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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2010 9:58pm (Jun 28th 2010)
     
    We were watching the British superbikes and World superbikes. When the neighbours shouted we flicked over to see what was happening. Also managed to time it just right to see Webber's crash. Spectacular wasn't it - even more amazing that he walked away.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2010 2:54pm (Jun 30th 2010)
     
    We watched the Grand Prix as well and yes, agreed, that was a spectacular crash.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2010 1:48pm (Jul 1st 2010)
     
    Hey CC, you must have thought I was well rude I have just seen your post just after the one I did the other day. I am sorry and goodness knows how I missed it. Must be my age !!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2010 5:31pm (Jul 1st 2010)
     
    Don't worry, cherub - I forgot I posted it! :) We're as bad as eachother...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2010 8:33pm (Jul 1st 2010)
     
    We sure are thats a fact !!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2010 8:27pm (Jul 2nd 2010)
     
    I wonder how Stuart and Bella are getting on? they will have started the mountain rescue training by now I think.
    • CommentAuthorchicken mama
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2010 11:16pm (Jul 2nd 2010)
     
    Hi I am a urban chicken keeper. We have 4 hens and they have just started to lay. Looking for lots of help and advise so I hope you can help
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2010 6:54am (Jul 3rd 2010) edited
     
    Hi Chicken mama welcome to a great forum you will get all the help you want here.
    :welcome:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2010 6:16pm (Jul 3rd 2010)
     
    Helloooo, ChickenMama...pull up a chair! :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 3rd, 2010 8:25pm (Jul 3rd 2010)
     
    Welcome ChickenMama to the Hencam.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2010 9:35am (Jul 4th 2010)
     
    Hello Chicken Mama and welcome, it is nice you have come to join us on such a sunny day.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 4th, 2010 12:44pm (Jul 4th 2010)
     
    Welcome Chicken Mama, I dont have hens but love them very much and enjoy chatting with all the friendly folk here on hencam.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2010 1:23pm (Jul 5th 2010)
     
    Hello & welcome Chicken Mama.
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2010 5:51am (Sep 28th 2010)
     
    Ha! There is no way i am going to read nearly a years worth of posts ! Any how hello every one i am BAAAAAck! Ackk! (snicker)
    Shobhna (hugg) I did get you sweet letters ! Thank you !
    THis last year has been a downer and i am just now back to feeling like reaching out.
    CC and nanny north, lynn w and Ollie! and any one i forgot !
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2010 9:43am (Sep 28th 2010)
     
    Hello there Frogdust and welcome back we have missed you. It will be lovely having you to chat to again, there doesn't seem to be so many of us any more which is such a shame as it is so nice to share things with each other.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2010 10:55am (Sep 28th 2010)
     
    Nice to hear from you again Frogdust, we have lost a few people along the way but it's nice to see some old friends.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2010 6:42pm (Sep 28th 2010)
     
    Wotcher Froggie; where've you beeeeeeeeen? Glad to have you back, cherub. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2010 9:40pm (Sep 28th 2010)
     
    Glad you're feeling better in yourself Frogdust and great to have you back! Ignore the old stuff and just jump back in with the new.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2010 5:55pm (Sep 29th 2010)
     
    Hi Frogdust
    I don,t no you and you don,t no me so i will say hello to you!!!
    You can call me Lee :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2010 7:41pm (Sep 29th 2010)
     
    Hi Lee, you ok mate?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 7:32am (Sep 30th 2010)
     
    I am just fine thank you NN work and life going through a bit of a busy stage at the moment hope you are OK to.Had to go and pick my son up from the Concorde2 last night as he saw a band there its the place on Madeira drive where i think you used to meet up with your bikes ?:bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 9:18am (Sep 30th 2010)
     
    OH no who have we lost?
    Well on ward ! Off we go then...............
    Where to start? well i am a grandmother she is now 9 moths old . her name is Morghan.
    A coyotey got my darling silkies and i havent replaced them as i have moved across the road and down 5 lots to a new place as the little lime stone cottage we were liveing in was sold out under us by the owner. Maggie my oldest boston terrier passed away in her sleep at the ripe age of 13. i have a new puppy who is 10 week old and keeping me busey. my youngest son is 14 now and in his first year of high school. That is a condenced version of it all.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 4:13pm (Sep 30th 2010)
     
    Hi Frogdust
    Do you think you will be getting anymore Hens ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 6:34pm (Sep 30th 2010) edited
     
    Blimey, Froggie; your life has been busy, hasn't it? Sorry to hear about your house and your chickens and your little dog; hopefully things are sorting themselves out now...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2010 7:11pm (Sep 30th 2010)
     
    Oh Frogdust you poor girl, you have had some awful things happen. How delightfull to hear about your Grandaughter Morghan though. Lets hope your Luck is changing for the better now. It is lovely having you back with us again that's for sure.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2010 9:00am (Oct 1st 2010)
     
    What a mix of ups and downs! I'm so sad for your losses but happy for your additions to the family! Did your landlord give you notice that he was selling? That is a very wicked thing to do. I hope you are settling in to your new home OK.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2010 10:20am (Oct 1st 2010)
     
    You have had a bumnpy ride, chin up frogdust and I hope things get better from here for you.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2010 2:29pm (Oct 1st 2010)
     
    Hello Frogdust. nice to see you. will be in touch soon. I'm sorry to read of what has been happening ..a few ups and a few downs. Hope the 'downs' are something you can cope with and hope that the 'ups' make up for it. :-)
    • CommentAuthorchookins
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 7:27pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     
    Hello!

    I'm not actually new to the site, i've been watching Hencam for some months now, and only just realised there's a forum to chat to peeps on (too busy watching the chooks to notice!)
    Anyway, hi, this is me, i'm Holly from Warwickshire, and I have a small flock of 14 random chooks, from polands to ex batts, wyandottes to pekins (love 'em all).
    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 8:06pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     
    Hello Holly, Welcome to the forum how lovely that you have come to join us. It sounds like you got some real interesting hens we would love to see some pictures of them when you get a spare moment. Do feel free to join in any thread as you find your way around the site. As you will see we do chat about anything and every thing.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 8:41pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Fantastic flock Chookins!

    We've only got Tilly and Penny left, bless 'em...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 9:46pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     
    Hi Holly, I'm probably not far from you - I'm in Solihull. I don't have any chickens (2 cats and 2 rats is all) but I love watching the chickens and the people on the forum are fantastic! Its always great to have new members, so welcome!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 9:52pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     
    Lo' Holly.
    I don't have any pets - well just two stick insect left but I fear they are on their way to stick insect heaven in a day or two.:face-crying:

    I love it on here. The support from others on the forum is amazing. We don't stick too ridgidly to the titles of the threads a lot of the time, so don't worry about it.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 10:29pm (Nov 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Polands and pekins, I'd love some! :heartsabove:

    :welcome: to the forum Holly! :seeya:

    Tilly and Penny are black sex links, and about eight years old now, still lay my parents a few eggs a week in the summer too :face-smile: Have a wander about the forum and join in wherever you want. There's a thread called Post Yer Pics where we would love to see photos of your flock if you want to share :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2010 11:31pm (Nov 8th 2010) edited
     
    Welcome, Holly:welcome:

    I'm Lynn from the USA..Washington state.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 2:09am (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Hi Holly! :milly_hen:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 7:12am (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Hi Holly

    You are going to love it here!!!!!!!!!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorchookins
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 8:43am (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    awww thanks for the lovely welcome all

    Nanny north - i'll get some photos posted up shortly, I think I need to reduce the file size of them as they wouldn't post last night-whoops!

    Neil/Red -Will you get any more chooks after Tilly and Penny do you think? They're adorable :-)

    Hi Kateb - yeah i'm just down the road from you in Leamington spa, my door is always open if you ever want to pop by and laugh at my chooks - its so windy today they're all flying about the garden like lunatics!

    Hi ollie - what stick insects do you have? I used to have mock scorpions (can't remember their actual name), loved them but they don't live hugely long do they?

    And hi to everyone else too, and Lynn all the way from Washington - that's brilliant!

    Today i'm building the ultimate outdoor under shelter chook feeder, i'll post some pics of that too once finished, you can see my chooks testing it to see how chicken proof it is!!

    :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 10:07am (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    My stick insects are Indian ones.
    I got a dozen given a couple of years or so ago from Freecycle.
    These are daughters of those, they seem to live about a year.
    I've never given them any names apart from maybe eg., "Lefty" if one has only a left leg intact. They seem to lose limbs quite easily.
    I rigorously clear away any eggs now as these are the last for me.
    :face-plain:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 12:38pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Hi Holly, hello and welcome.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorchookins
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 1:28pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Thanks Shobhna :face-smile:

    lol Ollie, I know what you mean about clearing the eggs away, they're very easy to breed I've found!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 1:47pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know if my parents will get any more chickens, but when me and Lyle get our own house and are settled we're definitely going to have some! I really want a silkie or two, some Japanese bantams and Polands...along with some ex-bats :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorchookins
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 3:04pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    lol Red, you sound just like me - all chickens any chickens!! The silkies are lovely, but they're a nightmare to catch, damned things are ridiculously fast and outrun me anyday lol.

    Never had Japanese Bantams, they're so pretty though, I may get some next year depending, just to try them out and see how they get on
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 5:00pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Hello Holly!:cheer::swingin::drinkparty:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 5:55pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    I missed you by 54 minutes CC !
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 7:40pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah I love all chickens hehe! Lyle wants a Shamo and Asil when we get a place, worried about them they're practically the size of me!! :lol:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 9:23pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    I'm told Leamington Spa is a beautiful place Holly, though I've never been there.

    Didn't you go there recently Lee?

    It sounds like you have great fun with the chooks! Isn't it great that our animals can take over our lives so easily!
    • CommentAuthorchookins
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2010 11:04pm (Nov 9th 2010)
     
    Hi CC!!

    Hey Kate, Leamington is a nice place to be, the gardens and Warwick castle next door are lovely, but the shopping is no where near as good as solihull lol

    Those are big chooks Red, very elegant, but also very scary too!

    Anyone got any NakedNecks or want some? lol
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2010 1:08pm (Nov 10th 2010)
     
    I worked in Leamington Spa for a few weeks many moons ago and even considered buying a house there at that time.
    I fell in love with those lovely old town houses. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2010 6:09pm (Nov 11th 2010)
     
    No not me Kate I was in Coventry a few weeks ago and stayed in Rugby i must get some pictures up of Cov for you all.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2010 9:16pm (Nov 11th 2010)
     
    oh that will be good Lee, I look forward to it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 5:58pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    One of my friends is from Cov, she claims it's worse than Bradford...I don't believe her :glare:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 9:39pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     
    From the little bit I know of each place, I think Bradford is worse.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 12th, 2010 11:31pm (Nov 12th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes! One vote to us :lol:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 6:05pm (Nov 20th 2010) edited
     
    Worst place I've been... Butte, Montana. :) Partly (yes, CC) because its named Butte...

    But mostly because I was an anti-apartheid organizer then and Butte is 100% mining town (hence a landscape that looks like the face of the moon), and the university was educating their kids to go work in South African mines. So we slogged out there in February (talk about ugly winters, Lynn) and organized a protest rally. They have this huge and, to me, creepy statue of Mary up on the hill, arms out stretched, overlooking this depressing soul crushing place.

    Not that I have an opinion about it... :glare:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 8:34pm (Nov 20th 2010) edited
     
    Worst place I've been; Calais, France. Notably the Cafe Vietnam. Yes, really. It was as stunning as the name suggests. And re Butte, Montane, Diane - my friend has the misfortune to live in Niceville, Florida. Evidently they don't have a Trades Decsriptions Act there.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 9:41pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    TDA? What is that?

    The place I live is (laughingly) but actually, named Saratoga Beach Country Club or something similar. Lots of trailers, manufactured homes and a possible mansion or two. Very funny.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 9:41pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Worst place I've been - Bradford Ice Rink & car park with the U16s ice hockey team. The rink smells, the under manager called a mob on us, and the mob attacked us, smashing up the coach.
    Worst people were Whitley Bay. I haven't travelled much though - perhaps there's worse out there. I hope not!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 9:42pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Hi KATE! *waves while (whilst) jumping up and down*
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 9:43pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Oh shoot. I have to leave. I'm taking Gloria's mom shopping while Miss Glo sunbathes in Hawaii. CYA Dear!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:11pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     
    Hi Diane! So sorry I missed you - am watching TV while I post so hadn't realised you were on line too. Hope you're doing OK!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2010 10:51pm (Nov 20th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    w00t Bradford...!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 1:23am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Worst place I've ever had to stay was Fort Walton Beach, Florida. (Although a night in Butte, Montana was a close second, Diane.) I don't want to be anyplace that has poisonous snakes around, so there are a lot of runner-ups for second worst places to be.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 3:06am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    When were you there Lynn? Wouldn't it be cool if we were there at the same time? I was there, hmmm. Before 1980 and not as early as 1985... :)

    I'm sorry to have missed you too Miss Kate!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 6:35am (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    It was in the early 70's, Diane. We were driving back from Indiana. My only thought of the place was "what a dirty, depressing hole of a place to have to live."
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 10:36am (Nov 21st 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Butte sounds like those places where it literally saps the spirit out of people... scary.

    I'll always say that most places have their 'dodgy areas', I suppose it's all down to been lucky enough not to live in one!

    (I grew up on quite a 'rough' estate in Bradford, though my mum always said it was 'just outside', touch of the "hyacinth bouquet" there!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2010 1:58pm (Nov 21st 2010)
     
    Diane; trades Descriptions Act - means that the goods supplied must be exactly as described. hence my doubts re Niceville...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeNov 22nd, 2010 2:12am (Nov 22nd 2010) edited
     
    That's hilarious, Neil.

    LOL, CC. Yes, we tend to name things with the, never affirmed, hope that it will somehow magically change to live up to its moniker.

    Wow Lynn. So, at least Butte has been consistent over decades.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 23rd, 2010 4:33am (Nov 23rd 2010) edited
     
    Posted By: DianeonWhidbeyWow Lynn. So, at least Butte has been consistent over decades.


    I'm sure some where Butte, Montana has a few redeeming qualities..they just aren't apparent to the naked eye.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 10:33pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    Has anyone heard from NN lately? I can't remember seeing a post recently - I hope she's OK. And Ollie - are you both OK ladies?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2010 11:17pm (Nov 24th 2010)
     
    I.m fine thanks, just helping daughter with a bit of house decorating.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 10:01pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    That's something I need to do too, but I keep putting it off. I used to love decorating but the novelty has worn off now! Plus hubby doesn't like wallpaper and I think paint is boooooooring so we can't agree on what to do.

    I hope NN is OK ... anyone heard from her? Not like her to absent so long.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2010 10:12pm (Nov 25th 2010)
     
    I hope NN is alright too, Kate..last time she was gone, I think it was because she had hurt her back.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2010 5:32pm (Nov 26th 2010)
     
    Yes, and didn't she have pooter probs too...? Anyway, hurry back NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:37pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Oops sorry every one I didn't realise I had been away for so long. I have been busy doing my craft projects ready for Christmas. I started them real late this year so still have plenty to do.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:56pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Good to see you back NN and that all is well with you. I haven't done anything for Christmas this year and have decided its too late now so won't bother!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 2:58pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Thank you Kate, it is good to be here. Time just flies sometimes especially when you are busy.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:02pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Yes I know! I wanted to clean the rats out today but they're both sleeping so peacefully I don't have the heart to disturb them, so am surfing the net instead.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:09pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    I have gently done Bill and Ben as they have gone right into their shells. I tucked them back under their substrate. Ben came out a wee way and had burrowed a bit deeper by the time I had done their glass. One of them had laid a load of eggs so I had to get them out. The garden Robin tucked into them with great gusto.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:12pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    I'm glad the Robin got to have a good meal out of it!! The magpies are enjoying the bird food I put out yesterday. Haven't seen the squirrel for a few days - do they hibernate?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2010 3:18pm (Nov 28th 2010)
     
    Yes and no they are supposed to but can stand a fair bit of cold
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2010 6:10pm (Dec 8th 2010)
     
    Hi Stuart Roe welcome to hen cam. Its nice to see someone new.
    • CommentAuthorMal Chapman
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 1:50pm (Dec 28th 2010)
     
    Hi everyone - just thought I would say hello as a newie. I'm new to forums and have yet to get my chickens, plan to get 6 in the spring. Hybrids I think, just want them for eggs and entertainment. Read a number of your contributions you sound like a good bunch of cluckers.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 2:52pm (Dec 28th 2010) edited
     
    Hello Mal nice to meet you, and welcome to the forum. I was new to Forums when I joined here and am so glad that I did. Now I have loads of new and interesting friends who are full of support for bad times and always ready to laugh and enjoy the good times. I would be so lost with out them all.
    I have eight hybrid hens and they are the sweetest natured hens. Plenty of beautiful eggs with lovely yellow yolks even in the winter. They don't mind being picked up for a cuddle and love to share jobs around the garden with me. Mind you the jobs take hours longer as there is so much to inspect and check out for tasty tidbits. The minute they hear the door being opened they rush over half flying and half running so excited to see us.
    Mine are free to roam around the garden as they wish and just have a little bedroom with egg laying compartments on two sides. It is so lovely looking out of the kitchen window and seeing them there going about their foraging and dust bathing or lazing sleepily in the sun. I am sure you will really enjoy keeping hens, and end up spending much more time at your allotment with them. Have a look around the forum and you will soon see how dedicated we all are to our beautiful girls.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 5:02pm (Dec 28th 2010)
     
    ...and boys - I have 2 roosters! Hello, Mal - welcome aboard!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 5:05pm (Dec 28th 2010)
     
    Or should that be "Welome a coop" ?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 5:07pm (Dec 28th 2010)
     
    Good point, Ollie!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2010 9:54pm (Dec 28th 2010)
     
    Hi Mal, glad you posted a 'this is me' message! I don't have any hens - I found this site through Kerrang radio! - but have 2 elderly cats and 2 aging rats. We're a pretty cheerful lot and as has already been said, rarely stay on topic. Thankfully Neil (our leader!) is pretty relaxed about all that (just don't go overboard on smilies! :wink: )
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2010 4:12am (Dec 30th 2010)
     
    Hi Mal:welcome: to hencam.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2010 7:54am (Dec 30th 2010)
     
    Hi Mal..Welcome to the group.
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    Hi everyone, my name is Maggie and my husband and I live on the Isle of Man (80,000 alcoholics clinging to a rock in the Irish Sea). We have two dogs, an Airedale called Poppy (crazy) and a snaggletoothed chicken killer greyhound called Molly! Molly is a rescued racing greyhound so we have to make allowances and when we've had her longer I'll work hard on teaching her that chickens are friends and not lures. There are many feral chickens on the Island and a hen recently laid a load of eggs behind the house. When they hatched we found two dead from cold, one very near to death, and five more underneath her. We took the sick one in and nursed it for just over a week then put it back with the others. However we were worried because the weather was so bad and they were still very yound, so we made a make-shift hen house, caught them and put them in. They were doing really well until Christmas Eve when we came home to find that someone had broken up the pen and taken all but one of our chicks. We are fairly sure we know who did it, but have no proof. So Henny Penny and her chicks Spot, Stripe, Fudge, Chocolate and Liquorice have gone and we had a traumatised Caramel hiding in the back of the house. We have been spending lots of time with her and she's thriving, sitting on the window cill of the sitting room and pecking the window for attention (drives the dogs mad). She is free range now but takes herself tot bed every evening. We are lucky that we don't have foxes on the Island, although polecats will take young hens sometimes. Planning to build a better coop and then get one or two friends for Caramel. Looking for good FREE chicken coop plans, but so many links lead you to rubbish don't they?! Loved finding this website and will enjoy checking it out regularly. Maggie
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 5:28pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    God, people are horrible sometimes...good job there are nice ones like you around to counteract them! Glad you've joined us, Maggie!:welcome:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 8:19pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: Maggie!

    Great to see you here and it's heartwarming to hear about your story of the chickens and your rescue dog :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 9:41pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    Hello Maggie, Welcome it is nice to meet you. I hope you will come and join us and stay awhile, it is lovely to meet someone new and hear their stories and news. Sorry I can not help you with coop plans we just made our hen house up as we went along and then added a bit here and there !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2011 10:16pm (Jan 5th 2011)
     
    Hi Maggie and welcome! Me and hubby LOVE the Isle of Man! We've been over 3 times for the Southern 100 races and stayed down in the south of the island. Loved visiting the cat sanctuary too. Which part are you in?

    That's so sad about your hens - why are people so horrible? At least you still have Caramel and she can enjoy all your attention.

    I did a search of the forum and found an old post that Neil (our leader and hencam owner!!!) had answered. I will paste it below. I don't have hens, can't vouch for the usefulness of these sites, but they might help you out. I'm sure if anyone knows of any others they'll post them. I thought someone had once posted their coop plans but I couldn't find it. Anyway, here's Neil's post:

    There are lots out there... you can find dozens by searching google (or your favourite search engine) for "free chicken coop plans" - here are a few that looked ok to me:

    www.buildeazy.com
    This chicken coop should comfortably house at least eight chickens and generously allows for:
    - 4.5 sq ft of space per chicken
    - 3 nests shared between 8 chickens
    - 9" of perch length for each chicken

    No mention of a run but you could build one easily (even I made one once!)


    10x12 poultry house
    Courtesy of guineafowl.com (scroll to the bottom of the page for plans)

    'A' frame coop
    Detailed instructions with pictures courtesy of guineafowl.com (scroll to the bottom of the page for plans)

    Hope this gives you a good start in your search... let us know what plan you finally decide on so that we can list it here, and keep us informed of your progress please!

    Pics of the finished product would be great too
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2011 7:34am (Jan 6th 2011)
     
    Hi Maggie
    great to see you here if there is anything you need to no just ask there are loads of great people on here. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2011 7:07am (Jan 8th 2011)
     
    Welcome Maggie. How lovely that Caramel has you to care for her, she is a lucky little hen. I do hope you can have some more one day and that dear Molly will come to understand about them being friends not prey.
    I love your description of the Isle of Man.

    I dont have hens, live in Australia but love all animals and love this site and all the friendly folk. My son Trev, sometimes on here too, has actually visited hen cam head quarters 2 years ago.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2011 1:12pm (Jan 12th 2011)
     
    Hello to Maggie and Mal.
    like Kate and Trevs Mum, I too don't have hens but keep thinking that one of these days I might just get there.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 13th, 2011 12:55am (Jan 13th 2011)
     
    Welcome to the group Maggie..I LOVED your description of The Isle of Man. (Laughed so hard I spilled my coffee all over my keyboard.) I hope you will be able to find friends for your little Caramel.
    • CommentAuthorflintdown
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2011 4:21pm (Jan 31st 2011)
     
    Hi. I have a 4 acre smallholding in southern hampshire. It's about 4.5miles from home so the hens are left unsupervised most of the time. Hence they live in a 10m square stockade to keep the fox out, with a small house and run inside it.They are let into 1/4 of the main patch during the day but use the house run to get out to daylight between dawn andfeeding time, and again in the evening.

    Question: the house floor area is about2'6" square with 5' of perch (not counting the nest boxes they roost in) and the run underneath is 2'6"x 6'. How many Light Sussex/Black Rock sized hens will this take comfortably? Last year 5 warrens looked a bit cramped in there, but I,ve seen such vastly different stocking rates recommended I need a sanity check.

    Last years hens proved to be pensioners, so I wil be restocking soon with POL pullets.