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Naomi



Joined: 26 Mar 2005
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 12:13 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

Lettuce can act as a mild laxative, but given only occasionally will do no harm .Finely chopped chives are great for chicks.
I agree that salt should never be added to poultry rations. It is bad for them.
I hang green stuff (cabbage, cauli, sprout tops etc) up to give them something to peck at when they are in their winter quarters,occasionally I give grated swede or carrots too, but during spring and summer ,when there is so much natural greenery for them to peck at , I rarely bother. Mine are in moveable arks so they get fresh ground as soon as the area they are on looks a little bare.
Boiled spud etc can be a bit too fattening if given often, as can pasta but as a treat it will do no harm. I know it is ludicrous that you can't feed meat scraps when they are naturally omniverous and love worms , and bugs etc and mine have even eaten mice! But regs are regs, so if you intend to sell ,just don't feed meat!

Bugs



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 10744

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Naomi wrote:
I know it is ludicrous that you can't feed meat scraps when they are naturally omniverous and love worms , and bugs etc and mine have even eaten mice!


It is quite odd, that one of the selling points of the free range/organic system is that they have access to creepcrawlies, but you can't give them a bit of meat. But you're absolutely right:

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regs are regs, so if you intend to sell ,just don't feed meat!

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gave the girlies a sliced apple on Sunday - didn't seem to appreciate it - just looked at it.

May have to go for the Bugs school of thought and over-calculate the amount of pasta/porridge we need to make and give the extra to the girlies.

The parsley in our garden is starting to grow well, have taken some round for them - they love it!

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I offered mine a courgette but they just walked on it, clucking crossly!

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44324
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Lloyd have you thought of keeping chickens in your woods?

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Yes, but too many foxes at present, so I keep them in the garden. I may plant veggies in teh wood though. Just trying to locate a bench saw right now, so I can plank the timber.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44324
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:23 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That's what I'd like to have a go at, mind you you've got a head start on me

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I hope to be down your way at the weekend to inspect one which is going through Ebay. in Braintree.

Hows your land purchase going?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44324
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
Hows your land purchase going?


It's like banging my head against a brick wall, nothing at all so far

Problem is wanting to live on the land, I've just seen an 18 acre wood for sale about 1/2 hr from me for 80,000 but it's not what I want

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44324
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Madman wrote:
I hope to be down your way at the weekend to inspect one which is going through Ebay. in Braintree.


That's a long way from you

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Worth the drive to check the saw out though. I can then also pick up the car from Jeff on the same trip. Its 171 miles.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44324
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:38 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Oh that car! I was thinking to myself what's he bought now the flippin lottery winner

If I had any spare time I'd try and meet up with you but got a couple of viewings on saturday and at work sunday.

What exactly are you looking to buy (my BIL used to be a chippie and has got loads of almost unused Elu stuff lying around)

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:47 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Basically, a big bench saw, either circular or band saw, which will plank up timber up to about 12 inch diameter.

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Essex
PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

He's got a circular dunno whether it'll do that size though. I'll speak to him later if i remember.

Lloyd



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Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Wed Apr 13, 05 4:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Cheers. Appreciate it!

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