Dinah Dunavan
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Aug 11, 2011
Dinah Dunavan commented on Janet Luke's group Poultry in Urbania
"We're chook-less now. We were down to three hens and then a falcon killed two of them and so the last hen has gone to live with a large flock in a safer environment. A bit sad but we love the falcons and can't blame them for grabbing a…"
Oct 21, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to Susie Trinh's discussion Automatic feeders. I'd like to be able to go away for the weekend! in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I used a standard feeder like this one http://www.trademe.co.nz/Business-farming-industry/Farming-forestry/Poultry/Feeding-watering/auction-324748911.htm We suspended it off the ground under shelter and a full bucket lasted a week with 5 hens. But…"
Oct 21, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to Leanne Daharja's discussion How can you tell the age of a chicken? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"What breed are they? If you are still getting eggs from them at this time of year then chances are that are good layers and will moult (or are moulting) and will be back laying again later in the year. A range of hens coming in and out of laying is…"
Apr 23, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to Brian Adam's discussion Moulting Time in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I'm pretty certain that a normal happy hen will moult and then stop laying for up to a couple of months. It is a natural rest period for them and should be encouraged. If you have hens of different ages and stages then they should moult and…"
Mar 22, 2010
Dinah Dunavan left a comment for Jacob.
"Twin tub and wringer for three years (with emergency trips to town) and one year with 'real' washer. I know which one I prefer."
Feb 23, 2010
Jacob. left a comment for Dinah Dunavan
"Hi Dinah, Welcome to Ooooby! Wow! Were you really still using the twin tub and wringer system!! It must be really awesome to have the whole auto wash experience going on then."
Feb 23, 2010
Kali commented on Dinah Dunavan's photo
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Feb 23, 2010
Dinah Dunavan commented on Jacob.'s blog post At last a Washing Machine!
"We splurged and bought a front loader. It uses less than half the water of a top loader and is way easier to use than my old method of two tubs and a hand wringer. Remarkably the clothes are cleaner too, and I can dally on the internet while the…"
Feb 23, 2010
Dinah Dunavan commented on Janet Luke's group Poultry in Urbania
"Chooks like most animals like their food. Make sure they know where and when dinner is served and they should stick around, or at least return. Our bantam was a shy old thing and would fly off if she was frightened or upset, and it wasn't…"
Feb 13, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to Karen's discussion Protecting Veg Beds in the group Poultry in Urbania
"My chooks are better at eating worms than weeds. So I tend to throw them bits from the garden rather than letter them in. Alternatively make some low moveable fences that will distract the hens from the part of the garden you want to protect."
Feb 8, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to Sarah Walsh's discussion Flies in chook run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Removing all the fly temptation. Which is mostly the poo. Or get fly screens on your windows. Basically the latter is the only real solution, unless you want to constantly clean up poo. If I get really creeped out by the fly explosion I go out with…"
Feb 8, 2010
Dinah Dunavan replied to KATE MORONEY's discussion Broody Hens in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Our bantam got broody last year and despite all efforts remained so for weeks (longer than 21 days). Eventually we broke first and got her some fertile eggs. She is a great mother and now we have a new hen laying. In October this year she got broody…"
Dec 23, 2009
Dinah Dunavan replied to Di Hill's discussion Chicken mites in the group Poultry in Urbania
"We've used dusting powder for caged birds bought at a local pet store. The free-er the chickens range the less of a problem mites seem to be. After dusting the mites you have to give their house a really thorough clean to kill off mites living…"
Dec 23, 2009
Dinah Dunavan posted a photo
Dec 17, 2009
Dinah Dunavan left a comment for Megan
"My cunning plan for a greenhouse worked. A friend gave me some tomato plants and that inspired Scott (husband) to finally build me one."
Dec 17, 2009

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Hampden
I can offer
Nothing yet.
Food Growing Skill Level
Moderate
Experience and Qualifications
Lots of years in the garden
I am interested in...
Learning
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
We live a little off the suburban highway. In fact we're half an hour off the highway. 500m above sea level, in a cool climate, so it's hard to grow yummy summer food. The garden is full of leafy greens and some carrots and brassicas. We have a glasshouse full of tomatoes and a lemon tree (essential for G&Ts) and hopeful apple trees. The chooks do their bit to supply compost and eggs.

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At 7:26pm on February 23, 2010, Jacob. said…
Hi Dinah,

Welcome to Ooooby! Wow! Were you really still using the twin tub and wringer system!! It must be really awesome to have the whole auto wash experience going on then.
At 12:31pm on December 17, 2009, Megan said…
Most years, summer temperatures can get up to 28C and even the low 30's but it's a really short growing season. This year has been exceptionally cold and wet, would have loved to have had a greenhouse! I'm still a beginner and learning as I go along but definitely been bitten by the food growing bug!
At 12:15pm on December 17, 2009, Megan said…
welcome Dinah, it sounds as though you have similar growing challenges to those we face in Queenstown. Would love to see some photos of your garden. Happy oooobying!
 
 
 

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