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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 2:45pm (Jun 7th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Whoops, stupid system :)

    Will look at adding a 'the cam is offline!' reporting button, but people will just probably hammer it even when it is working!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2012 3:09pm (Jun 7th 2012)
     
    Many thanks Neil, Lovely to see the hens again.

    We'll promise not to touch an "Off Line" button unless required.
    That'll be fun. Like dialing 999...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2012 6:11pm (Jun 8th 2012)
     
    Thank you, Neil for putting hencam back on line for us..it's great to see the girls again. I love the girl's new flag!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2012 10:43am (Jun 12th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahh the girls look so cute right now!! Both lying on the coop floor by the door, little splodgy puddles of black feathers...I think they're trying to sun bathe despite there not being much sun :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2012 3:45pm (Jun 12th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm gonna make a thread to post all the pics from a walk we took along the canal the other night, but this video is stupidly cute so I thought I'd put it here for now :smile:

    The gosling that constantly attacks me, we've called him Nibbler. The one with Nibbler but belonging to other parents is Custard, and the seven (I think) baby gosling in the water, the excitable one is called Jumper!

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 12:16am (Jun 13th 2012)
     
    Love those those geeses, the young ones are so cute and cheeky.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2012 5:55am (Jun 13th 2012)
     
    I love the video, Red..I love baby geese..the ones I raised have turned into juvenile delinquents and are always getting into trouble..like eating the wires off the horse trailer, stealing Don's tools out of the shop..if they can pick something up, they run off with it. I keep reminding him that he said he wanted more geese and they only turned into delinquents after he started taking of them.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2012 12:25pm (Jun 14th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle has decided that he likes geese more than chickens now, and he really wants to own some someday...I have a plan to buy a load of Buff Orps, Silkies, and hatch out some peepers too, to win him back to the chicken side :rolling:

    I do really like geese though, I've heard they make great guard dogs!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2012 12:59pm (Jun 14th 2012)
     
    I was a "postie" many years ago and one farm had geese in the front yard. There was a large stick by the gate to use as defence, though if there was anyone in the house they would come out, being alerted by the geese.
    My, they do make a din. Scared the wits out of me!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2012 5:26pm (Jun 14th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha that's brilliant! Me and Lyle were 'mugged' by two geese when we were walking back along the canal. It was dark and we'd just nipped to the shop before it shut; they jumped out of the water, stood tall, barged up to us so they were brushing against us, and wouldn't let us past until we'd fed them :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2012 5:47pm (Jun 14th 2012)
     
    A piano frame factory we went to had a flock of geese as a burglar alarm/deterrent. Worked well!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2012 8:03am (Jun 15th 2012)
     
    The geese make a lot more noise than any rooster I've ever had. They do make good watch dogs..no one gets in here that they don't start screaming at them. They also can bite pretty hard too, so you have to be careful around them.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2012 10:49pm (Jun 15th 2012)
     
    Runner ducks are very cute (oh hang on, you want geese don't you! Well, they're sort of goose-like!) :face-smile:

    I was once bitten by a swan and oh boy did that hurt!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2012 10:00pm (Jun 16th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Jumper gosling made me bleed twice :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2012 3:42pm (Jun 17th 2012)
     
    Praps you should rechristen him Fang...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2012 9:36pm (Jul 15th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Forgot to add I saw the girls a couple nights ago and they are as lovely as ever. I managed to turf Tilly out of bed on the promise of raisins :laugh:

    Lyle's little brother had never seen a chicken anywhere near close before. Before he met them he was making silly jokes, then he moved on to 'why would anyone want a chicken?', and then when he actually saw Penny up close and got chance to stroke her...you could tell he liked her, and was saying how soft she was :smile:

    I asked if he wanted to collect eggs, as most people think that's pretty cool, which he grudgingly did...whilst saying over and over "and these come out their bum?!" :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2012 9:52pm (Jul 15th 2012)
     
    That's too funny,Red:lol:

    Posted By: Red"and these come out their bum?!"
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2012 11:53pm (Jul 15th 2012)
     
    When I was little I thought babies came out of their mom's bum! I suppose it was pretty logical when people say things like "she's got a baby in her tummy". Food goes to tummy goes to bum, so why shouldnt' a baby?!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 10:31am (Jul 16th 2012)
     
    An easy mistake - I've heard a lot of midwives tell Mums to push their baby out as if it is coming that way!!!
    (Ollie = long retired midwife)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 10:25pm (Jul 16th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha. My mum taught me the birds and the bees when I was very young, preschool age. So I was always the knowledgeable one laughing at my friends for thinking a stork and a baby button (bellybutton) were involved :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2012 11:52pm (Jul 16th 2012)
     
    I really don't remember being told 'the facts of life' but also recall thinking that my friends were really dumb because they thought the stork brought babies, or that they came out of the belly button. I don't understand why parents tell out and out lies about babies - you have to pitch your information to the child's age and understanding. I'm pretty sure I wasn't as young as you though Red!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2012 5:16pm (Jul 17th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've heard a lot of child behavioural specialists and Dr's saying the younger you can have the talk the better, with one saying every child should know the birds and the bees before the age of 4. Obviously not in great detail, but a general understanding of the facts about where babies come from. I totally agree with that; knowledge is power :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2012 11:18pm (Jul 17th 2012)
     
    Hmm, I wonder if Caitlyn knows? Will have to ask her - then send her off to ask mommy or daddy the question if she doesn't! (revenge of the nanny!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 4:58am (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    It's a little before 5 in the morning and Penny is up and outside pecking around. She seems so lonely.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 8:39am (Jul 22nd 2012) edited
     
    You're up early Lynn.

    Neil/Red, Are there any plans afoot for company for Penny? Would "oven-readies" be too traumatic for every one?
    I suppose these chucks are still available despite the campaigns?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 6:41pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    Penny is talking up a storm this morning. ARE THERE NEW CHICKENS IN THE PEN WITH HER???
    I could swear I see White chickens in the back of the pen.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 6:56pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    THERE ARE NEW CHICKENS IN THE PEN!!!!! I SEE AT LEAST 3 MORE CHICKENS!!!!!! ONE LOOKS LIKE MILLY, ONE IS LIGHT BROWN AND I CAN'T SEE WHAT COLOR THE LAST ONE IS..WOOO HOOO!
    :yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 7:03pm (Jul 22nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Lynn, well done you are the first to spot them.

    Penny was very stressed as she doesn't like to be alone - she did the danger call whenever Tilly went up to lay after milly died...

    We decided to get her some company as soon as possible to try and ease the integration, but it's not really worked out that way, there will be a bit of pecking and bullying whilst the pecking order is established, hopefully Penny will see the newcomers as sisters in the next day or two.

    She seems quite accepting at the moment (well, only jumping on and pecking the others when they get too close! She isn't chasing them and pinning them down thankfully!), so fingers crossed it should go relatively smoothly.

    No names for the new hens yet so am not sure what to do - I'm seeing if Scarlet can come up with anything.

    First quick pic:

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 7:17pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    They are BEAUTIFUL, Neil!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 7:20pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    Wonderful news; I hope they all settle down happily together soon. :heart:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 7:31pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    It's going to be such fun watching them grow up, as they look fairly young.
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 7:37pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    This is Wonderful !!!!
    The new girls look great..
    Waiting till bedtime now to see what happens - could be traumatic. Hope you're on stand-by Neil.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 8:04pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    They look very young. Are they all from the same place or are they all strangers to each other?

    I see Red is there too. Neil has brought in the reinforcements..
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 9:37pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    That speckly hen has fallen for you Neil !
    She's crawling all over you.

    They don't want to go to bed though and are piling back downstairs after being put up.
    What comes next?
    Is it like naughty children and they go up - or else!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 9:46pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    For the last hour I have been watching a fox repeatedly run through my garden passing me about six feet away.
    On one trip had a mouth crammed with sausage rolls! Then five minutes later some huge cooked sausages!
    Someone's barbie is getting rather depleted!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 9:50pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    Penny went to bed ages ago, poss to make sure she got her own place.
    The new hens are desparate to go to bed and keep going up and down the ladder.
    Hope we can have the bedroom cam on cycle soon please.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 9:51pm (Jul 22nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKThat speckly hen has fallen for you Neil !
    She's crawling all over you.

    They don't want to go to bed though and are piling back downstairs after being put up.
    What comes next?
    Is it like naughty children and they go up - or else!!!


    Bless I think they really want to roost but need to learn about the stairway... I was a bit shocked when she jumped on my knee and even more so when she nearly took my head off flying onto my shoulder!

    She was quite laid back though and wasn't bothered about me stroking her - I think they are more placid at night.

    it looks like it's happening (or not!) as I see the white one going up and down - hopefully she'll settle eventually!

    [update]

    One of them was trying to roost on the top step of the ladder, so I've gently placed them on the roosts and they've gone straight to sleep

    Penny is sleeping on the floor of the upper nestbox at the back out of camera shot, but you can see the three new hens on the roosts.

    I just breathed in a load of DE - ugh! I spent most of the morning cleaning the coop, emptying it of all the rubbish it had acquired and digging it over and mixing a bit of fresh compost in. It's probably easier if I do it more often! Then I liberally doused everything in DE and went for a shower. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2012 10:48pm (Jul 22nd 2012)
     
    Thanks for posting a picture Neil, they are beautiful! Can't choose a favourite as they are all lovely.

    I hope Penny settles with them soon. It would be nice for her to be at the top of the pecking order for a change - she's never been in that position before has she?!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 12:34am (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    lovely to see the beautiful new girls a great pic of them squeezed in together. I just know they will all be very happy at hen cam.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 9:36am (Jul 23rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well after having to put the new hens to bed last night, early the next morning Helen let them out, Penny came straight out (as she always does) but the other three were staying put!

    I ended up 'helping' them down - the ginger one I think is going to be special as she already doesn't mind getting picked up and she was eating from my hand today, and didn't seem afraid at all.

    They are afraid of Penny however who is still trying to stamp her authority - she went up to lay an egg then came back down and resumed making sure she was at the top of the pecking order...

    I spent over an hour with them today and apart from pecking order issues which I hope will be resolved soon, they look great together.

    I've left them today divided by wire mesh, just so they can see each other but not actually get to each other so Penny isn't too hard on them - she can be quite vindictive when she wants, but I suppose that's the natural chicken way...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 10:28am (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    Penny is making her noises more than usual. It is almost a "Big Egg" crow. She really is throwing her authority around! She'd make a good politician with all that banter.
    Penny for PM...!

    Can't hear anything from the other girls. Maybe they are too far from the mike'

    We'll be watching them all day on a little window in the corner of our screens!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 11:44am (Jul 23rd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Glad you can see/hear the girls, it's not working for me here!

    I've left a netting divider to keep them separate, that way they can see/hear each other, without getting too physical.

    I'm not that sure it helps (the pecking order will need sorting out eventually, so keeping them separate seems like you're just delaying the inevitable). A lot of people swear by this method though - we'll know if it works soon enough!

    The other girls are being very quiet - they need to settle in first.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 5:47pm (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    Neil, I always keep my new chicks separate from my big girls..I keep the babies in a pen next to the big chickens and move it closer every few days..the big girls can see the babies, but not get to them. Then I put them together one night after dark, by the next morning they just all except the new kids as part of the flock and there is very little fighting over who is boss.

    The netting between them is a great idea. It might take a couple of weeks, but Penny will come to like them in time.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 7:18pm (Jul 23rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn, it's nice to know it's worked for you in the past!

    I'm sat with them now and both Penny and the new hens seem a lot less anxious. Both ginger and the white one will eat out of my hand and don't mind being stroked at all.

    Penny seems much quieter and is more bothered about mealworms than hassling the newcomers, another good sign hopefully.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 8:11pm (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    Looks like "Gina" (my late-hubby's nick name) is trying to make friends with Penny through the wire.

    I like the name "Blue" for the grey hen = animal kingdom's name for grey colouring.

    As for the white hen, well you can't beat names like "Snowdrop" etc.,

    Any more suggestions?

    Red seemed to be using more human like names for them this afternoon.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 23rd, 2012 9:37pm (Jul 23rd 2012)
     
    Poor Lil'Gina.
    Penny got out of the back section and gave Gina a chasing round, Gina eventually got herself through the wire under the stairs and into the back.
    Penny went to bed, the other two already up there, didn't make a sound.
    Gina came out through the wire at the bottom near the door. She went upstairs very warily, only to be shouted back down!
    However a few nervous tries later all now seems quiet up there.

    Waiting for bedroom cam to come on.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 12:02am (Jul 24th 2012)
     
    Poor girl!! She's very brave to persevere when Penny is chasing her around like that! HOpe they are all good friends soon.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 5:40am (Jul 24th 2012)
     
    It may take a week or two, but I'm sure they will work things out..Penny will be the boss hen, at least for the first year or so.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 6:55pm (Jul 24th 2012)
     
    All the chickens seem so much calmer this evening. Penny seems to be doing fine now with having the new kids in the pen.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 7:42pm (Jul 24th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks for the update Lynn - useful when I'm not around that there are others watching them for us. :)

    There's a cunning mesh divider keeping them apart, but it has holes in it so they share the same water and food - I thought it might help if they could get 'close' but not be able to be chased.

    I'll leave it like this for a few days then try introduce them and see how it goes...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2012 8:21pm (Jul 24th 2012) edited
     
    This is chicken psychology that could teach some of us a few lessons in tolerance.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2012 6:43am (Jul 25th 2012)
     
    The 3 new girls were sleeping in the nest box..some noise woke them up and the white girl hoped out of the nest box..Penny attacked her..she is hiding in the corner on the floor. I hope Penny didn't hurt her too badly. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2012 11:08am (Jul 25th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Must have been just before I let them out - she seems fine, but I'm going to keep them separate until the next weekend I think (so another 10 days), but let them sleep together. They're supposed to be more placid and tolerant at night!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2012 8:56pm (Jul 25th 2012) edited
     
    The youngsters have gone up to bed now, Penny is trying to get through the netting to join them in the roost. She's banging and flapping around a lot.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2012 9:53am (Jul 26th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's annoying as I have to keep checking on them to make sure the new chicks have gone to bed, then check to see if Penny is ready to go up, I invariably miss it then end up forgetting and having to wake Penny up to get her to bed!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2012 8:48pm (Aug 2nd 2012)
     
    Oh Neil, this is amazing! All the hens in together now.
    Penny is so big compared to the new girls, I hadn't realised that thhey were so much smaller.
    They're all squeezed into the nest box together, Penny seemed to sleep on the floor previously.
    Looking forward to seeing them in the coop tomorrow.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 3rd, 2012 12:00am (Aug 3rd 2012)
     
    Wonderful news, great to hear they are settling in beautifully. Good girls and good Neil for being patient.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2012 4:01am (Aug 5th 2012)
     
    It's so nice to see all 4 hens asleep in the nest box. Penny does look big beside the new kids. It's wonderful that they are getting along now.:yay_jump:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeAug 5th, 2012 9:56am (Aug 5th 2012)
     
    Neil thank you for introducing us to the new girls, I do like their names, they are all lovely looking hens and so pleased they are getting along nicely.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 6th, 2012 7:38pm (Aug 6th 2012)
     
    Penny is bullying Elsie tonight. Not a lot, just a little chase now and then.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2012 6:25am (Aug 7th 2012)
     
    The girls are outside for the day, but the cam is still on the nest box, so I can't see what they are doing yet. I can hear them pecking at the food dish though. It's fairly quiet, so they must all be getting along at the moment.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 8th, 2012 9:32am (Aug 8th 2012) edited
     
    This morning, Tilly is giving a gentle peck to all who come in range just to be sure they know who is "Queen of the Coop".
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2012 5:40am (Aug 16th 2012)
     
    The girls are still in their sleeping quarters. Sophie is on the floor and Penny is on the roost above her and it looks like Ivy is in the next box..I hope Penny doesn't pooh on Sophie's head. I don't see Elsie at the moment, unless she is behind Penny.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2012 11:22pm (Aug 17th 2012)
     
    The girls are sleeping, and I can hear the rain dripping..I sure wish we had rain here right now..it's 95F..my poor chickens are so miserable in this heat.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2012 2:50pm (Aug 22nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've had enough rain this summer to last... well, a long time!

    We are due some of your weather Lynn, I wish we could swap just for a bit. :)

    There's been flooding and all sorts over the last few weeks, kind of depressing but I'm not very good in heat either (I just sweat then melt!)

    On the occasional drier days we've had, I noticed that Penny was dust-bathing a lot more recently, which is good. And she's sleeping on the roosts again, it's nice to see her back to her old self.

    She's also secretly enjoying the top of the pecking order I think, though she's sometimes a bit too eager to put the others in their place!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2012 10:55pm (Aug 22nd 2012)
     
    It's good to hear that Penny is doing well and is (finally!) top-hen! I always had a soft spot for her - love an underdog, er, underhen!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2012 3:38am (Aug 24th 2012)
     
    Penny does seem to be happy now that she has adjusted to the new kids. Neil I hope you weather doesn't get as hot as ours did. After several days of it, I just get sick from the heat. It has cooled off here, no rain yet, but it only got to the upper 60's today..it sure feels better!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2012 7:02pm (Aug 29th 2012)
     
    What's tha' up tu in't chicken run lad?
    "Real Robots" something-or-other came into view!!! Crickey, what's next???

    Penny seemed to be bossing you around a bit too. Did you get pecked? She's getting plenty of practice at that lately.
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2012 8:33am (Sep 2nd 2012)
     
    Hi I need some help my hen florrie, has got quite a big swollen belly and its quite hard. I've just give her a warm bath, she's not layed an egg for atleast 6 months. But lately I've been giving my 2 girls cheese because 1 stopped laying and it's got her back on the nest but florrie has been eating it aswell could it have made her want to lay again? If she hasn't layed for a while could the eggs get stuck???
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2012 8:34am (Sep 2nd 2012)
     
    Hi again this morning she is walking around just fine! But over night she has pooped out some shell coloured blobs ang green poooooo!
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2012 9:02am (Sep 2nd 2012)
     
    And just now as i was putting some vaseline on her vent i think i saw some blood inside it.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2012 6:01pm (Sep 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    George, you are better posting your q as a new thread in the "care" section. It might get missed otherwise.

    Ollie, I was moving the main cam and the bloody chickens were trying to eat the screws from it! I panicked when I saw it in her mouth - thankfully got it back without having to wait for it from the other end!

    Cam is a bit more "chicken-eye level" so hopefully slight improvement...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2012 5:51am (Sep 5th 2012) edited
     
    Watching the dawn break over Wibsey. I might even see the chicks getting up, I've never managed that yet.

    One of the girls has been nudging that bedroomcam again. They never seem to get it exactly how they want it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2012 11:26pm (Sep 5th 2012)
     
    I can see just the floor of the bedroom and no one is near it. They must all be in the nest box sleeping. The cam is pointed too low now, Neil...the girls must have bumped it so no one can watch them sleeping..could be a privacy thing with them.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2012 6:27am (Sep 6th 2012)
     
    The girls just woke up and came running down the ramp and hit the feed dish first thing...they are sooo cute! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2012 1:40pm (Sep 6th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll fix it when I get chance. :-)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2012 10:10am (Sep 7th 2012)
     
    Thanks Neil, you look after us addicts so well, we only have to snap our fingers and you comply.
    I can see you now struggling into that little room and squirming around those perches to get the best camera angle. Not a job to undertake after a hard day in the office, definitely for the weekend.
    It should be fun watching!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 7:15am (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    Thank you for all you do for us, Neil.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2012 12:20pm (Sep 8th 2012)
     
    yep thanks from me too Neil!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2012 3:42am (Sep 9th 2012)
     
    The cam seems to be offline now. :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2012 10:06pm (Sep 15th 2012)
     
    All back to normal again in Hencam.
    I rather like the change to just in the coop instead of flicking around.

    The new girls are growing really fast. It's getting a bit of a squash in the bedroom!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2012 12:33am (Sep 16th 2012)
     
    The new hens are in the nest box and Penny is on the roost, they are all sleeping like good girls.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2012 11:29am (Sep 17th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I desperately need to give the nest box a clean - three girls in there overnight isn't good for it, and I think somebody (not me honest) didn't put the cover on properly so rain has got in a bit!

    I'll clean it tonight at 6pm - not sure if you'll be able to see anything but I'll put the bed cam on for it. :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2012 10:14am (Oct 2nd 2012) edited
     
    I notice that Penny is often up in the nest box.
    The other girls nip up the ramp and on seeing her nip down again.
    I wonder if they are wanting access or just teasing Penny.

    Those hens are growing so fast. Are they laying better eggs now?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2012 6:45pm (Oct 2nd 2012)
     
    The girls are in bed now, the days are getting shorter so I won't be able to see them outside much till next Spring. It sounds like it's raining pretty hard there at hencam.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2012 8:36pm (Oct 5th 2012)
     
    The nights are certainly drawing in now Lynn. I also miss the nice light nights. It is nice to get settled in for the evening and get the knitting needles and wool out again though. I bought myself a new sewing machine a few months back so look forward to getting to grips with it during the winter months. It's an all singing and dancing one so will be interesting to get going with it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2012 5:15pm (Oct 6th 2012)
     
    ...and we want pics of the results, too, NN!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2012 1:48am (Oct 10th 2012)
     
    The girls are sleeping now, it seems so strange not to see little Penny in there with the new kids. Someone's car alarm was going off for a while and woke them up, but it's quiet now.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2012 6:31pm (Oct 10th 2012)
     
    I just heard Red in the pen with the girls giving them treats..great to hear her voice again.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2012 6:49pm (Oct 20th 2012)
     
    What's going on in the coop???
    It is way past dark and the girls seem to be locked out of the sleeping quarters!
    Ooops. Where's the doorman?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2012 10:20pm (Oct 20th 2012)
     
    Oh, now theye've switched the lights on and are having a party. They must have sent out for a take-away.
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2012 11:16am (Oct 23rd 2012)
     
    Neil says "Ivy found sitting on eleven eggs!"
    Someone's been popping them out.
    She must have scrounged some from the others too.
    :milly_hen::milly_hen::milly_hen:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2012 4:28pm (Oct 23rd 2012)
     
    :face-smile: Sinead does/did that - I'm still not sure who Lemon's mum is!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2012 7:09pm (Oct 23rd 2012)
     
    Probably all three of the girls are laying now and Ivy has taken them all to hatch out..Neil should talk to Ivy and explain to her that without a rooster in there, nothing pretty much will ever hatch.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 10:27am (Oct 31st 2012) edited
     
    What have the girls found to play with this morning?

    Ivy came dashing out of the dust box with something in her beak.
    My first thought was that it was Mel (!!!) a little grey furry ball. They seemed to roll it round the floor for a short time and then lost interest - or it got away.

    I did wonder if it was something Red had put in, possibly a net ball filled with goody food for them to chase about.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2012 8:02pm (Nov 5th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not sure what it could have been?!?

    They've had a few treats but nothing that matches that description - strange!

    They do seem to try and eat the weirdest things though - long pieces of straw, leaves..!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 5th, 2012 8:12pm (Nov 5th 2012)
     
    If it was a mouse, they could have eaten it, mine do that all the time when one catches a mouse.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2012 4:13pm (Nov 6th 2012)
     
    Mine attacked Sootz when he had caught a sparrow a few weeks ago. He was just comming down the garden so proud he had caught it when they mobbed him. One picked it up and then they started their hen rugby with it. I have tried to follow their game but they have quite complex rules about the acctual touch down, Then regarding where they are in the pecking order seems to dictate who is able to run with it next. I was upset for the poor little bird but thankfully it was already dead before they got it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 6th, 2012 6:52pm (Nov 6th 2012)
     
    What a marvellous description NN! Made me laugh anyway - firstly Sootz getting mugged for his spoils and then them playing with it. So strange!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2012 10:18pm (Nov 7th 2012)
     
    Animals are so comical at times we just dont think of them as having a sense of humour or enjoying a good game for the fun of it unless it is a cat or a dog.