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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

24 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  February 25, 2018

    A study being currently conducted at my place indicates that pukekos are very partial to Hot Cross buns.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 25, 2018

      Informal studies at mine show that sparrers will happily eat Coupland’s multigrain bread, but prefer muffins and sugared doughnuts when these are on Clearance at Pak & Save.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 25, 2018

        A dear little brown bun trotted in front of me today and went down into the gully, but he didn’t look hot or cross. It was a surprise that he came so close and didn’t mind me at all.

  2. NOEL

     /  February 25, 2018

    Unscientific if you did not take the cross off half the buns.

    • Gezza

       /  February 25, 2018

      Unnessary since all of them work on Sundays & don’t profess a belief in any deity.

      • NOEL

         /  February 25, 2018

        Work on Sundays and are not religious. That’s and interesting bird.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  February 25, 2018

          There’d be an obvious mark left behind, anyway, so they’d know.

  3. robertguyton

     /  February 25, 2018

    So you can cross-reference.

  4. NOEL

     /  February 25, 2018

    Oh no. HCB’s are high in sodium.
    “Avian Medicine: Principles and Application- Abridged Edition” by Ritchie, Harrison and Harrison.
    Excessive consumption of salt can lead to:
    polydipsia: excessive or abnormal thirst
    polyuria: excessive passage of urine
    depression
    neurologic excitement
    tremors
    others

    Not sure how you identify depression in a pukeko.

    • Gezza

       /  February 25, 2018

      You open your kitchen window and tell the one standing immediately below, looking hopefully up at you: “No, all gone. No more.”

    • robertguyton

       /  February 25, 2018

      “polyuria: excessive passage of urine”
      No worries. Birds don’t pee.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 25, 2018

        They do, but with them it’s 2-in-1, like the shampoo,

        So you might see lots of very liquid bird poo, being made more so by a trembling,weeping pook standing beside it.

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  February 25, 2018

    The person who hung the original gates at my place put the hinges between the gate and the post, so we did the same, But should they actually be on the outside – so that when the gate is shut, the hinges are spread flat ? I have just replaced one and what a pig of a job it was, simply because it was so hard to manouevre in a limited space.

    • robertguyton

       /  February 25, 2018

      So you can cross the fence?

    • NOEL

       /  February 25, 2018

      Depends on the type of hinge.
      For light gates I have always used a T hinge which gives you two options. Flat across the gate and post or flat on the gate and unfold 90 degrees and fix to the post.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 25, 2018

        Thank you. I took off the one I had just put on and replaced it with a strap hinge on the outside which will do for now. But T-hinges sound as if they could be the answer. It’s not a very heavy gate,. The problem is that the dumbum who made the fence used round posts at the opening. They also somehow enclosed a bar for the latch so that it can’t be removed and gets in the way of the screwdriver. I have a feeling that cutting a slice off the post may be the answer, but the thought is most unappealing. What a teejus job.

  6. NOEL

     /  February 25, 2018

    Reread “put the hinges between the gate and the post”
    Appears you are taking about butt hinges. Good for doors but not really for gates.

    • Kitty Catkin

       /  February 25, 2018

      That was what was on the original gates. so we replaced them with the same, not knowing any better. They are all right on the back gate, for some reason. I do wonder why someone would think that round posts were the ideal kind for a fence with a gate.

      • Kitty Catkin

         /  February 25, 2018

        Butt hinges – the kind that look like a book when they are shut ?

        • NOEL

           /  February 25, 2018

          Yup you got it.Probably easiest method for a round post to get a flat surface for a hinge would be to make some parallel cuts the length of the hinge then gently clean up with a chisel.

  7. Griff

     /  February 25, 2018

    Do it right do it once,
    Use a pintle like farm gates do.
    https://www.hardwaresource.com/gate/gate-hinges/pintle-hinges.html