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Behemoth



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 16 5:14 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

I think I'd better dig up last year's spuds. Went up the allotment at these dreariest of times. Looked a bit shabby. Probably need to spend some time renovating bits and pieces.

frewen



Joined: 08 Sep 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 11, 16 10:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Get some music exams and get a new job.

alison
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PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 16 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

frewen wrote:
Get some music exams and get a new job.


Where is the like button.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Tue Jan 12, 16 9:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Chez wrote:
I think you should start keeping quail, in a convenient cage set up


Funny you should say that, I was thinking of keeping them in the Polytunnel. I suppose the foxes would get in, though. Still, there's the greenhouse....

Shan, I don't mind a few quid on unplanted seeds. But I do get disappointed.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 16 6:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

WW, you could keep them in a cage in the polytunnel.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Wed Jan 13, 16 8:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

wellington womble wrote:
Chez wrote:
I think you should start keeping quail, in a convenient cage set up


Funny you should say that, I was thinking of keeping them in the Polytunnel. I suppose the foxes would get in, though. Still, there's the greenhouse....

Shan, I don't mind a few quid on unplanted seeds. But I do get disappointed.


I don't mind the unplanted seeds, it's the ones that are clearly never going to work in my fantasy of a warmish summer and soil that is not mainly composed of rock and clay.

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
Posts: 4357
Location: Peeping over your shoulder
PostPosted: Thu Jan 14, 16 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Shan wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
Chez wrote:
I think you should start keeping quail, in a convenient cage set up


Funny you should say that, I was thinking of keeping them in the Polytunnel. I suppose the foxes would get in, though. Still, there's the greenhouse....

Shan, I don't mind a few quid on unplanted seeds. But I do get disappointed.


I don't mind the unplanted seeds, it's the ones that are clearly never going to work in my fantasy of a warmish summer and soil that is not mainly composed of rock and clay.


I laugh in the face of certain disaster. You never know unless you try!

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
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Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 16 12:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Mistress Rose wrote:
WW, you could keep them in a cage in the polytunnel.


I want them free range (although as they are minute most sensible cages are palatial). My main difficulty is that the foxes won't find out they are safely confined until after they've ripped the polythene to shreds, though. If I don't trap them soon, the bloody greenhouse is going to fall into a crater.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 16 6:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

That is why I suggested a cage. Being small there are too many predators so being in a large cage gives them the best chance of survival.

Shan



Joined: 13 Jan 2009
Posts: 8147
Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 16 10:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

NorthernMonkeyGirl wrote:
Shan wrote:
wellington womble wrote:
Chez wrote:
I think you should start keeping quail, in a convenient cage set up


Funny you should say that, I was thinking of keeping them in the Polytunnel. I suppose the foxes would get in, though. Still, there's the greenhouse....

Shan, I don't mind a few quid on unplanted seeds. But I do get disappointed.


I don't mind the unplanted seeds, it's the ones that are clearly never going to work in my fantasy of a warmish summer and soil that is not mainly composed of rock and clay.


I laugh in the face of certain disaster. You never know unless you try!


Don't worry, I have had many years f not being sensible.

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14971
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 16 10:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Pah, you never know, till you try!

You can't really keep quail outside. If I cage them in the polytunnel, the foxes will just tear the polythene to bits, and then discover they're in a cage. It'll fox the foxes, but the tunnel won't survive. I think I'd better get on top of the foxes before I try.

Chez



Joined: 13 Aug 2006
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Location: The Hive of the Uberbee, Quantock Hills, Somerset
PostPosted: Fri Jan 15, 16 7:08 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Can't you just leave the polytunnel open a crack so they can get in through the door like civilised predators?

wellington womble



Joined: 08 Nov 2004
Posts: 14971
Location: East Midlands
PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 16 5:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I could put a fox flap in (wouldn't that be a bit mean to both parties?!)

NorthernMonkeyGirl



Joined: 10 Apr 2011
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 16, 16 9:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

A guard llama is the obvious solution.
It'll need a bigger flap though.

Mistress Rose



Joined: 21 Jul 2011
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 17, 16 8:30 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    


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