It probably depends on what the climate is like where you are, but here on the far south coast NSW it’s getting too hot and humid for peas. Mine are on their last legs anyway.

  • I just left mine in the pods and put them in a paper bag on the window sill until the pods were dry. They germinated fine with not many failures.

  • I guess they free range during the day? I’m going to try and keep them contained in the 6×10 pens because we don’t have full fences around the property and I’m a bit paranoid about letting them wander, especially with dogs about (mine included).

  • OK I get it, so you’ve made the whole enclosure fox-proof with the mesh and pavers, then the chook house is just a smaller building inside the pen.

    I should do something like that I suppose. My idea was to just have a fortress chook house which gets locked up at night with a ‘pop hole’ that opens into one of the fenced off areas for during the…[Read more]

  • I’ll see if I can find a photo from my old blog

    That would be great.

    I’ve already got the chooks (Isa Browns) but a friend is looking after them while I get my act together. So there’s a little bit of pressure on me to get it done (or he gets all the eggs). That needs me to make up my mind what sort of hen house to build, and making up my mind is…[Read more]

  • I found the Milkwood one on Google after posting. Seems they use bedding in winter but leave it bare in summer. I guess that would help with cooling in summer.

    I wasn’t sure how the chickens would go walking around on bare mesh suspended in the air. Sounds uncomfortable to me, but chickens obviously have stronger feet than me, since they can…[Read more]

  • G’day Mudhen. Yeah it’s going good. I’m due to clean out the castings again, just waiting for a nice day to do it. Last time it went well, I just heaped it all on a 4′ square bit of plywood and gradually pulled it away to the edges and the worms all ended up in the middle, then I dumped that back in the farm and started a new pile of scraps.

    I’ve…[Read more]

  • I’m definitely going to give that a go.

    I backed off the food that was going into my bathtub worm farm and started a new pile next to the old one (side by side in the tub). I expected them to have moved off by now, but there are still more worms in the old pile than in the new one, so I guess there must still be plenty of food in it.

  • How do you dehydrate them? I’d like to give that a go if it’s quicker.

  • No such thing as a quick experiment in gardening.

    I left the pods on one plant until they rattled when I shook them. Then I picked a handful and put them in a paper bag for a week. Then I put 12 seeds into my milk carton pots. It has taken a couple of weeks but I finally have some shoots, about half so far. I was hopeful because I could see the…[Read more]

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