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by drfish
27 Nov 2015, 18:06
Forum: General & Misc
Topic: Pigs and Chickens in the same Shelter?
Replies: 2
Views: 1528

Re: Pigs and Chickens in the same Shelter?

The makings of a lovely sandwich right there!
by drfish
06 Nov 2015, 18:10
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Dog / cat food ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 5228

Re: Dog / cat food ideas

Ahhh, but. Domestic dogs have evolved slightly from their wild ancestors, in that they have developed the ability to digest and thrive on a starch rich diet. Something your common Wolf cannot do. I will admit I do feed my dog a little veg, but it is only a little, mainly for vitamins and minerals. I...
by drfish
19 Oct 2015, 11:59
Forum: Feeding and Housing
Topic: Heating Coops in the winter
Replies: 2
Views: 2366

Re: Heating Coops in the winter

Welcome to the forum. Short answer, no need. Chickens are like duvets, and believe it or not most will do perfectly fine in the UK climate without a coop at all. Even on the darkest frostiest of nights. A coop is a luxury item we afford to protect the chickens from overnight predators, and to offer ...
by drfish
12 Oct 2015, 17:07
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Dog / cat food ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 5228

Re: Dog / cat food ideas

Yeh, tiz rather quiet of late. And :P , you're wrong, I'm right :mrgreen:

We'll say it's a grey area, whereas feeding a cat vegetation will ultimately kill it as they can't process it.

Like me, I'm allergic to vegetation. It should serve only as decoration on a plate. :thumbright:
by drfish
30 Sep 2015, 17:42
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Dog / cat food ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 5228

Re: Dog / cat food ideas

By definition, that makes them omnivorous. Any animal that eats vegetable matter in order to gain some sort of dietary advantage is technically omnivorous. Cats do not benefit from eating vegetation, whereas a dog can actually survive without any meat products in their diet at all. Not starting an a...
by drfish
25 Sep 2015, 12:43
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Dog Attack
Replies: 2
Views: 3338

Re: Dog Attack

Hi and welcome, Sorry to hear about your incidents, but unfortunately, it's dogs being dogs. Granted, for the breed, a little out of character, but unless your dogs are properly trained being around livestock, then they shouldn't be allowed really. And by 'properly trained', I mean lead and command ...
by drfish
22 Sep 2015, 10:07
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Dog / cat food ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 5228

Re: Dog / cat food ideas

Cats are carnivorous, dogs are omnivirous ;-) Even wild dogs supplement meat with plants as it helps their digestion.

But yeah, most run of the mill dog food is a concoction of wheat, rice, eyeballs, earholes and arseholes. And whatever else they scrape off the abattoir floor.
by drfish
16 Sep 2015, 17:03
Forum: Introductions and Welcomes
Topic: Newbie
Replies: 3
Views: 2901

Re: Newbie

Hi and welcome, Just a basic sanitiser will do the job, Dettol, Diluted bleach, anything with lavender in (deters creepy crawlies). The trick is to keep alternating your cleaning solutions so bacteria doesn't become resistant to it. In my opinion, don't go too OTT with cleaning. They are livestock, ...
by drfish
16 Sep 2015, 16:55
Forum: Pets and other animals
Topic: Dog / cat food ideas
Replies: 10
Views: 5228

Re: Dog / cat food ideas

I was wondering what a Suzerain was.

I made a few of the peanut butter ones off here once. I'm epically lazy though, so it never got repeated.

https://www.cesarsway.com/dog-care/nutr ... dog-treats
by drfish
10 Aug 2015, 17:01
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: What's getting the ducklings?
Replies: 6
Views: 3817

Re: What's getting the ducklings?

Rats can be brazen little shi** when they get used to their surroundings. However, I'd expect mother duck to at least put a fight up if it was rats. Same with any terrestrial predator really. There would be a lot of commotion, and ducks are far from quiet when predators are around. I'd suggest an ae...
by drfish
24 Jul 2015, 12:25
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Ficam W & wasps
Replies: 2
Views: 2240

Re: Ficam W & wasps

Thumbs up for Ficam-W. I've actually bought some more despite having no poultry any more. Purely for ant extermination (which is a big issue where I live), and any other nasties that may come along. It also served as a good flea killer (and bed bugs) when we had a bit of an infestation with the Chih...
by drfish
15 Jul 2015, 14:08
Forum: Poultry Clinic
Topic: Broody (or not?)
Replies: 5
Views: 3521

Re: Broody (or not?)

Not necessarily. Some are just born to brood. Whereas others may never feel inclined. I had a Silkie who used to love going broody. Never actually let her sit as I had an incubator, but now I've rehomed the chickens with bro-in-law, she's currently sat on a clutch of around 15 eggs. So she'll at lea...
by drfish
01 Jul 2015, 16:12
Forum: Grow Your Own
Topic: Weeds
Replies: 4
Views: 7551

Re: Weeds

I had the pro stuff once to completely kill the back garden, grass, weeds, ivy, the lot. Did a sterling job, but I suited and booted to do it, and kept the animals and kids well away until about 2 weeks after. Turf then laid fantastically well on it and established within a few weeks. But as said, i...
by drfish
26 Jun 2015, 12:21
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Dealing with a Killer fox
Replies: 4
Views: 3414

Re: Dealing with a Killer fox

Good, informative post. And some really smart thinking with the trap. How are you with rats? :lol: Although, they aren't so much an issue now as I'm poultryless. The rats have moved a couple of doors up the street to a friends house who keeps poultry. :oops: :P I would buy a Fenn trap, leave it in ...
by drfish
22 Jun 2015, 11:20
Forum: Pests and Predators
Topic: Dealing with a Killer fox
Replies: 4
Views: 3414

Re: Dealing with a Killer fox

Good, informative post. And some really smart thinking with the trap. How are you with rats? :lol:

Although, they aren't so much an issue now as I'm poultryless. The rats have moved a couple of doors up the street to a friends house who keeps poultry. :oops: :P