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New Buttercup Farm Blog!

This is the first post on the brand new Buttercup Farm blog! Here we will be bringing you all of the latest news and goings on at Buttercup Farm, as well as information about new products and offers. We'll also be providing free tips and advice on gardening, keeping chickens, ducks and other livestock. Stay tuned!

Keeping ducks

Ducks make wonderful pets and they lay delicious eggs.  They will control the insects in your garden, act as handy lawnmowers and bring you endless entertainment with their antics. 

There are many breeds of duck that don't need a pond, simply a bowl of water can be enough water supply but they must have enough water to clean their eyes.  A toddler’s rigid plastic paddling pool makes an ideal splashing pool if you don’t have a pond.

They can live happily with other poultry and are easy to feed and ...

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Anchoring or tethering a floating duck house

If you are considering adding a floating duck house to your pond or lake, please feel free to call us for advice on how to anchor your waterfowl nesting box or advice on tethering it to the bank of the pond.

It is important to ensure that the duck house stays in the middle of the pond or lake away from the banks to keep the ducks safe from predators so you can either anchor it to a heavy object or you can tether it to opposite banks.  Consider whether you need to be able to regularly access the d...

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The duck house

 

We have our tickets booked to go and see The Duck House at the Yvonne Arnaud theatre.  We really couldn't miss this as some of our best selling products are duck houses.

Update: Well we went on our office outing to see the play, the Duck House and it was hilarious, a must see!


Keeping chickens

Keeping chickens will add life to your garden and provide you with hours of pleasure, whether it be from collecting their eggs or simply watching them scratching around.  You might even find yourself talking to them!  They will certainly talk to you and once they get to know you, they will come running to you on sight.They are easy and cheap to feed and their eggs will provide you with the ingredients for a variety of meals - what more could you ask for?  Chickens do not need a huge space to liv...

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Marans range of chicken houses

Last few days of the current sale prices on our website...treat your chooks to a new hen house for the winter!

http://www.buttercupfarm.co.uk/chicken-houses-and-runs/marans-range-chicken-houses.html

Have you hens stopped laying or their egg production slowed down?

Don’t worry if you hens have stopped laying or their egg production has slowed down.  This is completely normal as the shorter days are here and light is what stimulated the hens to lay eggs.  All being well as soon as the longer days begin again your hens will come back into lay.  This is usually from late January onwards.

Gardening tip

At this time of year, it is recommended to give your mower a well-earned break!
A lawn can become a great habitat for a lot of wildlife - especially if you let the grass grow so for the last cut of the season, why not raise the height of mower blades for longer grass, ideal for insects. 

Happy New Year

Happy New Year from Buttercup Farm

To see our New Year message and get our loyaly voucher code, please click on the link below

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Bird table

 

Advice on bird tables from the RPSB.

 

A bird table will be at its most popular and valuable when natural food is in short supply; usually from October to April.At the end of the winter there are natural signs that tell you when you can stop feeding: the appearance of large numbers of insects and the buds on the trees starting to open are good guides.
The bird table can be left in position all year round, but bringing it in out of the weather during the summer will prolong its life. 
If you wish to...

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Poultry keeping

If you are considering keeping poultry then read our guides below about keeping chickens or keeping ducks as pets in the back garden.  We also welcome you to telephone us for free advice on keeping poultry.

Keeping chickens

Keeping chickens will add life to your garden and provide you with hours of pleasure, whether it be from collecting their eggs or simply watching them scratching around.  You might even find yourself talking to them!  They will certainly talk to you and once they get to know yo...

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Aviaries for budgies

Aviaries for Budgies

Many people know budgies as "parakeets," but their real name is "budgerigar". The word "budgerigar" comes from the aboriginal people of Australia, where budgies originated.

People seem to like to use "budgie" as a shortened version of "budgerigar". In English, "budgerigar" or "budgie" is a more accurate name, because "parakeet" actually refers to a large group of small to medium sized parrot species. That's right, budgies are actually small parrots!   Budgerigars were first br...

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Log Cabins

New Log cabins

We have increased our range of log cabins and added a choice of single or double glazing and also a choice of tongue and groove cladding in ith 28mm, 34mm or 44mm.  I you need detailed plans or assembly instructions we are happy to email them.  Whether for a home office, garden room or summer house, our log cabins make a great addition to the garden and provice extra space.

It's nesting time again

Advice from RSPB is that nestboxes are excellent substitutes for the holes found in old trees. In young woodlands and plantations, and in many parks and gardens there may be plenty of food for small birds but nowhere for hole-nesting birds to nest. Over 60 species are known to have used nestboxes. Regular residents include blue, great and coal tits, nuthatches, house and tree sparrows, starlings, spotted and pied flycatchers, robins, house martins, kestrels and tawny owls. Much depends on the ty...

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Spring is here!

We have added some great special offers for this weekend only, see below..
Lisa Table and chair set, Canterbury Gazebo, Folding potting table, Emily love seat,Moonlight Arch  Isabel Planter BenchHere at Buttercup Farm we have been very busy since the weather finally improved and our customers are ordering lots of gardening products getting ready for the growing season.

Metal sheds back in stock

All our metal sheds are now back in stock.  These make great storage for keeping your garden furniture in over the winter months.

http://www.buttercupfarm.co.uk/garden-sheds-workshops-storage/metal-sheds-and-storage.html

Potting Tables/Benches

It's time to buy and pot up your spring bulbs like daffodils, hyacinths and crocus. We have a great selection of potting benches on offer at the moment.http://www.buttercupfarm.co.uk/potting-bench.html

Bird Tables and Feeders

It's always good at this time of year to increase food sources for birds, so having bird tables and feeders in the garden will really help. There is a wide choice of foods for birds these days like fat balls, peanuts, mealworms and a whole array of seeds. We have a great selection of bird tables and feeders and many of them are on offer at the moment. It's great to watch the birds feed in your garden, at times they can be more entertaining than TV!http://www.buttercupfarm.co.uk/bird-tables/fr...Read More

Give a hedgehog a home

Hedgehogs normally hibernate from November through to mid march so now is the perfect time to think about providing a home for a hedgehog. They are great for gardens and really help the gardener with the slug and snail battle. Hedgehogs eat insects, snails and slugs, but they will also welcome food left out for them like specialist hedgehog food. We have a choice of hedgehog homes on offer but we also have a great starter care pack which includes a hedgehog house, a guide and some tasty hedge...Read More

Batten down the hatches!

It's that time of year when the weather turns very wet and windy. So now is the perfect time to check and replace those wobbly gates, fences and sheds. Many old gate and fence posts can start to rot at the base causing your fences and gates to be unstable. The roofing felt on sheds can become worn and loose which can cause leaks and rotting of the wood. We have a wide choice of sheds, gates and fence panels, so don't get caught out this winter, be prepared!
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