An email from a reader about an article on the web site raises some ethical points about how we handle controlling vermin like rats.
Most of us rarely see a fox and they tend to be dead on the side of the road. In my whole life, I can only recall seeing a fox twice. That doesn't mean they're not about though. Foxes are shy and elusive creatures. Because we don't see them, we might think there aren't any around. But they are around.
You can train your chickens a bit! Fixing the pasture run that they've left bare after the winter and a thin egg problem. Solutions for thin eggs.
I've been researching alternative feeding regimes for hens using food and garden waste. Whilst not being of interest to big commercial producers, these systems make a lot of sense for smallholders and home keepers to consider.
All Wales is now an Avian Flu Prevention Zone and home poultry keepers should take the measures described to comply legally and protect their birds.