Sparrowhawk attacking chickens?

Ok so this is a quick plea for help hopefully. On more than one occasion I have witnessed my chickens being ‘swooped down’ on by a sparrowhawk. One time I saw my cockerel jump up and try to attack the sparrowhawk protecting his girls.

Is it possible the sparrowhawk can take a chook? It seems a big meal for a relatively small bird of prey.

Thanks

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Sunbathing Chickens

I mean, when we first got the chooks I had to go out and check on them when I first saw them sunbathing! Aren’t they the funniest thing? Whilst I was in the kitchen today they came and found a little sun trap nook out of the wind. Who doesn’t need this in their lives?

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My deadly cockerel even decided to let his guard down for a moment and make the most of the autumnal rays!

Individual Cute Banoffee Pies

So ages ago I found on Pinterest that you can make a Dulce de Leche by simply boiling a can of condensed milk.

I mean- seriously, how did I live before that site?!

Serves 6
You will need:

8 digestive biscuits
6 tablespoons of coconut oil
1 can of condensed milk
2 bananas

So here is my version of events….

Firstly, stick the can of condensed milk in a saucepan, ensure there is at least an inch of water covering it. It basically needs to boil for about 3 hours. Now there are recipes on the Internet that say you can put it in a slow cooker and leave overnight/ for the day. I am a bit of a newbie with a slow cooker, and sticking a sealed can in it whilst unattended freaks me out. You never know, I may go to the dark side one day. So anyway, I advise you check that can/the water level often!!

Take 6 ramekins. I have some little glass ones I got with lids when I first became addicted to Gu puds , seriously you need to try those bad boys-amazing!!

Anyway, I digress!

Take about 8 digestives, place them in a bag and the living daylights out of them (great therapy+pudding at the end, I mean seriously what’s not to love?)

Once it’s a lovely crumbly mess, put to one side.

Put the coconut oil in a bowl, I nuked it in the deadly microwave for a bit till it was liquid. Living on the edge.

Combine the crumbs and the oil, stir well. Spoon equal amounts into each ramekin and press down with the back of a spoon to firm it.

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Pop in the fridge, and wait for the condensed milk to finish.

I waited for it to boil for 3 hours (impressed)
And it looked like this… I was impressed. Although-watch out- the pressure in that little turbo charged can of sugaryness is ridic! I pierced it and it spurted across the kitchen!

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So then I guess I should have waited for it to cool, but hey ho. Spoon it onto the biscuit, slice up the bananas and chuck em on. Nom nom!

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Please note I was good, only had one. The rest went into the fridge so should be even better!

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Dog Poop Composting Bins

Sooo today I decided that due to the fact we now have 3 members in the dog family in our house it was time to do something about the waste problem!

The hot weather, levels of waste and plastic wheely bin on a fortnightly collection haven’t been making a good combo to be honest.

I saw a ready made version of a waste bin in the pet shop that you put in a hole in the garden to put the poop in. It consisted of a plastic bin with no base and holes up the sides and a lid for the princely sum of about £15!

I decided that I had to try to make one instead!

So the hunt began, I needed a cheap plastic bin with a well fitting lid.
As is always the way I couldn’t find one! Eventually I found a slightly knackered metal peddle bin in a charity shop for the grand total of £1.50-bargain!

So I set to work. The inner part of the bin came out and is a rather attractive galvanised bucket thing I may fashion into a planter at a later date.

That left me with no bottom on the bin-result.

I then needed to remove the pedal so I could bury it properly, and also remove the lid so it would be operable without the peddle. Both as it happened were easy, a bit of a wiggle of the screwdriver and the metal rods holding them both on came out easily. The pedal going and removing the lid bracket then have me a couple more holes to help with drainage.

Then to dig the hole. This took AGES! I decided to dig it near a tree as I figured it would be more free draining(?) forgot about roots…. But I am stubborn. It just took a while! Dug it deeper than the bin so I could put a layer of rocks in the bottom. Then placed the bucket in top. Then put more rocks in the bottom and around the sides.

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Then back filled around the sides with soil.

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The lid can now be used ‘backwards’ using the silver ring thing to lift the lid off.

Filled it with a bit of waste then put in some septic tank activator stuff. Other half says this will speed up the break down of the stuff…

Now to paint it black to camouflage it a bit!!

After a lot if hard digging I am happy with it. I hope it works!

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I will not be using the by product as a compost. I believe that it is ok to use on ornamental plants, but not edibles. The limited research I have done on this seems to show that it is due to the temperatures in the dog waste not reaching a hot enough temperature to kill whatever gross stuff is in there.

I just think it is all gross and am hoping that it will all just rot through the bucket so I don’t have to think about it! Anyway please research before you decide to use this gross shizzle anywhere!

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Strawberry Plant Diseases and Naughty Puppies

I was just looking through some pictures on my phone from a couple of months ago and had to share this.

Seriously, for about two weeks I was looking at my strawberry bed and wondering what was going on with it. A couple if the leaves looked a bit rusty, but the centre of the bed started to flatten. It really did look sorry. I was genuinely getting to the stage where I was going to google ‘flattened strawberry bed disease’ when I saw this…..

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A couple if things became apparent, the puppy loves strawberries, that’s why there were cow pat puppy poos in the lawn, and there is no weird strawberry disease in my patch!

Breaking a Broody!

Oh my! It never ceases to amaze me how stubborn a broody hen is!

After the worse winter ever you would think they would be out and about making the most of the good weather. But no!

BB (Chocolate Orpington Bantam) and Mabel (Lavender Pekin) have been broody for about 2 months!

Have tried everything, taken the eggs many times a day so they aren’t actually sitting on anything. Taken all the nest material out of the boxes. Taken them out of the boxes and put them right up the other end of the garden. I am now locking them out of the house. But they are so stubborn- look how I found them!

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They are ‘nesting’ in the doorway to the covered run under the house!

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Looks like it’ll be ice packs on their bums next!

Save the Bee!

Well I was just on my way out and I noticed there was a bee drowning in the dog bowl outside 😦 I fished him out and have decided to wait with him for a while to see if he drys out. Have put a little dollop of honey next to him incase he wants a bit. Not sure really what else to do with the poor thing..

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