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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 10:53pm (May 24th 2014)
     
    Hi Mike, welcome to the forum! I'm so sorry you lost your hens - it must've been a shock and could've been offputting so I'm glad you got more and carried on. I can't help with your question about crop impaction, but there are some other posts around that may have some info in (there's a search facility at the top of the forum page that'll help with that), otherwise one of the chicken owners that are on here will post some advice. I'm more of a crazy cat lady myself!
    • CommentAuthorlizzie4458
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2015 7:02pm (Jul 21st 2015)
     
    Hi all chicken lovers,

    my name is Lizzie and I live near Cambridge, Cambs, I knit a lot mostly dog coats/sweaters, someone recently asked me at a Farmer's Market that I go to on the 2nd Saturday of the month at Burwell Village College if I would knit some coats for battery chickens, I said I would give it a try, so I would like an emailed copy of nanny North's jumper, can anyone send me a copy to lizzie4458@gmail.com

    Also if anyone would like a give a dog coat/sweater please look on my shop its
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2015 6:13pm (Jul 22nd 2015)
     
    Hello Lizzie, no idea re NN's sweater...I think there's a pattern elsewhere on line. Did you read the whole thread? It might say there. Can you not just wing it (no pun intended)?
    I worked at a house with a Pyrenean Mountain dog today - every time she brushes Molly she gets half a carrier bag full of fur...you should start knitting dog coats out of dogs!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2015 8:39pm (Jul 22nd 2015)
     
    Hi Lizzie, if you google 'knitting pattern for chicken jumper' the first option takes you to the hencam thread with the pattern in. It's under Animal Welfare and is called 'jumpers for battery hens' if you prefer to look through - it's the very beginning of that thread. They're really easy to knit.

    I've heard of people spinning and knitting dog hair CC, but it's a bit coarse apparently. Wouldn't try it myself!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 10:52am (Jul 24th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome Lizzie :)
    • CommentAuthorIan WW
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 4:54pm (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    I found your website quite by chance. It's a bit of a long story, and goes back more than half a century to when the world was young and beautiful...
    A new headmaster was due to arrive at our school, and the rumour was that he was very keen on the army cadet force. The master in charge of the cadet force issued an instruction that everyone in our year (as we were just becoming eligible) must join. A number of us refused, mainly because we felt that he was trying to curry favour with a new boss who hadn't even arrived yet.
    The upshot was that those who had declined were put into a class with a Scots lady teacher who was legendary for her discipline, and we had to read poetry to the class. So boys of 14+ (it was an all boys school) would get up at the front of the class in turn, and start reading such lines as "The mountain sheep are sweeter but the valley goats are fatter. We therefore deemed it meeter to carry off the latter" or "I must go down to the sea again, To the lonely sea and the sky", and other classic examples.
    Now, during the Easter holidays I'd been to Yorkshire to stay with my grandparents, and had found a copy of "The Dalesman" with a piece of humourous verse by Will Clements in it, and I thought that it might just cause a little laughter in between these very worthy presentations that everyone else was doing. I even learned the piece by heart and can remember it yet. And the result was very much to my satisfaction, to the extent that even Mrs Mulcahy cracked a smile, and described it in my end of term report as "A dialect poem".
    I'm currently working in the middle of Africa but, stuck with nothing better to do a couple of nights ago, I Googled the first line of the piece and was amazed to find a single entry for "Me Mucky Neck", printed in its entirety, and submitted by "Ollie in UK" in February, 2010. So, thank you Ollie for having preserved the piece for posterity!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 9:44pm (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    Hi there Ian and welcome to Hen cam such an interesting way to have found us and it was good to read your description of how it all came about. I do remember Ollie writing that out for us and it was a member of her family that used to edit the Dalesman as far as I can remember. I am sure she will tell you all about it when she reads your post. The middle of Africa sounds very intriguing can you tell us all about it and what it is like to live there ?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2016 11:52pm (Feb 9th 2016)
     
    Hi Ian and welcome to Hencam! What a great story!! You were all quite brave to stand up to the master, and to bring some humour to the 'punishment'. I'm a big believer in fate so maybe your search has brought you here so that you can entertain us with tales of your youth while we bring a smile to your face with our ramblings (of which we have many!) Are there many hens out there in Africa?!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2016 9:53am (Feb 10th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ian I'm sure Tim Berners-Lee didn't quite have this in mind when he invented the Internet as we know it, but how amazing that something completely silly like a website with hens on it can bring people together so randomly, and in such an interesting way. :) Looking forward to hearing more stories and reminisces...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2016 2:59pm (Feb 11th 2016)
     
    Hi there Ian. Yes, this is Ollie in UK, still here!

    Will was my Dad, spelt Clemence. He didn't edit Dalesman, just wrote the Young Fred poems. Some of them were published in a little book too. I'm sure "Mucky Neck" will be in there, it was very popular.

    Tell us about Africa. I've been twice, we had dear friends in Johannesburg. It is very different now though!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 1:14pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    Sorry for getting that wrong Ollie Maybe it was the little book of poems I was thinking of.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2016 1:15pm (Feb 12th 2016)
     
    Thinking of dialects here is a fun one for you
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    • CommentAuthorIan WW
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 12:30am (Feb 26th 2016)
     
    Hi Everyone, I'm back from Rwanda now for a couple of months, but will be going back again in mid April. I've been going there, on and off, for over 30 years, and I love the country. It has a great climate, like a warm summer day rather than scorching hot, is very clean, secure and well administered, and the the people are very friendly.
    Yes KateB, there are lots of hens there, both free range and battery housed. You can always tell which the eggs have come from. Free range have lovely orange-yellow yolks compared with the pale yellow of the battery eggs (because the hens don't get enough xanthaphyll from the battery diet.
    Whilst on the topic (stop me if you've heard the story before) about 4 decades ago there was a story going around about a man who went to work on an egg. One cold morning he couldn't get it to go, so he called an eggspert. Oh, he said, on cold mornings you have to pull the yolk out. So he pulled the yolk out, and after that it went all white.
    A business contact from Australia used to phone me quite often, usually early in the morning in Rwanda, but later in the afternoon in Sydney. He was often amused to hear the cock crowing, from thousands of miles away, in my neighbour's back yard.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th, 2016 10:23am (Feb 26th 2016)
     
    Hi Ian so nice to hear from you again and welcome home. I remember the Go to work on an egg adverts but love the play on words of your story. I dont think any one got the joke with the Barnsley dialect I posted, you sort of have to read it the way it is spoken.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2016 7:02pm (Feb 27th 2016)
     
    Posted By: Ian WW a man who went to work on an egg. One cold morning he couldn't get it to go, so he called an eggspert. Oh, he said, on cold mornings you have to pull the yolk out. So he pulled the yolk out, and after that it went all white.

    Groan! :rolling:
    My mate in Canada likes hearing my lads crowing - they crow quite a lot during the day, so she doesn't have to ring at dawn.
    i DID get it, NN - I thought I'd posted after the arse cream joke! I told it to Eric - he groaned as well... :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2016 9:27pm (Feb 27th 2016)
     
    Welcome back Ian, great to see you back. NN, I did get the joke..I loved it. We get a few TV programs over here that are from the UK and I can't understand some of the words they use.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2016 10:36pm (Feb 27th 2016)
     
    I thought Rwanda was one of those places we were warned not to visit, or was that a few years ago? Do you come back home for the summer - you must miss the rain!!!!!
    Free range eggs always taste better. When I was little I didn't like the darker yolks. Battery eggs were the norm so I suppose I thought that was how they should be, but my nan hated them.
    Love the joke-never heard it before!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2016 12:59pm (Apr 15th 2016)
     
    Hi every one I'm back again...... little one safely delivered back home..... order restored to house...... a good nights sleep with no interruptions...... Washing machine got one more load then it can rest a while......Sootz on less treats much to his annoyance with Chewcacca thinking the same with her grapes. Missing all the hugs and cuddles... making jelly and cup cakes......messing about with paint.... paper plates, scissors and crayons....going to the swings(I love a swing!!) Soon be summer holidays though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2016 11:17pm (Apr 16th 2016)
     
    Sounds like you've all had fun! Back to normality but you'll miss the chaos!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2016 3:24pm (Apr 17th 2016)
     
    Nothing to stop you doing crayoning, playing on the swings and making fairy cakes you know, NN - I'm sure Mallory is only humouring you...go on, grow old disgracefully! :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2016 4:59pm (Apr 17th 2016)
     
    Very true CC and am doing my best and am most certainly getting older and fairly disgracefully most of the time. But its not as much fun by myself and Mallory certainly has a way of encouraging me by thinking up the things I miss ha ha.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2016 10:49pm (Apr 18th 2016)
     
    Well, it sounds like you had a wonderful time..Summer is only a few weeks away and you will be able to have Mallory back to visit.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2016 7:24pm (Apr 22nd 2016)
     
    Yes wont be long Lynn the year seems to be speeding by
    • CommentAuthorDebSofia
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2016 1:15pm (May 20th 2016)
     
    I found the hen jumper pattern online, Ravelry, and had to learn more. I don't have chickens but would like to. My local yarn store in Ft Collins Colorado has them, They live in a beautiful coop in the backyard. My daughter had chickens in California, when she was in college. She "borrowed" them from a friend who had many. They ate all the slugs in her yard. They lived in a converted tool shed. They were lovely birds. It will be a fun time to watch the hen cams. Thank you for the jumper pattern.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 9:35am (May 22nd 2016)
     
    Hi Debsofia so glad the pattern is of use to you. There is also another easy little one for cat nip toys it is on the homemade animal toys thread. I have just rushed out 25 for the cats protection as we are adopting a little cat from there. They were so pleased and I am now making them more as they have their fete next Sunday and they said they are one of their best sellers. Please do join in with us all. It would be so good to have you with us xxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 1:12pm (May 22nd 2016)
     
    Hi! I don't have any chickens either (with 6 cats there isn't time or space!) but it's great to watch the ones on hencam, hear all about them, and chat about other random things! Welcome!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 3:09pm (May 22nd 2016)
     
    And I'm another that doesn't have hens but this is such a friendly group and we do discuss all sorts of different subjects, most of them having nothing to do with hens!

    I have learnt such a lot about hens by being on here, a whole other world of surprises!

    Welcome.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 5:32pm (May 22nd 2016)
     
    And I DO have chickens but have learned everything I know from here! Welcome!:welcome:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 9:53pm (May 22nd 2016)
     
    I have hens too and live in Washington state about 60 miles from Seattle. Welcome to the group. :welcome:
    • CommentAuthorFiona Fairgirl
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 4:22pm (Jun 3rd 2016)
     
    Hello I'm Fiona I live in Nottingham.I have just chosen my first 3 hens from a lovely setup out of the city.3 organically raised hybrid Plymouth Rock cross and Columbian Blacktails I have a bit more to do on my setup being in inner city but am very excited to fetch them on Sunday then gulp,I'm in to keeping.I'm in my 60s and had a bad accident 18 months ago so not as agile as I was but think I'll be ok with it.It reminds me of being pregnant for first time years ago and feeling excited,pleased and nervous all at once.Any advice re. Settling in gratefully received.My daughter and son in law keep bantams in East end London back yard and various friends have chooks . Thanks for nice welcome good to know ya'llhave out there :face-smile::face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 5:01pm (Jun 3rd 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome Fiona! :welcome:

    How exciting to be getting your first chickens! I think three is an awesome number to start with, when we first got chickens (I was about 13 at the time) we had three. That went up to four when I was 16 when we found an escaped battery hen, and my dad has nine now!

    Chickens make fantastically entertaining pets, and they don't require too much upkeep...plus you get tasty eggs as a reward!!

    They don't need too much special attention settling in, I know some places say you can add sugar to their water to help give them a pick-me-up and combat stress, and adding Apple Cider Vinegar to the water every now and then is fantastic for a lot of different things - ACV is very beneficial. Make sure they have grit available too if they won't be free-ranging (free-range hens tend to find their own grit with no issues).

    Give them peace and quiet for the first few days, make sure they all understand where they should be sleeping (some hens need helping into the house at night until they learn!), most places advise you don't let them out to free-range for the first few days, if you're planning to, as they need to understand where their home is. And most of all enjoy them! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 5:05pm (Jun 3rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, they'll be sorting out the pecking order as they settle, too, so a fair amount of squabbling and chasing is perfectly normal. It's usually nothing to worry about, but if you see any blood they will need separating. That rarely happens so long as they have enough room to get away from each other though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2016 7:55pm (Jun 3rd 2016)
     
    Hi Fiona, welcome to hencam! There aren't many of us on here at the moment, but there's lots of help and advice, particularly from Red and Neil, and we have lots of random chats about things like dogs, pets, falcons, annoyances, happy things ... please feel free to join in (we do well at wandering off topic!) I don't have hens but maybe one day I'll take the plunge.

    A friend told me recently she wished someone had told her foxes would dig under the fencing (if she'd known she'd have taken their shovel away!) She homed them elsewhere temporarily with a friend, and then his pen was raided by foxes too. She decided they'd had enough trauma and decided to leave them with their third 'fosterer' and when she has a secure coop she'll get some more. I think the usual suggestion is to either lay a concrete slab if practical or to extend the fencing down below the ground.

    Have you named the girls yet, or are you waiting to see what their personalities are like?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 4:30pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Hi Fiona and welcome do pop in for a chat and let us know how your new girls are doing. I just got the one now, and they are wonderful entertaining pets I am sure you will love them to bits. I live in Notts also Its been a lovely few days with the weather hasnt it xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 5:05pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    And show us some pictures too ! :welcome:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2016 5:11pm (Jun 9th 2016)
     
    Ohhh yes CC thanks for the reminder we do love our photos xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2016 6:20pm (Jun 10th 2016)
     
    Welcome to the group, Fiona :welcome: It's always lovely to have new members here.
    • CommentAuthorGrammaBarb
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2016 11:48pm (Aug 22nd 2016)
     
    Greetings from Northern Ontario Canada, my name is Barb. I found this site when I saw the knitted jumpers posted on Facebook, My Rhodies got bored during the winter, and started pulling out their roommates feathers, now I can not get them to stop this nasty habit, So I am knitting each lady a jumper. I bought glasses to put on them so they would stop picking on each other, but my husband and I can not make ourselves attempt putting them on the girls, it looks so painful.
    So far our summer has been very warm, so I should have time to get 20 jumpers made before the cold months arrive.
    I am enjoying reading the posts, lots of good advice available
    Cheers..Barb
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2016 12:23am (Aug 23rd 2016)
     
    Welcome to the group, GrammaBarb!:welcome:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2016 11:29am (Aug 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :welcome: GrammaBarb!

    Sorry to hear about your girls picking on each other, I hope the jumpers help. Do you give them mentally stimulating toys, such as hanging veggies? I've heard that can help when chickens focus on each other :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2016 12:46pm (Aug 24th 2016)
     
    Hello, GrammaBarb! Good on you for knitting jackets for your girls. Red's right, try giving them interesting toys to divert them. Good luck!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2016 9:46pm (Aug 25th 2016)
     
    Hi GrammaBarb! Enjoy knitting the jumpers - they're a great idea aren't they!
    • CommentAuthorKatieM
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 12:34pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    Hi!
    I'm new here and at the moment only have two hens. I'm looking to get some ex-bats soon though to build my little flock up. I was wondering about the jumper thing. I read that hens need to be able to regulate their own body temperature and that they shouldn't wear the knitted jumpers. I was thinking of getting some for my new girls if they didn't have good feather coverage, but now I'm unsure.
    Any thoughts anyone?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 1:26pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Welcome KatieM :welcome:

    I think the jumpers will be most useful for hens that are very much 'oven ready', and only have very few feathers. Most ex-bats aren't quite that featherless, for example the one that we rescued after it escaped from a meat processing plant was fully feathered everywhere except for her very bald bottom!!!

    I think the weather would also play a huge part - in summer I probably wouldn't cover even the oven readies, but in winter I might consider putting jumpers on hens that had slightly more feathers.

    What are the girls you already have? We love hearing about the breeds people have here and each hens' personality
    :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 6:11pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    Welcome KatieM! I suppose what you knit them in will make a difference too - wool will be warmer than a cotton-based yarn. Can you contact the people you'll be getting them from to see what condition they're usually in? It must be lovely to see an oven ready girl flourish into a fully feathered hen!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 8:04pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    Welcome to Hencam Forum KatieM. It's great to see a new face.:welcome::seeya: