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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:03pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    1. Plastic bottle hay feeder

    Suitable for: rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas etc (you will need to watch chins especially to make sure they don't chew and eat the plastic!)

    Instructions:

    Basically just get a plastic bottle and in the bottom (opposite end to the cap) cut a hole; this will be the hole where your pet will pull the hay from. I cut it around 1.5 inches wide, and a circle.

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    In the top cut two holes to thread string through, to tie it to the roof of the cage.

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    Sit back and watch as your pets have fun!

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    Yay Bandoose :)

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    Go girls!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:11pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    2. Holee dog toy filled with treats!

    Suitable for: dogs, cats, rabbits etc. - just check for damage!

    This is really easy, although not technically home made ;)

    Buy a mesh / rubber dog ball that is hollow, and fill with something your pet loves. Turkey works well as you can put large strips in which are harder to get and smaller pieces that fall out easily.

     photo turkeyball_zpslrjcgplx.jpg

    Raiden rates this 10/10!

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    "It won't come out..."

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    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:14pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    3. Plastic bottle filled with kibble / treats!

    Suitable for: dogs, cats, chickens, rabbits etc

    We have been using this ever since we first brought Kasper home, it is SO easy to do and really fun for the animal, too. For Kasper we just fill it with all his kibble, an entire meal, and he empties it. For Raiden we fill it with treats and, if the bottle has a narrow opening, add a few extra holes so he doesn't get bored!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:17pm (Feb 22nd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    4. Hay tube!

    Suitable for: gerbils, rabbits & guinea pigs

    Animals that need hay and enjoy chewing will love this easy toy. You can also tie them around the cage using string.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:25pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    5. Toilet roll puzzle feeders for small pets!

    This is really simply, but our Syrian hamsters and gerbils especially seem to love it!

    Take a toilet roll tube and fold one end like so:

     photo hamster_zps0tg6j0dc.jpg

    Pour food, treats, hay etc into the middle and fold the other end in the same way.

     photo hamster1_zpsft1wpafq.jpg

    Ta da, hamster puzzle feeder, chew your way to your food!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 10:35pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    6. Natural Loofas as chew toys

    Suitable for: rabbits, guinea pigs, chinchillas and hamsters

    Simple as it sounds! Buy some natural unbleached loofas from wherever you find them cheapest, then either cut them into slices or leave the whole. You can tie them around the cage, tie them to each other etc etc.

     photo loof_zpsfpmkkx0w.jpg

    Oh the funs ^__^

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 11:34pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    I love the folded toilet roll feeder. I can't remember what toys I had for the rats bur the all centred around tissues and food I'm sure! The pea pond was their favourite - shallow kitten litter tray, water, frozen peas and corn. No good for chins though obviously!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 3:34am (Feb 23rd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    7. Hay tubes!

    Suitable for rabbits, gerbils, degus and guinea pigs.

    The easiest rodent toy you will ever make - take a cardboard tube, stuff it with hay and...oh, you're done!!

     photo diytoy_zpsx1g9cs0o.jpg

    Some people like to add a slit down the length for guinea pigs, so they can't get their heads stuck in the tube, but I have NEVER had an issue with this.

    Oooh good remembering Kate!

    8. Pea fishing

    Suitable for mice and rats, probably others

    Get a small tub depending on size and number of animals, sides should be at least an inch depending on how deep you want the water to be. Fill with shallow water and pop in the peas :smile: (you can put other veggies in too such as blueberries, carrot)

    This is a great cool down for hot days. A few rats may even prefer the water a little deeper - I've seen rats happily fishing in pools where they have to swim under the surface!
      peafishing.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 1:16pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    Fantastic idea for a thread Red and such wonderful ideas that dont cost a fortune. I make my cats toys so easy to make a cat nip mouse from a circle of fabric just got to fold in half stitch sides together fill with cat nip and wadding bit of cotton yarn for tail you can easily draw eyes on if you wish. I also crochet a circle with oddments of wool same method with only one seam to sew. Jobs a good un and cats are thrilled to bits with them xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 5:07pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks NN :) They sound fantastic, feel free to post photos and instructions! I bet you could make them without catnip for other animals too, such as for bunnies to chuck about?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 7:23pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    I will see what I can do... Making a bear at the moment got him knitted he just needs assembling I have just started a pair of trousers for a dolly tonight, I am sick of him seeing naked poor thing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2016 10:00am (Feb 24th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really do need to learn to knit, I want to so bad!! I'm just usually terrible at things like that...I saw those knitting dolls online (you can really only make string bracelets with them) but will totally be getting one because they look a lot easier :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2016 5:36pm (Feb 25th 2016)
     
    You Tube may be a good starting point... my niece in law made everyone really nice crocheted presents and she was self-taught entirely by You TUbe.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 11:00am (Feb 26th 2016)
     
    I would happily teach you but unfortunately am to far away. CC is right about U tube it is full of interesting craft stuff and tutorials. Just take it slow and think logically about your mistakes so you learn from them. I taught myself to crochet from a small book years and years ago I looked back on the book a few years back and thought to myself how the hell did I learn from this ha ha
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 11:44am (Feb 26th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I might have to have a bash :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 12:50pm (Feb 26th 2016)
     
    Can you cast on ? I seem to remember you posting a picture years back showing your knitting and making a joke out of it? If you know the basics I will post you a pattern up for a small hedgehog its only about two inches long that makes a superb cat toy to try xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 10:08pm (Feb 26th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I can't believe you remembered that!! Yes, that was me :) But unfortunately I've forgotten everything my Nana taught me (I only knit a few times and she always started me off). We went in search of a knitting doll today, as they're really cheap and you can make friendship bracelets with them (better than nothing!), but the shop had run out. I might order one offline (yes they're aimed at children :rolling: ) and in the meantime start researching knitting :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2016 11:06pm (Feb 27th 2016)
     
    Please do share the hedgehog pattern a I might try it for my lot! I found a crochet pattern for a bagel which I'm going to try.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2016 11:44am (Mar 3rd 2016)
     
    OH I had meant to say Red dont just buy one of those knitting dollies before you have looked at the round knitting looms I know Amazon sells them as do Dunelm. They are exactly the same principal of the knitting dolly but with more prongs and you can make hats. neck warmers. socks and all sorts of things with them. I think they are about a tenner for several different sizes. It is so much nicer to actually make something than just do test pieces. I am sure there will be tutorials on U-tube. I will see if I can find you a link for them xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2016 11:47am (Mar 3rd 2016)
     
    hhttp://www.amazon.co.uk/Knitting-circular-perfect-scarves-bootees/dp/B004X1BSQW

    I havent forgotten the pattern for you Kate will do it later
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2016 4:59pm (Mar 3rd 2016)
     
    Sounds interesting, NN - I remember making miles and miles of French knitting when I was a kid, but never did anything with it. Not sure WHAT you can do with 12 miles of grubby French knitting!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2016 12:27am (Mar 4th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    NN that looks incredible, thank you for sharing it - I'm so excited now!! Might have to wait a few weeks to order one, we're supposed to have been on a tight budget anyway but being manic I've bought quite a few bits and bobs so we really need to save for a while now haha, I've bookmarked the page though and will let you know when I get one and if I manage to create anything :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 5:44pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Daisy's Little Shrew it's the brown one in the middle. I re-designed the pattern to make it nice and easy and decided to dedicate it to her xxxx
      shrew.jpg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 5:48pm (Mar 5th 2016) edited
     
    DAISY'S LITTLE SHREW

    You will need 3mm needles, DK yarn, stuffing, felt for ears

    Using 3mm needles, the body colour begin by leaving aprox 7ins of yarn for the tail and cast on 25 stitches
    Row 1: (k1.p1) to end of row.
    Work 17 rows the same as row 1. This makes a nice textured Moss stitch.
    Leaving an end long enough to stitch up body snip thread and change to head colour

    Row 19: (k2. k2tog) repeat to last stitch K1 (19st)
    Row20: Purl.
    Row21: (k2. k2tog) repeat to last stitch k1 (15st)
    Row 22: Purl
    Row23: (K2. k2tog) repeat to last stitch k1 (12st)
    Row 24: Purl
    Row25: K2tog repeat to end row (6st)
    Row 26: Purl
    Row 27: K2tog repeat to end row(3st)
    Row 28: Purl
    Row29: k3tog

    Leave enough yarn to sew up head seam and do so as neatly as possible as the seam will go along the top of the shrew. Now put a little tension on yarn at end to give that turned up snout. Tie the end of the seam yarn to the start of the same coloured yarn firmly and tuck ends into head cavity. Using the body colour stitch along body seams to end secure yarn but do not cut off . Now stuff body cavity as firmly as you desire. Adding cat nip if desired. Take up thread you just secured and gather up casting on edge.
    Pull tightly to close the gap and tie firmly to tail yarn as close to body as possible. Twist tail thread until tight and then fold in half to make a nice rope effect then firmly tie the tail nearest to the body to the left over bit of seam yarn. Thread the unwanted ends in to the body of the shrew pulling needle out almost at head edge snip off any unwanted ends.

    Stitch a cute little nose right on end of snout. Make sure seam is on top and using a black yarn make eyes with a couple of French knots. Add ears by firmly stitching on small rounded bits of felt.

    PLEASE DO NOT just leave single piece of yarn as a tail as this can get between a cats teeth and split the gums really badly. If you wish to do tail differently use some soft string or as Daisy liked them best a long piece of round elastic that was used to hold a new pair of slippers together !!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 5:54pm (Mar 5th 2016) edited
     
    all lined up
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 5:56pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    last picture
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 5:59pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Hope this is ok for you Kate just ask if something is written back to front. Not feeling to good it has taken me all afternoon messing about with knitting and working out how to use Word again xxxx Back again later xx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 6:49pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    As a small lad, Dan my eldest did about the same amount of French Knitting CC. In the end I stitched all together and made an oval mat for his bedroom with it. Got Mallory started on one at Christmas she can do it but for about only five minutes at a time. I think Dan and I did about a mile each Ha ha Old habits die hard.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 7:25pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Those toys are beautiful, NN - you're so clever. The little brown one (Daisy's?) could be made into a hedgehog!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 8:02pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    It was meant to be a hedgehog CC I made several for Christmas tree decorations with a difference for friends and family. Daisy hooked one out of my knitting bag for herself and bashed it about and carried it around. I tied the length of elastic to it for a tail and she loved it even more, The new pattern is a bit different with longer snout and fixed in tail. You like one for Tuppence? you are more than welcome as Sootz dont really play with them he prefers a scrunched up sweet paper. I just made these four while I got pattern sorted to my liking.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 9:47pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Thanks NN I'll have a go at them for sure! I wasn't sure about the decreasing but I've worked it out now. I love Daisy's shrew - any I make will be named Daisy in her honour. x
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2016 10:28pm (Mar 5th 2016)
     
    Thanks Kate I've amended the decrease part and hope its more plain now.I did read it through about four times before posting but cos I knew what I was on about it makes it hard to realise if its not clear.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 2:49pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They are so cute! How long do these take to make?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 3:24pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    I can make two or three afternoon and evening all depending on how I feel at the time. These have no cat nip in them as I dont have any. You want one for Aubrey ? you are more than welcome they measure about two and a half inches in length.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2016 8:18pm (Mar 6th 2016)
     
    Tuppence would love one if you can spare the time, NN - thank you! BTW did that mistletoe ever take?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2016 1:57pm (Mar 7th 2016)
     
    No Problem CC I will get G/North to get me some catnip for them. Any one else like one before I start the Simon's cat. I promised Jay last year !!! I got the bear all stitched and finished about half an hour ago. Its the second one I made this year. I did the first one for Mallory and it was finished the night Vibecke came over. She fell in love with it and it followed her back to Norway So this one is d Mallorys for sure
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2016 5:02pm (Mar 7th 2016)
     
    We need to see a pic of Simon's Cat when he's done - I love those cartoons. Lynn, go to YouTube to see them if you haven't heard of Simon's Cat - they're a scream!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 9:05am (Mar 8th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northI can make two or three afternoon and evening all depending on how I feel at the time. These have no cat nip in them as I dont have any. You want one for Aubrey ? you are more than welcome they measure about two and a half inches in length.


    Oh woah, I was expecting them to take a few days each haha...I really need to learn how to knit :rolling: Aw thanks NN, Aubree would love one, thank you so much :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 11:10am (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    ok one reserved for Aubrey catnip free. One on needles for Tuppence with catnip. I will post a picture of Simons cat when he is born as Mallory puts it. We all love it. I introduced Doffen to it when he was over last. he adores animals and so loved the little film clips, so I made him a Simons cat. He was over the moon with it and has it on his bed every night. Jay saw it and although being about four times Doffens age asked me for one when I get the time. Well that was about this time last year so way over due !!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 5:03pm (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    shrew skins
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2016 5:42pm (Mar 8th 2016)
     
    :rolling: Sounds gruesome put like that, NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 1:53pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    Right Daisy shrews all made I made extra as I will send some to Doffen for his cats. They have a little black barn type cat and a Norwegian forest cat and the Maine coon cat from next door is always in their house, so they can hold a cat rave !!! I also did another for Sootz and stuffed it with the catnip but he still takes no notice of it. I checked the date on the cat nip and it was for 2018 so should be stinkie enough. Anyhow Red can you whisper to me where you want yours sending. CC I still have you address unless you have moved house these last four years or so !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 3:46pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    Thank you so much NN... Yes, same address - we can't move, we have too much stuff!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 6:41pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    No problems CC glad to do them for you. If Red does her address before GN goes out tomorrow I will get him to post them off. I dont want him to grumble about going to GPO twice !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 6:59pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah NN thank you SO MUCH! Will whisper you now :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 7:44pm (Mar 9th 2016)
     
    Cheers Red he will post them out tomorrow.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 9:09am (Mar 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :yay_jump::woohoo::yay_jump:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 8:59pm (Mar 11th 2016) edited
     
    So glad package made you happy Red. I hang the hearts on door handles!! I also make little gift bags with the hearts they are so cute, Looking forward to picture xxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 6:38pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Heart:

     photo heart_zpsoeyh3l8z.jpg

    And it's decorating Effie's house as well as ours'!

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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 7:23pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     
    Glad you like it and so nice to share xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2016 10:23pm (Apr 7th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    DIY Pet Toy: Tube balls!

    Suitable for almost any small pet - rats, ferrets, degus, gerbils, hamsters, mice, rabbits, guinea pigs and cats!

    All you need for this toy is one cardboard tube (I used toilet roll tubes) and a pair of scissors.

    Cut the tube into strips around 2cm thick. I use three strips per ball. The first two strips go like this:

     photo diytoys_zpsox7tsha3.jpg

    The third strip slots over the top and holds everything in place, completing the ball - that's it!

     photo diytoys1_zpsdbrd8yui.jpg

    These are SO easy to make, you can make two per toilet roll tube. They're great for chewy rodents (gerbils, degus etc) but even better...

     photo diytoys2_zpsnzfekmmn.jpg

    ...you can fill them with all sorts!!

    For Aubree I filled one with hay, another with vegetables and a third with her pellet food :smile:

    The other rodents got a mix of kibble and dog food.

     photo diytoys4_zpsgqbe1dde.jpg
    These were a huge hit with all our small pets :)