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Posted: 08/08/2016 at 19:27

As you say Redwing 'looks like a Sussex' ... one of my favourite breeds ... but I've seen hens that look like a pure Sussex, mated with a Sussex cockerel, produce a mulitfarious variety of coloured chicks 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 19:22

Too young to tell. 

Some chicken breeds you can sex at that age (or even younger) because the colouring of some breeds is 'sex-linked) and the males have different colourings to females.

However, without knowing the breed (and purity) of your chook you won't be able to tell until it's older and develops distinctive male sickle shaped tail feathers, male wattles and comb etc.

You can find more help here 

Last edited: 08 August 2016 19:22:57


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 18:56

Yes Topbird, really glad that wind has dropped   

The whole back garden has had a good soaking from the seep hose and the sprinkler - lots of plants were looking floppy.  Also the grape vine, pear tree and the clematis and buddleja in the front garden have all had a large watering can full of water each.  Expect an un-forecast heavy downpour very soon 

Last edited: 08 August 2016 18:57:03

Jelly like substance

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 18:37

Hi Ruben

I think that's Nostoc algae - information here 

Hope that helps 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 16:17

Glad to hear such good news LilyP   A good vet is worth his/her weight in gold 


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 16:15

Slit in the ground = slit trench .... the second link I posted above 

It's the way I do it 

ID for nondescript plant

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 15:06

Pattypan squashes - just two plants 

Taste like courgettes, more tender, lovely roastedas well as cooking like ordinary courgettes. Very productive and interesting to look at. 

ID for nondescript plant

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 11:32

Here's a pic of white Sweet Rocket in the veg patch earlier this year - as you can see, the same thing happened with a foxglove plant too 

Last edited: 08 August 2016 11:35:10

Moth or Butterfly caterpillar?

Posted: 08/08/2016 at 11:26

Hi Sheps

No idea which that is, but unless there is a huge infestation I tend to leave such things for the birds and wasps etc to sort out.

I'm a little concerned by the inference in your question that butterflies = good and moths = bad 

Is that what you meant?

Last edited: 08 August 2016 11:26:55


Posted: 08/08/2016 at 11:08

Have a look here 

and here 

I usually use the slit-trench method.  Don't worry about the cuttings losing their leaves.  

As for hydrangeas, I find the best way is to prepare your cuttings, take off most of the leaves, and cut the  top leaves in half, thus reducing moisture loss.  I then put the cuttings in a jamjar of water and pop them on a shady windowsill in the kitchen and leave them there.  After several weeks they begin to grow roots.  When the roots are several inches long I separate the cuttings and pot them up. 

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