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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 17th, 2015 3:37pm (Oct 17th 2015)
     
    Just saw Renee having a peck at Lesley, but Lesley didn't even notice. So lovely to see them - thanks again Neil for the great cam views.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 4:08pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad's built a perch for the run and Renee and Ariel especially seem to LOVE it!! Mabel is still perching (and pooing) on the food and water though haha :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 4:19pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     
    Can you move the food and water so she can't?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 4:47pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The plan is to hang the water a bit higher so it's not so easy to get on (sure I'll be proven wrong though) - I put it on some bricks to raise it a bit, but that seems to have just made it more fun to fly onto...

    :_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 6:56pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love that you've made them a perch and she still prefers the containers :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2015 4:44pm (Oct 21st 2015)
     
    A bit like kids who get new toys and play with the boxes...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 12:38am (Oct 22nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't think the girls have enjoyed the weather today, we've heard / witnessed a lot more punishing pecks on the cam! Still nowhere near as much as I was expecting in the first few days, just more than there has been so far! I didn't see who it was every time, but Renee told a few of the girls off :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 10:30am (Oct 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, the weather has turned wetter and windier - luckily my clear covering I ordered earlier arrived yesterday, so this morning I had chance to (mostly) get it on - it needs re-jigging tonight if I can sort some light out!

    It should protect them through winter from the buffeting winds and keep the rain off them too - that's if it doesn't get destroyed first (hope it doesn't, it was expensive!)

    I'll try get a pic of it and post on here tomorrow when it's light.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 6:09pm (Oct 22nd 2015)
     
    YAY! After all these years - I can see the video again. Thank you so much, Neil. Hi everybody !!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 6:53pm (Oct 22nd 2015)
     
    Hi Diane! Hope everything is good with you. xxx
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 10:08pm (Oct 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That is great news Diane, just in time for getting to know the new girls too... :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 10:51am (Oct 27th 2015) edited
     
    When will we expect any eggs to be laid?
    I realise this is the "off" season for that, also the move to their new home may have been a little stressfull.

    Will eggs come in all different colours? Sizes will vary of course.

    It's going to be very exciting!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 11:51am (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Omb omb omb omb I SEE MY MUM ON CAM!!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 11:53am (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh wait the cam's not live...then when was THIS from, and why is it showing me it?! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 11:55am (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay no my dad says she is in there now...hahaha this is too funny!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 11:56am (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think she's beginning clicker training with them :woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 12:12pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That was soooo cute!! Just spoke on phone - she's bringing them some apple now :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 12:15pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha yay special mention, bye man! :heart:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 12:28pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     
    Helen was hand feeding the chickens with what appeared to be mealworms. They loved them and took them straight from her hand. Beautiful.
    Then they tucked into Apple chunks, throwing them all around to break pieces off. What a spectacle!

    I'm intrigued with that guillotine door. You say it is light activated? Hope it goes down slowly. Must watch this at dusk.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 2:32pm (Oct 27th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You can set it to either timed or light-activated. I'm guessing the timed option would only be useful if you were controlling the lighting available too (the days getting longer/shorter would mean you end up with locked-out chickens otherwise!)

    The light-sensitive option which we use is great - it's *very* sensitive, so the hens are in bed about an hour before the door closes. It opens up as soon as the sun begins to rise, and as it's light-activated it means that daylight savings, or short winter days or long summer days don't affect it at all - you just need to make sure the batteries are ok (there's a low battery warning). It's nice to have as it means it's an extra defence against foxes and keeps breezes and chills out off the girls whilst they sleep.

    (shout out to Chicken Guard / Rooster Release - automatic chicken door opener!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 10:44pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     
    That's a great idea for a door - I thought you were joking at first. Could one of the hens be shut out accidentally or do hens always retire when it starts towards dusk/darkness?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 9:15am (Oct 28th 2015)
     
    I love "light activated" gadgets.
    I have loads of fairy lights, red berry size for in the holly tree, blues for the garden arch, etc., etc.,
    Also a couple of rotating prisms on the south window that shoot rainbow spots all round the room when the sun shines.
    CCTVs whose cameras are activated when their beam is broken by someone walking there.

    Did have tiny stars and a big moon on bedroom ceiling, they had luminescent paint so shone after lights out. Had to come off when ceiling needed painting, then someone decided I was rather too old for nursery stuff!

    Will set an alarm clock to remind me to watch the hens go to bed and the guillotine operate.... Watching the bed time ceremony used to be my favourite part of the day with Milly and her little troupe.

    :night_moon:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 12:49pm (Oct 28th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, the hens would always be in bed well before the door activates - chickens go to bed as dusk approaches - they do have a funny regime of who is allowed to go in first, and some will dither over whether they actually want to go to bed or not (and keep going in/coming out!) but they take themselves to bed every night well before the door closes. They're good like that! If there was a problem (ill health, or mites making them avoid the coop), they'd try and roost somewhere high up from predators so wouldn't be anywhere near the door.

    Ollie, I think guillotine might be stretching it a bit - it's aluminium (light-weight but strong) and lowers slowly and carefully into the closed position when all the chickens are safely in bed and keeps out foxes and other predators - chickenguard did their homework (as did we)...

    I ordered a new camera today (miniature wide-angle camera) so it will be fun choosing somewhere interesting to put it - it was going to go in the chicken wagon but it doesn't have IR unfortunately.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 2:11pm (Oct 28th 2015)
     
    ANOTHER cam!
    This is Christmas every few days at Hencam. There can't be too many cams.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 2:15pm (Oct 28th 2015)
     
    Wide angle, hmmm, the present main cam doesn't get full view of the dust bath.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 2:17pm (Oct 28th 2015)
     
    What happens if you try an arial view? Straight down from above.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2015 9:01pm (Oct 28th 2015)
     
    I can't believe how fab it is to have hencam back with a great pen, coop, door, gadgets, cameras and, of course beautiful hens!! We are lucky hencammers!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 6:29pm (Oct 29th 2015)
     
    Aren't we just!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 11:00pm (Oct 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My mum hung a broccoli in the coop after doing more clicker training today (which I missed :( but she says she's seen some amazing progress already!) and omb did the girls love it! Leslie especially went craaazy for it; every time we came home throughout the day I would rewind the cam and watch bits and nine times out of ten Leslie would be pecking away at the broccoli :rolling:

    Leslie also seemed to enjoy hitting the other girls with the broccoli, which we thought was just *hilarious*! Also my dad's perch seems to have become saggy (bwahaha) and now acts as more of a seesaw...really fun to watch though and the chickens don't seem to mind at all :smile:

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 9:18am (Oct 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's Leslie's fault - it needs another screw to hold it tight as I didn't realise what a beast she was! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 4:39pm (Oct 30th 2015)
     
    Helen is out on the coop again! She'll get that chicken on her knee very soon.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 8:38pm (Oct 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh, gonna see if I can rewind far enough to watch :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 8:39pm (Oct 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Noooo it's too long ago :'(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2015 3:51pm (Oct 31st 2015) edited
     
    Both Helen and Neil in the run this afternoon!
    Bags and bags of pea gravel being spread around.
    The chicks were not impressed and it took a little time before they would walk on it.
    I sympathise, I hate walking on gravel.
    The girls had spotted the words on the bags "Pea Gravel"
    So started sampling the "peas"!
    Neil went crazy shouting at them.

    I'll go back now to see how they are all getting on.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2015 8:13pm (Oct 31st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My parents have made the first steps to adding a drainage system to the run today.

    Their garden is absolutely terrible in wet weather and just turns into one big bog. When we had Libby, Tilly, and Penny (followed by Milly!) they free-ranged, and the combination of scratching chickens, rain and poop turned the garden into a quagmire. I distinctly remember one morning before school going out to see the girls, collect eggs and clean the nest box, and when I took a step down into the lower level of garden I slid on one foot all the way to the old coop / rabbit run - terrifying! :rolling:

    So the new girls had turf down to scratch and keep things tidy, but according to my dad the grass has become like a sponge, and when you step on it, it oozes water! This is despite the fact that most the run is covered!

    Their plan is to add gravel to the spongy grass (which provides really good drainage) and then cover the gravel with sand, or something equally pleasant for the hens to scratch in.

    Here's some footage of the renovations for those that missed it (yes, it's quite exciting, it does after all involve my dad tipping gravel from bags :rolling: ). The girls were of course wary of the gravel at first (all chickens seem to hate stepping on new things; I remember even when Tilly and Penny were 9+ years old they still wouldn't stand in the dust bathing area when it had new sand put in :rolling: ) but they soon realised it was fun to peck at, walk on and dig in :smile:



    What will happen next?!?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2015 8:22pm (Oct 31st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ollie, hens can be kept on concrete so they'd have no problem on pea gravel. They naturally eat gravel as they don't have teeth so I wasn't entirely surprised when they sampled the smaller bits!

    The gravel is as Scarlet says to give some drainage, there's quite a deep layer of sand on top which is all part of keeping the hens happy, mud isn't good for feathered feet. They can dust bathe anywhere now...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2015 8:23pm (Oct 31st 2015)
     
    The pen is looking great, Neil!

    Diane is was great to see you in here again!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2015 10:40am (Nov 1st 2015) edited
     
    So the pebbly beach (like Brighton) is being topped with sand (Blackpool style).
    Buckets and spades next.

    Now Neil is installing a second swing!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2015 5:29pm (Nov 2nd 2015) edited
     
    Puzzled... Watching the girls going to bed on my laptop, I also had the iPad running.
    On the laptop it came dark and they all went inside, about half an hour later the door closed in line with the darkness outside my window.
    But, on my iPad dusk is only just starting to fall.
    My question is, how can I tell the time of what I'm seeing please?
    Not noticed any of the girls wearing a wrist watch.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2015 9:42am (Nov 3rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's because they don't have wrists.

    I've noticed sometimes when the cam opens on mobile devices it starts at some point in the past - if you click the 'Live' icon then the live dot will go red to show you're watching what's happening right now.

    I'm not buying a clock for the coop if that's what you are asking - large outdoor LED clocks are about £400 so if you're feeling generous Ollie...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2015 10:03am (Nov 3rd 2015)
     
    Thanks enormously for that information Neil. That's just what I need. Not tech' minded enough to work it out for myself!
    Hencam has taught me a lot about chickens and pooters and also brought a beautiful bunch of new friends.
    Well maybe not that new, I've been on here quite a few years now.

    My granddaughter says I'm a nutty old granny who sits all day watching chickens!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 3rd, 2015 10:34am (Nov 3rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You're welcome - it's a bit of a change from the old camstreams and the ability to rewind (and sometimes do it by itself) is a bit confusing... Another 'feature' - I only realised it was saving all previous hencam live footage as saved videos on my youtube channel the other day!

    Although quite why anyone would want to rewind and run the risk of seeing my arse-crack as I bend down to pick up chicken poo is beyond me! Family members are telling me to buy some higher waist-banded pants! You'd have to be bloody mental to want to see that. :face-devil-grin:

    I'm grateful for every viewer we have - if nobody watched then I'd be wasting my time keeping it online :) (well, it would be even more of a waste of time!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2015 6:59pm (Nov 4th 2015)
     
    Neil, you're a hoot!:rollonfloorlaughing:


    Posted By: neilAlthough quite why anyone would want to rewind and run the risk of seeing my arse-crack as I bend down to pick up chicken poo is beyond me! Family members are telling me to buy some higher waist-banded pants! You'd have to be bloody mental to want to see that
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2015 7:50am (Nov 18th 2015)
     
    Good Morning chicks,
    Good morning Neil.
    Thought I'd have breakfast with the hens today.
    7-30am, lovely picture of the front of the wagon with the pop-hole just opening and the girls streaming out to great Neil bringing their breakfast goodies.
    That has set me up for the day! Thank you.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2015 9:27am (Nov 18th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Morning! You're welcome. :)

    Nights are really drawing in now, if you want to watch them go to bed it's at about 3:45pm - 4pm.

    It's strange to think the days will keep getting shorter until December 22nd! It gets to a point (almost already there) where I don't get to see the hens except on my own website - go to work in the dark and get home in the dark... depressing.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2015 9:09pm (Nov 18th 2015)
     
    It really is depressing to always have to do things in the dark, Neil..but I enjoy watching the hens even if they are sleeping. I'm also looking forward to the days getting longer again too.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2015 10:47am (Nov 19th 2015)
     
    Why do the girls all sleep with their backs towards the door?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2015 11:15am (Nov 19th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm not sure! I wondered if it was just because they were facing that way when they went in the house - ie: they just walk in, jump up, and that's it - but the amount of fuss they cause when going to bed and moving about, I'm not sure.

    I don't think it's anything to do with drafts as there are ventilation slots at both ends (and the ones near the door are protected by the end tarpaulin - it hasn't had the gales hitting it.

    I have seen them face the other way occasionally, but as you say they normally all face away. Weird. I could move the camera to the other side but they'll all move and face the other way! It isn't the camera either as it's small and the IR led's are only faintly visible...

    I had a quick look to see if chickens were susceptible to infra-red light (I don't think they are), but I did find a really interesting article that described how they could see ultra-violet light as well as the normal colours we see.

    And even more strangely:

    Finally, blind birds can see light. Birds reproductive cycles are controlled by their pineal gland, which is located in the middle of the bird’s forehead, just under the skull. The skull is thin enough that reasonably bright light penetrates it and will still stimulate the hormone cascade that begins lay. Even blind chickens can "see" spring coming.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2015 4:49pm (Nov 19th 2015)
     
    Love the fairy lights.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2015 5:37pm (Nov 19th 2015)
     
    You should change the slogan after dark to 'More chickens' bums than you can shake a stick at!':face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2015 11:17pm (Nov 20th 2015) edited
     
    Had a good chu/ickle there CC.
    :zzzzz-chick::zzzzz-chick::zzzzz-chick::zzzzz-chick::zzzzz-chick::zzzzz-chick:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2015 8:52pm (Nov 21st 2015)
     
    Posted By: chief chicken'More chickens' bums than you can shake a stick at!'


    Waaaahahaha..CC you're too much.. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2015 9:51am (Nov 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I have a disturbing image now of someone shaking a stick at a row of chicken's bums...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2015 4:36pm (Nov 23rd 2015)
     
    This cold weather must be affecting the cameras.
    The indoor cam is angled onto a perch with one chick sleeping on the floor beneath.
    The front door cam has been slowly lowering until now the solar switch has gone out of view.

    It's raining outside, don't go out tonight!

    I never thought to look at Hencam during that blizzard the other night.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2015 5:38pm (Nov 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Someone or a chicken has knocked the camera on it's mount... I'll fix it if I can be bothered going out in the cold tonight :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2016 9:00pm (Jan 5th 2016)
     
    I.ve noticed that the coop door is still open.
    Is this alright? This area is not expecting particularly cold weather tonight.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2016 9:18pm (Jan 5th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Technical difficulties :(

    They'll be fine in this weather, they have feather duvets on...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2016 2:59pm (Jan 6th 2016)
     
    Wow! Eggs already.
    Is there any way of deciding who laid them?
    Some breeds of hens lay certain colours, I believe. Like the different wild birds do.
    Though those look rather neutral.

    When all the girls are in full lay, what will you do with all those eggs?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2016 9:21pm (Jan 7th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't believe you've had your first eggs! I'm so excited for the first bantie egg :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2016 12:16pm (Jan 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well when I fix the stupid droopy nest-box camera, we'll be able to see who laid it hopefully.

    I'm amazed one's started to lay already, I'm well happy about the eggs - hopefully there will be another today (wasn't one yesterday - booo) so we can have an omelette or fried egg sarnie tonight!

    Replacement door opener has arrived (thank you for the stellar customer service, chickenguard) - will fit it tomorrow morning.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2016 11:59am (Feb 2nd 2016)
     
    The hens are looking in fine fettle this morning very busy and positively glowing in this sunshine. They are such beautiful girls xxx
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2016 1:27pm (Feb 3rd 2016)
     
    I spy an egg in the box.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2016 5:57pm (Feb 3rd 2016)
     
    You saw it first, it's yours - Neil should bring it round to you!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2016 2:36pm (Feb 5th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenYou saw it first, it's yours - Neil should bring it round to you! :face-smile:


    She can have it, it was flamin' cracked!

    That isn't a nest box - it's the flat-roof of the two lovely straw-filled, round-cornered snug nest-boxes that for some reason our silly hen decides she doesn't want to actually lay in, so climbs up and lays the egg ON TOP of the bloody nest box which then rolls / gets pushed off and cracks when it hits the floor...

    We need one of the other hens to have words.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2016 7:21pm (Feb 5th 2016)
     
    Tell me about it. Our hens lay in the lovely warm hay-filled...rabbit hutch.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 7:58am (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    I've been sitting up so I can see the girls in the daylight again. It's so nice to see them all...it's midnight, so I'm going to have to head off to bed now, but it was so nice to see them moving around. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 1:09pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    Not long till spring Lynn so glad you got to see the girls they are so pretty xxx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 8:20pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    I can hardly wait..daylight savings time starts in just 4 weeks over here..I love it!:face-smile: I'll be able to see the girls more often.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2016 10:58am (Feb 20th 2016)
     
    I am so looking forward to the longer nights Lynn makes me feel more alive somehow xx
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 3:14pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sunset at 5:30pm today! So happy - soon it will still be light when I get home and I might see the hens up and about... By the end of next week it will stay light until nearly 6pm.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 5:02pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    This time next month you'll be enjoying your evening gin and tonic with a hen on your head...:face-devil-grin:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 6:57pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    sooo looking forwards to the lighter evenings and seeing you with a hen on your head Neil!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 4:14pm (Mar 14th 2016)
     
    Lovely amount of eggs today Neil. Nice omelette for tea?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 6:54pm (Mar 14th 2016)
     
    I got to see Neil out with the girls, and could hear Red on the phone with Neil...loved it!! The girls have gone to bed now..last one in was the little Silkie cross..they kept running her back out the door on her 4th or 5th try, she got to stay inside. She seems to be at the bottom of the pecking order. Silkies and Silkie crosses seem to always be at the bottom.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2016 7:30pm (Mar 14th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha that's crazy you got to hear both of us Lynn :) It was weird hearing myself and my dad twice XD

    Odd they kept running the Pilkie out, I've seen Ariel and both the banties submit to her, and she's quite spunky. I know Renee and the b&w Brahma are definitely above her though.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 9:25am (Mar 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wish I'd recorded the initial meeting - the Pilkie was really feisty! She stood up to the Brahma, properly fighting, but it seemed to calm down once Renee was in the naughty hotel.

    I've seen the girls diddle-daddle over going to bed, going in and coming out, so maybe she was just in two minds whether it was bed-time or not? Mrs Pilkington doesn't seem too scared of anyone - in fact she sleeps crushed next to one of the Brahmas usually I think..!

    They've had pro-biotic yoghurt (Activia! Even we don't get those!) - trying to keep them healthy after the recent stress, also gave them sugar water for a short time at Scarlet's recommendation, again to help through stress.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 10:28am (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    She sure is a proper little character. She does make me smile she goes about doing her own thing but doesnt miss a trick Bless her. They are settling in nicely together
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 4:44pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Could have done without a visit from Mr Fox earlier today... :\
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2016 5:14pm (Mar 15th 2016)
     
    Oh no hope he behaves himself.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2016 10:51am (Mar 16th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well the coop is enclosed thank god so he didn't get in, but he'd have had a very expensive buffet if he had... :(
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2016 5:52pm (Mar 16th 2016)
     
    I hope the Fox stays away, since he saw he couldn't get into the coop.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 11:22am (Mar 17th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've been doing some reading (which hasn't really put my mind at ease) - a lot of people say foxes will chew through chicken-wire - and they also have routes they follow each day so will probably pass by and check the fence for weakness again...

    Typically, the noise-thingy that was supposed to stop cats from crapping on your lawn stopped working a while ago so I have bought another that is supposed to deter foxes - I'm not 100% convinced they work but will give it a go. I also bought a 'scarecrow' which attaches to your hose and squirts if it detects movement, but it's a bit cumbersome and our hose leaks all the time the tap is on so it's not brilliant...

    I'd like to buy welded mesh but it's really expensive for a roll long enough to cover the whole coop - so trying other solutions first.

    Fingers crossed...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2016 6:54pm (Mar 17th 2016)
     
    Yes Fingers crossed Neil.....
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 5:32pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     
    I don't know about Foxes, Neil, but I know Coyotes can chew through chicken wire. I have my pens doubled with chicken wire and welded wire mesh, nothing tries to get into the pens now. I hope you find a solution to your Fox problem. I never had much luck with the motion detector sprinkler thingy..I was the only one that got wet.:face-sad:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 9:29am (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    You got a mouse Neil saw it last night. Zippy little devil couldnt get a screen shot also had help from Mallory she nearly had lap top on floor trying to see it. She still asks where is the man !!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 9:50am (Mar 31st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I saw the mouse too NN! We must have been watching at the same time...

    I don't really mind (although I don't like the idea of it introducing diseases into the coop if I'm honest) - Mrs Pilkington has a rattley chest this morning (she's had a bit of a cough since we got her) - the chances are it's not something really bad but it could be Bronchitis and apparently it should be ok and working it's way through hopefully, though I need to keep an eye on her - I really don't want any other nasties getting introduced.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 5:18pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    Posted By: nanny north She still asks where is the man !!!

    Scarred for life... :rolling::face-devil-grin:
    Poor Mrs P - can you give her anything, Neil, or will it be the vet again?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 5:25pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    We got mice also I been putting blue blocks under the hen house as Chewie can not get them under there. Sootz has now stopped frog watch and hangs out in Chewbaccas house. Luckily he is so proud of himself if he manages to catch anything he brings it straight to me, especially if he can let it go in the house !!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 5:26pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    CC I did say to her that he was upset cos we seen his bum and she said it dont matter Nanny we all got one !!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2016 5:37pm (Mar 31st 2016)
     
    Not like that one we haven't... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2016 10:42am (Apr 1st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ROFL! :D This *really* isn't what I envisaged when setting up hencam all those years ago...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2016 11:59am (Apr 1st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    "it dont matter, we all got one" - I think this will forever make me laugh. Dad, you need this as a tattoo :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2016 3:57pm (Apr 1st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You know... I'm tempted... :)
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2016 7:04pm (Apr 1st 2016) edited
     
    Ha ha butt:face-devil-grin: to high up Neil
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 1st, 2016 7:23pm (Apr 1st 2016)
     
    Exactly what I was thinking - it ought to be:face-devil-grin: somewhere a bit more...cheeky!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2016 5:54pm (Apr 2nd 2016)
     
    Posted By: nanny northit don't matter Nanny we all got one !!!!!!!!!


    ROTFL..NN, Your grandchild is priceless!!:rollonfloorlaughing:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 12:51am (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    She cracks me up with the things she comes out with Lynn. Latest one was when we went to the shore and I said stand near the Lobster pots and Grandad will take your picture.......... "Lobster?" thats a funny name and why do they go in pots ? Dont they have toilets?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 3:57pm (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    She has a point - I never realised lobsters were toilet trained either!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2016 6:54pm (Apr 4th 2016)
     
    I see Neil in the pen with the girls, they sure know when Neil gets home.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2016 11:02am (Apr 5th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm just a treat on legs to them :) They are all pretty friendly - and some are toooo friendly haha :)