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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 7:43pm (Mar 5th 2008) edited
     
    I don't know how to post links, so perhaps Neil will do it if I ask nicely (pretty please?), but on p.13 of the Daily Mail today is the story of Elaine and Chris Denney, whose chicken, Eve, had to have a leg amputated through cancer. Now she has it in the other leg so they're lashing out £1000 on vets' bills (calm down, Kate) and £400 on radiotherapy. The tumour has to be removed in an operation at the Animal Health Trust in Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk (320 miles from their home in Worcestershire), then followed by the radiotherapy.
    Good luck, Eve;:flowers: Get well soon!

    See how well I fought the urge to say 'break a leg'...oops...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 9:04pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    I saw that story too! I also noted that they're both accountants so probably earn a tidy sum!!

    I saw a story in the Mirror a few weeks ago about someone knitting jumpers for battery hens. I took a photo of the photo but didn't know if it could be posted or if it'd breach copyright laws?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2008 10:05pm (Mar 5th 2008)
     
    Jumpers for hens? How splendid...I wish I'd seen that one!:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 2:48am (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Why would any hen need a sweater? Except to tell which is Tilly & which is Penny?

    Wishing Eve well. She's going to need a tiny little wheel chair...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:12am (Mar 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ex-bats would need jumpers in winter 'cos they're so baldy, particularly the oven readies!

    Aw poor Eve...hope they follow the story up and say how the surgery went.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 5:21pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    OMG sorry I asked. Sob.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:49pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    chicken jumpers

    The text says "This is the vest idea for ages ... hens who suffered feather loss on battery farms have been given winter woolies to beat the cold. Brigitte Hawley, from Kent, knitted the body warmers after rescuing four birds". Courtesy of Daily Mirror
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:51pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    How brilliant...I wonder if they kept 'em on, though?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:51pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    How sad is that? The poor chicks.
    I don't understand folks who can let this happen to their chucks...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:52pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    Sorry, I resized the photo but it came out huge! (Photobucket has changed - its much harder now!) Tried to re-do it but keep getting an error. Will go back and change it tomorrow if I get chance.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:52pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    They aren't human folks, they're battery farmers...:angry:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 8:59pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    The photo size looks perfect to me Kate.

    Ah those poor hens... :cry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 9:01pm (Mar 6th 2008)
     
    I'd like to keep all the battery farmers for one day in the same conditions as those they inflict upon those chickens. :devil:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2008 11:04pm (Mar 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've thought that too, but then i think it's not just the farmer, they're only trying to make a living...the supermarkets and the buyers are to blame too. The farmer only gets 3p per bird at the end of the day...

    CC, i saw Eve the chicken in the news today!! I was watching kids TV with my little cousin, and Eve the chicken was on Newsround, with her leg in a bandage/cast type thing. Bless her.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 5:36am (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    We're rooting for you around the world Eve!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 6:44am (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    I hope poor little Eve makes it thru this.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 5:49pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Perhaps it'll be on the human news as well. Hope so!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:14pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    When i first read that i was like...human news?! But it was human news...!?! :o
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:22pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    When I posted the picture it took over the whole screen! Must've sorted itself out. I thought it was nice that someone is taking the time to do something for the hens. They look quite happy with their jumpers, but aren't they skinny! Poor things.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:34pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    I meant human news as opposed to brat news.
    I thought that picture was a computer mock-up! Shows what I know...!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:36pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    It looked genuine to me. She must spend ages knitting - think how many battery hens there are in need of a jumper!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:37pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    ...and how many batteries in need of a jump lead...sorry, couldn't resist it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:39pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    :rolling: :clap: Very good!!!! You been round the knife box today?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:40pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Abslootly. Wait till after Lent when I'm back on alcohol!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:42pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Do wine gums count as alcohol? If not, why're they called wine gums?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:43pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    Because you w(h)ine when they're all gone?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:44pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    LOL! Can't top that one!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2008 7:45pm (Mar 7th 2008)
     
    O you will, you will!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 4:48am (Mar 8th 2008) edited
     
    Jump lead? - oh, battery cable probably...

    Wine gums?

    Knife box?

    Brat news?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2008 5:06pm (Mar 8th 2008)
     
    Jump lead - yes, cables to start one car from another.

    Wine gums - sweets. Don't tell me you don't have wine gums!! Chewy sweets that have things written on like 'port' and 'wine' and 'gin' but don't really have alcohol in them. They come in black, red, orange, green and yellow.

    Knife box - an old expression about being "as sharp as a box of knives".

    Brat news - we have a programme called Newsround that is specifically aimed at kids (brats). You know how CC feels about them!!!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:02am (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Oh - Jumper cables.

    I don't think we have wine gums - or at least they aren't called that. Right USA? We DO have gummy bears, gummy worms, etc...

    We say *sharp as a tack* or (oppositely) *the lights are on but nobodies home,* *one brick short of a load,* *dim bulb,* and my favorite - *her pet store is short a puppy*

    Oh that last one was a CCism.... LOL
    • CommentAuthorJanice Sansing
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:59am (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Has anyone heard any of these expressions ? (1) Ugly as a mud fence ) (2) So ugly he would make a freight train take a dirt road ) (3)So ugly she had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her ) (4)Her elevator don't quite make it to the top ) (5) Bright as a 2 watt light bulb ) ?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 10:48am (Mar 9th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've heard of the fifth one...and i've heard of "As ugly as a dog's dinner," which is kinda like number (3)...?

    But nope, the others are all new to me.
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 12:14pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Er, a sandwich short of a picnic? I have a friend who constantly puts the letter H where its shouldnt go and he says.."She was so hugly she ad a alo on er ed that said Hi am Hugly" Did you follow that one?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:30pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Do you keep correcting her Cake?! It'd drive me mad! I've heard of no's 3 and 4. There's always the old "the lights are on but no-ones home".
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:34pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    nah, he comes out with them all the time. gets words muddled and very funny they are too. some unprintable. he helps out here at the shop and is always saying things like.."What Hage do you require? cracks me up.
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:36pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Cor, Oli, me and Kateb now. ooh come on, lets have another
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:38pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Hello both! I think the most I ever saw on line was when Neil announced that we're all eggspecting. Think there were 7 or something like that.

    What's the weather like up there ladies? We have sunshine and showers.
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:42pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    same here in the hills. one min is sleeting and next we have blue sky and midgies. Whats going on?
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:44pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    My girls are all huddled under the play pen. A covered structure outside full of mulch and woodchip. Now if they had any sense they would stay in the henporium where its got everything. Crazy girls
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:44pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Must be the old global warming. The brits have always been infamous for talking about the weather, but it gives us so much to talk about nowadays!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:44pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    True. We love it dont we.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:46pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    The talk yes, the weather no!!!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:47pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    hmmm. Are you in the midlands? I am trying to navigate the google directory but swam past Ireland and think I drown somewhere between Donegal and New York!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:48pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Yes, about 10 miles from Birmingham city centre. If you zoom in on google and then click someone's name it goes straight to them at the same zoominess!!!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:49pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    ok ta. Will have to dry off first after that long swim.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:51pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Did you see David Walliams along the way?!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:52pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    ha ha. He was seasick wasnt he? bet that was a barrel of laughs
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:55pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    How can you swim and be sick at the same time?! Gross!!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:57pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Dont know, but he was. Ugh nasty. Apparently they are gonna show it on sport relief this weekend. Should make the whole event worthwhile (for me anyway, just to see him puke).
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 3:58pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Ha ha!!! Make sure you've finished your tea before it starts!! Didn't know it was on tv this week - don't think I'll watch, it gets a bit much with children in need, comic relief, sport relief. I'll donate my money and skip the rest thanks! And bah humbug while i'm at it!!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 4:01pm (Mar 9th 2008) edited
     
    I wont be donating anything. Tight me! Well, its 4pm and do you know what happens at 4pm on a Sunday? I finish work, go home and have a glass of wine and then toddle down to the hall for my tea. Great. Venison tonight. mmmmmm. Dont forget to batten down the hatches for the gales this evening and hold onto your hats tomorrow guys. Tie the hens down tight or they may just take off.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 4:04pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Down to the hall for your tea?!! Have a good evening - I'm off to find ice cream. Don't usually like it but have a bit of a hankering!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2008 6:54pm (Mar 9th 2008)
     
    Good grief, Kate...surely Caitlyn's not going to have an aunt/uncle younger than her, is she??!! :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 2:06am (Mar 10th 2008) edited
     
    From Janice: Has anyone heard any of these expressions ? (1) Ugly as a mud fence ) (2) So ugly he would make a freight train take a dirt road ) (3)So ugly she had to tie a pork chop around her neck to get the dog to play with her ) (4)Her elevator don't quite make it to the top ) (5) Bright as a 2 watt light bulb ) ?

    I've heard a version of #3 and I've heard #4. And I think # 2 is hilarious. I've also heard Kate's *The lights are on and nobodies home.* Hadn't hear the one Red wrote. But reading one by Red made me think of hens which made me think of *Mad as a wet hen.* (That's angry, versus crazy, to you Brits ;) ) I've also heard Cake's *A sandwich short of a picnic.* Always makes me chuckle.

    That's odd Kate - I don't usually like ice cream, but I bought a carton of it yesterday. Hmmm....
    • CommentAuthorPeter16
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 6:40am (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    The picture of the battery hens with jumpers was a laugh, the other hens wouldn't be able to peck the new feathers so they would be able to grow a new coat
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:04pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    No Diane, there definately ISN'T another baby on the way!!!! Strange that we've both gone for ice cream though.

    I wondered if the jumpers would be uncomfortable as the new feathers grow because Red said before they're stubby. Suppose they'd push through the wool though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:06pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw god yeh, we had that problem with Eva - the other girls, Milly especially, would peck all her new growing feathers off her butt. I used to get SO annoyed with Milly, she got stupidly jealous it was the only time i've ever been really angry with her :angry: She should know better being at the bottom of the pecking order herself :-\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:08pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    But it meant she had someone lower than her! The kids at ice hockey are like that - the more experienced ones push in the queue when they're waiting to do a drill and the 'newbies' get pushed to the back, but when more new players come they get pushed back by the now slightly more experienced than newbies, and so it goes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 7:13pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, it must have felt good for Milly to have someone lower than her in the pecking order for a change!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2008 11:19pm (Mar 10th 2008)
     
    Sweet Milly.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2008 9:18pm (Mar 11th 2008)
     
    She's sleeping soundly at the minute. Can't say I've ever seen the others bully her at all.

    Just to get back on thread theme (!) there was an item on our local news about a 15 year old lad who takes in loads of animals. He has 103 currently, 19 of those were hens. (OK so it wasn't an exciting story, but it got the thread back to topic briefly!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2008 9:59pm (Mar 12th 2008)
     
    It IS an exciting story. How is he feeding all of them?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2008 10:37pm (Mar 13th 2008)
     
    I don't know, they didn't say. Hos mom was very supportive though. Couldn't hear the rest of the report because of a crying baby, moaning husband, and meowing cat. All of 'em wanting food!!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2008 4:48am (Mar 14th 2008)
     
    LOL-because of real life then? Awwww.