"Thanks Justin, I'll take a look tomorrow at the plum and see if I can see insects (aside from the ladybugs), the nectarine definitely has it and whatever affects the plum tree causes pretty much the same symptoms including leaf and fruit drop…"
"Our nectarine is already showing signs. I'm busy spraying it every week with seaweed spray which seems to help it fight the disease. Our peach trees are fine, but both of them are black boy peaches which seem to be…"
"Colleen you could try a seaweed based foliar spray; that's what I use on my fruit trees to combat leaf curl by making them healthier and it works really well. I think it costs around $30 from Oderings and lasts ages. You spray…"
"The thrashing around when you kill a chook is a nerve reflex, once you break the neck the bird is dead.
It is a bit disconcerting at first when you are new to slaughtering your own stock. But all animals have this reflex.
Sometimes I cut the heads…"
"Well, one is now dead; the boy. I'm going to hopefully find a home for the girl as even though DH did the killing the duck seemed to be alive for longer than we wanted. Admittedly it was probably dead before it looked dead, but if we can't…"
"Thanks for the help guys; might try a combo of both; the ducks are big ones so might do the broom handle and then immediately hang them while plucking. I know my Grandfather always used to pluck while they were still warm and never did the scalding.…"
"Hi there. We use the stretch and bend method. Keeping the head atatched (at least initially!) and hanging the chook upside down means the blood conveniently collects in the head. It means there's no blood splashing everywhere - so no mess and…"
"Hi there we have been using our roosters for several years now and use the axe 'method'. To get the best result do it at night so as not to upset the other birds, if the bird to be dispatched is sleepy it wont be so uptight and the…"
"I'm expecting our first egg from our duck Sam soon, she was getting mounted yesterday by Jay so fingers are crossed that she'll start soon. There won't be any ducklings for a while though, don't want winter ducklings!"
"I'm starting to use a seaweed foliar spray to help my plants fight fungal infections. It's definitely helped my nectarine which has much less leaf curl than normal and my tomatoes and zucchini are so far free of it too."