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  1. Indian runner ducks

    How much noise do they make? I have a road that runs down the side of my garden with a couple of bungalows the closest being about 15 metres away, are they likely to be disturbed by them at this distance? Was thinking of keeping about 6. Thanks
  2. Natural Fork Questions.

    Got a walnut fork and another hazel near done, the gap between the forks is close to the same size so I'm hoping theyl shoot the same as the hawthorn. Back on the subject of sticks I have a blackthorn just outside my garden which should give me 2 possibly 3 sticks without hurting the tree to much, 1 of them has a kind of ready made handle on it. Only trouble with it is I hear it needs seasoning for 2 years minimum.
  3. Natural Fork Questions.

    Cheers mate yeah thought I'd make a few sticks, dont want to buy off eBay as im really enjoying wandering the woods looking for forks and sticks. Catapult looks good, the one I just made I gave a few wipes over with raw linseed oil but it didn't give it the effect I was hoping for so I finished with a polyurethane spray, looks good but I'm not keen on the plastic feel. Now I just need to practice my shooting.. Found the fork a little bit big so just trimmed it down an inch or so and finished with a coat of clear lacquer once I was happy, also one fork was a few mill longer than tother so got them level, this makes a big difference to accuracy as the bands need to lay perfectly in line and ideally you should,nt be able to see the bottom band when you fire as it sits dead inline with the top one, ( I shoot on the side) also I put a 4mm hole through the fork in the groove so I can use looped tubes as well on my natty,s you can just see it through the wrap, cheersAre looped tubes the dankung tubes? Do they compete with theraband gold?I'm working on a hawthorn fork atm, it's got some interesting markings on it so should turn out nice. I buy Chinese latex tube from eBay in 1.7mm x4.5 mm the small number is the size of the hole in the middle the big one is the outside its the same as 1745 from dan cun but much cheaper I find it simular to tbg and you can adjust the ammo size and power by making bigger or smaller loops here are three ways I band up my natty,s the left one has splits in the fork for ttf middle one is looped tube with full length loop fires 12mm leads and hits hard last is an ott with the groove round the top I normally just do a groove and a 4mm hole through the fork in the groove as I have a few ttf forks in metal The tubes sound good, i was under the impression that they weren't very powerful. Finished my hawthorn catty the other day came out nice. Had a crack at hunting and had a very near miss on a squirrel and a wood pigeon, more practice needed I think. I have a nice walnut fork to work on next.
  4. Natural Fork Questions.

    Cheers mate yeah thought I'd make a few sticks, dont want to buy off eBay as im really enjoying wandering the woods looking for forks and sticks. Catapult looks good, the one I just made I gave a few wipes over with raw linseed oil but it didn't give it the effect I was hoping for so I finished with a polyurethane spray, looks good but I'm not keen on the plastic feel. Now I just need to practice my shooting.. Found the fork a little bit big so just trimmed it down an inch or so and finished with a coat of clear lacquer once I was happy, also one fork was a few mill longer than tother so got them level, this makes a big difference to accuracy as the bands need to lay perfectly in line and ideally you should,nt be able to see the bottom band when you fire as it sits dead inline with the top one, ( I shoot on the side) also I put a 4mm hole through the fork in the groove so I can use looped tubes as well on my natty,s you can just see it through the wrap, cheers Are looped tubes the dankung tubes? Do they compete with theraband gold? I'm working on a hawthorn fork atm, it's got some interesting markings on it so should turn out nice.
  5. Natural Fork Questions.

    Cheers mate yeah thought I'd make a few sticks, dont want to buy off eBay as im really enjoying wandering the woods looking for forks and sticks. Catapult looks good, the one I just made I gave a few wipes over with raw linseed oil but it didn't give it the effect I was hoping for so I finished with a polyurethane spray, looks good but I'm not keen on the plastic feel. Now I just need to practice my shooting.
  6. Natural Fork Questions.

    Cheers that makes sense, I'm going to cut a few hazel sticks as well, i think I'll wait until January for them.
  7. Natural Fork Questions.

    i use a dremel for the band notches and i leave the bark on but thats because im in no hurry to dry the forks out...it depends how quickly you need them i guess. Some lads dry their forks in the microwaveThanks I have a dremel, do you use the sanding drum for the Notches? I'm not in a big hurry to dry forks as I have one oak catapult almost finished and I cut another from a fallen tree that was perfectly seasoned so ive got enough to keep me busy for a while.
  8. Getting back into catapult shooting and have collected a few natural forks in oak,hawthorn,hazel,and this morning cut a couple of walnut forks. Couple of questions, is it ok to strip the bark off fresh forks to dry them faster or are they more likely to crack without the bark? What tool do you use to carve out the band Notches?
  9. Who Keeps Quail??

    I used to breed quail and 3/4 of the chicks turned out to be males, absolute pain in the ass. I bred hundreds of the suckers too. It's annoying I was hoping for between 7 and 10 hens out of that lot, I'll give it another go very soon and see what I get.
  10. Who Keeps Quail??

    Damn just sexed the chicks and out of 17 I've got 2 hens 10 roos 5 that are English whites so I won't be sure until they start producing the foam, I had a look at the vents anyway and they look male to me. Are some cockerels inclined to produce more males than females or am I just unlucky? Anyone else ever had a ratio as bad as this?
  11. Who Keeps Quail??

    Lol nah the few males I've culled have gone on the bbq, the ferrets get the heads and guts though. Hatched 17 the other day, the first I've bred from my own birds.
  12. Who Keeps Quail??

    Spoke to soon, got a hen with a severely pecked head. Purple antiseptic spray is an essential with these birds.
  13. Who Keeps Quail??

    All has settled down nicely with my quail now, no more fighting at all. The odd hen with some feathers pulled out of the back of her head when the cock has been to keen but other than that fine.
  14. Who Keeps Quail??

    Makes sense, I'll be sticking with the incubator though because as I said I don't want to keep chickens.
  15. Who Keeps Quail??

    Do the chicks have as high as survival rates under a broody? I won't be using a broody hen for my quail because I don't want to keep chickens.
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