Newsletter November 2018

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Mantel Farm Newsletter - November 2018

Winter Poultry Care, Black Friday Deals, Mince Pies, Mead and Coffee, Christmas Q&A, Training Courses, Gift Vouchers & New Products

mead honey wine rural craft courses

Our home made honey wine - nearly ready for drinking


November has arrived! Along with the colder temperatures and darker evenings, making us all focus on preparing our animal pens for the winter; this generally involves just a little extra time in each pen, considering what the cold weather will bring - moving any perches well away from draughty areas, making sure we have enough drinkers and feeders at the ready (should spares be needed if we find frozen drinkers in the mornings), refreshing the flooring to ensure it is nice and clean both inside the housing and outside in the pens, and finally giving each flock a health boost with a poultry supplement. To find out how you can prepare your own pens for winter, Jason has this month produced his fact sheet and quick check list on winter preparations.


We have also all found ourselves looking longingly at the Mead we made on our last course - the bubbling now seems to have stopped and the demijohn is clearing to a lovely golden colour. Hopefully it will be ready to sample on our Q&A day along with the usual mince pies and coffee - Friday the 14th December. All are welcome to join us and ask our experts any garden farming questions they have - full details next newsletter, but please save the date! And don’t forget if you would like to make your own honey wine, our next course is on Saturday January 26th - making a lovely Christmas gift to add some winter cheer.


Our last chicken courses fell on Hen Welfare Day, our next chicken courses are on the 23rd November - Black Friday. Not so relevant we thought, but in true Black Friday style we thought we could offer a 'buy one get one free' deal on any places booked. Simply book through our website in the usual way and note the name of the guest you would like to bring (and of course it could save you both a fortune spending the day here, well away from all the on-line spending chaos of the day!)


Finally thinking forward to spring, we now have full course details and dates for Richard's greenwood working courses, so why not book yourself a place so you have something new to look forward to in 2019, or book as a Christmas gift? Full details below.


poultry facts and info

Jason's Help And Advice Sheets

Winter Poultry Care

A few simple steps can help to make your poultry care easier during the winter, and maintain the health of your flock. Jason's latest "Winter Poultry Care" fact sheet will help you to prepare for the coming months. In a hurry? Then use this quick check list for essential reference.

chicken keeping courses
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Book 1 Place & Bring A Guest For Free Nov 23rd

Beginning Your Chicken Keeping and/or
Caring For Your Chickens Training Courses

New to chicken keeping or simply wishing to refresh your knowledge? These informal courses are a perfect way to spend the day with others interested in poultry keeping. Book a place on either the morning or afternoon course, or book both and receive a complimentary lunch.

greenwood working courses
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New: Richard's Greenwood Working Courses

Learn A New Skill In 2019 With A Local Craftsman

Join us for an informal, hands-on day in a small group learning and experiencing the joys of working greenwood using a range of tools and techniques at an introductory level. Help to keep this traditional craft alive by having a go at cleaving, chopping and shaving greenwood using a shavehorse and turning on a pole-lathe. Choose from three different courses, and take home the items you make.

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Special Offer - Bio-Dri Floor Sanitiser, Save £5

Price Now Only £11.95 - November Only

A sprinkling of Bio-Dri over the floor of the run can help to extend the life of the flooring. It is a fresh smelling, super absorbent powder, non-hazardous and extremely effective in absorbing liquids and ammonia gas, inhibiting the growth and spread of bacteria and other harmful organisms.

Anenome japonica

Amanda's November Beekeeping Notes

Final Preparations For Winter & GM 'Frankenbees'

Last month has been incredibly warm and bees have been very busy nearly every day, with a strong smell of Ivy honey emanating from the hives, the boxes are heavy and I was able to reduce the planned syrup feed as they seem to have gathered quite a bit themselves... Read more about Amanda's bees and new research.

beekeeping experience day
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A Beekeeping Experience Day

Sat 30th March And Sat 13th July

A great Christmas gift, our beekeeping experience day gives the chance to simply learn all about bees, see inside a beehive and take home some lovely bee goodies - perfect for anyone interested in understanding more about the honey bee and finding out how they can help the bees in their garden.

traditional mead making course
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Honey Wine - Traditional Mead Making Course

Saturday 26th January 2019

A fun course making this traditional drink, with all the equipment and ingredients provided, it just leaves you to take home a gallon of mead and the patience to wait just a few months before enjoying. Taking place in January, a place on this course makes the perfect Christmas Gift.

ducks for sale
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Ducks For Sale

Just £15.00 Each, Please Contact Us To Reserve

We have just a few ducks available. A lovely pair of Kayuga ducks (1 duck and 1 drake) 4 Silver Appleyard ducks (3 ducks and 1 drake) and 3 'other' drakes. Pleace contact us via the website to reserve or call 01424 830357. You can also visit us in the shop to view them first, Fridays or Sundays 10am to 4pm.

gift vouchers
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Gift Vouchers

Money Vouchers Available For £5, £10 & £20
Training Vouchers For £48, £98, £148 & £198

Our vouchers make lovely gifts. The money vouchers can be used for any item in our shop, from honey and beekeeping equipment to hybrids and bantam hens, or even go towards purchasing training courses. Our training vouchers can be redeemed for half day, full day or weekend courses.

rat and mice pest control
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New: Rat Baits And Reusable Baiting Boxes

Ruby Blocks, Sapphire Paste And Bait Stations

Recent changes in legislation concerning rodent control have impacted the rural user, including smallholders and gardens bordering farmland. These new products have been specifically designed with clear instructions to effectively and responsibly control a rodent infestation.


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