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Jim Neal

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  1. Can you find the operating manual that goes with the fridge(s) and see if they state a recommended working ambient temperature range? I'm not so clued up on refrigeration technology, what's the system they use if not using a compressor? If there's still a process of condensing the refrigerant that needs to happen, there may be issues with the temperature differential...ironically it might be necessary to have some sort of heat source near them?! Take one of them indoors and run it for a day or so to see if it changes the fridge's behaviour. If you can get the fridges to work on maximum setting out in the garage, a digital temperature controller might help to regulate temperature: https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/STC-1000-Electronic-Digital-Display-Temperature-Controller-Thermostat-Tools-UK/293496931446?hash=item4455c7c476:m:m7lTA96kTPo-Z7m6YOtB0Pw Set the fridge controls to maximum (coldest) and let the controller do the rest. I believe we had a conversation about something similar a while back, for your freezers, to convert them to fridges when needed - the offer still stands if you'd like me to translate the wiring diagram! The instructions make it look a bit mind boggling but becomes really logical when you see it in real life. Best of luck!
  2. Have a go at making some nesting tubes for them. Vids on youtube. Probably missed the boat for this season but get them in place for next season and see what happens.
  3. Our syndicate ordered our birds some time ago. We have ex-layers from a local game farm so they're there already. Whether we get all we wanted, or at the price we wanted, who knows? This game farm rears from a closed flock so theoretically there should be no change in the availability of birds, as long as their staffing and supply line are unaffected. Lots of ifs and buts. We will need to have a concrete answer from the game farm and also know whether we can legally be out doing the keeping duties come late June, before we decide to press on. My gut feeling is syndicates like ours can be reasonably assured of at least some sort of shooting this coming season. We just need to cover the rent really to survive, even if we have only wild bird days. I fear for a lot of commercial operators but, then again, maybe this whole thing will re-shape game shooting perhaps for the better? There's been a lot of greed crept in to the sport over the last few decades when it comes to selling shooting. Watch out for syndicates selling pegs this season at stupidly high prices for rather low expected bag numbers...
  4. Chaps, I think we've got bigger things to worry about at the moment....
  5. Apologies, my initial post #2 on this thread was only a tongue in cheek attempt at humour and I meant no offence. I don't doubt what you and blackpowder have seen. I'd be interested to see the photos!
  6. The only proper answer you'll get to that is to go and try it. My gut feeling is it would possibly pull a few out for a look but you'll end up frustrated. I doubt it's going to land you a mega session, they'll probably do a tentative fly-by but not give you much of a chance. Remember the mindset they're in coming in to roost, they're usually done feeding when they are a bit more careless and are more cautious about danger as they return to the woods. I'd still give it a go personally, I think life is all about learning. Whatever you do you win, because you either learn a killer tactic to bag a few more pigeons or you learn not to bother again!! Let us know haw you get on if you do decide to give it a crack!
  7. Come on, I'm itching for the punchline!!!!!!! What were the charges? Reckless adornment of an avian? Columbaphilia?
  8. Jim Neal

    If needs must.

    Is that a sample pot next to the kitchen roll?!
  9. You've been licking those frogs a bit too much mate
  10. I'd need 3 packs so that's £1.77, cost is getting a bit steep if you ask me.... 😂 I'll humour you though and give it a go
  11. You know the answer to that, move her dryer somewhere else!
  12. You would think wrong! Badgers travel a long way on a night out, they get all over the place. Put it this way: on my patch there isn't a distance between known setts and feeders greater than, let's say, 800yds.... that's just a little trot out at night for a badger. All the feeders get interfered with if unprotected, and even the ones I've defended against them have eventually succumbed like a castle under seige for months. But yes the ones nearest the setts do get a greater proportion of interference. However, whether a feeder gets annihilated once or seven times in a week doesn't really matter, the fact that a badger can screw your life up at all is just a pain in the butt! The only sure-fire way to stop them wasting your grain for you is to effectively fence the feeders off. Costly in time initially but more cost-effective than "reducing" grain wastage. But that all depends on what kind of keeper/shoot you are. For me we're a working man's DIY shoot on a shoestring budget so every little helps. If you're a paid up keeper and your boss has got a bottomless pit of wheat then sure, why not fit wrights/feedacones/pans/whatever and just accept you're feeding the badgers and deer to just avoid the problem of replacing springs?! It's a sham to call anything badger or deer "proof" though.
  13. ... and nobody worried about bird flu!
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