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Ricardo Oscar Marques replied to Silja Baer's discussion Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Hunger!!! is the mother of every food broadening!!! You can also try that with your dog, your children, your partner and your mother in law if you have one."
Dec 23, 2012
Silja Baer replied to Silja Baer's discussion Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Thanks Janet and Gary. They seem to like my home made muesli and the neighbours cooked veges. They may even have eaten the fresh veges I gave them today -I will have a closer look at their eating habits over the next few weeks when I am home. "
Dec 20, 2012
Janet Kirwan replied to Silja Baer's discussion Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"I think its still early days.  Mine took quite a while to come around to anything other than pellets and mash.  Mine love sultanas, cucumbers cut in half, bits of meat, courgettes cut in half and lettuce (they are not keen on broccoli…"
Dec 19, 2012
Gary Brown replied to Silja Baer's discussion Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits? in the group Poultry in Urbania
"Stop feeding them pellets, well not at every meal time. Give them a variety of food choices, mine love spaggetti and it was one of the first new foods they took to as I guess the noodles look like worms. Bananas seem to have a good take up rate with…"
Dec 18, 2012
Silja Baer added a discussion to the group Poultry in Urbania
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Has anyone an idea how I can broaden my hens feeding habits?

Hi there, since three days I have 3 brown shavers, approx. 24 weeks old, which i bought from a free range farm.They are lovely chooks but seem to have no idea about eating fruit and veges. I heard that chickens love silverbeet and as such offered it to them both on the ground and hanging from their enclosure -they did not go for it, neither did they go for salad or apple/ strawberry mash. Even when they are in my vege garden they do seem to leave my plants with peace. They are happy with…See More
Dec 18, 2012
Silja Baer commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi Mercurious, I have a cocktail kiwi plant but would not have a clue if it is male or female. I had both plants but like yours one of mine died. So if you would have a clue how to determine the gender of the plant then I could send you a cutting."
Oct 29, 2012
Silja Baer commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi Moggy, That would be great and so much easier being in the same town. I still have your contact details (just saw your request to be friends too ;-) and will contact you in one of the next days if that is OK."
Oct 28, 2012
Silja Baer and moggy are now friends
Oct 28, 2012
Silja Baer commented on Hester's group New Zealand Seed and Plant Exchange
"Hi Kali, I would love some but live in Otaki. Would posting be too difficult? I would be happy to pay for the postage or anything else you would prefer instead."
Oct 27, 2012
Silja Baer replied to moggy's discussion looking for cuttings/prunings in the group Otaki NZ
"Hi moggy I can help you with red currant (it was sold to me as a white currant), raspberry and also if you wish black currant. I am in Otaki at the moment only from Friday till Sunday though."
May 2, 2012
Silja Baer left a comment for Matti Pickering
"Hi Matti, I would have some blackcurrant and redcurrant cuttings for you if you are interested. They are just a few weeks old but have already started to develop roots. I would also have a 1 year old heritage apple tree (though I can;t tell you the…"
Oct 28, 2011
Silja Baer replied to Laine's discussion What should we talk about? in the group Self Sufficiency - The Dream
"I personally would also be interesed in the small and simple things that people may do to become less dependant on outside resources. And I personally am not only interested in how to grow more in my garden (which is important but only one aspect of…"
Jan 13, 2011
Laine left a comment for Silja Baer
"Welcome to the Self Sufficiency group!"
Jan 12, 2011
Silja Baer joined Isabell Strange's group
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Propagating by Grafting, Layering and Cuttings

To share information on propagating plants such as fruit and nut trees and bushes or any food growing plants, herbs or beneficial companions for which seed growing is not so viable or reliable
Jan 6, 2011
Silja Baer joined Laine's group
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Self Sufficiency - The Dream

A lot of people have the dream of a few acres of land and self reliance (as opposed to self -sufficiency, which is a myth!). This group is to draw together the experiences of those living the dream and sharing the lessons learned on the way with those still working towards living on the land.See More
Jan 6, 2011
Silja Baer joined Isabell Strange's group
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Edible New Zealand Natives

To share knowledge of which New Zealand native plants are edible or medicinal, how to use them and how to cultivate them.
Jan 6, 2011

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Levin
I can offer
to be a gardening buddy, Food from my garden
Food Growing Skill Level
Moderate
I am interested in...
Buying Local Food, Bartering Local Food, Community Gardens, Learning, Preserving, Helping Others, Seed Savers
Tell us about your garden and what you're growing
My garden is a work in progress, having just moved into a new property. I am thinking about having a few chickens but have to find out more about their keep before committing myself and them ;-). Meanwhile I love growing vege's, fruit and herbs and keeping everything organic.

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At 8:21pm on January 12, 2011, Laine said…
Welcome to the Self Sufficiency group!
At 11:22am on November 22, 2010, Jill Green said…
Hi Silja Look forward to you contacting me on your return from Stewart Island. We had a good day of rain in the last couple of days so should help your garden.
At 10:14pm on November 17, 2010, Jill Green said…
Hi Silja I have just joined this ooooby.Am very excited with it.I have chickens veges fruit etc trying to be spray free as much as possible.So could help you with information on the hens.Gardening buddy would be good.
At 11:12pm on October 20, 2009, Sean Kemball said…
Hi Silja, I'd love some borage seedlings if you still have spare - I've never seen a white flowering version. Let me know and I'll come and collect it from you. What would you like in exchange?
At 8:01pm on October 11, 2009, Silja Baer said…
Thanks Hester. I am pretty sure that I will try to take whatever I can with me (soil and plants) while at the same time making sure that the property still looks nice for the next person moving in. Growing my own compost is something I started recently but it wil take a while until I have enough compost to replace buying soil. And that even though my worms have been busy for nearly a year now. Raised beds require a lot of soil even when adding shredded paper and such like. Never mind I'll get there.
At 9:00am on October 10, 2009, Hester said…
I imagine you could take your soil with you, in big compost bags, if you are using raised beds
At 8:58am on October 10, 2009, Hester said…
It was a long time ago. I certainly missed the soil I had.( I was lucky because it was amazing soil that didn't need much help at all. The next property had exhausted soil and needed a lot of work. I took things with me in pots and dug up what I could move that belonged to me, as the house was going to be demolished. The good part was having a new garden to work on and I've found that is always the saving grace. Maybe you can try and keep what you do that is not transportabe as low cost as possible-see if you can make compost rather that buy it, for example.
At 8:08am on October 10, 2009, Hester said…
Hi Silja-Wecome to Ooooby. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Your garden sounds interesting. I had a rented garden once-it was my first serious garden.
 
 
 

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