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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 5:06pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry guys it will be a bit late tonight as we're at my mums for tea :)

    Should be home about 7:30pm...
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 5:17pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     
    Hi, Kateb!

    Slick is a min pin! My sweetie pie!!

    I'm on early enough to see the run and the lights...but the girls are already in bed!

    I really must get used to our time change here, which only happened last weekend.... I'm all out of wack with dog walks, etc.....
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 5:26pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     
    I went to bed last night before the camera was moved and by the time I got in here this morning, they were back in bed. I guess I'll have to wait till Neil and family get back home to see them sleeping. The Lights are pretty, so I have something to look at.I hate Winter and the short days. :-(
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 8:15pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     
    What's a min pin?!

    When I first came on line this evening I thought there was a buzzard sitting in the coop!! All I could see was a big black body and HUGE feet! But no, it was just Penny and Tilly morphing into one big bird, head of the bird at the rear, feet of the bird at the front! Where's Milly?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 10:10pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     
    Milly is behind the "big buzzard" Kate:-)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 10:22pm (Nov 11th 2007) edited
     
    A min pin is a minature pinscher - so at least Slicker doesn't out weigh Gloria's other dogs by much. I think they look like small dobermans - right Gloria? (Oh geez I just realized that this is probably what they are a miniature OF ... because its doberman pinscher, yes?)

    Hey Lynn - how windy is it at your house right now? I'm a little afraid to go out there in this gale but have lots to do (and everything is at least 7 miles, one way, from my house out here...) So - here goes!

    Still just one gigantic black bird with four legs on cam at the moment :D (Good to know Milly is actually there somewhere.)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2007 10:58pm (Nov 11th 2007)
     
    It's only about 13mph here at the moment, Diane...we won't get hit with the high winds till tonight or tomorrow. It's snowing in the mountains..I hope it stays up there. I hate snow.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2007 5:34am (Nov 12th 2007)
     
    Milly way in the back and the big, black buzzard sitting center screen. Don't see #3. Except ....4 legs?
    Yes, a min pin is a miniature pinscher, but they are really not small dobermans. Dobermans and min pins come from the same root stock--German pinschers, which are about 40 lbs. You can see they have different breeding esp. in the face....The doberman's is a much longer shape. I did find out that the short wire-haired schnauzer and the min pin are really the same dog with different fur!! Amazing!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2007 7:39pm (Nov 12th 2007)
     
    I see, thanks for those explainations. Is the Dashchund any relation? Just wondered how your wind is Diane?!!!! ;) Can you see the snow slowly working its way down the mountain as the weather gets colder Lynn? Thankfully snow is a rare occurrance here - we only need a thin covering and the country comes to a halt!

    Haven't seen any movement from the girls tonight - just a gentle breathing motion from Penny. I seem to lose Milly into the background sometimes - it could be a competion along the "Where's Wally?" lines!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2007 7:52pm (Nov 12th 2007)
     
    Milly heard you - she's made herself prominent this time.

    The wind storm was pretty exciting Kate; sounded like a freight train rushing by (and rocking the house a little) most of the night. So of course we had the predictable power outage. Grrr. Until last year, which was really bad, the power company kept its crew off island, so it took hours and sometimes days longer than it should for the repairs. They stopped doing that apparently so my power went back on just before noon. Yahoooo! I LOVE electric power. :D

    We got your 60 mph winds here on Whidbey-isn't that wierd? Not sure what Lynn is experiencing - its possible she's got no power at the moment... Hope all is well for her.

    20 years ago, when I lived in Seattle snow was rare enough to take photos of. Now we have regular snowy periods during winter time. I had six inches during one storm last year. Uggg. Pretty to look at but THAT IS ALL!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2007 9:22pm (Nov 12th 2007)
     
    Wow, sounds terrible! How on earth do you cope going so long without power?! Suppose you don't have the choice and have to get on with it.

    I agree about snow - lovely when you're indoors and don't have to go anywhere, but otherwise awful.

    The hens haven't moved since I last looked! Off out in a min so will see them in the morning!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2007 11:22pm (Nov 12th 2007) edited
     
    We had a couple of 60mph gusts that took down a few limbs, but I don't think we lost any big trees like we did last month. We only lost power for a few minutes and then it was back up. We have a couple of generators that I can fire up, if the power is out too long. When the power is off we don't have water either, because we have a well for water out here in the woods. The wind has died down enough that I think I'm safe to go out and feed the chickens and horses..(crossing fingers). We haven't had any snow down here yet, but the mountains sure have gotten their fair share.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 3:57am (Nov 13th 2007) edited
     
    Glad to hear that all is well Lynn :) The gusts got up to 92 mph in Clallum Bay !!

    I wish (every winter) that I had a generator. Never enough to actually shell out the clams tho. We have a great camp lantern (a friend picked it up at Costco) - really bright, with that and the 2 or 3 sweaters, snuggly slippers & radio its tolerable. Have a propane stove for heat but don't want to pay the ridiculous cost this year (well so far - its not freezing yet.) The main thing I hate is no computer, no bathwater (I'm on a well too.) And no coffee :(
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 5:29am (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    All 3 girls are up and preening. Milly is standing on the edge of the nest box - don't fall girl!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 7:27am (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    The girls have moved outside and I think I best be heading for bed, I've got a lot of mess to clean up tomorrow after the wind storm today.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 10:01am (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    You girls are having weather that we in UK would think of as extreme! It's many years since we had power cuts like that on a frequent basis. As for getting water via a well, well !!!
    Our feathered friends are up and about enjoying a l ovely dust bath under the coop. Beautiful, simple life....
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 2:44pm (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    Very very extreme weather! Hope your winter isn't too bad this year though it seems they're getting worse rather than better.

    I saw Scarlett arrive to give Milly a cuddle, but a colleague appeared so I had to quickly duck out and missed it. :( I could hear lovely little noises coming from my headphones on the desk and she sounded happy.

    I like the camera view today - the girls keep coming up really close so's we can get a good look at them!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 7:07pm (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    Alright - I really need to get up earlier. Its about 11 am by the time I come on-line, so I'm missing all the cuddling and happy chatter.

    The thing happening at the moment is a little dog barking unhappily somewhere. No girls on view. Looks dark there.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 13th, 2007 11:33pm (Nov 13th 2007)
     
    Must be cold tonight - 3 apparently headless hens curled up fast asleep!! Milly looks like she's going to fall off again!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 12:20am (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    All three hunkered down, with Milly off to the one side....I am not up to speed on all the weather.....lovely here!

    Dachsunds aren't related to min pin unless they're a mix, as far as I can tell. I think my chihuahua Tico has som doxie in him, though.....his legs are a little short and his body is a bit long. On top of that, his bark sounds more like a doxie than a chihuahua!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 12:57am (Nov 14th 2007) edited
     
    Milly looks like she is dripping off of the perch..I can't tell which end her head is at. :-)
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 5:12am (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    The view seems to have changed...closer up, one side. Milly has her head up, the other two are behind and seem awake as well. Very quiet....
    • CommentAuthorISM
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 6:01am (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    heard on the news before that bird flu is in the UK - eastern? i dunno... where abouts are the chickens? do we know Neil's secret location? are they ok? doesnt help when the cam screen is black at my end...

    Milllllllllyyyyyyyyyy........... ??????
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 6:16am (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    The cam seems to be offline, no picture or sound.
    • CommentAuthorISM
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 6:57am (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    I SEE BIG WHITE CHICKEN! milly's alive milly's alive!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 12:14pm (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    That gave the yanks a fright, Neil...!
    They will hate me for that statement.
    All's well in the coop.
    I looked Neil's place up on Google-Earth. Interesting.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 3:57pm (Nov 14th 2007) edited
     
    I up early to take Holly for a walk with her friend Ranger at a beautiful place in Coupeville called Ebey's Bluff. Yawn. BUT I have my reward - happy little hens eating their happy little breakfast. Wait, dinner. Anyway.

    What are yanks?

    Just kidding. :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 9:41pm (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    What's a doxie?!!!!!

    The bird flu outbreak isn't near Neil thankfully, though I'm sure he'll be keeping a close eye on the news. Its at a turkey farm and will hit their christmas profits (shame!) The last outbreak we had was also at an intensive farm - co-incidence? They seem hell-bent on blaming wild birds again, and it seems the first outbreak convieniently couldn't pin down the actual source, even though it matched a strain from europe where birds had been imported from. I was concerned to see that despite orders to keep birds indoors prior to culling, some were actually outside and surrounded by dead birds. These people should be locked up when in reality the government will give them money for their 'loss'. Disgrace.

    Absolutely nothing going on in the coop - they've been asleep and haven't moved for the past 40 minutes!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 14th, 2007 11:52pm (Nov 14th 2007)
     
    Well, I'm off to bed now - nearly midnight! Looks like that big black buzzard is back!! ;) Penny is standing and I can just about make out her head - she looks massive! Milly is tucked away at the back again.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 2:05am (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Three little birds, all in a row...Milly on the far end. They are so hunkered down that they look like my dog Slick when he curls up to sleep!!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 4:14am (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    All standing now. And something blowing around in there a little. Maybe its some moths...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 5:00am (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Milly is standing in the front and the "big black buzzard with 4 legs" is behind her. I see a new graphic on the bottom right that says hencam.co.uk on it. I don't the the moths. :-)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 7:37am (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Down in the dining room now. What are those rectangular things they are eating? Plus it looks like a nice bowl of something. Happy hens.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 9:27am (Nov 15th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The graphic logo wasn't meant to appear - my PC rebooted sometime during the night and it seems the new streaming software hadn't saved it's new settings so the quality regressed too - whoops (all a learning experience!)

    I've reconfigured everything and it *should* re-use the new settings the next time it happens, so better quality all round hopefully - let me know what you think!

    The hens are dining in style today - they have a bowl of pellets as normal but also a whole block of Yorkshire parkin!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 2:54pm (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Lucky girls!! I wouldn't mind a bit of parkin with my cup of tea!

    They're all milling around happily and must've finished off the parkin. We have a lot of magpies near our house and a couple of them were trying to get something out of the frozen ground for breakfast this morning. I threw them out a slice of bread because I couldn't think of anything else, then remembered the cat food, so put out one my cats won't eat. They seemed very happy - hope its OK for them! I don't tend to encourage birds into my back garden because of the cats, though they love watching them through the window.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 2:57pm (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    BTW, Milly is looking lovely today - have all her feathers come through now or are they still stubby? She doesn't look as bad as Tilly did when she moulted. The picture is really clear too - your upgrade must've worked well Neil!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 6:14pm (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Thanks for the recipe Neil :D :D It even has "American" translations. (So-treacle is molasses then?) I might try making some - although I'll have no context for knowing if it came out right... Why did the hens get so much of it - did you make a pan especially for them?

    I agree with Kate, Ms Milly is looking much more fluffy.

    I don't see a difference in picture quality so I'll re-load the site & see what happens! (Altho I'm very satisfied with the quality as is :) )
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 15th, 2007 7:48pm (Nov 15th 2007)
     
    Perhaps its a difference with my computer screen at work and the one at home. Or that I don't get to see them very often during the day so have forgotten what its usually like!

    Looks like Tilly is up the far corner with BIG Penny in front (or the other way around of course!) Milly is on the right and I think she has her head up against the post, though its hard to tell which end's which!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2007 6:22am (Nov 16th 2007)
     
    The girls are looking fine - and seem to have opted for the vertical sleeping position this evening. God they have large claws. Probably why they don't fall when they are sleeping standing up on a rail...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2007 10:59am (Nov 16th 2007) edited
     
    Birds feet cling on automatically when they have their weight on them. Bird releases this by lifting foot up. Thats why we don't have birds falling out of trees every night.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 16th, 2007 1:04pm (Nov 16th 2007)
     
    Isn't nature clever?! I'd never thought of it before and I suppose always assumed they slept hunckered down but with good balance!! I wonder how the one-legged pigeons manage that are always around our town centre?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 1:16am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    One big black blob; & one little white blobette.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 1:25am (Nov 17th 2007) edited
     
    I love to think about this kind of thing - Things in nature we are used to that would be wierd if changed: Like bird perching ability. What if we lived in a world where we had to keep looking up in case a sleeping bird fell on us? And then there would be the whole industry formed to cope with it; like anti bird helmets, and animal rights products to cushion their fall...

    Also, why did Americans decide to change the spelling of things like *centre* to *center*? What exactly was the point in that?
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 5:18am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Milly is sitting to the rear of the buzzards....wide awake, moving her head around quite a bit. The other two just woke up and are peering around. The two black birds are sitting next to other and look very chummy together.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 5:20am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Re:Parkin....MMMMM... lard. Here in NM we see lard in a lot of the Mexican recipes, including biscuits (cookies). I tend to steer clear of recipes that have lard (or magarine or any fat other than olive oil or some of the healthy spreads).
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 5:30am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Awww! They are all up & awake and washing themselves. Little cuties.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 5:35am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Now they have all fallen asleep again. They are always asleep when I get here...I hate Winter and the shorter days. I don't get to see much of the other side of the world now I want Summer again. :-(
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 10:14am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Wow the hens are listening to their local radio station.
    Is this a ploy to get then to lay more eggs ?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 10:16am (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Can't hear them singing along, yet.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 11:06am (Nov 17th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The radio sounds really loud on here :o

    It's honestly not that loud, I think it's because the radio is directly below the microphone, so it sounds a lot louder :P

    Tilly & Penny are hiding at the back of the coop in the extension, as i've just put some straw and crackers down there. Milly is in the main coop - she has her own little pile of straw and crackers so that Tilly doesn't peck her ;)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 12:49pm (Nov 17th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry, the radio was to keep me entertained whilst I creosoted (well, some wood preserver creosote substitue) the shed - it was in danger of starting to rot we had put the job off for so long!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 17th, 2007 10:10pm (Nov 17th 2007)
     
    Just one big black blob tonight - Milly was in view when I first logged on but she seems to have disappeared now!

    Hey Diane, there's an advert on tv at the moment for one of the Ford vehicles where all the birds are on the ground because they don't use their wings, so go up escalators and have to wait to cross the road. It really upsets me for some reason! Probably because it would be such a sad sight if it were true. Don't see how it'll help to sell a car though - Ford need to get a new advertising agency I think!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 1:20am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    I'll have to watch for that Kate. Sounds very strange.

    What's the strange crackling sound coming out of the cam? The hens are all curled up together, sleeping tight. Zzzzzzzz.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 2:22am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Kate, that Ford commercial sure sounds weird . Maybe it has something to do with the idea that if the birds do not fly over the Ford , they can not poop on it as they fly over it.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 3:21am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Boy, it sure sounds like a heavy rain right now....I don't think it's just computer noise....The two black hulks are next to each other on the left...Milly is toward the back, on the same side and VERY hunkered down, almost flat....Ooh, it sounds so CHILLY!!!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 5:08am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    The girls haven't moved a bit in the last hour...and that rain....it's pounding...Almost sounds like sleet...OOH, I hope the girls are warm enough!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 5:19am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Ms. Milly has come out and is facing the cam. Hi girl!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 6:09am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Oh, yes, Milly is now sitting upright with one foot hanging over to the lower perch, it seems. Head tucked in. Seems like the other two are standing as well.

    OH, but the rain. It has to be rain....Just steady and hard, it seems.

    BRRRRRR! It makes me cold to think about it!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 7:38am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    I see the girls are up and outside already. It sure sounds like it's raining hard on the plastic sheeting. It's raining like that here too..but then Washington is known for rain. It's late here, so I'm heading off to bed now. Night night.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 9:32am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Chicks all scratching around. Milly spent quite some time staring into the camera. Do hen lookstraight forward with both eyes lke we do, or do they look with one eye at a time? They always seem to be looking straight at the lens no matter which way on they are.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 10:11am (Nov 18th 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It rained pretty incessantly over night and into the morning, and just as we thought our nephew's football matches might be cancelled, the rain's stopped and it's just dull and grey now, but at least we won't get soaked watching :)

    I hate adverts like the one you just mentioned - a particular one that really gets my goat is one for Volvo - it's tag line is something like "life's better together" which is sort of nice but it shows some walkers enjoying a walk up a hill, then a family in their volvo drive past and give a really condescending smirk to them - it just makes me think they're saying "we're better than you we're all together in a huge polluting 4x4" - when in fact they could actually be exercising and enjoying the scenery!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:21am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Its hammering down here now - I need to pop the shop for some 'staple' items (bread, milk, potatoes) but really don't want to get soaked! The girls don't seem too bothered and are quietly wandering about the pen.

    I've seen that ad Neil, it implies that the walkers are stupid for using their feet when they could've driven all over that lovely scenery with lots of other 4x4s. Just goes to show they can pollute anywhere, not just where there are roads!

    I can't really slate 4x4s though - my husband works for Land Rover so would be unemployed if it weren't for the rich folk buying them to help them up and down those terrible slopes (in the car parks) and battle through terrible conditions (heavy traffic outside the Public school - can't have little Tarquin getting a bus or (gulp!) walking can we)! Land Rover do have a project whereby they fund projects in Africa(?) giving them wells, or toilets or something like that. Doesn't help our green and pleasant land though!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:37am (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    A crow is somewhere near the coop and is 'caw-ing' really loudly. All 3 hens have frozen to the spot - Milly dashed to the back at the first 'caw' and is hiding in the corner. Tilly/Penny is still by the water and looking worried.

    Its stopped now so she's headed off to the back to join the other 2. Milly still hasn't moved from her corner - all she needs is a dunces cap! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 7:52pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Well, the camera hasn't been moved to the 'night' accommodation yet so don't know what the girls are up to! It looks very spooky at night and the shadows seem to be moving - gulp! (probably just my screen, but hey, Stephen King could make something of it I'm sure!)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 10:20pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    All tucked up in the bedroom now.
    Milly doing the "Headless Chicken" thing,, Spooky............
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:00pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    LOL - Ollie I see her, still doing it. Aaaaaaaaa !!! It sounds like the rain is still coming down very hard as well.

    Ollie did you say you are a midwife? That is really really cool. And Kate, does this mean you get to drive a Range Rover :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:15pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Nope - can't afford to buy one! We'd get a discount of about 5 or 10% I suppose, but they'd still be far too expensive for us. My 6 year old Focus will have to keep us going for now!

    Milly is still 'headless'! We've had snow today - it started raining at 10.30 am and never stopped all day. About 7.30pm-ish my son shouted downstairs that it was snowing. After calling him a liar (he loves to wind me up!) I had a look and couldn't believe it! Its just turned to rain again so I hope its all washed away before I drive to work tomorrow. :( Any snow up there Neil / Ollie?

    Ah, there's her head! Just had a look around and now off to sleep again. Sleep tight Milly-kins!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:20pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    Snow! Wow. Its cold enough here but no flakes coming down.

    A Ford Focus eh. How American of you! I drive a Toyota Corolla :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 18th, 2007 11:28pm (Nov 18th 2007)
     
    There are soooo many focus's here (or is that focii?!!) :)

    I wonder if the american version of a corolla is the same as ours? I'm told some models are different in the US to what we have here. We really need to replace it but can't decide what to go for.

    Hello again Milly! Are you peeping at us?!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2007 12:35am (Nov 19th 2007) edited
     
    Really? Probably more than here then... I like Foci - that's funny.

    Here's a picture of my car :D
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    Sorry to Lynn, about the reminder of last year's snow. But look - see the hummingbird? Lower right hand corner. See it there? A little spark of hope :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2007 2:24pm (Nov 19th 2007)
     
    Ha ha!!! The bit I can see looks like the Brit version of a corolla too! The humming bird is lovely - probably wouldn't have noticed it if you hadn't pointed it out. We didn't have quite that much snow yesterday, and thankfully its warmed up now and all melted.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 19th, 2007 7:55pm (Nov 19th 2007)
     
    How wonderful to have humming birds in the garden. Our UK garden birds are mostly so dull in comparison, though I love to hear them all sing. I have a wren in the hedge and he is SO loud when he tunes up in the season. We had less garden birds this year but lately appear to have more than usual for the time of year. The melding of the seasons seems to be confusing some of the birds, I saw a couple of swallows this week, they should have gone off to Africa long ago.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 2:52am (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    That picture makes me cold just remembering last Winter, Diane..brrrr! I hope we don't have another icky Winter this year. I do like the hummer in the picture though. :-)
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 4:05am (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    There was a flurry of activity a moment ago as everybody shook there head...they're all tucked in now.
    Is that the rain again???? At least it sounds fairly gentle...

    Last here I had a hummingbird well into December down here in Southern New Mexico...but this year they seemed to leave early. However, we still haven't had a freeze (= bad allergies!)....the one forecast for Thanksgiving night (Thursday) isn't going to happen in the latest forecast....
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 5:14am (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    It sure sounds like it's raining again, Gloria. The girls seem to be sleeping again.
    Milly is moving her head a bit, but her eyes are still shut.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 5:35am (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    I love hummingbirds so. They look like little flying jewels. During one of last year's big wind storm, maybe 30-40 mph, I saw one clinging to a elderberry bush's branch out in the yard. I watched it for a long time and it just hung on blowing this way & that.

    Our hummer's have started wintering over, for a few years now. Its very odd because it gets pretty cold here - we aren't all that far from Canada... Most of us think its the bird feeders we hang out (just like the one I have there in the photo - so I'm among the guilty.) Which means we all keep our feeders out for fear of the stay overs starving, and then more stay. Notice any of this down your way Lynn?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 7:38am (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    Yes, I've noticed that the birds are over wintering here too, Diane. It's strange to see them still here so late in the year. I think I see more birds now than I did in the Summer.

    The girls just went outside to watch the rain falling. :-)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 3:28pm (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    We don't tend to get many birds in our garden - don't know if that's because of the cats or lack of plants and flowers! We have a big group of magpies in the area - perhaps they scare everything else away? They're a very aggressive breed of birds. As a child I remember seeing thousands of starlings flocking over Birmingham city centre, but its so rare to see them now, and Sparrows were really common but again, so rarely seen now.

    The girls are all crowding the camera - perhaps they want to be famous!! :D
    (don't they know they already are?!)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2007 9:49pm (Nov 20th 2007)
     
    Tilly and Penny are at the front, and I can just about see a tiny bit of Milly between them, but it is just a speck!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:47am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Very quite...only see the Penny and Tilly....where is Milly?

    I still have a feeder up, but there has been no activity for weeks! Weird because last year one stayed into December...and this fall has been warmer!
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:49am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Correction..very QUIET tonight...Oops, the two vultures have woken up ...one head is still up and the other is standing up and stretching...and right back to being hunkered down.....
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:52am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Right now there is no glimpse of Milly to be had.

    Starlings! Kate I think they all moved to Seattle. I know they aren't native to our area, nor our country - I believe.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:52am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    And now, they're both standing up!! And Milly is behind them...she's still sitting.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:54am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Wow Gloria, when I wrote my post your's weren't there!! Kate's was the last one. We must be writing at the same time :) HI :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:54am (Nov 21st 2007) edited
     
    Yah, I see her there behind the standing Tilly & Pen
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:55am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    It sounds like it's starting to rain...I see three sets of eyes glaring... Penny and Tilly really do look fearsome...standing up, scratching, now huddling ...probably plotting something!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:57am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    Has it really been pouring rain that hard for over 3 days? I'm starting to wonder if that noise isn't electrical interferrence. Can't imagine it can rain as hard as it sounds like it is and not make international news...
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 4:58am (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    The two are up again...it is really pounding rain...almost sounds like hail!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 7:41am (Nov 21st 2007)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh it's been raining lots here for the last few days.... ever since I painted the shed!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 2:07pm (Nov 21st 2007) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is lovely British weather for you...

    I see all three girls up and out in the coop, scratting. The rain has stopped, although there's still some dark clouds up in the sky, so they're enjoying the dry weather until it starts raining again.

    Tilly looks very 'big' today...Milly looks really skinny next to her :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 7:21pm (Nov 21st 2007) edited
     
    No way that really was rain? WOW. I thought Seattle was bad but this takes the cake...

    Two brown beauties in front and just a bit of whiteness peeking out from the back.

    How has the paint job fared Neil?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2007 9:59pm (Nov 21st 2007)
     
    No movement from Diane's post - both Tilly and Penny are awake and can just see the tiny bit of Milly between them. Their beaks are so close they could be kissing!! Off to watch Heroes now - see you tomorrow!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 1:02am (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    Yes, Tilly & Penny look like they are asleep with beaks touching - 3 hours since Kate posted!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 12:01pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    Ah bless, seems when they get comfy they stay like it!

    They're very active today - Penny is standing in front of the camera having a good look around, Milly has been grooming under her wings, and Tilly's in the background somewhere or other. They were taking it in turns to stand in front of the lens!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 6:11pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    No little feathered ones in view but there are the pretty lights glittering away.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2007 8:03pm (Nov 22nd 2007)
     
    I can see the rear 3/4 of a black hen, and an occasional flash of Milly behind it. Playing it coy tonight!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2007 7:56pm (Nov 23rd 2007) edited
     
    Wow - one big round (and of course) black hen on cam at the moment. Asleep on the perch

    I'm still wrapped up in Thanksgiving aftermath - so nooo time to chat here :(

    I do want to say: *Welcome* to wazza tho.

    Also, Neil, what do you think about making this particular Discussion a sticky? As we get more & more people it might get lost and I find it nice to have one place to look to see what everyone has observed over the day... :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2007 8:56pm (Nov 23rd 2007)
     
    I agree with Diane that it is frequently difficult to follow thro' on HenCam as discusions are fragmented.
    To have a 'main' discusion place is an idea I would welcome.
    The others are good too.....

    This HUGE hen filling the screen is fabulous !!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 12:43am (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    I'll add a third vote to make it a sticky! I consider the 'about the girls' post to be the heart and soul of the forum - after all, that's what we all got together to watch!

    4 hours after Diane's post and its still just one big black hen in view. Her feathers look really shiny!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2007 12:57am (Nov 24th 2007)
     
    Awww - I think I just missed being on the same time as you Kate! Each visit tho, Penny or Tilly has been an inch or so closer to the cam. Really great closeup of how her feathers are arrayed now. :D