Nigel Thomson
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Andrea Graves replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hi Nigel. The wet spring continues and so does the muddy run problem! I just wrote about a possible solution on my Keeping Chickens NZ facebook page ( Basically, chuck in as much organic matter as you can."
Sep 22, 2014
Kathrina Muller replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I found the best thing was tree shreddings that I bought for mulch.  I use the main part of the chicken run as a giant compost area, and  through in a lot of weeds from the garden.  It has worked better this year when I included the…"
Aug 19, 2014
Jewels Annabell replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Have the same problem with a bigger area, and it is slushy!  I have been putting lawn clippings and leaves, etc, there, but that's a temporary fix...  I have also bought a bag of mulch, which I use in their enclosed run (other space…"
Aug 18, 2014
Petra Dirkx replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I have the same problem every year, this year I have let them out into the orchard to free range and it isn't nearly as bad as it could be.  But I am about to lock them up into their breeding groups so it will quickly become foul muck…"
Aug 18, 2014
Megan replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"hello Nigel, not much help for this winter but a friend dries all her rosemary and lavender prunings and spreads it in her chook run and under their perches. On the odd occasion that I help her clean out the hen house it makes the job much more…"
Aug 18, 2014
Hanna replied to Nigel Thomson's discussion Dealing with a muddy run in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hi Nigel, I have a similar problem in winter with my small run. I let my chooks out for a garden winter holiday when the garden is at it's worst and they can't destroy much. That gives their run a bit of a break and the rest of the garden…"
Aug 18, 2014
Nigel Thomson added a discussion to the group Poultry in Urbania

Dealing with a muddy run

The run has recently turned to mud, although its not slushy, But the chooks do seem to be having mucky feet a lot of the time,They do have a shed with a tiled floor to run round in, which i keep filling with lawn clippings, and they are compacting that down, which does clean their feet and keep them a bot warmer.But the run is uncovered and about 9m long by 1.5 - 2 metres wide, they have 24 hour access to the run, (they do also get to free range outside of the run but our newer chickens are…See More
Aug 18, 2014
Nigel Thomson commented on Daniel Martin's group South Waikato NZ
"Thanks for that Robyn, hopefully I'll be out there today or next week"
Jul 19, 2014
Nigel Thomson commented on Daniel Martin's group South Waikato NZ
"Anyone know if they sell Kale seedlings at the Tokoroa Saturday Market, as I can't seem to find them anywhere and last year they were my star crop"
Jul 5, 2014
Nigel Thomson commented on Daniel Martin's group South Waikato NZ
"Whats the earliest I can throw spuds in, I have an old flower bed that seems pretty depleted so I was thinking to throw in some bags of horse/Stable poo that have been sitting around for a couple of years and some spuds, as a low maintenance crop,…"
Aug 11, 2013
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Oct 14, 2012
Nigel Thomson and Shar (SWMBO) Thomson are now friends
Oct 14, 2012
Nigel Thomson commented on Hester's group Herbs
"Hi all. Trying to do the all natural companion planting thing and would like to track down Tansy as our carport (and main house entrance) ends up black with flies over summer, would like to get a few plants growing eventually, but I cannot seem to…"
Oct 14, 2012
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Oct 14, 2012
Nigel Thomson added a discussion to the group Poultry in Urbania

Chicken not laying and getting fat

We have four chooks, 2 wyandottes, a white leghorn and a geriatric shaverThe two Wyandottes have suddenly(over the last month or so) started to bulk up, one of them had started to lay again prior to this weight gain, but for 6 weeks  or so we haven't had any eggs from the Wyandottes even though their combs are fairly red, The Leghorn and Shaver haven't put on any additional weight and the leghorn is laying, (the shaver is probably past it), one of the leghorn is entering her second laying…See More
Sep 28, 2012
Nigel Thomson commented on Janet Luke's group Poultry in Urbania
"Chooks won't use new water dispenser. I got a new water dispenser a month ago, one of those hanging bell shaped ones, but the chooks will not drink out of it, they prefer either puddles/cat bowls or the old dispenser. It has been cleaned out…"
Aug 30, 2012

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Garden Update so far this year

Well the only success this year is i finally grew a cucumber, although to be fair until it was ready i thought it was an odd looking Zucchini 
Tomatoes - rotting off the vine
Pumpkin - Wiped out by late frost
Raspberries - rotting on the bush and infested with tiny bugs
Corn - Doing okay-ish but getting knocked around by wind
Chooks - Getting about 1 egg a day from 3 chooks for the last couple of months

Posted on January 10, 2012 at 4:27pm

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At 1:50pm on August 12, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…

About chooks.  I got some of those posts used for electric fences.  ..about $30.00 for 10 at Farmland. I got some wind break material and used clip washing pegs to fence them in.  Wire tent-type pegs for the bottom.  They were good for shifting around to the next bit of grass. Or some lengths of plastic wirenetting from Warehouse with bamboo sticks. I used both. but you need the pins for the bottom as the little sods get out. Might work for children to?

Save your toilet rolls. They're good for planting corn which I will start to do at the end of the month.  Then plant the whole thing at end of October.  I plant about a dozen or 20 at a time so that i have them coming at different times.  i got five plantings last year. Pak Choi is a good wee veg to plant now.  It's ready to eat quicker than most veg. I plant inside, prick out and keep in a sheltered place untill they are ready to plant out, then plant really close together.

At 9:30am on August 9, 2011, Robyn Wolfe said…

hello, again.  It's a while since I've been on Oooby.  I see things flicker past and saw your message.

I've found an excellent site for guidance in your vege garden
 It is
 It is for NZ conditions and for our particular climate.

Hope this helps. you can choose to have them send, weekly, fortnightly or monthly.

At 8:01pm on June 9, 2011, Daniel Martin said…
Hi Nigel, you still in Putaruru? Are you in employment at the moment, I do hope so. reply and let me know how the chooks are going. Regards Daniel Martin
At 10:52am on February 28, 2011, Daniel Martin said…
Hi Nigel, Dan's wife here, He has left the full bags out by the letter box . you can collect anytime. Cheers sarah
At 7:58pm on February 27, 2011, Daniel Martin said…

Hi Nigel - Shavings are ready to pick up. Leave me a message tonight here on Ooooby if you want to come around and get them. I will be up till about 10.00pm if you want to get them today.

Or I can leave them at the letterbox for you to collect tomorrow. I am off tomorrow to the Coromandel for some Land Based Game Fishing!!



At 12:54pm on February 19, 2011, Daniel Martin said…

62 Neal Street

Just leave a couple of bags in the Letter box - I may or may not be home.

I will leave you a note here when you can pick them up.

At 4:39pm on February 14, 2011, Daniel Martin said…
Hi Nigel

Drop me around some bags (in the letter box is ok) and I will fill them up for you.

Are you interested in a backyard beekeeping seminar at my place Saturday 26th - I am getting in to it and the lady that will deliver the info is president of beekeeper group in Hamilton.
Just looking to get enough people to get it going
At 8:04pm on June 8, 2010, Daniel Martin said…
Hi Nigel - Sorry I only get to check this site on a very adhock basis. Hope all is well for you in Putaruru - do you work locally?
At 9:10pm on April 18, 2010, Daniel Martin said…
Hi all - feel free to get a visit sorted between yourselves, and invite friends to get in on the act also!!

I have a very messy back yard to get sorted this winter. We now have a chicken run, so we will wait until June/July when the Litchfield poultry farm has some more Hens available - might even look at a couple of cute Bantams also - ex Trademe.
At 5:46pm on February 25, 2010, Robyn Wolfe said…
Yes, live ones. we got three at the beginning of last year and they were all laying well. Just now only one is still going but we're patient! Easy to keep. I mix all the edible throwaway food with three cups of mash for them in the morning with some hot water. A few laying pellets at night with a bit of wheat but they're not fussy about the evening meal. Clean water. They are stupid and sleep in the nesting boxes but I don't mind. The nests are lined with two layers of newspaper each morning and after three weeks or so the whole lot is biffed into the compost and we start again. For a run I use garden netting pinned to bamboo stakes that can be moved easily. Also some wind shield netting. You need metal pins to anchor around the bottom. There is a group for poultry on Ooooby but I haven't looked at it. Hope that helps/


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