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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2012 7:48pm (Oct 22nd 2012)
     
    I'm so sorry George, what a terrible thing to have happened. From the sounds of it I doubt the vet would have been able to save her. If he'd been able to diagnose her properly he might have been able to ease her passing, but there's no point in what ifs.

    Do you have a vet for your chickens - that is, one that is competent with fowl? If not then maybe you can turn this loss into something positive by finding one now before they are needed. Don't wait until you have another emergency.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2012 4:28pm (Oct 24th 2012)
     
    Sorry about Florrie; Kate's right, you should locate your nearest hen-friendly vet ASAP.
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2012 5:20pm (Oct 24th 2012)
     
    Found one on the internet will use if need be as it is quite close.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2012 8:44pm (Oct 24th 2012)
     
    Does that vet say that they treat chickens George? I would suggest that if you get chance you book an appointment and take one of your hens along for a check, just to see how they handle her and what sort of things they look at. It'll either give you confidence or inspire you to find a better one!! From what I've read on here though, a chicken-savvy vet is hard to find, so maybe proximity to home is as good a measure as any, especially if travel is difficult.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2012 1:47am (Oct 27th 2012)
     
    Sorry to hear about poor Florrie George. It is so sad when you loose a much loved pet.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2012 1:49am (Oct 27th 2012)
     
    Sorry I have not posted for a while it has been another rough week I have looked in a couple of times, so havent forgotten you all xxxxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2012 12:04am (Oct 28th 2012)
     
    Are you OK NN? We never forget you either! xx :heart: xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2012 7:28pm (Oct 28th 2012)
     
    We'd never forget you, NN. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2012 4:17pm (Oct 29th 2012)
     
    You look after yourself, NN - we need you!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2012 6:30pm (Oct 29th 2012)
     
    thank you dear friends, yes I am ok have a heavy cold that I am just recovering from. We still got some bad family problems but are staying as cheerful as we can, they will sort out one way or tother before long all being well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2012 10:26pm (Oct 29th 2012)
     
    I hope your family problems don't cause you too much stress. The odd thing with them is that you look back in 12 months time and realise that there was nothing you could do to solve them, they just have to work themselves out over time. Doesn't stop all the worry, stress and angst that go with them though. At least you have each other (and us if you need us) for support which is very important. :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2012 6:58pm (Oct 31st 2012)
     
    Thank you Kate xxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 11th, 2012 5:46pm (Dec 11th 2012)
     
    Crikey I just noticed that we have 34........ yes thirty four guests. Come on guests please sign in. pull up a chair and have a chat. Yes it is as easy as that and best of all we dont bite. You know also we badly need folk to keep us going, have you heard the saying if you dont use it you will loose it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2012 4:02pm (Dec 12th 2012)
     
    Posted By: nanny north and best of all we dont bite.

    I do! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 11:09am (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    Though some of us can have a nippy little peck...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 6:09pm (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    now then girls behave :face-monkey: I am trying to get us some new friends with new ideas and new topics
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2012 6:36pm (Dec 13th 2012)
     
    Oh bye the way have you heard how Julie is doing CC ? Send my love when you next get in touch with her.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2012 6:20pm (Dec 14th 2012)
     
    Having a rough time healthwise, but looking forward to Christmas with the family - and Koko the Chocolate Monster!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2012 9:32pm (Dec 14th 2012)
     
    Thanks for the update CC
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2012 10:45pm (Dec 14th 2012)
     
    Koko??!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2012 4:40pm (Dec 15th 2012)
     
    Koko the burmese kitten which the vet (who had looked after old Thomas for 20 years) gave to Julie & Brian - after they'd decided not to have another cat!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2012 10:57pm (Dec 15th 2012)
     
    Oh! Sorry, hadn't remembered that that was his name. Memory span of a goldfish! I hope he's giving them lots of fun and enjoyment. xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2012 5:21pm (Dec 16th 2012)
     
    Thanks for the update on Julie, CC. I hope she will get to feeling better soon.
    • CommentAuthorBGR
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 12:05pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    I'm Brian Redden, usually addressed as Dear by my better half, BGR by work colleagues, Pops by my kids & Grumps by my grandchildren.
    We (although its me really as my wife has a phobia about birds & flapping wings so can only help out with things that dont involve getting too close to my chucks) have a flock of 5 Wyandott Silver Laced bantams & 2 "not too sure but probably Rhode Island Red derivative hydrids") rescue hens.
    We're just on retiring age, but I'm still busy in my Business Consultancy firm and will be for a while yet.
    We live in south Norfolk.
    Thats me!
    BGR
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 12:46pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hello Brian and welcome to hencam :)
    • CommentAuthorLauraRa
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 12:58pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    I was told that I can meet a bunch of cool people here hehe
    Looking forward ! and hello to everyone )
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 3:09pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    Don't know about cool, Laura - slightly dotty, more like! Hello to you and Brian and welcome; make yourselves at home!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 6:05pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    Welcome to hencam LauraRa and Brian!
      LW_Welcome-Tohencam.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2013 7:01pm (Mar 13th 2013)
     
    Welcome Brian! I've seen pictures of chickens like yours and they're beautiful!
    Welcome to you too Laura. Chief Chicken is right, we are all just slightly barmy I think!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 3:05pm (Mar 14th 2013)
     
    Hello Brian and Laura welcome it is lovely to see you here, Please do join in with any thread, it is a bit chaotic as we rarely seem to stick to the subject but we do have a bit of fun as well as share all our news good and bad.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2013 12:18am (Mar 16th 2013)
     
    Hi Brian and Laura, :welcome: we are a friendly bunch, some with hens some with other pets and we all try to help with advice and have fun doing it.
    My husbands name is Brian, all the Brians we know are nice blokes.:face-smile:

    I live in Australia so you will hear some Oz news from time to time. I love bantams, maybe on my to do list one day.
    • CommentAuthorChickababe
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2013 11:23am (Mar 20th 2013)
     
    Hello Everyone,

    I live in the Yarra Valley, Melbourne, Australia and have 13 assorted chookies. My daughter and I are completely obsessed with our flock and enjoy spending time with them. We are currently building a lovely 3m x 2.4m covered run for them and they have a large area fenced off just to themselves. Last breeding season we hatched 5 silkie chicks for our neighbour and recently gave the other neighbour 2 lavender Araucana roosters.

    Thank you for allowing me to join your online flock. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2013 4:21pm (Mar 20th 2013)
     
    Hellooooo Chickababe - welcome! Pull up a roost and settle in. Lavender Araucana sound lovely - I'm off to google a pic...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2013 7:50pm (Mar 20th 2013)
     
    Welcome chickababe, and to your daughter too! It sounds like you've had a lot of success with hatching. I'm off to google a pic too!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:43am (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    Welcome to Hencam, Chickababe. I mostly raise little Bearded Silkies, but do have a few Araucana cross chickens, over here in USA, we just call them Easter Eggers, I love their green eggs.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 6:23am (Mar 21st 2013) edited
     
    Welcome chickababe, oh goody another Aussie!! I am in Geelong just up the highway:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorChickababe
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 8:13am (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    Thank you for the warm welcome. I will most definitely feel at home pretty soon. Ooh silkies I love them. We have 4 silkie girls and one gorgeous silkie roo.

    Hello Trevs Mum, you are relatively close considering the size of Oz. I'm in Healesville. Hope you survived the storm front without too much damage to your garden or property.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 2:59pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    Hello Chickababe and welcome to the Hencam family, it is so nice to meet you. Dive straight in and join in any of the topics that you fancy. We have all sorts of pets between us. I have seven hybrid hens, three cats, two rabbits, koi carp/gold fish and two giant snails. We love to see photos so dont be shy, if you have some to share we would be over the moon to see them. We also have Brian and Laura just join us so it is super to have you all here helping to fill the ranks xxxx
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 3:05pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    I am up and it's 2am can't sleep, it's still blowing like crazy here. No damage that I can see so far thank goodness.
    I love silkies too, hope they dont mind the wind too much, dont let them out or they will get swept up and away like Dorothy in the Wiz of Oz!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 5:19pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    Posted By: Trevs MumI am up and it's 2am can't sleep

    You're just overexcited about your birthday party really, aren't you...? :D
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 9:30pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    um maybe a bit like a 7 year old, but not at present it's now 8am and I didn't sleep much and feel like I already had my party 'cept have to go shopping uuugghhh I think a nice coffee is in order.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2013 10:09pm (Mar 21st 2013)
     
    I've never had chickens (am I the only member of the forum that hasn't owned hens?) but I do have 6 cats, plus 2 more that I feed (the local ginger Tom and a little tabby that had a litter about a week ago but doesn't seem to get enough food from her owner, whoever that is). We aren't very good at staying on topic, but that's the fun of it all isn't it?!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2013 12:20am (Mar 22nd 2013)
     
    Yes Kate we wander all over the place but that is part of the charm of hencam isn't it?

    6 kitties now and more babies oh my, you are a treasure, I wish I could have more but Koko would be jealous I think. Burmese can be quite possessive and he is quite a handful anyway.
    His sister Aria is coming again to visit soon so that will be fun.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2013 11:43pm (Mar 22nd 2013)
     
    I had no intention of having 6! Four of them found me, one is my old girl, and the other is Kitten, the feral that I've tamed (well, 85% tame!)
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 9:50pm (Mar 11th 2014) edited
     
    Hi everyone, I live in NSW, Australia and love my chooks. At present we have 9 but we have had more. We have had chooks for 8 years, but I wanted to get them many years before that. They all have names; Milly is 8 1/2 years old, grey with brown speckles, don't know the breed, laid well up till last Christmas when she was off colour for the first time ever. She was OK after 3 days, but hasn't laid again and now she is maulting, so I expect she won't lay again till August, if at all. Tilly is 5 1/2, a white Australorp (that's what they said when we got her and Billy, Billy died years ago) and she hasn't been laying either, she has long periods of non laying any way. Gina is 4 1/2, a RIR cross, she's a mean bully, she has stopped laying also in the last week or so. She rides the others like a rooster and stops the newer ones getting the 'good bits'. (Her sister Rhoda used to crow like a rooster on occasion, she's dead now.) I won't get that breed again, too noisy. Ebony + Wanda are 3 1/2, black australorps, and E is maulting, but W is still laying, they are lovely natured girls. Lastly we have Jinger, Red, Snow + Freckle, 1 yo, white leghorn cross, they are fairly flighty and not at all friendly at first but they are better now, they're all laying, sadly Red goes broody regularly, but she's laying again now, she was the un-friendliest but now is quite lovely.
    We used to have some bantams as well, but now only keep 'egg layers', but they are pets as well. :face-smile: PS. You can call me 'pinkroses' for short if you wish.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 1:58pm (Mar 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: pinkroses, lovely to have you here! :smile:

    Your chucks sound adorable, even the not so friendly ones! That's funny that Red goes broody quite often, I thought Leghorns were known for not being very broody at all!

    The names of some of your chickens amuse me - I am known as Red, and we also had a Milly (Light Sussex) and a Tilly (Black Sex Link). Milly was very dear to me, she loved to snuggle on my lap and would come inside and watch TV too...a very special chicken :smile:

    Here are some pics of Milly (Tilly is taking off in the background of one of them!)
      milly1.jpg
      milly2.jpg
      milly.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 3:15pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     
    Hello, Pinkroses; Welcome aboard! If you ever have chicken queries, Red is a fount of all chickeny knowledge (we have to blow her trumpet for her because she'll never mention it herself!) and the rest of us are either actual or virtual chicken owners. I have 3 bantams; Sinead, a frizzle; Locky, a Bramah, and Chicken Nugget, a cuckoo maran. All mad in their own chickeny way, but i love 'em!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 4:39pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     
    Welcome Pinkroses, it's so nice to have new people here. Your chickens sound lovely. I have 12 standard size chickens and 22 Silkie bantams. My standard size hens are from 3yrs. to 9yrs. old...so they don't lay much this time of year, we give them a rest in the Winter when it's so cold. I live in Washington state, USA.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 5:13pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     
    Hello Pinkroses. What a pretty choice of name.

    I'm Ollie, all female and old. I'm one of the non-chicken owners, though spent a lot of time in the war (yes I'm that old) helping out on my uncles "piece". That's a small bit of land with a few animals, of the eatable type, and plenty of vegetables growing too.

    I love this forum, the folks on here are just so special and keep me cheared up. Plenty of characters and that's not just those in the coops.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 7:05pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    Hi Pinkroses! I am also a non-chicken owning member. Never had any and probably never will, but used to love watching Milly, Tilly and Penny on the camera before they headed off to the big coop in the sky. I have 6 cats that keep me busy, the eldest being 19 next month.

    Your hens sound lovely - we always like to see pictures so if you have any feel free to post. There are instructions somewhere about how to do it. Welcome to the forum!
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2014 12:16am (Mar 15th 2014) edited
     
    Thank you all for the lovely welcome. I would love to post photos, but haven't a clue how to do that. Maybe one day...:face-smile: I enjoyed seeing photos from Red, especially the one inside sitting on a chair! I wouldn't dare do that, though mine often want to come inside. How do you contain the poop when they come inside?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2014 3:55pm (Mar 15th 2014)
     
    Posted By: chooksnpinkrosesHow do you contain the poop when they come inside?

    :rolling: You don't; you just clean up afterwards! My husband did once suggest a cork up the b*m...I think he was joking...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2014 7:57pm (Mar 15th 2014)
     
    You can buy diapers for chickens, I'm not sure if they have any in UK, but they do here in USA, Pinkroses..you could look online and see what you can find. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2014 11:40pm (Mar 15th 2014)
     
    Hmm, I don't think he was joking CC!!!
    It is a very lovely picture of Milly, she was a character! As I said I've never had chickens but have learnt a lot from the forum and passed some of that on to friends who do own chickens.
    What is the usual lifespan of a chicken? I didn't think they lived to 9 years! Is it different for the various breeds?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 12:56pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think we always got very lucky with Milly and she didn't poo in the house that much (or, if my mum asks, at all! :tooth: ) but as Lynn says you can indeed buy chicken nappies/diapers. We considered them for Milly and measured her up for them but never actually bought any...

    I recently learned that different breeds do indeed have different lifespans. Some breeds are more likely to get cancers at a younger age, others rarely make it past 6 etc etc. I think the average life expectancy for a chicken is around 6 - 10 years old, or something like that :smile:

    I think 15+ years has been recorded though.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 1:36pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     
    I think Onion was about 9 or 10 when he died.
    I also think that if I tried to put a nappy on my hens I might end up deficient in the limb department; they would have a definite point of view about it!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 7:29pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     
    What's your weather like down in NSW pinkroses? I have a friend on another forum who lives in Australia and they've had horrendous heat which killed one of her elderly pet rats.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2014 3:24am (Mar 17th 2014)
     
    I've known a lot of people who have used nappies/ diapers on their chickens. I haven't tried it myself, but some people swear by them.

    When we had very hot weather here about 4 years ago, we lost 2 of our oldest big chickens, they were 8 and 9. My Silkie chickens don't do well in the heat, they can handle cold, but heat can get them fast. Silkies don't seem to have as long a lifespan as our big chickens do, my oldest Silkie is 8 yrs. old, the rest are between 2 and 4 years old.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2014 7:35pm (Mar 17th 2014)
     
    It does seem that the bigger an animal the longer it's lifespan (as a generalism - I know there are lots of exceptions too!) The way the earth's weather is going we'll have more and more extremes which will cause problems for a lot of the inhabitants of our little planet. Mother Earth seems angry!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2014 4:52pm (Mar 18th 2014)
     
    Yet with dogs, the littluns go on for years but the big Great Danes and so on have a lot of strain on their hearts I think.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2014 10:50pm (Mar 18th 2014)
     
    Yes, good point!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 4:28am (Mar 19th 2014)
     
    Yes, as a general rule with dogs, the bigger the dog, the shorter their life span. I do have a couple of bantam chickens in the big girls house, that are the 2 oldest birds we have now, one is 10yrs and the other is 11yrs. My Silkies just don't seem as hardy as the bigger chickens...I still love my Silkies the best of all the chickens...even if they are only good for lawn ornaments. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 2:18pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I want a Silkie so bad!!! I bought a new chicken book recently and it has a breed section, so I have been drooling over all the chickens I want...Silkies and a Japanese Bantam are top of my list :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 7:03pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     
    I'm surprised, with all your pets, that you haven't got your own hens yet! Is it down to space?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 7:31pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     
    Red, Silkies are the sweetest chickens that I have ever had, and we've had several breeds over the years. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2014 10:44pm (Mar 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI'm surprised, with all your pets, that you haven't got your own hens yet! Is it down to space?


    I just don't think any of the landlords would allow them...there's the noise factor, and this stupid idea that chickens smell. Thankfully there are plenty of chickens around here (including Silkies!) that I get to fawn over ;)

    Posted By: LynnWRed, Silkies are the sweetest chickens that I have ever had, and we've had several breeds over the years.<img src=" />

    I adore everything about them; the way they look, their general personality...one day!! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2014 8:37pm (Mar 20th 2014)
     
    Maybe one day you'll get a landlord that says they'd love a tenant to ask to keep chickens instead of the usual pets. Or persuade a neighbour to get some and then 'find' a hole in the fence "whoops!"
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2014 10:03pm (Mar 20th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bwahaha perhaps I should make a deal with the landlord that they could have so many eggs a week...there's nothing better than fresh eggs from happy hens! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2014 11:00pm (Mar 21st 2014)
     
    That's great idea! Who could refuse?!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 5:53pm (Mar 22nd 2014)
     
    Great idea, Red...ask them!



    Posted By: Redperhaps I should make a deal with the landlord that they could have so many eggs a week...there's nothing better than fresh eggs from happy hens!:smile:" alt=":smile:" src="http:///hencam_forum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/standard/smile.gif" />
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 6:59pm (Mar 22nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha unfortunately it may not work for this house, as our landlord lives abroad, I have no idea how we'd get eggs to them!! :rolling:

    I think I'd like a garden with better boundaries before getting chickens, too. You have to walk through next door's garden to reach the highest part of our garden (where we'd keep chickens) and next door are already terrible at keeping their dog in *their* garden. I wouldn't want the chucks getting stressed or hurt :sad:

    You know next door's dog got out onto the street again the other day...we live on the main road in the village, it can get pretty busy! This is the fourth time it's happened since we've lived here (that we've seen), and the owner doesn't even try get the dog back very hard, just stands at the door and sounds angry...there are some crazy dog owners in this village!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 2:01pm (Mar 23rd 2014)
     
    Posted By: Redit may not work for this house, as our landlord lives abroad

    It'll work perfectly; he'll never find out from Outer Mongolia or wherever!:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2014 10:14pm (Mar 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 6:45am (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Welcome to Pinkroses. I live in Geelong Australia, don't have chickens....yet.
    Hi folks just popping by again, good to 'see' you all.
    Cheers.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 6:24pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Julie, it's so nice to see you with us again!!!!!!!!!!! :cheer:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 7:34pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Hi Julie!
    Lovely to have you popping by. How's the family? Espesh Trev?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 1:48am (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Hi Ollie
    Family all good, Trevor and Anna busy working 6 days a week mad things so don't see them quite as much but they are saving well. Trevor works at Ford (at their proving ground so gets to test and do all sorts of interesting secret stuff) which is threatened with lots of redundancies and closure of certain areas but his job is secure at present but who knows as the car industry world wide is undergoing many changes.

    I had been thinking of you Lynn and hoping you and hubby are all healed up now after your awful year last year.
    Have also kept track of Gill and her Eric's health challenges and all the amazing comings and goings at Red and Lyles zoo:face-smile: and good to see Kate is still looking out for our feline friends.

    Have watched in horror at the dreadful weather that has swept across the world with floods in the UK and heavy snow and storms there and elsewhere. We had our unwelcome share of bush fires and the warmer weather has continued much later then usual into March. Still having high 20's here and there.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 4:35pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Glad you are doing well TM and everything is good at present :)

    Hope your weather cools down soon. I'm about ready for summer and some dry weather now (not that we ever get much haha), I'm just so sick of all this rain and mud! Fed up of Zoey returning home from a walk brown, at least Kasper doesn't change colour haha!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 8:22pm (Mar 25th 2014) edited
     
    We have had so much rain that the hills around here are giving way with big landslides. 14 people found dead with over 100 people still missing..we've had WAY TOO MUCH RAIN..nothing but rain forecast for the next 10 days, so finding the rest of the people missing under 50 feet of mud is going to be impossible. :face-crying:

    TM, I'm glad that all is going well for you, even with the awful hot weather. I'm happy that Trev and Anna are doing well. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 8:34pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    That's terrible Lynn, I haven't seen any news for a day or so and hadn't heard about that. I hope they manage to find the missing, even though the outlook may not be good. I hope you are safe.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 1:28am (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    Yes I saw the report about the mudslide, just awful, those poor people trying to find their families.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 2:57pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    Dreadful. Bless them; I hope the authorities are doing all they can.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 5:29pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     
    They are trying to get to the people, so far there are 24 bodies found, but they have no real idea how many more are under the mud..somewhere around another 100 people. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2014 6:04pm (Mar 26th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yikes! That sounds terrifying...I hope they are able to get to any survivors...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2014 5:21pm (Mar 28th 2014)
     
    There won't be anymore survivors, Red.. just the body count will go up. There will be a lot of people that they won't ever find, they are under 50 feet of mud. There are 90 confirmed people missing in there and 32 more that are unknown. It's just so sad. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 29th, 2014 8:27pm (Mar 29th 2014)
     
    That is so terrible, I had thought they'd have managed to get some of them out, or that the numbers were exaggerated, but sadly it seems a whole town has been killed. Heartbreaking.
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2014 12:58am (Apr 19th 2014)
     
    <blockquote><cite>Posted By: Red</cite><div class="Bubble"><div><div><div><div><div>
    You know next door's dog got out onto the street<i>again</i>the other day...we live on the main road in the village, it can get pretty busy! This is the fourth time it's<span class="sa7o0cw0" id="sa7o0cw0_17">happened</span>since we've lived here (that we've seen), and the owner doesn't even try get the dog back very hard, just stands at the door and sounds angry...there are some crazy dog owners in this village!</div></div></div></div></div></div></blockquote>


    We had a very nasty 'dog' incident some years ago (apart from the most recent one). On nice afternoons I always sit out front with my knitting and a cup of tea and watch my chooks, to make sure they are ok. This particular day a guy was walking his rather large black dog, off lead (not allowed in suburbs). The dog spotted my chooks and gave chase. Inicially (?spelling)the guy made no attempt to stop his dog, didn't call it or anything. That dog was 3" away from Gloria (black Australorpe) all the way into my back yard. I managed to get the dog away from my chooks (maybe the guy called his dog and I was yelling at it!). Anyway, Gloria was Ok and the others. Most people do the right thing, but occasionally I see a dog wandering around with no lead or owner.:face-plain:
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2014 1:10am (Apr 19th 2014) edited
     
    I think I'm slowly learning to navigate round this site, but a while ago I posted a comment/question and when I went back a week or so later, to see if there were any replys I couldn't even find the orininal question. Oh well, never mind. I think the most recent of any discussion is near the top of the list on the left. Are there any other places where I might find the most recent discussions?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2014 4:31pm (Apr 19th 2014)
     
    I found one of your posts - was it How Do We Spoil Our Chickens, or something like that? If you type 'How do we spoil' into the search box it should pop up. Sometimes threads go awol. I only found yours when I pressed 'new posts'; I usually just scroll down the discussions.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 2:01pm (Apr 21st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chooksnpinkrosesWe had a very nasty 'dog' incident some years ago (apart from the most recent one). On nice afternoons I always sit out front with my knitting and a cup of tea and watch my chooks, to make sure they are ok. This particular day a guy was walking his rather large black dog, off lead (not allowed in suburbs). The dog spotted my chooks and gave chase. Inicially (?spelling)the guy made no attempt to stop his dog, didn't call it or anything. That dog was 3" away from Gloria (black Australorpe) all the way into my back yard. I managed to get the dog away from my chooks (maybe the guy called his dog and I was yelling at it!). Anyway, Gloria was Ok and the others. Most people do the right thing, but occasionally I see a dog wandering around with no lead or owner.<img src=" />


    pinkroses, I'm glad your chucks were okay! :001_rolleyes:

    We had the opposite experience a few years ago, where our dog was on lead and we were walking down the pavement, and the farm on the opposite side of the road lets their chickens free-range. I've nothing against free-ranging chickens, but this farm lets them go anywhere...across the road, on the pavement, in other people's gardents etc!! Well, there was a chicken under a conifer that we didn't see; our dog did and tried to catch it...luckily he missed and the chicken got away, but an easy enough reason why even free-range chickens need keeping on the owner's land...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2014 2:03pm (Apr 21st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chooksnpinkrosesI think I'm slowly learning to navigate round this site, but a while ago I posted a comment/question and when I went back a week or so later, to see if there were any replys I couldn't even find the orininal question. Oh well, never mind. I think the most recent of any discussion is near the top of the list on the left. Are there any other places where I might find the most recent discussions?


    Yes, if you click NEW POSTS, right up at the very top, that should bring up all the discussions you haven't read, and it should be in order of the newest first too :smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2014 9:27am (Apr 22nd 2014) edited
     
    Though "New Posts" sometimes misses one or two....

    Always worth running down the main topic titles down the middle, look for the little coloured box declaring "New" Which means someone has added another comment since you last visited.
    • CommentAuthorsteve
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 12:27pm (May 9th 2014)
     
    Hi my name is Steve not a big fan of gardening but even sense moving to the bungalow I love it. Even got 4 hens 3 point to lay and 1 about 1 year old.
    The 1 year old is batman yes she's my grandson's
    The rest are pepper the granddaughter (temp names) for the other 2 is nugget & dinner lol just whating for the rest of the grandchildren to name them.
    :face-smile:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 12:55pm (May 9th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome Steve, it's lovely to have you here! :welcome:

    Your girls sound lovely, I wish I could have chickens again but it's quite difficult whilst renting! I love your hens' temporary names too :tooth:

    Feel free to have a wander around the forum and post wherever you want, and welcome once again!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 6:54pm (May 9th 2014)
     
    I hope Batman's a bantam...:D I have a bantam called Nugget...but she's huuuuuge!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2014 9:25pm (May 9th 2014)
     
    Welcome to Hencam, Steve.:welcome: It's alway nice to meet new people.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2014 12:05am (May 10th 2014)
     
    Welcome Steve - did I read that right one of them is called Dinner? As in Chicken Dinner?! Fabulous! You and Chief Chicken have the same sense of humour!!!
    • CommentAuthorchooksnpinkroses
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 2:37am (May 14th 2014)
     
    Thankyou folks, I finally saw the bit at the top of the page that says 'new posts'. Now I'm on the right track.
    • CommentAuthorMike
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 9:36pm (May 24th 2014)
     
    Hi everyone, this is my first time here so I hope I am introducing myself in the right place. I am also new to hen keeping. My 3 kids bought us a chicken coop for Christmas. I had no idea what to do but I bought 8 hens and I was hooked. Unfortunately my inexperience cost me my lovely hens when a fox got past my electric fence and took 7 of them. I now have another coop and 8 hens and Fort Knox surrounding them.

    I do have a couple of questions that I hope you could help me with. Firstly, meal worms, my hens go mad for them but I am now wondering if I should be using them as a treat as my "chief hen," i think, has crop impaction and the meal worms may be the cause. I have massaged the hens squishy crop she only gave signs of it today so I am not sure if it is effective. I will give her a little veg oil tomorrow and anything else you could advise. 'Lucky' is the sole survivor from my first batch of hens so I want to help her all I can. Nice talking to you
    Mike
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 10:51pm (May 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: to the forum Mike! :)

    I'm so sorry to hear about the hens you lost to the fox, it's a horrible experience.

    I've never heard of mealworms being the cause of a crop impaction and most hens LOVE them as treats, as I'm sure you have discovered!! :smile: Sounds like you are doing everything right to treat it - is Lucky's crop large and hard, or is it very squishy? Does she have stinky breath? (hard to tell for a chicken I know! :smile: )

    This thread is a good resource to check for common chicken illnesses (scroll up to the very top):

    http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=686&page=1#Item_10

    If she starts acting sickly or goes off her food / water you can always bob Lucky along to the vet to see what they say - farm vets usually have more experience with chickens so are generally better to go to.

    I hope Lucky starts to feel better soon! :smile: