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Fleeces for sale 2016 / 2017

A few of our fleeces for sale
Pure Jacob Fleece raw: whole fleece, 900gr, lightly scoured, little vegetable matter, lovely mix of dark and white, 900gr

Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece craft work peg loom spinning felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting
Jacob Fleece for Craft work : peg loom, spinning, felting

 

 

 


A lovely mix of the Brown and White colours in this pure Jacob fleece, lightly scoured, very little vegetable matter, no grey, a few parts will need a bit more carding for spinning than some of our best fleeces, perfectly good for felting and peg loom weaving. 1.45 kg



A bigger fleece, more white than most, lovely long staple, a little bit of grey, lightly scoured, very little vegetable matter, 1.8kg

First fit, Mark 1, Insect palace

insect palace mark one, pallets, tiles, homes for bugsFirst stage in the build creating homes for bugs, winter shelter, bird bath, insect feeding point.
A great way to use up pallets, old tiles, broken crocks, hollow stemmed weeds, straw, cones, rolled up feed bags, old roofing, left over pond liner.
Now to hope we get more than slugs and wasp nests !!

Fleece washing in the summer sun (and showers)

With all our Jacob ewes, gimmers and wedders shorn the next job is to get the fleeces sorted, skirted, washed and dried ready for sale to crafters, spinners, felters and weavers.
We have a few fleeces that are ideal for felting as a rug. Others make lovely fibre for creating with.
wool drying jacob fleece-wm

wool blue face leicester x jacob fleece-wm

wool sorting fleeces-wm

Treats for hens

The main need for birds is to get plenty of protein and food with high nutrition. Laying birds give us one of the most nutrient dense foods every day, and that comes from the food we give them. If not, they will deplete their bodies causing a nutritional starvation.

 

People want to feed their birds more than layers pellets –

Good hen house design

Good house design

  • ship lap timber
  • simple
  • great ventilation – long narrow strips of mesh protected as well as through the corrugations of the roof for bigger houses
  • high ventilation – not around the heads of the birds

Bad house design

  • plastic, tin,
  • felt roofing – which attracts and promotes red mite infestations
  • slats in the floor as roosting bars – very unnatural, and causes breast bone issues
  • no perches – chickens want to roost from only a few days and weeks old.

Feeding Chickens

How to feed domestic birds depends on the bird, its age, the situation and its production.

Chickens need to eat little and often, throughout the day and night at will.
Water can be left outside at night for adult birds.

Chicks

Adult chickens – laying strains
From 16 weeks old throughout their lives good laying hens, either pure breed or hybrid need to have layers pellets ad lib in their house at all times. Never be without it.
Good laying birds should not be fed Mixed Grain or Whole Wheat except for when the weather is really wet AND cold – these are high calorie, and ideal for providing internal central heating for birds (the “ready brek” effect) but if fed routinely then it causes damage to the liver. The more productive the bird the less they can handle these grains and death of fatty liver syndrome can occur.

Chickens should not “fasted” overnight but can do without water inside the house, as long as fresh water daily is provided close to the house.
Feeding birds once or twice a day is NOT enough .. even for unproductive bantams. Maintainance feed for chickens is 125g a day – and for birds who are laying this should be 16 % protein feed with vitamins and minerals.
The garden / field environment does not provide this sort of nutrition, it is entertainment and good herb / insect rich additions to the diet do make the eggs taste so much better.
Not providing correct amounts of layers feed will shorten birds lives, reduce their vigour, reduce their laying, force them to rob their internal resources to provide the dense nutrients in each egg they produce.

Feeding chickens ad lib with a proper hanging feeder inside a well made house does not attract rodents.
However scatter feeding does ..