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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2009 2:54am (May 6th 2009)
     
    Good luck to you all from me as well
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2009 1:13pm (May 6th 2009)
     
    Good luck to all exam doers !!

    See now I know one more reason why it is better to be my age. No more exams. Yay !! :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 3:28pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Hello there Kate the gardener welcome to the forum. It is always nice to meet someone new so don't be shy it will be good to get to know you.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 7:10pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Lots of exams in the education system just now.

    Red is conspicuouse by her absence which shows her absolute dedication to her studies.

    My g'daughter is having last day of the dreaded SATS exams tomorrow.

    Good luck to you all.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 7:20pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Good luck and best wishes to all.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 7:52pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Good luck every one for the exams and looking forward to seeing you all back here when they are done
    • CommentAuthorhinge&bracket
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2009 8:01pm (May 17th 2009)
     
    Hello to everyone - I'm very excited as today we brought home our 4 fab new chickens who we've named Gertie, Gladys, Bessie and Beatrix. We're completely new to this but have been planning for ages getting hen house right and chicken run etc. So far they've settled in really well - our cats are a bit shocked especially Tom who has been chased off by one chicken already!
    Anyway wanted to say this is a great site - just adore the hencam.
    Wendy
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2009 8:06pm (May 17th 2009)
     
    Welcome Wendy!! If you have any photos of them please post - we loovvveee pictures! Congrats on finally getting your girls.

    We were discussing cats being chased by birds on one of the other threads - funny stories! Dive right in and join in the threads - its the friendliest forum you will ever find!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2009 8:09pm (May 17th 2009)
     
    Hi there, how nice to meet you Wendy and congratulations on your new hens. You have chosen lovely traditional names for them all. What sort of hens have you got ? The hens must have already made themselves at home if they are sorting out poor Tom. Every one is real friendly here and will offer good advice if it is needed. Anyhow just join right on in and have a good chat with us all.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2009 11:05pm (May 17th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome Wendy!

    You will enjoy your chickens they make amazing pets! Thanks for the compliments about the site :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 7:28am (May 18th 2009)
     
    Welcome to the Hencam, Wendy.:welcome: What kind of chickens do you have? I love the names you gave your girls.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 10:48am (May 18th 2009)
     
    Welcome Wendy, and all the other new people I haven't said welcome to yet!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 11:41am (May 18th 2009)
     
    Welcome to the forum, Wendy! :meuh:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 1:13pm (May 18th 2009)
     
    Hello and welcome Wendy.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 4:58pm (May 18th 2009)
     
    Hellooooo!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 8:33pm (May 18th 2009)
     
    Hello Bishbashbosh welcome to the forum
    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 9:32pm (May 18th 2009) edited
     
    Hi all! Thanks very much :)
    My girlfriend and I have two hens named Daisy and Annie Mac. They're Meadowsweet Poultry; one Gold Star and one Speckled. We have built our own coop in the garden and I've put a hencam-style camera in it. We built the coop from scratch and I thought it'd be worth sharing the plan I made of it for people to copy: http://bishbashbo.sh
    Hope the link works!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 10:07pm (May 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Bishbashbosh, :welcome: to the forum!

    Great coop plans - it actually looks really professional and it would be great if other people followed your plans and it could become an 'official' type of coop :)
    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 10:31pm (May 18th 2009)
     
    Thanks! That would be cool :) I'll have to upload some diagrams and such instead of just the SketchUp model (which needs updating anyway). It's my first woodwork project since school, so I sort of made it up as I went along!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2009 10:50pm (May 18th 2009)
     
    Welcome bishbashbosh - great name!!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 1:24pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    welcome bishbashbosh.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 1:44pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    BishBashBosh, welcome to the lovliest chat forum you will ever find.

    You say you have cam in the coop, how about having a go at transmitting, PLEASE?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 2:00pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    :welcome: BishBashBosh! :meuh:
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 4:19pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    Hello BishBashBosh. :hiwave:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 7:15pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    :welcome:BishBashBosh:meuh:
    • CommentAuthorBishBashBosh
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 8:48pm (May 19th 2009) edited
     
    Hi everyone else! I am transmitting! Have a look at http://bishbashbo.sh :) I've taken the advice of Neil and am using the camstreams jobby. I started with WebcamXP, but I couldn't find a way to use webcamXP going through another server (like camstreams one does) to take the load off my home pc.

    Have a look at my new roosting bar I've just put in. They don't seem too keen on it just yet, and still prefer the next boxes. But with the cam in the way there's only one of those available!

    EDIT: Unless one of them sits right on top of the camera of course... :confused:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 9:14pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    That's a super transmision, Bish.

    Lovely feathers and the swaying of a sleeping chuck.

    Just beautiful.
    • CommentAuthorchickhippy
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2009 11:12pm (May 19th 2009)
     
    Well I'm fairly new but didn't notice introducing happened here! Spent many evenings reading comments and looking at the cam before I even got my chickens. It sounded fun so decided to give it a go. They are so amusing. I never realised a bird could have so much character. So I have Troilus and Cressida, hatched last september and given to me by a friend. Pekin bantams, so we get one tiny egg most days. Then got French and Saunders from the school hatched about 8 weeks ago. Got some helpful advice on site about putting them altogether and its going just fine. Looking forward to more eggs in about 12 weeks time. We live in the very north east of hampshire with a small garden but they love just pecking about all day and terrorising the dog! I don't get so much house work done now as I keep stopping to watch them!!! Really enjoy the eggy banter.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 6:56am (May 20th 2009)
     
    Welcome to the hencam, chickhippy!!:welcome: I love the names you have given your chickens...I spend too much time watching my chickens too:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 10:35am (May 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chickhippyWell I'm fairly new but didn't notice introducing happened here! Spent many evenings reading comments and looking at the cam before I even got my chickens. It sounded fun so decided to give it a go. They are so amusing.


    Welcome chickhippy! :)

    That's brilliant that hencam helped influence you into getting chickens (feeling rather proud that our hen profile raising has worked)!

    Glad you're enjoying them - they're great aren't they! We'd love to see pics of your flock - and your coop (I'm thinking of creating a page of all the various coops we all use to show the massive range you can get, as well as build-your-own plans too)...

    :welcome: to Wendy too!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 1:59pm (May 20th 2009)
     
    welcome chickhippy.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 2:32pm (May 20th 2009)
     
    Hello. Im totaly new on this site, so i hope im filling out the right boxess.
    Im sara, My love off my life is my chickens, and my children. Im from northampton in the uk. I have a few questions that im hoping some1 can help me with, about my girls. thanks
      Picture 262.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 2:38pm (May 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: Sarah, thanks for posting a photo of your chucks! ^_^

    Ask away, we'll all try and help in any way we can! You can start your own thread to ask questions or just ask them here - someone will find them and answer them :)
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 4:23pm (May 20th 2009)
     
    Welcome chickhippy and sara. :hiwave:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 5:54pm (May 20th 2009) edited
     
    :welcome: Sara and Chickhippy! :meuh:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 6:26pm (May 20th 2009)
     
    :welcome:Sara, Your chickens are pretty.:milly_hen:
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2009 10:16pm (May 20th 2009)
     
    Thanks.
    I've 4 of the large battery hens,
    The brown ones! don't know the bread name!
    Also 3bantems.
    One of my brown hens has started pulling a few feathers out from round her bottom, also looks a bit red, what should i do? Its only one of my hens. they all seem really happy, I stroke them every day, fresh bedding every weekend, fresh water every day?
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 1:21am (May 21st 2009)
     
    :welcome: Hello to all the new people
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 1:24am (May 21st 2009)
     
    Posted By: chickhippyTroilus and Cressida


    What wonderful names!!

    Welcome chickhippy... (I don't have chickens (not allowed in the city))..
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 9:22am (May 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: saraOne of my brown hens has started pulling a few feathers out from round her bottom, also looks a bit red, what should i do? Its only one of my hens. they all seem really happy, I stroke them every day, fresh bedding every weekend, fresh water every day?


    Sometimes chickens will do this to other chickens - it could be part of establishing the 'pecking order' (only bit you can peck of a fleeing hen is often it's bum!), or possibly it can be due to a deficiency in certain nutrients - you could try varying their diet if you aren't already - eg: lots of greens, good quality layers pellets, mixed corn, kitchen scraps etc etc...

    If it starts to bleed then you may need to take action as the other hens will likely concentrate on that area then (you can get some strange tar stuff that prevents hens pecking and covers the wound). You could also just quarantine her too to prevent the others from getting to her, but then you'll have pecking order problems when she is re-introduced...

    My advice would be to keep her with the others for now, and offer lots of varied food and if you can spend a bit of time then keep them occupied and see if it's one hen in particular pecking at her bottom. If it is, then it's not a bad idea to segregate the naughty hen doing the pecking...

    Anyway, don't worry too much it's probably nothing serious - our hens peck the other hens new feathers as they start to grow as they think they are bits of dirt or food that need pulling off!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 5:50pm (May 21st 2009)
     
    Thank you so much!
    The other hens are her friends, They have grown up together for over a year now, this is a new thing.
    Someone said it might be mites, so i've been told to go and have a look for yellow or red mites.
    Thanks for the help,

    Every1 so nice on this site makes a change!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 6:37pm (May 21st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Sara, don't panic yet even if it is mites they aren't too hard to get rid of...

    To check for red mite, run your hands on the undersides of the perches at night or first thing in a morning...

    If you have tiny bits of blood smeared on your hand, or can see tiny red dots moving about, you have red mite.

    I think most other kind of mites would live on the host so you'd have to do a bit of feather 'preening' to check for them (usually at the base of the feather on the skin).
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 7:55pm (May 21st 2009)
     
    No red mites....
    When i go to put them to bed late i check for yellow mites...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2009 11:22pm (May 21st 2009)
     
    Ooo, new peeps! Welcome everyone!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 2:06pm (May 22nd 2009)
     
    Hello Kateb, Sorry if ive been going on abit, just nice to find people who love hens and other animals like me.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 8:33pm (May 22nd 2009)
     
    You haven't been going on at all - well, no more than the rest of us!!!!!!! I'm glad you've found us - we all love our pets, whatever they are, and are very proud of them.

    When someone new joins I usually go on about post us some pictures, join in with the discussions (there are no rules about sticking to the subject - we are masters of wandering off on one!!!) and welcome blah blah, but I was a bit late! (And tell your hubby to stop being such a misery or you'll push him in the river!! LOL!!)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 9:04pm (May 22nd 2009)
     
    And tell your hubby to stop being such a misery or you'll push him in the river!!
    LOL!!)

    That's so funny,. Please no more, I'm due to give birth in 4weeks.

    BUT that really funny..

    Ok i've got photos of my chicken sore bold bottom on this site

    http://s659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/saramarks132/

    If any1 can take a look an see if they know what's happening to her.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 9:22pm (May 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi sara, Eva's bottom used to look like that when we first got her. Are they new feathers I see growing back in the pic? If she has new feather growth I would wait and see if she manages to re-grow any feathers...She couldn't be moulting could she?!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 9:35pm (May 22nd 2009)
     
    I really don't know,
    There is no mite, red or yellow..
    It just looks sore. If my bottom was that red id put some sudocrem on it,
    Just don't know what to do, when my friend come over and they see my chickens,

    some ask what's wrong with her,

    Should i put some knickers on her to hide it till the feathers grow back..
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 9:46pm (May 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aww, it's not too bad, I think I can see spines of new feathers, so unless they get plucked by a "helpful" hen then she should be able to cover her modesty soon! :)

    Here's poor Eva's bum when we first got her:

    bald bum!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2009 9:53pm (May 22nd 2009)
     
    O my--- :( She does need some bottom cream on it. How long did it take to grow back.
    Thats what my girls bottom looks like, but not as bad..
    Did u go to the link and see my other chickens feet.?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 4:34am (May 23rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Eva was an ex-battery hen, it took about 4 months for her feathers to grow back. Keep an eye on her bottom and wait to see if any feathers try growing back! Watch out for any other hens pecking at that area of her too ;)

    Yes, I saw your other chicken's leg. It's not easy to make out in the pic, but looks like scaly leg mite to me. Are the scales on her legs raised upwards slightly?? If the answer is yes, then it is almost certainly scaly leg mites - the mites live under the scales and push them upwards.

    Gently wash off as much dirt as you can from her legs using a toothbrush and warm soapy water - do it gently and do not remove any scales! Then try covering her legs with a layer of vaseline in a 'seven day cycle' until the situation is resolved. This cuts off the oxygen supply to the mites under the scales. If her leg has not improved within a few weeks I would advise a visit to the vets...Hope this helps!
    • CommentAuthorGillyG
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 2:49pm (May 23rd 2009)
     
    Hello everybody! I'm another new person. Love all animals, but have no chicks I'm afraid. Got a cat called Sophie who means the world to me. Live near the hen coop and I'm incensed that Elvis has been made to leave the village. Peace and love to all.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 4:51pm (May 23rd 2009)
     
    Posted By: saraIf my bottom was that red id put some sudocrem on it,

    If your bottom was that red, you wouldn't know! :D

    Hello, GillyG!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 6:15pm (May 23rd 2009)
     
    Red can you see scaly leg mites?

    Its on one hen that has it. she had it over2 weeks now.

    I'm going to do what you say later.
    How did u learn so much about hens.

    All still new to me..Yes you have helped. let you know what happens when i was her later..

    Chief chicken... mirror!!! Id look in that lol.


    And hello to GillyG, sorry for changing this topic board!!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 6:53pm (May 23rd 2009)
     
    *whispers* She learns quick!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 7:30pm (May 23rd 2009)
     
    I have given her a bath, And put vaseline on them,

    I've but her into an empty pen,so the vaseline has a chance to work into the leg.
    I couldn't see any mite, I've taken a couple more photos while ill was cleaning


    http://s659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/saramarks132/?action=view&current=Picture041.jpg

    http://s659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/saramarks132/
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2009 8:49pm (May 23rd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You can't see the mites I don't think sara, just the effects of them.

    Congrats on the bath, looks a lot better clean. Add the vaseline as planned and give it a week to see if there are any effects. Good luck and hope it helps.

    Posted By: sara
    How did u learn so much about hens.


    Haha, I really don't know that much...trust me you just pick it up as you go along :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2009 12:03am (May 24th 2009)
     
    Hi GillyG. I don't have hens either - you don't need them to join in here!!

    We're angry about Elvis too - is anyone running a "bring him back" campaign? Who's he living with now?
    • CommentAuthorGillyG
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2009 10:42am (May 24th 2009)
     
    Hi Kateb. Thanks for message....probably a lost cause, to try and bring Elvis back now. The fight for him to stay here has gone on a long time......the miserable gits will still be here, being miserable gits I'm afraid. No details in local paper of where he is, apart from somewhere in Shropshire. Just hope he is allowed to fly free and enjoy the rest of his life now. He will not be forgotten though.....long live Elvis!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2009 10:40pm (May 24th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I fear you are right Gilly.

    It makes me wonder if the people who complained weren't even from the village...

    All I used to hear when he was flying around would be excited shouts of 'Elvis' from any children out playing as he flew over. That was the lovely thing about him - he was "everyone's" parrot and we all knew him and were proud of him being a part of the village.

    Now it seems that some people don't want Wilsden to be unique, or quirky, or even a little bit fun. Just a boring old village with no sense of community, like most others in Bradford.

    It's like when the local quarry wanted to extend hugely into some neighbouring fields - the village parish bent over backwards to help the application and stamp their approval all over it - mostly because the quarry gave the village some crappy "welcome to Wilsden" stone signs.

    Anyway there was a bit of an outcry when the public heard as we were rightly worried about how it would affect the view, noise, dust, additional heavy trucks on the roads etc etc, and when we went to the meeting, our council representatives said they were 'very impressed' by the quarry and it's application, even though they'd seen one of their massive trucks use the tiny road called Crack Lane (which is dangerous enough in a normal car!), and bent a signpost trying to get around a tight corner...

    Anyway, sense prevailed and Bradford council overruled their approval due to several residents letters of objection. ;)

    But with Elvis, nobody got any say, apart from the people who wanted him sent away...
    • CommentAuthorGillyG
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2009 10:58pm (May 24th 2009)
     
    Its very sad that our village is becoming less like a village every year. Like you say Neil, its just blending into Bradford.....not a good move! I wondered what the story was with the "welcome to Wilsden" stones. Thanks for the info on that one, they look like gravestones to me.....not impressed I'm afraid! :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2009 11:01pm (May 24th 2009)
     
    It never ceases to amaze me how out of touch the councils are. Do all the people on the council actually live in the area? Probably not. It should be a pre-requisite.

    I even wonder if the man and his grandson were real or made up by those that wanted to get rid of Elvis. He was unique - it would've been a good one for the TV to take up, but they're more concerned with MPs and their expenses.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2009 6:49am (May 25th 2009) edited
     
    When I hear (well it sounds like I can hear you all talking when I read your posts:biggrin: )you discussing Elvis and other local issues it makes me realise we are so similar the world over with common problems and ideals. Councils can be so muddle headed at times. Well said Neil.
    Have a good week everyone.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2009 6:07pm (May 25th 2009)
     
    Councils can be so muddle headed at times... THATS SO TRUE!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 1:26pm (May 26th 2009)
     
    Hello and welcome Sara. You are not too far away from my land of roundabouts. I keep thinking tht perhaps I will be able to keep chickens one of these days.

    Hello and welcome to GillyG as well.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:37pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Take it you live in MK..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:39pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Where are you, Sara? I couldn't see you on the map.
    So you can't be that fat & preggers if you're not visible on satellite!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 6:41pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    http://s659.photobucket.com/albums/uu311/saramarks132/
    hERE I AM HERE I AM HOW DO YOU DO...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 4:24pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Hi there Jef and welcome to hencam just jump right in and join the fun
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 10:09pm (May 28th 2009)
     
    Hello Jef..
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 8:08am (May 29th 2009)
     
    Yes Sara, I live in MK
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 8:08am (May 29th 2009)
     
    Hello and welcome Jef
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 2:38pm (May 29th 2009) edited
     
    I go carboot at the bowl.. do you go..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 5:51pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    Yes, what goes on at the Bowl? I've heard about it, but never been...I'm in South Bucks, Sara. Sometimes go up to Brackley Antiques Cellar, that's as close as i get to you!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 10:25pm (May 29th 2009)
     
    Bowl has one of the biggess carboots..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 3:52pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    I haven't got the patience for carboots...I'm not wading through someone's 14 year old Tupperware on the offchance of finding a Vermeer portrait or something...:)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 8:31pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    I went to a car boot several years ago CC and there was some real rubbish for sale. I was amazed to see someone trying to sell a cheap pink bedroom carpet with so many stains on it it was untrue. Looked like an animal had been weeing on it for years. Put me right off going to anymore.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 8:44pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    My friend gets the most amazing bargains at carboots; but she gets there at 4am:shocked:...!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2009 9:00pm (May 30th 2009)
     
    OMG thats like death o clock to me
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 1:53am (May 31st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's like just before bedtime for me :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 1:59pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    I didn't even know there were two 4 o'clocks in a day before she said about it...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 2:00pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Don't worry CC there aren't - she's making it up to scare you!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 2:09pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Phew....
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 4:00pm (May 31st 2009) edited
     
    Yep well i love them. You have to look though the crap to get a good bargain..
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 6:04pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    You're obviously more patient than I am! :) I know you can get fantastic bargains there; every time I go to Anne's she has a beautiful new throw or cushions or something, and they've always come from the carboot - for tuppence ha'penny!:\ :)
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 7:42pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    Well, i have been getting baby clothes..
    No point spenting £10-£20 on one outfit, when u can get them for 20p, Take them home wash them, there you go.. love it..

    My daughter bought a golddigga coat for 50p,sold it on ebay for £35.00
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 8:11pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    My friend got all her baby clothes at carboots and charity shops - no point spending a fortune when they only fit for about ten minutes!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 8:25pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    I buy most of my clothes from charity shops. It helps eke out the pension somewhat.

    I take a lot back too, even decrepit clothes can be recycled for the base fabric.
    That used to be a big trade in my home town. Tearing it up for the fibre and using that as a fertiliser. The story goes that the chap who made his money out of it here, Harry Hardy, said, when he saw the value of it, "It mun' go" meaning it mustn't go to waste. So it was named "Mungo".
    It didn't half stink the town out though!

    Synthetic fibres have brought all that to an end.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 8:57pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    :shocked: I never realised they could use old clothes for fertiliser!
    Hencan; an education! :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 9:11pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    NOT synthetic fibres. Must be organic stuff, cotton, wool etc (don't know about silk though)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 9:17pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    How interesting Ollie about Mungo, I hadn't heard of that. We used to make pegged rugs with old fabric when I was small. They used to last and last and were everso heavy,it kept us warm in the winter having them on our laps making them. I still have a couple of pegging tools in my crochet hook box.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 9:47pm (May 31st 2009) edited
     
    I live in the heart of the wool industry - all to do with the softwater we had.

    The "Rag-rugs" were a cottage industry here, using scraps of wool cloth left at the ends of the runs in manufacture.
    For making the holes in the sacking and then pushing through the 2 x 6 inch diamond of cloth, we used the pegs that held the sacks of wool closed. (Rather like a fatter chop stick).

    We can still get the rugs locally. Expensive but maybe they are more widely available, I don't know.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 9:54pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    That is so interesting Ollie we used to use sisal sacks Mum used to open them out carefully... after they were made she would stitch another on the back securing in in several places in the middle. She said it made them last longer as it was easier to replace the backing. We also used to plait rugs for the bedrooms with fabric it used to be cut into long strips and the ends sewn together more being added as needed. We only had rugs over the lino there was no wall to wall carpeting then.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 10:11pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    NN.
    I cannot believe how similar, in their own ways, our lives have been.
    Many of the things you say are so relevant to my life too.

    We must be soul sisters!
    That would be nice as I don't have a sister, or a brother either!!

    I even bet you have thyroid related lethargy problem too.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2009 10:26pm (May 31st 2009)
     
    well I go to the foot of our stairs, Ollie I have had a slight thyroid problem. I would love to have you as my soul sister. That is just so super and such fun
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 12:47am (Jun 1st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKI buy most of my clothes from charity shops. It helps eke out the pension somewhat.

    I take a lot back too, even decrepit clothes can be recycled for the base fabric.


    Yep Ollie we do that at Oxfam. Any clothes that are a little bit tatty or that probably won't sell in the shop are recycled...It's only the real filthy clothes that get binned :P

    We get some real cute baby clothes at Oxfam, makes me 'awwwww!' over them...there was an all in one beige teddy bear coat the other day with woolly lining that was sooooo cute. Held it up and everyone in the staff room just went 'AWWWWW!!' :D
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 1:43pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     
    Sara. I'm not far from the Bowl and no, I have yet to go to a car-boot sale.
    I keep meaning to go and to see what bargains are on offer.
    My house is 5 mins. from the Bowl.

    CC....the Bowl is supposed to have lots of concerts but that does not seem to happen too often. being reasonably close to it, I think I'd hear the music (faintly) in my garden and would not need to attend.

    I go to the Garden Show there every year and it is usually well attended.
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2009 6:25pm (Jun 1st 2009)
     
    Init sister. hello, are you new on here. Im a newiee too. Made loads nice friends, got loads good, well i mean great advice. The bowl car boot is very big..
    It also starts about 7am. As im in northampton means i have to get up at 5am,
    So i only go a couple of times, but it is on all year round..
    I got to holcut carboot starts at 11.. 10mins from my home, so dont have to get up same time as my hens do...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2009 8:14am (Jun 2nd 2009)
     
    Hi there Patricia 710 welcome to the world of hencam nice to have you on board. do you have hens? if not it doesnt matter cos we all share here and are happy to let you know all about ours!!