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  • Joined May 2018
  • Essex
Newbie to TAS
« on: May 15, 2018, 06:43:55 pm »
HI Everyone,  :wave:

I have just found this site, its fab, I have to say, so thought I would join and introduce myself.
I have just bought a little smallholding in Essex, with my husband and son,  which requires a lot of work to bring it around, so lots of hard graft ahead!!
I do already have chickens, silkies and pekins,  which are my total weakness, I love em!! and I have just rescued some ex batts, which I have done in the past, but only 3 at the minute, which are all scruffy and looking a bit moth eaten, but loving the Good Life now.
I also have 2 working dogs, a Labrador called Barney and a Patterdale terror not terrier, called Roly haha
I will shortly be homing some turkeys and 3 goats, its all very exciting and I can't wait to share and chat about our experiences with you all.
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  • Joined Mar 2017
  • Gower
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2018, 07:48:01 am »
 :wave: Hi Bobie - welcome to TAS. Good luck with your new venture!


  • Joined Nov 2010
  • Near Mansfield, Nottinghamshire
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #2 on: May 16, 2018, 07:59:51 am »
Hi Bobie
Welcome to the best site around  :wave: I am sure you will find it very useful as your new venture gets underway  :thumbsup:


  • Joined May 2018
  • Essex
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #3 on: May 16, 2018, 03:10:57 pm »
Thanks guys, it's all very exciting !


  • Joined May 2010
  • South Lanarkshire
    • Wester Gladstone Hebridean Sheep
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #4 on: May 16, 2018, 04:52:23 pm »
Hello  :wave:  and welcome from mini-heatwave Scotland.

<<< ...and a Patterdale terror not terrier,...>>> - we have a Patterdale cross called Lucifer; I think you will understand why ;D :dog:

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  • Joined May 2018
  • Essex
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2018, 08:04:32 pm »
Hi Fleecewife, haha, yes, totally understand, our Roly is a proper little tinker to say the least and lives up to his name also, if it stinks, he rolls in it!!


  • Joined Feb 2011
  • Cornwall
  • Rarely short of an opinion but I mean well
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #6 on: May 17, 2018, 07:49:30 pm »
Welcome Bobie, looking forward to hearing more about your venture :)

There's a Patterdale x here, called Bella and a right little madam.  (Irresistible, though  :love: :dog:)
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  • Joined Apr 2014
  • Mid Wales
  • Owner of 61 Mediterranean water buffaloes
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #7 on: May 17, 2018, 08:04:24 pm »
Hi and welcome to TAS Bobie. Sounds really exciting, looking forward to more posts from you :) All the best  :thumbsup:
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  • Joined Sep 2011
  • Telford
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #8 on: May 17, 2018, 10:13:37 pm »
 :wave: and welcome to TAS from sunny Shropshire. Sounds like you're at the start of a big adventure. I'm wondering what sort of goats you are getting.


  • Joined Oct 2007
  • Barry, Angus, Scotland
    • The Accidental Smallholder
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #9 on: May 18, 2018, 06:37:36 am »
Hello and welcome from  :sunshine: Carnoustie  :wave:


  • Joined May 2018
  • Essex
Re: Newbie to TAS
« Reply #10 on: May 18, 2018, 12:28:31 pm »
How lovely, what a warm welcome xx

I  had an acre before, which in the past,  I have had turkeys, chickens, ducks, pigs, horses, but no goats, so this
time I will be getting some Nigerian dwarfs and a Nubian, I think !  I love goats, but didn't really have enough space/grazing for them, however, since I've moved and we have more land, I can finally get 3 little goaties.
More for pets really, I would not have the time for milking twice aday, even though I would love to make my own cheese, yogurts etc...  :goat: :goat:
Like I say, I have never had them, so any advice on starting out would be very much appreciated, I do love to read up and research before I buy any kind of animal to make sure I'm doing it right, but please, any tips on what I will need before I bring them home would be fab!


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