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5:00am Saturday 27th October 2012
Normally I would start with a flannel all over the body moving up to a towel and so on until I get to a fleece rug, is this the way forward with an Exmoor who was born on the moor? Or should I approach it differently? I don’t plan to rug him all year but I do want to get him used to wearing one if necessary.
12:55pm Thursday 20th September 2012
I was wondering if you could help me. How long do recently purchased adult runner ducks need to be kept in their run before release?
2:31pm Friday 14th September 2012
Chris Aston replies The answer is (as it usually does), that it depends. It depends on their age and behaviour which will be based on their previous circumstances, as well as yourself and the area they are kept in . Personally, we keep birds in a securely fenced area to exclude dogs and foxes. Pig netting is not secure because it will let the ducks out through the holes.
11:34am Monday 30th July 2012
7:40pm Thursday 5th July 2012
6:30pm Monday 2nd July 2012
Until they are feathered enough to withstand the climate. Gradually raise the heat lamp, checking all the time that they are not huddling under it (too cold). Turn it off on warm days and then on warm days and nights until finally you transfer the chicks to a sheltered and safe house and run, draught free but well ventilated. Continue to check they are not huddling. Remember ducklings too will need heat when they are in down (yellow and fluffy).
2:20pm Friday 29th June 2012
9:38pm Monday 25th June 2012
No, you don't, your hens will lay regardless of whether the eggs are fertile or not. If you don't breed and you want to dispense with noisy crowing, then don't have a cockerel. It's particularly unnecessary to have a cockerel if you are keeping hybrid hens for laying.
12:55pm Thursday 3rd May 2012
This weekend’s (6 and 7 May) British Asparagus Festival has been cancelled due to a severe shortage of asparagus being available. The incessant rain and floods has had a double whammy on Worcestershire’s quirky festival that normally sees thousands descending on the Vale of Evesham over the festival period.
11:25am Wednesday 18th April 2012
11:23am Wednesday 18th April 2012
11:22am Wednesday 18th April 2012
Q/I ride out on my part bred New Forest pony all year round and always wear hi-viz in the winter or on gloomy days. But my friend says I should also wear it on sunny days. Why? And what else can I do to protect myself and my horse when I am on the road?
11:18am Wednesday 18th April 2012
First you need to be sure that you want to keep the swarm. Remember you don't know the origin of the swarm, its genetics, behavior (in terms of aggression), and disease status, and thus allowing it in your apiary is a potential risk. On a flip note, catching swarms is a cost-effective, practical alternative to increasing your apiary and introducing new genetics.
11:17am Wednesday 18th April 2012
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