Sorry that the cam is off this morning, but our electricity supplier has had to cut all power to the street from 9:30am until 1pm!
Ridiculous really... But apologies for the downtime, nothing we can do about it unfortunately.
Hopefully it will be back soon!
Yes, it was two years ago today that we picked Zoey up from her neglectful owners' house and brought her home with us on the train, snuggled in a blanket :)
She's had a lovely day so far, and got a nice little bundle of goodies!
She really liked the Pedigree denta-stick-thing, which is something we'd never normally give her, but as a special treat she loved it...and it even lasted a few minutes too! ;)
Once she'd eaten her fill it was time to get her out on a walk, and although I took my camera I couldn't get any photos because as soon as we stepped out the door the 'low battery' signal began flashing...despite the fact the camera had half battery left *sigh!*
But here is Zoey getting ready to head out :)
She only had a short walk, as it's so windy here and Zoey isn't keen on wind. We did take her up by the farm though, where she doesn't normally get to go, so she found that very exciting!
I can't believe we have had her two years. She’s intelligent, eager to learn, willing to push past her fears, LOVES people (friends and strangers alike) and is an absolute dream to snuggle! Zoey, you are an amazing little dog and we love you to pieces. You can be a pain in the bum, and sure you have your kinks, but we couldn't be prouder of you.
HAPPY GOTCHA DAY!
For anyone following the forum, you'll know that about a week ago I ordered an XXL dog crate to house the bunny I'm training, Iden.
It arrived today *cue excited dancing*
Iden was originally living in a Ferplast 120 cage, but there just wasn't enough room in there, even with plenty of time hopping free!
So we opted for an XXL dog crate with run attached. Iden did great in his carrier whilst we set everything up
We used some rubber matting flooring to keep the chill of the metal base away, and also put some between the base and the bars on the bottom so that it didn't clang everytime Iden hopped around!
Iden has so much more room in there now and has been tentatively exploring everything :)
Just reminding you all that you can send delightfully "classy" free online Christmas cards right here!
You know you want to :)
Here's the video of bonfire night as promised :)
Hello all hencammers!
You are all invited to attend a wonderfully impressive (!) Bonfire Night firework display at my parent's house tomorrow night at around 8pm (GMT).
My parents have spent £80 on fireworks, so it's promising to be a cracking display :)
Hope to see you there - we'll be watching!
Well it's that time of the year when ghouls and ghosts walk down the street knocking on doors asking for sweets...
Whatever your plans for tonight (quiet, or partying, or anything in-between!), have a good one!
I hope you have a really wonderful day! :)
It was awesome seeing you yesterday and I'm glad you enjoyed your gifts - enjoy the themepark tomorrow, me and Lyle are jealous! :D
It's Zoey's second birthday tomorrow - can you believe it?! She sure doesn't act like she's two!!
We've bought her some awesome presents, including a stuffed pink Octopus that she had (and destroyed!) as a puppy, now how fitting is that?! She's also got some beef & liver chews, lots of hide twists, a fortune cookie shaped puzzle feeder and an interactive treat toy.
I'm not sure how she'll do with the treat toy, we tried Kasper with one years ago and he just attempted to destroy it to get the treats out!!
With the treat toy, you hide treats under the red circles. The dog then has to move the circles to one of the two exit points; the circle drops out and the treat is released!
Hopefully Zoey will have an awesome birthday tomorrow, even if she is being left for a little while for my birthday meal with my family! I'm baking Zoey a cake later today and using mashed potato as icing! :D
Happy Birthday Zoey! You are the most mischievous, whirlwind pup I have ever known! You brightened our lives and you're the smallest, most adorable Staffy out there! We love you to bits, even when you're a pain, and hope to have many, many years ahead with you :D
Our local BT exchange was recently (in the last day or so) enabled for superfast fibre broadband, so I've done the sums and pulled the trigger!
Swapping providers from BT has enabled me to get a lot faster broadband for a little bit less than I'm paying now - result!
It means that the streaming should be more reliable, maybe even with less buffering when you open the page. It will also mean we can go even higher in the image quality and resolution... Exciting!
If anyone else wants a cracking deal on broadband (both fibre and standard), look no further than:
Lyle bought me a target stick combined with a clicker as a surprise, and it arrived yesterday. It's brilliant!
You can make the target longer and shorter and the click is a nice volume too. You press the button to produce a click.
So essentially when the dog touches the target, you click (the click is what tells the dog they did the right thing) and then reward. At first you might need to break the behaviour down into smaller pieces (which is called shaping); for example with Zoey I clicked when she looked toward the target at first, then when she moved towards it, and finally when she nudged it with her nose.
It was funny, with Zoey she picked it up faster when the target was longer. Kasper on the other hand was confused by such a long target. Zoey went instinctively to the ball on the end of the target and picked it up super quickly.
Kasper, however, took a lot longer to pick up what the target stick was for, which was surprising. He offered all sorts of behaviours bless him trying to figure out what I wanted (lie down, sit, tall and even a sit pretty which we haven't even mastered yet!). I had to click/treat him as he approached the stick, and toss a treat across the room to reset his position so he could approach again.
We trained for about a minute and by the end he was really getting the hang of it. I've had another session with Zoey since then, and already can get her to jump on and off of furniture following the target stick :D
Check out the forum for extra pics :)
Hopefully the hencam webcam is back! Let me know if you still have problems.
The webcam feeds will be back on Friday!
That's when the carpet arrives so hopefully then I can put all the wiring back that hencam runs from...
Depending on how that goes it will be back Friday evening or Saturday at the latest. Yay!
Wishing my dad (and all the others out there) a very happy Father's Day!
I'll give you your amazing (!) gifts when I next see you, dad :D
The webcam feeds are offline for the next week or two (pretty much until we can get the new carpet laid and get the PC back to where all the camera wiring enters the house), but in the meantime I can set up a single cam on something else...
Your options are: James the snake - probably most of the time it will be showing empty vivarium as he hides under his cork hide...
Or the cows in the field opposite our house, which will mostly be an empty field as the cows aren't in there all the time.
The builder is here all day today so we're offline for the day I'm afraid.
He'll also be here tomorrow so no webcam then either.
Back hopefully the day after (Thursday).
You may have noticed the webcam is offline.
We are having building and electrical work done, so have no PC or streaming at the moment.
We hope to be back as soon as possible.
We've had some beautiful weather here today, same as yesterday - has anybody else had it?
We took Zoey for her walk around the forest, and for the first time since we have lived here the forest was dry and not deathly slippy with mud!
Well, first of all Zoey found a dead thing to roll on, only it was at the top of a hill, so she actually missed it, rolled all the way down the hill, and lay upside-down at our feet!! She was a little grubby after that...THEN the field we walk through was dotted with dried, crusty poo from some animal. Zoey had a little taste and promptly flopped onto it for a roll...'ah well, at least it's dry' we thought...WRONG!!! :gasp:
The poo was wet, gunky and stinky on the inside...ewwww! So Zoey's left side was covered in poop hahahaha!
And finally, on our way out of the forest, Zoey waded through the one and only bog in the WHOLE forest and covered her feet in sludge. Which would have been fine, only she sat down in the middle of the path and scratched her head with a gunky foot!!
So this is what we came back with...
You have only a few more days to get your entry into the competition!
If you can think of a poem, joke, draw a picture or anything else you can think of related to hens and hencam, post it and show off your skills to the rest of us!
Scarlet raised the bar (admittedly to quite a low height) with this epic... thing...
Well it's been a while but Easter is nearing so what better way to welcome you all to the site than 2014's hencam Easter competition?!
There is chocolate to be won!
Simply post your bestest Easter drawing, poem or joke in the Hencam 2014 Easter Competition thread!
There are some simply stunning prizes to be won (this part may be slightly EGGxaggerated). Chocolate Easter eggs! Yay!
As I'm not sure a chocolate egg will make it to the US in one piece (and I can't afford the postage), the prize for the winning entry from the US will be an Amazon voucher worth over $30! ($30.46 to be EGGxact!!)