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The EU referendum

We won. It’s been a hard slog but worth it. Thanks to all that supported Brexit.

It’s now over to our useless politicians to sort out the exit strategy. First of all though we need to get rid of Cameron and Osbourne. We want to move on lead by people who believe in the UK as a stand alone country and not those who will screw up negotiations just to say ‘I told you so’ although not Boris please as he and Cameron are peas from the same plant.

We were really fighting on three fronts. Those that wanted to remain because the seen benefits in the EU, those that wanted to leave because they didn’t and those that were frightened so much by Project Fear that they were too scared of the unknown. The leave crowd overcame both of those and that shows the feelings in the country.

Project Fear came so close and even now there are many really emotional about it. I’ve had crying and denial. It is almost as if a loved one has died. Project Fear has ensured it is going to take some time before a large portion of this country are comfortble with the situation and I’m expecting appeal and a call for a new referendum as this one was so close. These people only understand Democracy when they get their way.

If there is a new referendum, as the EU loves to repeat until it gets the vote it wants, then that will prove to the whole of the EU that voting is irrelevant, you can’t get out that way and I think that it is a very dangerous statement to make at this time as there are not that many alternative options.

Emergency Preparedness Radio Station

Over on the Survival UK Forum Lightspeed is making an interesting proposal for anyone interested in trying out a complete easy to use radio station. Here is the article he posted. If you are interested get over there to register your interest.

FREE: Emergency Preparedness radio station
For a while I’ve been harping on about the value of being able to communicate by radio across the UK. Indeed I honestly feel that this is the holy grail of post SHTF radio communications.

Other than the confirmed radio men who are on the SUK forum there has been not very much interest from others.

So, to try and stimulate interest, I’ve decided to put my money where my mouth is.

I’m building a complete ready-to-use radio station that I’ll send completely free of charge to any Forum member who would like to evaluate it, to see what such equipment looks like in the flesh, and to try using it.

The idea is that this station will be passed to an member interested on a free of charge loan basis, and that it be passed on from one member to the next.

All I ask is for an evaluation to be posted on this thread, and for the station to be returned either to me, or sent onto the next member wishing to try it out. (the whole thing will be a small package about the size of a large paper back book)

Please complete the poll and PM me if you would like me to send a test station to you.
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Lightspeed
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26-TM-580

STATUS: Bugged-In at the Bug-Out

Progress on the Chickens

Made some progress on the chickens this week and went to have a look at some of the options available at a few farms. The Rhode Island Reds were pretty much a given as they seem to come recommended by everyone and crossed with Marans give the famous Warrens. Not that I have any Marans but the option is there for the third cage. So I bought five Rhode Island Reds, Four hens and one cock. They are still young yet so am keeping them in the back garden close to home for a few more weeks.

I spoke to someone on the Brahmas and they recommended them for meat as well but confirmed what some of you had said about their feet and that they recommended Buff Orpington’s. Side by side there was little differences between the two and both were very similar but I did like the look of the Buff Orpington. The cock that was there was one year old and a very impressive beast he was too. Still a chicken though as he run like a girl to escape getting captured.

So I bought four Buff Orpington’s. Three Hens and one cock. These are a bit older than the Rhode Island Reds and were able to go straight into the cage.

Buff Orpington Cock Buff Orpington Hens

Both sets are currently doing well and no sign of any animal attacks at either. Foxes at the land and local cats at home.

Next up is moving the IBCs and the roof panels up to the land and freeing space on my path.

Still looking for a reasonably priced JCB. May have to raise my expectations on what I need to spend though.

Looking for the best chickens

I’ve put two of the three chicken areas on my land and secured them from foxes. Put some meat in to see if I could get a fox to break in and was rather perplexed when I found the meat gone but no sign of forced entry or exit. I’m guessing something smaller consumed the meat and left me clueless.

At this moment I’m trying to decide what chicken breeds to put in these two cages. I want to have eggs and meat from the both of them and am happy to have one for eggs and one for meat. I quite liked my Warrens for eggs but it seems they are a hybrid and thus I can’t get a cockerel for them. If I got a cockerel to cross breed with them then I can’t guarantee continuity from the eggs if the cockerel popped off. So I’m looking at what it means to have Warrens and will revisit them for the third cage.

The two I am looking at the moment are;

Rhode Island Reds
They are said to be good for Eggs and Meat being reasonably large birds that lay well. The cocks weigh in at 3.9kg with the hens at 2.9kg. Eggs weigh about 56g and about 300 a year are laid.

Brahmas
These are said to be good for meat being very large birds, weights have been recorded up to 8kg for cocks and 6kg for hens. Average weight is 5.5kg cocks and 4.5kg hens. They are heavy birds that are known as the King of Chickens. Eggs weigh about 55g to 60g and about 180 a year are laid.

As they are both pure breeds you can get cocks and hens that breed true and keep going with them.

In the meantime I’ll investigate what I can do with the warrens for when I install the third cage.

Next problem up is ducks. I want some ducks as well. I want Muscovy ducks and some Aylesbury ducks. Not a problem both are readily available but I’m puzzling over how to keep them. I could cage them but they need a lot of water. Not a problem as I have a pond but I’m wondering how to use the pond plus protect the ducks from foxes and prevent them escaping.

I have a few ideas about large cages that can overlap the pond but as the pond is currently emptying because of the heat I wonder how big a gap it will create. Certainly the ducks will escape, considering some chicken wire dipped into the pond a few feet to stop that but will the fox be able to enter by swimming under the wire?

Any thoughts on this? Chickens and/or ducks.