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Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Simple Solutions for Simple Problems

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Sometimes, if not most times, we do not need laser guided, heat seeking, satellite tracked gadgets to get a job done. Sometimes we need low tech solutions for low tech problems.

For example we have been feeding sunflower seeds to the quails, but they struggle to break the seeds open themselves. Sure, I could throw them in a blender/grinder, but where's the fun in that when you can let a 3yr old bash them against a rock? 

Meet our new seed smashing machine

Pretty sure if I leave him to it we'll end up with flour, he loves it!

Similarly, when cleaning up after the quails, I needed something to push the muck off the catch board whilst I'm holding it up. Rather than struggle doing it with and all steel shovel one handed it was much easier to knock up a solution out of a couple of bits of scrap timber that is super lightweight and perfect for the job. 


Poop-Pusher MK1 
And of course its always satisfying to womble together something useful out of junk you already have.

Have you come up with a caveman solution to a simple problem recently? We'd love to hear about it
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7 comments

  1. I could use a seed bashing boy like that for my snail food... They love soaked wild bird seed but it's too hard for them if it hasn't been in the blender first x

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  2. I could use a seed bashing boy like that for my snail food... They love soaked wild bird seed but it's too hard for them if it hasn't been in the blender first x

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  3. Child labour love it, we have lots of wombled bits put together our chicken house, just an old small garden shed some-one was getting rid of cut out a pop hole at one knocked togethr some nest boxes out of bits of wood the pop hole door we operate with a bit of pracord so we dont have to go into the run, chooks are happy who needs to spend £800 upwards on fancy chicken houses only people we more more money than sense and those who want to show off what they have bought, the shed has two windows we popped in some batton for perches I can access it through the back door :-)

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    1. you have to pay them for it to be Child Labour, I think in this case it's technically Slave Labour! haha

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  4. Surely it's a training scheme................

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  5. When will you introduce him to chimneys? My own Heath Robinson contraptions are so numerous that I can't think of one. Far better to muddle through with a few joined-up scraps than pay for some Chinese job that will probably break anyway.

    I've just thought of one. Last year I made an Apple Picker from an old fish pond net and a long stick. It worked perfectly!

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