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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2008 5:38pm (May 28th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you everyone. I got to pet her whilst the vet did his stuff, so i was with her from when she was born to the very end. It made me feel a little better being able to be with her and stroke her whilst it kicked in...It was quick and the vet said painless. She was only nine months old :(

    I'm going to do a blog post tonight, maybe, with some pics so everyone can see what a beautiful girl she was.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2008 6:46pm (May 28th 2008)
     
    I said to Kate about Joey, that it's an amazing and rare privilege to be with someone as they enter AND leave the world. Sending you thoughts, cherub.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2008 8:58pm (May 28th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thankyou CC. She was always very friendly, i remember taking her to the pet shop when she was only a few weeks old, hoping she would be a girl so I could keep her with her mum. I was so happy when he said she was.

    I found Jayden's photos. I thought they'd been lost somewhere on the computer, but i found them *big sigh of relief* I'll post them up in the blog. She really was beautiful.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2008 10:28pm (May 28th 2008)
     
    I'm so sorry Red, but I second what CC said. I was really glad I got to be with Joey at his birth and to comfort him at his death. Jayden will have known you were there and her last minutes would've been happy with you. Thinking of you. xx :cry: Look forward to seeing her photos.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 3:47am (May 29th 2008)
     
    Ah Red. I too am sorry for the loss of Jayden. Thanks so much for the wonderful post about her. The pictures are very sweet. Yes, she was really beautiful. :heart:

    I'm glad you had such an excellent vet. I hope Kate is able to find one like him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 8:29pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Lovely pics of Jayden on the blog, Red; she was a pretty girl, wasn't she?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 9:14pm (May 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yep, she sure was. I dunno what her dad must have looked like to get such pretty colouring - Martha was beige with red eyes.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2008 9:35pm (Aug 21st 2008) edited
     
    Its been a while since this thread had anything - so I thought I'd add a picture of Molly and Patrick.


    Molly & Patrick
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2008 9:39pm (Aug 21st 2008)
     
    How sweet, Kate. Thanks for the pics.;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2008 11:18pm (Aug 21st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw that's such a cute pic!! Kate, both your photos have made me smile now, thanks for that :)

    What are they all snuggled up in, the blanket thing? And the darker rat (Patrick?) really is the spitting image of our old rat Constance!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 7:26am (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    Oooo. Yahoo! And its a Yin & Yang photo. So great :D
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 9:20am (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    Ahh. what cutey-pies!
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 9:44am (Aug 22nd 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    At least rats are real animals not like Vermin Cats
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 5:02pm (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    There's ginger fur waiting to be put in your hat next time you visit, my boy...
    Were you called to an accident in Chorleywood today, Wazza? 4WD pillock again...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 5:06pm (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    They shouldn't own 4WD's if they CAN'T drive!!!!!!!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 5:19pm (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    Seems to me that they own them BECAUSE they can't drive...:(
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 5:21pm (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    Yes thats true. Plus they think it makes them look more powerfull!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2008 11:31pm (Aug 22nd 2008)
     
    Its a fuzzy fleece lined rat bed. Big enough for one but they both manage to squeeze in!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2008 2:17pm (Aug 23rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds brill! I was looking at ferret cages the other day, and you can buy designer material coverings for the platforms / ladders etc in the cage!! They were really expensive, and surely they'd just get stinky and covered in food etc, because it's not like they just use the material to sleep in?? :confused:

    Sorry for wandering off-topic... :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2008 6:28pm (Aug 23rd 2008)
     
    Can't you just lob 'em into the washing machine?
    The covers, not the ferrets...
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 9:45am (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    oh I wish you could pout ferrets in the washer. ours are stinky little blighters! And if the little spaniels could go in too that would be great! I have examined them all for wash labels though and cant find one anywhere.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 10:45am (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    Maybe you aren't looking hard enough in the right area.
    Think where the toy shops put their wash labels and have a closer look!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 1:30pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    Inside seam of the front leg, or somewhere near the bum...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 2:07pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    I have 3 of the beds you can see in that picture (a blue, a red and a purple), and I throw them in the washer or do them by hand, whatever. Patrick has destroyed the purple one - she pulled all the purple fleece out of it and spread it around the cage. Perhaps she wants to re-decorate in purple? What do you think CC?!!!!
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 3:20pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    yep, found it. Wool wash, by hand and do not wring!! hee hee. Now must go wash my hands!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 3:23pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    Or wring your hands....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 6:29pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    Patrick is evidently a Very Discerning Rat...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2008 10:39pm (Aug 24th 2008)
     
    I think you're right. Unless of course she hates purple so was destroying it. How on earth am I supposed to know which?!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2008 1:40pm (Aug 25th 2008) edited
     
    Well, as she's yours, she's obviously well-educated, hence her natural good taste. See?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2008 5:10pm (Aug 25th 2008)
     
    Ah, of course!! In that case, perhaps I'll co-ordinate in future and keep it purple!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2008 5:24pm (Aug 25th 2008)
     
    :thumbup::thumbup1::yay_jump::045:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2008 8:44pm (Aug 25th 2008) edited
     
    And so, CC wins another small victory in her campaign to turn the entire world purple...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2008 2:18am (Aug 26th 2008)
     
    Today, a rat's nest and a cottage in Marlow. Tomorrow...THE WOOOOOOORLD!!!!
    Mwahahahahahahahahaha!:bad::001_smile::crazy:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2008 3:03am (Aug 26th 2008)
     
    You always make me grin. :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2008 3:12am (Aug 26th 2008)
     
    Unless you make me :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2008 1:28pm (Aug 26th 2008)
     
    Actually, there is some similarity between the cottage in Marlow and arat's nest...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2008 3:52pm (Aug 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, have you ever seen this website? I stumbled across it today whilst looking for websites selling mouse toys. It sells a few rat toys, has loads of info about rats, cute pics and my favourite page is "The Ratty Fun Pages" and then "Rat Toy Ideas"

    It has loads of home-made toy ideas and games to play with your rats, and i'm definitely gonna try making some of the toys for Molly. You've probably already seen it but i thought i'd share just in case...

    The Dapper Rat website
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2008 8:53pm (Aug 29th 2008)
     
    I have seen it - its one of the better ones. There are LOADS of great ideas on there. Most of the other sites have similar things but that one has them all in one place.

    www.fancy-rats.co.uk is good too. Lots of links and ideas and health related stuff. Don't know how much is useful for mice, but there are ideas there too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 29th, 2008 11:48pm (Aug 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know i was impressed when i found it...I love it that some of the ideas are so simple, too, like sticking socks in a basket - great!

    Ooo will have a look at that site in the morning, when i'm not so tired. I'm off to bed now *yawn* :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 1:54pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    Why socks in a basket?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 9:03pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    Because the rats or mice like to hide in them and climb through them.

    I gave my 2 some swede tonight - it stinks!! I can smell it everywhere I go, and they don't look keen on it either!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 9:10pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    Well, you only find out by trying these things. I speak as one with a potato croquette on her lawn which the chickens seem to think is radioactive. Which is worrying, because we had 'em for tea...:shocked:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 9:13pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    That would be a sight to see!! Sometimes Foggy sees things and isn't sure what they are, so will sneak a little closer ... little bit more ... liittttlllee more ... sniff cautiously and walk away. Guess at which point my hubby likes to touch her tail and see how high he can make her jump? :wha:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 9:25pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    O that's just wicked...nasty boy! If he was five you'd smack 'im for that. Well, I would...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 30th, 2008 9:27pm (Aug 30th 2008)
     
    I do! :_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 31st, 2008 1:09pm (Aug 31st 2008)
     
    Good. That'll learn 'im...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 5th, 2008 11:04pm (Sep 5th 2008)
     
    I just went into the rats room (to look at the river of rain running down the road - ooo, too many 'r's!) and caught them. Playing they were!! Running around, having fun. They NEVER do that when the door's open - just sit there looking forlorn and bored.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 2:19am (Sep 6th 2008) edited
     
    LOL that is very funny Kate.

    Hmmm, I wonder if there was a psychic aspect to this. The other times you were thinking about them as you entered: "I wonder how my darling rats are doing?" This time you were thinking: "Is there a flood outside?" No telepathic warning for the ratties, so they couldn't prepare their dour expressions.

    I think you should put an aluminum hat on next time (to block your brain waves) and see what kind of reception you get. Wait until Pete is home though - so that you can also test his reaction. :loco:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 4:56am (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    My friend's budgies used to do that. They'd be singing away so I'd stick my head round the door to look and one budgie would nudgie the udgie budgie and they'd stop singing and stare at me till I went away. And then the singing would resume...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 10:32am (Sep 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 4:41pm (Sep 6th 2008) edited
     
    I think you all need aluminum hats.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 6:33pm (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    A-L-U-M-I-N-I-U-M...
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 6:54pm (Sep 6th 2008) edited
     
    Oh CC we NEVER say A-LOO-MIN-EEE-UM any more...its so..colonial. :smile: But just that one..I still spell light as 'light' and not 'lite' (cough gasp arrgh ... how COULD they).

    We still spell properly here in Canuckian land! Well mostly..

    100 years from now there wont be anybody who still knows how to spell. It will all be like texting.

    Hi hw r u. I am fin. I ttly g2g. bye.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 9:15pm (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    *shudder*
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 9:48pm (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    I suppose the good thing will be that we won't have to bother getting glasses to read things - we won't understand the lingo anyway!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 6th, 2008 10:09pm (Sep 6th 2008)
     
    Good suggestion too about the foil helmet Diane - think hubby might have me locked up though!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 3:01am (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    LOL - do it, Kate! Take a photo though - pleeeease.

    Its odd that we would spell the name for a metal differently... Ah well. Anything to be different here in the New World I guess.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 2:56pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    Actually it has been spelled both ways in both Britain (whose citizen Humphrey Davy discovered it) and abroad (abroad being NOT Britain). They are both "correct". Think "platinum" vs "plutonium" (ending wise)..
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 4:05pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    But OUR way is right ... :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 6:01pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    :willy_nilly::hurray::mademyday::iagree::045:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2008 7:18pm (Sep 7th 2008)
     
    But YOUR way used to be "Aluminum"...at least in/until 1812.

    Also it used to be "Aluminium" in the US until about 1892, then "Aluminum" became official in 1926.

    Enough of that...history over.. :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 10:51pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    This is the rats new home next to the old one. I hadn't moved any of their 'belongings' over yet. I don't think they like it - they hide away and act completely stressed all the time!

    Photobucket
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 11:24pm (Sep 15th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Heh! Just a small improvement then?? :P

    Are you planning on getting more rats, or did you just want to give them more room to play? By the way what is the name of that cage, i think that's the cage i was looking for as a ferret cage...It's lovely what a brilliant size (bit bare at the moment though!) but i bet it cost a bomb! :_oh:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 2:58am (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    Wow - country rats go urban! Maybe they just miss their toys and stuff.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 10:30am (Sep 16th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate it'll probably take a few days to get used to it. I remember when we got a bigger cage for our boy-rats they were out & exploring within minutes and LOVED it! But when we had females and got them a better cage, they were much more reserved and spent the first few days in the nest hiding :)

    I've heard that as long as you keep lots of furniture from their old cage (so their scent is on it) in the new cage, they'll adapt to their new surroundings much quicker...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 4:32pm (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    They might be agoraphobic! Splendid cage - 'Bigger'n my shed', as Eric moaned when the rabbit hutch was delivered...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 6:43pm (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    Its called the Explorer. Its very similar to another cage but the name of that escapes me. The old cage cost me £80 and I hated it. The new one was £125. It was primarily to give me better access to clean it, set it up, and play with the girls, but if it means I can get one or two more .... !!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 7:10pm (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    That cage (or should i call it a mansion!) is MASSIVE . I'm sure they will love it when all of their other stuff is in it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2008 10:39pm (Sep 17th 2008)
     
    And I've ordered more! The only things I see them anywhere near is their old tiny bed and their old shoe box. Just like kids - buy 'em nice stuff and they prefer the boxes.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2008 11:20am (Sep 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Molly has loads of different beds to choose from...what does she prefer to sleep in? An empty crackers box... :-\

    That seems like a good price for a cage that size, Kate! Was the old cage one of those 'Jenny Rat cages' or whatever they are called? I read some reviews they were difficult to clean, we were looking at those for our rats...

    Posted By: KatebAnd I've ordered more!

    More toys or more rats? :)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2008 6:19pm (Sep 18th 2008)
     
    Posted By: RedMolly has loads of different beds to choose from...what does she prefer to sleep in? An empty crackers box...:/

    That seems like a good price for a cage that size, Kate! Was the old cage one of those 'Jenny Rat cages' or whatever they are called? I read some reviews they were difficult to clean, we were looking at those for our rats...

    Posted By: KatebAnd I've ordered more!

    More toys or more rats?<img src=" ismap="false" hspace="0" loop="1" src="http://www.hencam.co.uk/images/smileys/icon_smile.gif" width="15" vspace="0" />

    or more cages ??? hehe
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2008 6:41pm (Sep 18th 2008)
     
    Posted By: Vicki
    Posted By: RedMolly has loads of different beds to choose from...what does she prefer to sleep in? An empty crackers box...:/

    That seems like a good price for a cage that size, Kate! Was the old cage one of those 'Jenny Rat cages' or whatever they are called? I read some reviews they were difficult to clean, we were looking at those for our rats...

    Posted By: KatebAnd I've ordered more!

    More toys or more rats?<img alt=" ismap="false" hspace="0" loop="1" src="http://www.hencam.co.uk/images/smileys/icon_smile.gif" width="15" vspace="0" />

    or more cages ??? hehe


    Or more boxes...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2008 11:11pm (Sep 18th 2008)
     
    More toys, beds, boxes!

    Yes, it was a Jenny cage and I wouldn't recommend it to anyone (though I do need to sell mine now so I hope someone likes them!) If the rats had been more sociable then I'd probably have stuck with it,but I could never catch them. (Still can't - all that space to run away to!) I do like the new cage - went and bought a bed and an igloo for them today (plastic, not blocks of ice!) They love the bed, ignore the igloo.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2008 7:17pm (Sep 19th 2008)
     
    You could always put in the box in which the igloo came, of course; they'd love that instantly! :\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2008 10:44pm (Sep 19th 2008)
     
    Didn't come in one!!! They had wrecked the cage when I went in this morning - looked like they'd had a wild party!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2008 3:59pm (Sep 20th 2008)
     
    Praps they did. Were they still in bed with little icebags on their heads, wearing sunglasses?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2008 11:32pm (Sep 20th 2008)
     
    Molly was sat in the litter tray and Patrick was drinking water. Pretty damning evidence I think!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2008 2:43pm (Sep 21st 2008)
     
    Have you put some Andrews in the drinking water for 'em? Or are you letting 'em suffer?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2008 7:36pm (Sep 21st 2008)
     
    Let 'em suffer!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2008 7:47pm (Sep 21st 2008)
     
    Beast...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2008 9:18pm (Sep 22nd 2008)
     
    They can clean their own mess up too. I've left them little marigolds with a bucket and mop.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2008 2:25am (Sep 23rd 2008)
     
    Little marigolds? Flowers with a bucket and mop? Wot?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2008 3:41pm (Sep 23rd 2008)
     
    Marigold gloves. For those amongst us with a nervous disposition and/or beautifully manicured hands who wish to keep their little pandies away from hot water/icky substances.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2008 9:19pm (Sep 23rd 2008)
     
    Rubber gloves - so that they can clean up after their wild party. Keep up Diane!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2008 2:44am (Sep 24th 2008)
     
    You have to admit her English is coming on a treat now though, Kate! :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2008 3:51am (Sep 24th 2008)
     
    It WAS until you said *is coming on a treat.* Wot? LOL

    Ah - yellow rubber gloves, by any chance. That's a sweet term.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2008 4:40pm (Sep 24th 2008)
     
    'Coming on a treat' = improving nicely.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 24th, 2008 11:45pm (Sep 24th 2008)
     
    I'm sure if she just read our posts in an English accent she'd understand them instantly!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2008 4:07am (Sep 25th 2008)
     
    I try, Kate but I can't seem to do it. I think I end up with something between a Canadian and southern US accent. :( I need to hear to learn that way - so, send me tapes you guys! :D :D

    What is the root of 'coming on a treat?' I can't work it out...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2008 4:12pm (Sep 25th 2008)
     
    God knows. It's just a common idiom; not even regional, everyone says it!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2008 10:44am (Sep 26th 2008)
     
    It doesn't even googlize (a new word!! - to have a satisfactory result on Google with a given search parameter)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2008 5:33pm (Sep 26th 2008)
     
    'A treat' is just a term for 'very well'. 'It fits a treat,' frinstance.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2008 12:54am (Sep 29th 2008)
     
    Does 'a treat' also mean food (generally sweet) or a special time/event. Like: It was a treat to walk on the beach. Or: I gave Holly a treat, which she ate immediately.

    It almost seems like the "very well" usage is making the noun a verb.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2008 4:37pm (Sep 29th 2008)
     
    Yes, both of those usages apply to English. I hope you're writing all this in your notebook...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2008 10:02pm (Sep 29th 2008)
     
    A treat is something nice, so if "it fits a treat" it fits nicely.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 5:59am (Oct 1st 2008) edited
     
    Ah. Hen cam fits a treat then? *Scribbles in her book*

    A friend told me, while we were having coffee, that I sounded British when I said something. I swear it was something I always say though. Do you think you are beginning to effect me at a subconscious level? :icon_ninja:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:33pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    Oh I do hope so...did you say 'Ectually, I'd ruther hev a naice cup of tea...'?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 1:27am (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    I think I used the word "bit" in some strange (to a Merkin) configuration.

    Whilst I adore my English lessons, DO NOT suffer the misapprehension that I shall become a consumer of ... tea.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 4:54pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Eau, my deah, yew simply MUST drink tea...sew refained...
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2008 4:43am (Oct 3rd 2008)
     
    Ohh please Diane..tea is a must..like coffee ... Earl Grey .. hot .. yummm Bergamot