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Jim Neal

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  1. https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/application-for-a-vehicle-registration-certificate
  2. Jim Neal

    Tyres

    I'm not an expert but I'd guess the tyres you're looking at are 30mm narrower than your wheel rims and therefore wouldn't fit.
  3. The no.1 priority is the effectiveness of your husbandry, so the vermin man needs to work around you - not the other way around. But if you've got a decent enough arrangement going on and the birds aren't lacking your attention then don't fix what's not broken in terms of the time of day you visit. Just don't go too late. Good signs, they seem to be acting like healthy, happy birds That's just a tad concerning. How many weeks have they been in the pen now? The usual pattern is for them to be a little slow after release to start eating, due to the stress of being moved into the pen, but after 3-5 days their feed consumption should be ravenous. Do you use electrolyte in the water? If not I'd definitely get some in there (I've found AFS Supplies best value for money). It helps avoid dehydration immediately after release and also later on in the hotter temperatures; also stimulates their appetite to get the nutrition into them. Don't forget you will need to worm your birds too, every 3 weeks or so. If feed consumption drops off it's an indicator they're not happy
  4. Jim Neal

    Bird ID.

    👍 fair do's, lovely to see one in your garden regardless of which flavour
  5. Jim Neal

    Bird ID.

    That's a Jack Snipe I think. If you compare various images from a google search of the jack and common it looks more like the jack to me https://www.google.com/search?q=jack+snipe&tbm=isch&sxsrf=ALeKk01Sgw2wpIECJhJPyI3B1SE8sy7AOQ%3A1626910687940&source=hp&biw=1567&bih=967&ei=36_4YOnyNsCZ1fAPl-q-mA0&oq=jack+snipe&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgYIABAFEB4yBggAEAUQHjoECCMQJzoICAAQsQMQgwE6BQgAELEDUKAIWJ8YYOIZaABwAHgAgAFfiAHsBJIBAjEwmAEAoAEBqgELZ3dzLXdpei1pbWc&sclient=img&ved=0ahUKEwip3ojNqvXxAhXATBUIHRe1D9MQ4dUDCAY&uact=5 https://www.google.com/search?q=common+snipe&tbm=isch&sxsrf=ALeKk02i0h-ayRJZwdBlQSRjoRyPrhpvMA%3A1626910699206&source=hp&biw=1567&bih=967&ei=66_4YNPICoyD1fAP0MSEkA0&oq=common+snipe&gs_lcp=CgNpbWcQAzICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAAyAggAMgIIADICCAA6BAgjECc6CAgAELEDEIMBOgUIABCxA1DDB1jHF2CcGWgAcAB4AIABWogB-QWSAQIxMpgBAKABAaoBC2d3cy13aXotaW1n&sclient=img&ved=0ahUKEwiT6rjSqvXxAhWMQRUIHVAiAdIQ4dUDCAY&uact=5
  6. Looks like we've got to the BOTTOM of the mystery I suppose I might have been half right with the composter guess! Anyone who doesn't find farts funny wouldn't last long round here, my family make Blazing Saddles look like a bunch of nuns and the genes are strong with me! Similar story here actually, completely with you!!
  7. Go with your gut feeling, whoever's told you that would never make a very good gamekeeper Birds do wake up early though, they're already active before the exact moment of sunrise, especially in winter when daylight hours are short. You'll do no harm whatsoever arriving to a pen shortly after the sun's up as long as the light gets in OK. Indeed, if there is a problem you're going to be in a far better position spotting it and getting it sorted as early in the day as possible. Also if they get in the habit of expecting feed early in the morning you could say you're in with a chance of holding them better by training them to stick around for you rather than sauntering off.... As said above, you'll stress your birds if you go clattering in there too late in the day but that time depends on the light levels allowed in by the wood. As an example, I look after two pens at opposite ends of the same wood (deciduous, mostly beech, ash & sycamore). The bigger pen has had no felling done in that area in recent years and it's black as the ace of spades in there by the time the sun actually sets! In contrast just 400yds away the smaller pen has a recently clear-felled area to the west of it so the birds do a bit of evening sunbathing and are very late to bed.... it's a massive contrast! I had a hectic day at work today so only got there after dinner time - topped up the water in the header tanks and walked the outside of the fence around, then promptly retreated. I wouldn't dream of going in the pens, it's so easy to stress pheasants out. Now, when your birds are finally out and about it's a different story. If you're aiming at either wholly or partly hand feeding them you might want to be arriving at your wood at daybreak, whistling them up and scattering feed along the trail to your game cover as an example. I personally am not a morning person but I'll go out after dark and feed my game covers, which works very well for me. Beware of the idle know-it-all, you seem like you've got good common sense so trust your instincts. There's a reason you're putting the graft in and they're not
  8. You've missed the boat for this season really, anything that was available would likely have been accounted for some time ago. I presume you don't want these for shooting this coming season? Maybe to re-stock and boost the wild breeding population? If you got day olds some time next week they'd not be viable to shoot until nearly Christmas! If you're trying to re-introduce greys or bolster up the wild population with a hope of generating a sustainable amount to shoot, can I urge you to get some info from the GWCT regarding the subject first? It may not be as simplistic as you'd first think, and it may indeed be counter-productive, or at least fruitless, to introduce captive-bred birds.
  9. Imagine nipping out to the khazi late one night, pitch black, and you end up face-first in that!
  10. I guessed that but the opportunity to make a wise-crack was too tempting to pass up
  11. I was thinking the same. Presuming the sapling sleeves are the standard ones of around 5ft high, I make those chimneys around 13-15ft high and thus the width of the lobe-shaped part circa 7ft wide, so you can kip in there, possibly a 2 or even 3 bunk arrangement. Or it could be a composter. Or pizza oven. Small-scale crematorium?
  12. Don't go blaming Paul for what happened in Oxfordshire!!!!
  13. Just a point of note, those tennis racquet-style gadgets (I know them as the ZAP BAT) originated in the far east where mosquitoes are a big problem and hence they are a commonplace household item there. They're not designed to tackle the house flies/bluebottles etc that we get plagued by in our homes over here, because those kind of flies are too big to get a sufficient amount of body contact through the mesh and onto the electrified grid - hence why a ZAP BAT mosquito kill is so dramatic and satisfying
  14. If it isn't called Mohawk something or other I want my money back! Nice day out with the boys by the looks of it. We managed a quick trip to the pens and then not much more afterwards!
  15. You're very determined to retrieve the shot fox from in the ditch - over here that's kind of where you'd chuck it after shooting it! Is it because you gett $$ for them with proof of shooting? Or just the sense of satisfaction in completing the cycle and holding what you've shot?
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