Foxhunter, glad to see your weather troubles are sorting themselves out. The idea of geese talking to each other all the time - had to laugh at that! I had no idea! Tell me more about Keem oil - I hate using the strong chemicals on my dogs for fleas and ticks, but the border collies (especially the thick coated one) really needs something to protect from the ticks this year. I'd be very interested in your natural Keem oil solution if it is something we can get here in the US.
Susan, your Bo and his Lion make a cute couple! You did well with this new member of your horse family! His coat is starting to get a sheen already!
Probably a typo on my behalf but it is Neem Oil.
It comes from a tree in India.
A while back I had a terrible skin problem. Started with a rash on one arm and then spread to the other then all over except my dace and head.
The palms of my hans and soles of my feet were like rawhide leather that had been left outside all winter.
Doctors didn't have a clue. The itching drove me up the wall and I read about the Neem and tried it and it did stop the irritation.
I can honestly say that in all my years of working I have had days sick from injuries but that was the first time I have been ill!
By the time I got to see a dermatologist I was taking some herbal powder and it was clearing. I gave up with the GPs, they tried but were not a lot of help. My hands and feet were bleeding where the skin was so hard and cracked cutting the new skin underneath. I lost all my finger and toe nails. My feet were so swollen the only shoes I could get on would normally be four sizes to big and even then I could not fasten the velcro on them!
Turns out it was something called Litchen Planus an auto immune problem. Normally it occurs in the mouth but not with me.
I read up on the Neem and the properties it has and bought some of the oil rather than the cream. Used it on the dogs, hens, horse and garden since.
It smells pretty bad but you get use to it. I really do not notice it so much now and, it does wear off after a while.
I mix 5 mls Neem (pure) with 3 mls liquid soap and add 1 litre of hot water.
The Neem solidifies easily and needs to be stood in hot water to liquify it and you need to keep stirring it. I mix up a large container of it. I dunk the small dogs sponge it over the large ones, then chuck any left on the garden.
The hens get dunked. Red Mite can be a terrible problem to get rid of. I previously tried all sorts of things but the blighters were back in a couple of weeks and get a lot and they will kill hens overnight sucking blood from them. Now I Neem once a month and spray it in the houses and it is mite free. Mind you, I am late doing them because of the weather and we have noticed a few mites starting to return - nice day tomorrow so hens you are having a bath, like it or not!
It also stops the horse flies getting to the horses.