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tai haku



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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 10:32 pm    Post subject: Hello all  Reply with quote

I discovered you googling "bodger welsummers" trying to find a post from another forum and I'm delighted I did. I live in the Channel Islands and have a small flock of chooks and a beehive running in an orchard of old fashioned fruit. The veg garden is gradually reverting to nature due to the time demands of an eight month old but that's ok. Hope to learn a lot from everyone here.
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PostPosted: Thu Nov 05, 2015 11:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

 to the forum tai haku
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi and  
What a gorgeous place to live - any of the Channel Islands [/i]
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:24 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes it's grand place to be "Over the Gate " and I don't know if you will learn much  -------- but you wont go short on advice    looking forwards to hearing what your up to .
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 9:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you mean?  " wont learn much" You cheeky beggar!    

Welcome to the forum, you'll have to let us know how you're getting on with your Welsummers.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

and to OTG
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tai haku



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:34 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
What do you mean?  " wont learn much" You cheeky beggar!    

Welcome to the forum, you'll have to let us know how you're getting on with your Welsummers.


"Interestingly". We went with silver duckwing cos I'm a sucker for not the norm and in hindsight that was an error because I really want dark brown layers. In their first year they were great but this year 2 of our 3 hens went broody and began hiding their eggs so we've done very poorly for eggs from them this year. 1 of them disappeared into the underbrush completely for a few weeks and emerged with 12 silver laced Wyandotte crosses - rather impressive considering their poor reputation online as mothers. Most of them are cocks but they're bulking up rather nicely for the table. This is about 6 weeks ago I reckon.

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We're looking at doing a proper run of pure SLWs next year but I'm thinking I'd like to add a couple of welsummer pullets to the flock (and perhaps a couple of lav. araucanas to round out the egg spiral's colour chart) next year.
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tai haku



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 10:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

PS thanks for the welcome everyone!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 12:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Karen and I have had holidays on Alderney and |Sark, we love the Channel Islands. We've only been to Guernsey whilst passing through to the islands I've just mentioned but we've been considering giving Guernsey a go next year.
We share a common interest in growing fruit, I make both cider and apple juice on a small scale. What varieties do you grow? I would imagine that the Channel islands having a pretty good climate for orchards.
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tai haku



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 1:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Karen and I have had holidays on Alderney and |Sark, we love the Channel Islands. We've only been to Guernsey whilst passing through to the islands I've just mentioned but we've been considering giving Guernsey a go next year.
We share a common interest in growing fruit, I make both cider and apple juice on a small scale. What varieties do you grow? I would imagine that the Channel islands having a pretty good climate for orchards.


If you do come over we'll have to meet up and I'll give you a tour although it's rather unimpressive at the moment as everything is very young at the moment. I am next door to the local cider orchard though so that might interest you as well!

I'm trying to give pretty much everything a go but we can get away with a lot that others probably can't further north (freestanding apricots for example). When I moved in (single) I planted a little orchard that I thought'd sort me out for fruit forever: 2 apples, a  crab, a medlar, 2 quinces, a plum, an Asian pear and an apricot and those trees are just starting to fruit properly (looking forward to next year). Acquiring the missus and the boy I've upscaled somewhat to about 90 trees. Lots of apples and pears and a smattering of other more unusual stuff like different edible sorbus, Turkish hazels, sechuan peppers and amelanchier - most of that stuff is only a year old though.

I think this was the highlight of this year foodwise for me...
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apr6 by Wayne, on Flickr
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bodger



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ice cream and your own fruit! Mmmmm!!!!!!!!

I've just got in from dodging the rain and picked the last three truggs of apples. The trees that I planted six and eight years ago are just beginning to get into top gear.

I saw these on Alderney a couple of years ago.

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.or...tml&highlight=alderney+chickn
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tai haku



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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 2:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

bodger wrote:
Ice cream and your own fruit! Mmmmm!!!!!!!!

I've just got in from dodging the rain and picked the last three truggs of apples. The trees that I planted six and eight years ago are just beginning to get into top gear.

I saw these on Alderney a couple of years ago.

http://overthegate.myfreeforum.or...tml&highlight=alderney+chickn


Those are lovely. I think there are some very canny folks on the smaller island when it comes to being reasonably self-sufficient - last time I was in Sark I came across this....

20150524_114153 by Wayne, on Flickr
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 8:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Hi there,  plenty of people over here from over there lol.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 06, 2015 11:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 07, 2015 9:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

'owdo,   in to OTG, we've met elsewhere

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