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Title: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on December 22, 2009, 09:35:37 am

I'm sure I read on another thread that the key to keeping chickens happy in the cold was a combination of porridge and vaseline. So, I have fed the girls a big tub of vaseline, and have covered their combs and wattles in porridge.

So, does anybody know how I can get porridge and vaseline stains out of clothing?  ::)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Rosemary on December 22, 2009, 01:07:16 pm
 ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on December 22, 2009, 01:31:52 pm
I didn't think Vaseline was coloured?  You don't need to worry about staisn unless you can see them do you? ;)(http://smileys.on-my-web.com/repository/Winks/beer-wink.gif)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Rosemary on December 23, 2009, 11:12:34 am
 ;D ;D ;D ;D

This made me laugh all over again.
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: little blue on December 23, 2009, 08:29:50 pm
My mum said to 'iron' the vaseline after covering it with it brown paper to soak uo the stain.
Brown paper I'm familiar with, but what on earth is an 'iron?!'
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on December 23, 2009, 09:51:21 pm
Now you've got me giggling too  ;D ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: little blue on December 23, 2009, 10:15:10 pm
Yes, you think I'm joking... I don't actually iron unless theres absolutely no alternative. I loathe it, its such a waste of my valuable time.  (sorry, but there it is.  My late mother in law actually ironed socks and pants!)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on December 23, 2009, 10:42:16 pm
Nor do I!  I'm an expert folder and smoother ;)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on December 23, 2009, 10:52:48 pm
My mum said to 'iron' the vaseline after covering it with it brown paper

So will that help it to soak into their combs better then? 

I've so much to learn - my iron doesn't even have a 'chicken' setting. Will the one for 'delicates' do?  :dunce:
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on December 23, 2009, 11:27:35 pm
Well it might do for yours, but mine are anything but delicate! ;) ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: sandy on December 24, 2009, 08:59:13 am
(http://i651.photobucket.com/albums/uu232/pryde/snowdec2009021-1-1.jpg)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: jameslindsay on December 24, 2009, 09:52:09 am
Sandy what a great pics, they are all looking so well - especially the 2 ducks  :&> :&>
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: sandy on December 24, 2009, 10:56:10 am
Lilly  :&> is stilll laying and hides her eggs, I craked 3 trying to rake them up yesterday as they were just out of my reach, she was watching so I doubt that she will lay todays there!!! Oh well, just made loads of porrage and pasta for them all as a cold weather treat!!!!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: scattybiker1972 on January 02, 2010, 06:02:57 pm
im just waiting for the ironed chicken photos!  :chook:
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: little blue on January 02, 2010, 09:10:23 pm
(http://i614.photobucket.com/albums/tt228/RuthP/th_Jan22060050.jpg) (http://s614.photobucket.com/albums/tt228/RuthP/?action=view&current=Jan22060050.jpg)

this one was done on 'steam' setting...
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: sausagesandcash on January 02, 2010, 09:16:53 pm
You bloody shrunk him!!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: little blue on January 02, 2010, 09:20:00 pm
*sharp intake of breath! *  must have been the Hot wash,  I thought 'Bold' might make her braver....
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on January 02, 2010, 09:52:34 pm

Well, it's either the porridge or the ironing, but something's worked! Despite the weather, one of our Black Rocks just started laying again on the 27th after a two month break, and Rhubarb the Welsummer laid her very first egg this morning!

I'm gobsmacked - wasn't expecting any eggs from either of these two until Easter at the earliest!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Rosemary on January 02, 2010, 10:10:35 pm
Tradition has it that laying starts on Valentine's Day. Nobody told my Warrens though, who are laying like mad.
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on January 02, 2010, 10:59:39 pm
Interesting!

It's nice to have a wee bit of love from the girls before then though, to help me get through the dark winter months  ;).  Very tasty they were too!  ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: sheila on January 03, 2010, 11:25:34 am
I really loved the picture "chickens in the snow" I am roasting alive here in Australia!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on January 03, 2010, 01:06:54 pm
My ducks and chickens are frozen into their run!  I can't get the gate open.  So I'm having to pur warm water into their bowls from over the fence and throw their food onto the snow - trying to find a bit that hasn't been pooped on that is!  I really, really, really need this cold to go away now - how can I put more straw in for them and how can I see if they are laying!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: ballingall on January 03, 2010, 01:14:46 pm
I know Annie- its the same here. I can only just get the runner's gate open to get in, but I had to dig out one of the hen run gates this morning. We have moved the silkies and the ex batteries into the billy pen in the goat shed (because he is away on holidays!).

Beth
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: MiriMaran on January 03, 2010, 01:33:30 pm
I can't believe it - we are still getting about 5 eggs a day!  Last year, months seemed to go past with no eggs and as soon as we had the cold snap in Feb they started again!  Wierd!

As for an iron - what's that?  When my OH and I first got together I decided to do some of his ironing to show my potential wifely skills. :-*  After ironing a pair of swim shorts the iron had a beautiful melted tartan pattern on it! :dunce: :o  I've not been allowed to any ironing since - bliss! ;D  The boys and i are always crumpled and my OH irons his own things.  I'd rather be crumpled than do ironing any day!!!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: HappyHippy on January 03, 2010, 03:25:49 pm
Definately agree with you there Mirimaran !
My way of ironing is to get everything just before it's totally dry, fold it neatly and leave it for mmmm well, at least 2 days before putting it away (sometimes longer!) seems to do the trick  ;)
One of my friends was totally shocked by this confession and my mother-in-law's chin just about hit the floor - they both iron underwear and even bed sheets  ??? Life's too short for ironing I say  ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on January 03, 2010, 03:28:43 pm
My way of ironing is to get everything just before it's totally dry, fold it neatly and leave it for mmmm well, at least 2 days before putting it away (sometimes longer!) seems to do the trick  ;)

When I try that things go smelly - what am I doing wrong?
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: HappyHippy on January 03, 2010, 03:35:48 pm
I've had things go smelly before, think they may have been too damp when i folded them or maybe it was because I put them into a plastic 'trug' style basket with solid sides. I use very open baskets with lots of holes now and leave the baskets next to the radiator and just turn them every now and again. A wee drop of essential oil in the wash drawer helps too  ;) but make sure it's one you REALLY like because if you happen to tumble dry any clothes the smell travels through your whole house !
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: CameronS on January 03, 2010, 06:40:48 pm
So is that how scientists created Mirco Pigs, a hot wash cycle, then a steam iron?  ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on January 03, 2010, 08:36:49 pm
Could be - I'm still trying to get my head round the concept of 'easy-care' sheep though. Does that mean they're a wool-polyester mix or something?  Can they be ironed too?
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on January 03, 2010, 08:38:34 pm
So is that how scientists created Mirco Pigs, a hot wash cycle, then a steam iron?  ;D

A good giggle, Cameron.  Well done! ;D ;D ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: MiriMaran on January 04, 2010, 08:45:55 pm
Womble, don't iron polyester I think thats the problem I had with my OH's swim shorts. I don't want you to melt any sheep!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: little blue on January 04, 2010, 09:47:37 pm
Someone at work today said they had got the time it takes to iron her husbands shirts to.... wait for it..... 7 minutes!!
Life is definitely too short for ironing!

(Not sure how the conversation got round to ironing, but, my fellow non-ironers, we are NOT alone!)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Womble on January 04, 2010, 10:03:46 pm
Womble, don't iron polyester I think thats the problem I had with my OH's swim shorts.

You IRONED swimming trunks!?!?!  :o

Have you seriously ever heard anybody at the swimming pool saying "just look at the wrinkles on his Speedos - you'd think he'd at least have ironed them first....."

Still, have a close look next time you singe something, and you could be famous, like this lady (http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/2009/11/28/2009-11-28_new_hampshire_woman_finds_image_of_jesus_on_bottom_of_iron.html), who spotted the Messiah himself on the bottom of her iron!  ;D

(http://a.abcnews.com/images/Technology/ap_iron_jesus_091130_ssh.jpg)
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: doganjo on January 04, 2010, 11:25:10 pm
Someone at work today said they had got the time it takes to iron her husbands shirts to.... wait for it..... 7 minutes!!
Life is definitely too short for ironing!

(Not sure how the conversation got round to ironing, but, my fellow non-ironers, we are NOT alone!)
WHAT!!!  I could do Sandy's shirts in 28 seconds each!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: scattybiker1972 on January 05, 2010, 02:49:32 pm
 if you hang stuff on a hanger in bathroom  when you have a shower . if wrinkly the wrinkles should drop out,
i only iron if i have too.then its only because theres nothing else i could wear instead.
hate ironing.
sheets are nice ironed though when you get in bed and nice ironed sheets.   ;D
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: MiriMaran on January 05, 2010, 07:18:54 pm
I know Womble, I dodn't realise they were swim shorts until I melted them, I thought they were normal shorts!  They say love is blind!!
Title: Re: Laundry Tips
Post by: Fluffywelshsheep on January 05, 2010, 10:27:08 pm
Yes, you think I'm joking... I don't actually iron unless theres absolutely no alternative. I loathe it, its such a waste of my valuable time.  (sorry, but there it is.  My late mother in law actually ironed socks and pants!)

I have the same feeling :). the iron lives on the shelf above the freezer and i leave it their
:)