Sorry no posts today …

Written By: - Date published: 1:46 pm, July 12th, 2019 - 36 comments
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Apologies but I won’t be able to post anything today.  A local infestation of unwanted critters into Titirangi is dominating my time.  Tune back in tomorrow …

But in the meantime if someone could conclusively answer that perennial question that would be appreciated.

36 comments on “Sorry no posts today …”

  1. dv 1

    Chicken crisis.

    The mind boggle,

    Or have you just got scared MS!!!

    Oh i now see the pic.
    WHY did the chicken cross the road..

    • gsays 1.1

      According to Wick of The Young Ones..

      "Because it was stuck on a perverts knob."

  2. gsays 2

    Twas the egg, as eggs were being laid well before chickens arrived (evolved) on the scene.

    • Andre 2.1

      Yup. The first chicken hatched from an egg laid by something that was very very like a chicken, but just a tiny bit different enough to not quite be a chicken.

  3. Andre 3

    If that photo was taken at around noon today, it was crossing the road to where the crazy duck lady appeared to be unloading a whole lot of fowl food from the boot of her car parked just out of frame to the right in front of the chain link fence gate, and I was just out of frame to the left about to come down the hill …

    • Sacha 3.1

      Isn't encouraging vermin an offense? Or did the law never envisage anyone being antisocial enough to do that?

      • Andre 3.1.1

        Answering that requires legal expertise I don't have. But Mr Presland presumably does, and is much closer to the situation than I am. In several meanings of the phrase.

        • Sacha 3.1.1.1

          I feel sorry for her neighbours from what I've been told.

          • Andre 3.1.1.1.1

            IIRC, when the owners/developers were planning that small block of light commercial spaces just uphill from her, they had definite concerns about that whole duck issue. So when she wanted that massive wall put up (on her north boundary!), they were actually quite happy to oblige. That wall does seem to have discouraged the ducks out of there, compared to when it was just a gravel carpark fully infested with the ducks. But the long-suffering residents downhill and across the road …

  4. ianmac 4

    I heard you this morning on National Radio Gregg.  Hard to balance shifting chooks with culling chooks. Didn't Albany have the same problem?

  5. greywarshark 5

    Good luck with gathering up the feckless feathered freedom foragers (how's that for fun WtB).    It would be nice if they could be enticed away and given to backyard homes.   Has to be done as you can always rely on some nitwit person to keep feeding animals that should be somewhere else, or be limited in numbers by not breeding prolifically fueled by too much food.   That cock crossing the road, might end up tasting like chicken as people in town don't want them as early morning alarm clocks.

  6. Fireblade 6

    Isn't that a big cock?

  7. Rosemary McDonald 7

    When we had free range chooks, and as comes naturally they breed we had person on speed dial only too happy to give a new home to unproductive roosters.

    Our final rehoming in his direction was rewarded a few days later with a dish of the most delicious of chicken curries.  Y'all know the type, made authentically by an authentic Sikh chef, which included a weed harvested from our garden we know as inkweed….but known to the chef as yummmmm

    • WeTheBleeple 7.1

      That got my attention!

      Is it this plant?

      https://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te-henui-group/weeds/inkweed-phytolacca-octandra.html

      If so, I'd love to know more about preparation/use. I have one example here, but there's a park close by with plenty. 

      I've been feeding (my) chickens privet (L. lucidum) berries lately – cos why not they love it. Also feed them nightshade berries and lots of Tradescantia.

      Not all eggs are equal, but the ones from wild berries and weeds are top notch.

      • Prickles 7.1.1

        When I used to work with new mums we used phytolacca cream/lotion to help ease mastitis. Applied topically and gently massaged into the painful, reddened areas of the breast – not ingested. Very effective. I didn’t ever make it myself but understand that it was made from the root rather than the leaves or berries.

      • Rosemary McDonald 7.1.2

        No.  Most definitely not that weed…so  we are obviously mistaken as to the name.

        This 'culinary ' weed has rounded leaves and forms smaller seed heads if allowed to prosper…as to our shame happened in our fallow patches as we do not spray.  Our friend used to wander around filling a bag…and if I recall right the potato patch was one of the few growing places where it would flourish.

        We grew comfrey for our girls…and while they would occasionally peck at the living plant they seemed to prefer it after it ad been run through the mower.  Best purchase we ever made were the non invasive comfrey and a couple of packets or 'orchard ley' to mix with the rye/clover when we reseeded the chook paddocks.  There's all manner of interesting stuff pops up out there.  Good old Koanga Gardens.

        Right, I'm going to have to find out the real name of that plant…

          • WeTheBleeple 7.1.2.1.1

            Thanks for the sleuthing I appreciate it! Lot more amaranth species here (NZ) than I thought. And some of the less common (Amaranths) have been given misleading common names here as well.

            It's typical for a bunch of plants to have the same name, or one plant to have many names. That's why the Latin name is so handy. Especially if one plans to start nibbling on them.

            Interesting that the Phytolacca has medicinal properties. I believe every plant has a unique and useful thing going for it, and some have many applications. We've much to discover yet.

  8. beewee 8

    What is more important is why can’t the chicken cross the road with our  it intentions being  questioned Chickens  have rights to 

  9. Puckish Rogue 9

    Because Jude told it to

  10. I know some Titirangi people… the rats are the real problem not the chooks… some misguided fool is leaving food for chooks which the giant rats enjoy stealing

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113383545/part-of-auckland-infested-with-rats-the-size-of-cats-that-are-not-scared-of-humans

    Here's MickySavage trying to do the reverse Pied Piper act 😛

    https://www.stuff.co.nz/national/113783158/titirangi-rats-exterminated-mercilessly-by-trapping-chickens-could-be-next-to-go

    • Andre 10.1

      Depends on whether you think chook shit all over the place (and its smell) fairly close to food establishments is a problem.

    • Sacha 10.2

      She is a well-known misguided fool.

  11. Reminds me of a story.. back in the 1950's my Dad had a pet rooster called Charlie, it was hand reared and quite friendly. After a couple of years it was bigger than a turkey. One Christmas morning he woke up to a delicious cooking smell… 😢😢

    that's just a small example of his crappy childhood… 

    • WeTheBleeple 11.1

      We had a pet lamb

      "Mum, where's Topsy gone?"

      "Just shut-up and eat your chops."

  12. mauī 12

    Why did the chicken cross the road?

    To show off the awful state of Titirangi footpaths of course.

  13. Tiger Mountain 13

    Internet era “Catch-22”?…a post to announce that there will be no posts!

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