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Posted: 22/05/2014 at 09:15

*drums hand on desk impatiently waiting til Friday 09:30*


Posted: 22/05/2014 at 07:31

Rain! Phew!! Pots were getting very dry!


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 22:19

Please take Busy Bee up on her offer Mike.

Those buzz words make a huge difference believe me.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 15:08
MrsGarden wrote (see)
another message to clari from mrs knows nothing know it all...coops shouldn't be reused for a year to ensure there's no red mite infestation. Ot sure why a good scrub wouldn't be ok perhaps a question to ask the farm?

That's a good point. I was intending on a complete dismantle, lightly sanding down the wood, cleaning with a strong animal safe disinfectant, before repainting it to protect the wood and reassembling. I would have thought this should get rid of the nasties but I'll definitely ask at the farm what their opinion is and if they've a disinfectant they recommend.

Thinking about it I'd best see if there are certain paints to avoid too. (I know chickens don't tend to chew their coops as a rabbit for instance would but it would still be a good idea to make sure the paint wouldn't cause problems).

I'm also going to ask the farm about winterising the coops. With aviaries and rabbit hutches I would be fixing a grooved batten of wood so that plastic sheets can be slotted in on the roof / wind prone sides for extra protection as required (because its much easier to build these mods in now when its empty than when its raining!) Having only dealt with chickens in very sheltered coops 100 miles south I want to try and put as much in place now so we don't have to worry should we ever get a bad winter.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:14
MrsGarden wrote (see)

Clari, I looked on eBay etc for chicken coops, around £120 for 3-5 chickens, reviews were ok but the ones 3+ times as much were much sturdier from what I could gather you may get what you pay for. Hope you get to touch and feel some before buying so you can make an informed decision, ps, you don't need an appointment for BVfarm just turn up I was told when I emailed her. Exciting, enjoy! Hmmm, think I might be able to meet up with you there perhaps...?


I think it definitely is get what you pay for with coops which is why I started to look at second hand ones as even ones wanting a bit of work (painting etc) would be a more sturdy design than a new cheap one. There seems to be a lot of coops available which is good - I guess its a hobby people can quickly grow bored of which they find it more time consuming / expensive than they realised. Also with a second hand one at least I get to see it before I hand over any cash. I did rather favour the idea of those plastic Iglu by Omlet but I'm finding much bigger wooden cages for the same price and I'd rather the chickens have more space than my lazy idea of them being easier to clean.

Yes I emailed the Farm to ask and check about opening times, she seemed quite friendly PLUS what's useful is that they have late night opening one day a week which'll be a bonus when getting regular supplies. I'm hoping to go to the Food Festival in Sheffield if the weather is good so don't know when we'll be heading over yet but if I find out in good time I'll send you a message!

Cat sick of catnip turns to cannabis

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 13:03

Oh wow! Bet that would make you think twice about some of your neighbours!!

Blank Canvas

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:09

What plants do your parents / friends / neighbours have that you enjoy and could ask for cuttings from? That seems a sure fire way of filling a garden cheaply though might take a little while to grow rather than shop brought instant display jobbies but you could always plant things a little tighter and then pull a few up once they've done their job of filling the gap.


Posted: 21/05/2014 at 12:04

Progress may be about to be made on the chickens! I've found a (not as hideously expensive) coop that's relatively nearby (kind of, ish, if you squint at the map and happen to be going that way anyway which we almost are on Sunday) which I reckon would be better than him building one himself what with the huge to do list I have for him. He even seems to almost agree with the idea.

Just need to work out how to get it back home! Erm...

I might also be requesting a visit to Bank View Farm that Mrs. G mentioned to have a wander around local suppliers so I know where to get everything I need when the time comes. Well it is my birthday!

Its all really rather exciting!


Fidget - when I lived with my parents I had one of those stick on window bird feeders. Every morning at 07:00 when my alarm went off there would be a tapping at the window as a little grey squirrel would sit waiting for me to refill the feeder. It wouldn't even flinch when I opened the window and was most disgruntled if my hand stayed a moment longer than needed!

Monty Don's Blue Cotton Gardening Jacket

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:54

When one is wealthy or at least eccentric enough one can wear anything and get away with it.

Cheap strawberries in Lancashire? or online?

Posted: 21/05/2014 at 11:47

Grant. If you've the space try repotting them anyway - you've nothing to loose except perhaps no crop this year. Mine have survived being trodden on and torn up and though they looked an awful mess (the neighbours cat sleeping on them probably wont have helped) they did eventually recover.

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