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Posted: 04/01/2014 at 18:35

Clarington - ponds always look smaller once they're installed and filled etc - you'll be glad you got a big one 

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:46

Presumably juicy caterpillars contain fat?  

And I think that if we were not so tidy, and if there were  the occasonal animal carcasses laying about in the fields, then we'd find blue tits and other fat eaters helping themselves.  

I remember a sheep-keeping acquaintance (even more eccentric than I) who, when she had a sheep slaughtered would put the head in a tree in the orchard and the tits loved it.  She said it was an old custom which drew the tits to the orchards so they would get the aphids etc.  

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:31

Oils are no good for making fatballs 'cos they don't set   Vegetable oils are not what birds need - they need saturated fat to provide the high level of energy to keep them warm.  

The RSPB website says " 

Cooking fat

Fat from cooking is bad for birds. The problem with cooked fat from roasting tins and dishes is that the meat juices have blended with the fat and when allowed to set, this consistency makes it prone to smearing, not good for birds' feathers. It is a breeding ground for bacteria, so potentially bad for birds' health. Salt levels depend on what meat is used and if any salt is added during cooking.

Lard and beef suet on their own are fine as they re-solidify after warming and as they are pure fat, it is not as suitable for bacteria to breed on. 

Polyunsaturated margarines or vegetable oils

These are unsuitable for birds. Unlike humans, birds need high levels of saturated fat, such as raw suet and lard. They need the high energy content to keep warm in the worst of the winter weather, since their body reserves are quickly used up, particularly on cold winter nights. The soft fats can easily be smeared onto the feathers, destroying the waterproofing and insulating qualities."

Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 17:12

I think that beef suet is best because it sets harder, but lard (pork fat) is also acceptable.  

Not a good idea to use poultry fat or oils. 

Mind Your Own Business

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:41

Whoops! typo alert - 'accepted practice' not practise 

Please help!

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 16:38

Not many plants are happy there Aimeej - it's very dry and shady there.  You could try Iris foetidissima, Geranium macrorrhizum, Liriope muscari and the vincas and ivies.  It will help if you can enrich the soil with some farmyard manure or leafmould, and new plants will need regular watering in their first year. 

Flooded Harden

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 15:35
Mrs G wrote (see)

MuddyFork what sort of plants do you grow that can survive that?


Bird feeders

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 15:33

And jolly good it is too 

Mind Your Own Business

Posted: 04/01/2014 at 15:22

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