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The first tail belongs to a chicken.

Most days, around 4 pm, I give one of my girls a nurse and cuddle for a few minutes in the back yard.  I'm kicking back relaxing and find that petting a chook is quite good for the stress levels.  The girls seem to like it too.  

Today however, Coral was really agitated. I asked her, "What's up Coral?  Daddy always give you a cuddle, silly girl."  She just got more agitated which is really out of character for my girls. 

So I got a bit cross.  "Sit still. You know you have to have your cuddle."  

And, that was when she opened her bowels over my shirt and shorts.  Awww man.  Next time I won't just assume she is being naughty.

The second is a fish tail. 

One of my sons told me proudly he had the indoor aquaponics system I built him working again.  "Great stuff mate!"  

A week later he rang to say the lettuces he'd planted had all died.  So I said, "What are you using to power the plants?"  

He replied, "Electricity."

"No.  What are you using to provide nutrients to the plants?"

He says, "Water."

*sigh*  I decide to keep it simple.  "What fish do you have in the tank?" 

Answer:  "Fish??"

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Comment by Andrew Cumberland on November 3, 2014 at 21:08

It's actually pretty easy once it's established Cheryl.  The setup can be expensive.  There's also so things that I'd do very differently if I did it again. 

Florence - I don't have photos but I have a video of the build if that helps:

Comment by CHERYL SLAPP on November 3, 2014 at 18:50

Love the fish story but must admit if I wasn't a member of this group and learned so much from everyone those may have been my comments = lol.    Still not sure about how to set up and manage aquaponics

Comment by Susan on November 3, 2014 at 16:59

Love it - Always good for a giggle.  Though I am a bit concerned about your sons aptitude for gardening :) Maybe you should have just started him off with the idea that "plants need nutrients to grow" before graduating him to the much more complicated "fish can provide those nutrients".  

Comment by Florence on November 3, 2014 at 9:22

lol :)

Have you got photos of the indoor aquaponic system?  I think my two gold fishes would love one ^^"

Comment by Lissa on November 3, 2014 at 5:14


At least your son is showing some interest. Lucky you.

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