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    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 6:37pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    We are all so eggcited to hear that we will be having new chickies. Great speech , Neil.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 6:38pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    We're all going to be aunties and uncles!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 7:06pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We just put them all in the incubator, and my dad did a little home movie of it :-\

    I'm nervous already... :neutral:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 7:12pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    That's so cool, we are going to see baby chicks in a few weeks. I set my incubator up yesterday with 13 runner duck eggs..they take a week longer than chicken eggs, but I'm hoping for some baby ducks the first of April..cross your fingers. :thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 7:15pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw wow cool! These are gonna be easter chicks as they'll be due to hatch sometime around Easter...do you hatch eggs by incubator often, Lynn? I was nervous when Milly was hatching, have a feeling hatching them this way is gonna kill me! I'm already panicking about forgetting to turn the eggs - might resort to sticking huge post stick notes up everywhere so i don't forget :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 7:20pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    I've done it before in the past, Red. This time I got an incubator with an automatic egg turner built into it, so I don't have to worry about turning the eggs 3 times a day. Post-it notes wouldn't work for me..I'd forget to read them :sad:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 8:35pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    I think it's harder to hatch eggs in an incubator, Red...the hen knows what to do to take care of the eggs properly and we just have to try and mimic what she does. I was hoping that one of my hens would be broody and I could give her the duck eggs, but no such luck. I don't even know if these eggs are fertile, my drakes are young, and to put it kindly..they aren't the sharpest knives in the drawer. Ok..they're stupid. One of them doesn't even know which end is up.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2008 10:50pm (Mar 4th 2008)
     
    Chicks and ducklings!! Hencam will be famous for its babies! First it was Lottie, then Milly hatching her surrogates, then Caitlyn, and now more little fluffy things!! Pleeeaaaassseeee take photos Lynn and post them so that we can see them too (if they hatch of course). The drakes are male - enough said!!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 2:21am (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    This will be a very eggtra special Birthday Day for me on March 25. Our little hencam chicks are due to hatch that day. As we know , Easter falls on a different date each year. I was born on Easter Sunday , March 25, 1951 and the next time for Easter on my birthday will be in 2035 . It is my goal to live to blow out my 84 candles on an Easter Bunny / Birthday cake. Please, join me in celebration of a grand party in 2035. I'll be looking for you . LOL. What are some Easter traditions in your families ? My family gets together for a meal and then we hunt Easter eggs and eat Easter candy. I am interested in hearing about your traditions .
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 4:09am (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    We'll be there Janice!

    Lynn, when I first read your post about the duckling eggs, I read it as: "rubber duck eggs." LOL I thought you'd been adopted into CCs club. :D

    Red - tell us the turning times (in England time) and WE can be your post it notes :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 8:26am (Mar 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Turning times: 8:00am, 3:00pm, 10:00pm

    And then the water channel needs checking / filling every 3 days, so i may need reminding about that too :D

    And on a Friday, because my mum's home, we're thinking about increasing turning to 5 times a day, but dunno...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 8:27am (Mar 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Janice, you might have birthday chicks! If we get some chicks, who votes for one chick being called Janice? :cool:
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 3:56pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    Red, it would be so neat if all the eggs hatched and each of our hen cammers could have a chick named for her or him . We must have at least one rooster.... we just have to name one Wazza . What breed will chicks be ? I missed the first part of Neil's announcement yesterday, so do not know if he told us.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 4:04pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no, i refuse to have a rooster named wazza, it would get bullied by all the others for having a name like that...or it would turn out to be a total chav - sorry wazza :P

    Chicks will be rhode island reds, if we get some.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 4:08pm (Mar 5th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It could be any of his alter-ego's - ginger-haired scot, chef, dark-haired lady, chav, upholder of the law..... And that's just from the pics he's posted here!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 4:37pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    If you call one Wazza, it'll be a Rude Island Red...
    Easter traditions; play the organ for 2 services, one after the other, then home to gorge on Easter eggs and ALCOHOoooooooooooooooool....:crazy::cheer::clap::jumping::swingin::thumbup::tooth:
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 6:18pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    I missed Neil's announcement. Do the chicken stay once they are hatched or have they other homes booked?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 6:33pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    Ok Lynn - 8 am, 3 & 10 pm; what's that translate to here? Midnight, 7 am & 2 pm?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 6:51pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    Ok, Diane..you might have to do the 7 am reminder time..at that time of day I'm still bumping into walls, with a coffee cup in my hand. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 6:53pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    I think Neil said that they'll go back to where the eggs have come from and either be looked after or rehomed. Will you have to feed them meal worms and stuff like that or are they independent from hatching?

    We don't celebrate Easter in our house, other than to eat chocolate eggs (must go buy some!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 10:06pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    When does Eggcam start, then?
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 2:19am (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Diane, Don't we Americans have to adjust one hour for daylight savings time ?We spring forward an hour this weekend. British summer time does not begin until March 30, so it will still be usual time where the chicks are. So after this week-end, will it be 7 hours behind UK time for Diane and Lynn , 6 hours behind UK time for Gloria, and 5 hours behind UK time for me. Please, correct me if I am wrong..... I am a bit confused and do not want to miss the egg turnings. I told my daughter-in-law about the eggs and that I looked forward to having Opal and Lizzie come and watch with me but she informed me that they are being grounded for 30 days because they took 30 dollars that did not belong to them and spent it. I agree with her and have to back her up... so no egg watching for them.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 2:46am (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Oh, Opal and Lizzie! Consequences girls!!

    Thanks for working that part out, Janice. I believe you are right. I didn't want to expend that much brain energy earlier. I love it that you calculated for Gloria as well :D Lynn - omg, almost all of our times are going to be rough, eh? Even the mid-afternoon one is after I've hit the road for work... But, the other thing is - Red would actually need a "sticky note" EARLIER than the turn time, yah? So - six hours for Lynn & I, 5 for Gloria and 4 for Janice. :P LOL - I can hardly wait, what'll that be 7 or 8 people yelling TURN EGGS! at the same time?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:16am (Mar 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We'll put the cam on the eggs around day 20 or 21...or if we hear peeps or see pips earlier, then we'll put it on then too :P

    And we get the chicks until they're big and tough enough to go back to the farm and look after themselves, then it's time to say goodbye - how sad will that be, like leaving Lottie all over again! :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 2:46pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Now then Red. Don't start getting depressed already about the chicks leaving us.
    You'll be needing 'treatment' from you know who - she'll be listening....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 3:15pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Speaking of chicks, Oli, time to turn those eggs again! :bigsmile:

    Good to see you back with your old account, too!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 4:36pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hope you are talking nicely to them when you do turn them, Scarlet!

    I just checked the cam and nearly fell off my chair when I saw the hens were on the wrong side of the coop fence!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 4:37pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Rhode Island Reds are an all around good breed. They make great show chickens too.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 5:29pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    What Neil? What do you mean? Were the hens out?

    Oh - there's Red now. As my sound cuts in and out, I can't really follow a full 'hen conversation' but it does sound like they got out. Although Penny is right there inside, center stage.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 11:07pm (Mar 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey Diane, yeah the hens get let out into the garden for a bit of free-ranging everyday, as long as the weather holds up, for a couple of hours...if you see the girls on the other side of the fence, they probably haven't escaped they're just enjoying time outside. When it gets closer to bedtime they all wander back closer to the coop so it's easier for me to heard them back in :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 5:35am (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Whew. Thanks for that Red. :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 3:28pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah a few people have seen them out and thought they've escaped...including my dad :-\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:24pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    You'd think after all this time your dad would know what goes on in his own back yard!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:35pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Don't be silly, Kate; a man's place is in the dark! :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 12:42am (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    I just candled my duck eggs and so far they are all still alive...time will tell I guess. I have to start cooling them for 5 minutes a day starting tomorrow and spray them with luke warm water daily now till they hatch too. Ducks are a little more complicated than the chickens I hatched out before..dang this is too much like work. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 4:44am (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    But think of the reward! :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 6:02am (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    My Sebastopol goose laid her first egg today, I'm not sure if it's fertile because the gander doesn't know which end is up yet..keep your fingers crossed, I may have baby geese too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 8:47am (Mar 8th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *crosses fingers* Awesome Lynn! Jeez, i didn't realise duck eggs were so much more complicated, i though chuck eggs were hard enough...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 1:04pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    More crossed fingers here, Lynn.

    PS. Why are you up so early??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:01pm (Mar 8th 2008) edited
     
    There'll be so many babies at Lynn's place she'll have to start a feathered creche!!!!! Good luck with them all - can't wait to see all those fluffy babies.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:01pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    Sebastopol geese are just gorgeous with their curly feathers. Hopefully you will have a gosling, Lynn. Please, post a picture of the little darling when he hatches.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:03pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    I had to google it after reading your post Janice and you're right, they're lovely! Can imagine one laying a golden egg like the pantomime story.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:17pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I saw a breed of duck the other day that has like a pom pom growing on its head...it was really weird but cute at the same time :smile: Anybody know what they are??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:22pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    http://www.omlet.co.uk/breeds/breeds.php?breed_type=Ducks&breed=Crested%20Ducks

    Was it a crested duck? (you'll have to copy and paste the link)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 9:44pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    YES, THAT'S THE ONE!!! It was a different colour and had a different pom pom, but that's basically it yes - thankyou :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:33pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    It is very unusual. Though I was watching Crufts last night and there was a poodle that had an extra pom pom that looked like a saddle!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 7:20pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I didn't realise Omlet had such a good list of breeds or animal info, i'm quite impressed...i remember when it only had chickens and only included one or two breeds. It's quite a useful little site now isn't it, even if you don't want the product? :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 9:44pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    I just candled my duck eggs again and 3 of them weren't developing, so now there are only 10 duck eggs that are still viable. I'm not doing so well with this batch so far. :sad:
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 9:58pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Not meaning to get off the subject of chicks, ducklings and goslings, but how is Lottie the Lamb and is she going to be a mommy yet ?Also, Opal wanted to let you know that her Boston Terrier, Domino is expecting puppies . They will be of a hybred variety ( Bostonese ). A white male Pekingese dug under the fence and made a social call. She and Lizzie are are going to have a new baby aunt or uncle late this summer. Her other grand-father of 48 yrs. old married a lady of about 35 yrs. and they are expecting. She wanted to know what relation the baby was going to be to her and when I told her , Aunt or Uncle and she would be its niece, she said, Oh, Grandma it will be strange for me to babysit my own aunt or uncle.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 10:49pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey that's cool about Opal's pups, when are they due? :bigsmile:

    Lynn, what's the...um...like, survival rate for duck eggs? Is it the same as chickens - i've heard that in a bator it's usually 50-75% as long as temps etc are stable?

    Lottie's doing fine, she's a big fat sheep now. She runs right up to you for cuddles and nuzzles your ear, then belches in your face. Such a lady! Visitors to the farm are amazed at this sheep that acts more like a dog than your average sheep, she's awesome :D She isn't having lambs this year, though, she isn't quite big enough yet. Next year she'll be good and ready, and when she does have lambs she'll teach them not to be afraid of humans, so they'll be friendly too!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 12:47am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    The ducks are a bit harder than the chickens, Red the rate for hatching is far less. I guess I'll just have to wait and see what happens in the next 20 some days. It sure makes me feel awful to lose even one tho. :sad:

    I'm glad to hear that Lottie is doing so well.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 1:58am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    LOL Janice, Opal is soon going to have a whole box of dominoes.

    Awwww. Sorry that you feel sad Lynn. I hope lots of little ducklings peck their way out of the remaining eggs for you.

    Lottie IS just like a dog. Holly loves to come silently up to people. Sit quite near and stare sweetly at them. Then, just as they exclaim: *Holly you are such a cute dog,* lean gently forward and, with a deeply satisfied expression, belch directly in their faces. It could be worse I guess. At least she hasn't...err...fully processed these gases.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 3:39am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Opal's puppies are due in 6 more weeks ( around April 21), if all goes well. They will be Bostinese ( hopefully I spelled it correctly). We can only guess what side of their family they will look like. LOL. Domino is the mom's name and she was given to my son back in January because her owner no longer wanted her..... no reason given.... and was going to take her to the pound. She is adorable and just so loving . The girls have a male Pekingnese named Yin-Yang but he is neutered. When Domino first came into the household , I made a comment along the line of , I wonder what a cross between Yin and Domino would look like if he had not been neutered . Now I guess we will know .. thanks to another Pekingese. Red, thanks for the update on Lottie.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 5:37am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I had another loss tonight, a dam Red Tail Hawk killed one of my chickens. Poor little thing didn't stand a chance. Now I've got to keep all my girls in the pen for days, till he gives up and moves on. Usually the crows are around and drive him away, but not today. They must have been off doing something else.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 6:59am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Oh no. Lynn that's very sad. Sorry for the loss of that little hen. :sad:

    I love it that your cows are usually their protectors though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 9:01am (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Lynn, sorry to hear about that...i'm looking for a little hugging vanillacon but there isn't one, so *hugs*
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:01pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I think Lynn said crows not cows Diane!!!! That must be so awful for you Lynn, I hope he doesn't take any more. :(

    I googled Domino's breed Janice and she looks like a French Bulldog doesn't she? Is there a similarity with the breed?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:19pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I think I'm going to have to take up feeding the crows again, to get them to stay around here longer, during the times when I let my girls out. Crows have turned out to be the best protection for my chickens. One day last Summer, the crows knocked a Bald Eagle out of the sky into the back pasture. One of them will sacrifice it's self by flying out alone, to lead the predator away from their nesting spot, then the rest of them fly out and hit the bigger bird till it falls or runs away. It took 15 of them to drop the Eagle, it rested for a few minutes and flew away. It NEVER came back again. I buried the poor crow who had given his life. There is a lot more to crows than people give them credit for. Most farmers hate crows but to me, they are fine to have around.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:24pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I like crows...I took one to the wildlife hospital a few years back; he'd got drunk on fallen fruit! They patrol the school field in pairs, swaggering like gangsters. Love 'em!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:25pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Ahh Lynn that is such an amazing story. I never realised a crow would do that, and it was so sweet of you to give it a decent burial after its sacrifice. Farmers only hate them because they'll eat some of the crop and then they might have a bit less profit. Its good to know they have a 'use' around your home.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:29pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Without the crows our streets would be littered with roadkill, everything has a purpose, I suppose even spiders and snakes ( ewwwy..I still hate snakes and spiders tho. )
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:36pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Everything has a purpose...except humans! :\ They seem to be nothing but destructive to animals/environment, when taken as a race/breed/species.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 8:37pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    I agree completely. All we do is mess the planet up.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:06pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    My crows wash and skin their snakes in my birdbath and then, I believe as a thank you for the food and the *wash basin* I provide, they dump all the skins in my neighbor's yard.

    CC - I actually think we function much like a virus.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 6:39am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    You could be right. How do you explain the 'good' ones amongst us, though? :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 9:09am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    They are the antibiotics but no one has told them that they are no good against viruses. A bit like politics really - ineffective whatever bunch you are in.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 10:57am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Diane, that is fasinating about the crows washing and skining the snakes in your bird bath. When I think of crows, I recall something that happened in our family. It started out gut wrenching but had a happy ending.After Opal was born and it came time for her to be taken home from the hospital, I went to pick her mother and her up and take them to my house( my son had to work ).When I got to the hospial, one of her mother's aunts showed up with everything that was needed for a baby, from bottles to diapers , blankets , lots of clothes. This woman had not seen Opals mother since she was a toddler but there she was . She was fairly young herself and mentioned
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 11:51am (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    that she had recently lost a baby. Opal's mother ran off with this woman and it was six weeks before we located her and Opal. We had to do a DNA test to prove that our son REALLY was Opal's dad before he could get her back. My husband was so angry about the situation that he convenced himself that Opal was no kin to us , and made a vow that if our son was the father that he(Stanley ) would barbeque a crow and eat it. . Just as the lawyer called and told us the results were in and Opal WAS our son's .... two huge crows showed up and loudly cawed cawed cawed . LOL. My son went and got them and a year later Lizzie joined the family too. I do not know any details of what caused the situation to happen or if the woman was really an aunt .
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 5:59pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Did he bbq a crow and eat it then?!? :o
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 6:06pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Yes, don't leave us hanging!!!
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:22pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    No , he did not bbq the crow. Stan's bite is worse than his bark. He ended up really loving little Opal too and ( who could not love a sweet little baby ?).Not only did his bride run off with the baby.... when Son got home to his apartment that night.... she had cleaned the place out..... or had someone do it for her. All the baby things , her clothes, part of the furniture. It was so sad to see my 6'ft 4 in , 250 lb. kid sobbing his heart out. I helped him move the rest of the furniture and his clothes out and moved him back home with us until he could sort things out. Since he no longer had a place to bring his wife and baby to... They all came to live with us for a few months. It was strange having his wife in my home at first after that ordeal but for the sake of that baby it was worth it and believe it or not she and I got along beautifully.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:28pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Blimey...another good book in the making there, I think! Shame about the crow though...I love it when people make declarations like that; an LBC (London Broadcasting Company) presenter said that if Brian Paddick was voted in as Mayor of London, he would sautee then eat a pair of his own undercrackers (clean ones). As Paddick's popularity is climbing, so are the presenter's nerves! :)
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:30pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    I found them another apartment after they got their finances sorted out..... but Opal remained with Stan and I until she was about 2 years old. I would take her over to stay with them some during the day but every night she was ready for her Gran- Jan to come and get her. After Stan had the heart surgery, the doctor thought it best that he not have small children around him for awhie . She was not very happy at first but adjusted out eventually. Poor little girl has had a rough time because of her mom. Lizzie is tougher and takes things more in stride.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:37pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    It's amazing how some lives pan out, isn't it? I'm glad everything came good in the end.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:44pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    OK, might as well tell you that my son and their mom have been divorced since 2001 but he lets her live with them as a family. When Lizzie was 1yr and Opal almost 3 yrs. , she ran off with a young cowboy on the internet Just got on a greyhound bus and left for Kansas one Saturday. On Monday , my son filed for divorce and custody of the girls. She was served with papers by the end of the week ( my son found the guy's address using the phone bill and doing a reverse look up for the address ). That young man did not like her anyhow after he met her in person and told her to leave .... so off to Florida she went to live with a guy she had also met on the internet. The very day that the divorce was to become final.... she shows back up in town . Son was given full custody and a divorce and she went to live with her dad who ended up kicking her out after a few months.
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 8:57pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    My son felt sorry for her and let her come home. She has ran off atleast four times since then but he forever lets her come back.I don't know if love is blind or what. Stan and I have butted out ( We had to because it was taking a toll on both of us. ) I just go by and check on the girls a few times a week and sometimes bring them out her for little visits .
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 9:05pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Cor Janice. What an amazing story!
    We ALL deserve a good slug of what ever suits us after that. A double for Janice please.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 9:09pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    It sounds like your son's (ex) wife has commitment problems. I wonder how he copes with the ups and downs of his life? It must be extremely difficult. At least he has custody so he can try to give the girls a stable life even if she can't. He must really love her to let her treat him that way, but I don't know how she can do that time and time again to her daughters. You and Stan are wonderful supportive parents and have obviously brought your son up the same way. I know how hard it can be to bite your tongue but you should be proud of yourselves as well as him. x
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 10:59pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    Ollie, A slug for each of us... LOL at Jan's Cyber Pub. I'm buying. Some friends of mine from England and the USA used to get together online each Friday (noon here ) (6PM in the UK) and have a cyber tea and Royal Chat discussion. We each brewed up a pot of tea , and ate finger sandwiches and little tarts and discussed Queen Vioctoria and her many decendents. At one point in time there were about 85 members including a young royal from Germany who though only a teen was a history whiz. It was not as much fun as hencam though. Kate, our son copes with his ups and downs by putting on a happy act and doing those silly voices to entertain prople. They atleast have helped him make a few commercials to air on television , thus make a few extra dollars. If you were to google " OOG builds house " you could see him and his lovely ex dressed up as a cave couple .
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 9:34am (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    What a great idea!! Bet you didn't wander off topic as much as we do either!

    I'll check that out later when I'm at home!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 9:58pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    Ok Neil, Janice gets one whole chapter in Hen Cam-The Novel, when you write it.

    Your son's ex sounds more than a little bit impulsive Janice. Its great that you and Stan are able to see the sense in keeping a bit back from the drama but with an eye on the girls. They are lucky little grand daughters to have you. Do you have any home brewed beer at that pub of yours (cold - not warm like the Brit's), I'm in the mood myself. A dark ale would be nice.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 10:31pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    You only drink it so cold because then you can tell it from...a urine sample! :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 11:18pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    We drink it cold because we are hot! :P
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 11:48pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    I've been thinking about trying to learn how to home brew some beer . When I get it perfected,we'll have a cyber beer blast. There was a German family who lived down the road from me when I was a kid and they made a fine batch of elderberry wine.
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 5:16am (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    We made Ginger beer at school once, and it was the worst thing i had ever tasted
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 8:02am (Mar 13th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm Ginger beer I love it
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 1:01pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nettle beer is weird...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 5:34pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    Washes down the worms, though, eh?:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 5:58pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    I just harvested my first crop of nettles for tea this season. You can make beer out of it?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 6:08pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, :fingersear:

    Me and my friends (My friends and i? ) were up at an adventure place far out in the Dales, and we went to the local shop and saw nettle beer. Bought it and, geez it tastes weird! I don't know anything else about it though, sorry :P

    You make your own nettle tea Diane? Cool! Apparantly tying nettles somewhere high so they dangle down is really good for chickens as they'll jump up and peck at them, this not only gives them something to do but it's supposed to be nutritious too...who knew? :o
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 6:21pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    I love eating food that can fight back :D Nettles are as good for you as garlic. Lots of great stuff in them. BUT - don't eat any that are over six inches tall or have gone to flower; bad for the kidneys. I put on very thick gloves, pick em, and then tie them together and hang them upside down to dry. You can also cook them like spinach.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:36pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    Bleagh!! :fierce: First peanut butter and jam, now nettles in beer or tea or cooking. You lot are weird!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:49pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    I live on sherry !!!!

    Not the cheep stuff...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:50pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    Haven't drank sherry since my nan gave me a tipple when I was young!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:54pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    My lady Burmese cat adored licking it off my finger tip.

    ( I used a different finger each time I dipped into my glass - got to be hygenic.
    Don't want to poison the poor thing).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:58pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    Foggy (middle cat) was licking vinegar off a plate tonight (she also likes chilli), yet if you offer chocolate or paper money to her she sniffs and yaks.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2008 3:25pm (Mar 14th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ew, vinegar... *shudders*
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2008 3:27pm (Mar 14th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My friends once bought a plant from the local garden centre to take photos of for Photography. It came from the 'edible' section and had little peppers growing on them, so we all thought they weren't fully grown yet. We picked a colour each and had a race to see who could eat the whole pepper fastest...It was a chili plant :o

    We were glued to the sinks in the toilets for the next hour, with our tongues stuck under the cold taps :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2008 5:42pm (Mar 14th 2008)
     
    I think I'll stick to the Croft's Original, with Ollie...! One week 2 days till Lent finishes... :hungry:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2008 8:04pm (Mar 14th 2008)
     
    Danny used to (and will still have) bread and butter and vinegar. He gets 2 plates, one for the b&b and the other to cover in vinegar. Then dips the b&b and eats.