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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 7th, 2009 10:49pm (Sep 7th 2009)
     
    Probably a bit of both - my cat will dig her claws in to my lap which means "I'm falling, keep it up and I'm taking your flesh with me".

    I was a bit worried then when you were talking about biting chickens and barbecue in the same post!!! LOL!! I wonder if it'll inspire any of your friends to get hens?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 8:19am (Sep 8th 2009)
     
    Hens do make such lovely pets, They are always pleased to see every one and any gift of food they might have is extremley well received of course !! My little Goldie likes to have a jaunt in the wheelbarrow every so often. As soon as she sees me with it she runs along beside it waiting for a chance to hop in Ha ha.

    When I was first talking Grandad North into having hens he didn't believe how sweet they are. The cats all treat him as the lodger I think it is because he is a tad nervous of them never having much contact with animals before. Anyhow he adores the hens now and only gets worried if he sees them sharpening their beaks when he is outside with them. I keep telling him they are only cleaning them but he still isn't non to sure about it Ha ha it does make me laugh though. He is so proud of them all and says they are one of the best things we ever got.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 1:52pm (Sep 8th 2009)
     
    I have come to the conclusion that as soon as my situation is a sorted out I will get hens.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 2:47pm (Sep 8th 2009)
     
    That souinds like an excellent idea Shobhna.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 8th, 2009 7:01pm (Sep 8th 2009)
     
    you will wonder how you ever managed with out them for company
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2009 11:40am (Sep 9th 2009)
     
    At least three of our friends have "told" their husbands that they are getting chickens!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2009 1:33pm (Sep 10th 2009)
     
    Until then I'll just dream of getting chickens.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2009 8:36pm (Sep 10th 2009)
     
    Thats a good idea Init I could count chickens instead of sheep when I have trouble sleeping.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 12th, 2009 12:26pm (Sep 12th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad is so rude :-\

    And OI! Mr Neil, I have got you a pressie and a card (good daughter or what :P ) but seeing as you're in Ireland there's not much i can do is there?! I mean sheesh, c'mon! Do you want me to post them or shall i keep them here till you come to my house?

    Oh, and sorry hencam peeps for not doing a blog post on the 10th about my dad's birthday, but hencam AND the forum was down all day. Hmm :confused:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2009 3:41pm (Sep 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Might as well keep them for Christmas.... :kick:

    Seriously though I think we're going to ring you tonight anyway, and check your email!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 6:03am (Sep 16th 2009)
     
    So there I was browsing through our local paper and I spy an article and pic of a Peregrine falcon! HHMMM I thinks wonder there that is?

    Oh my gosh it's here right on my doorstep.... a webcam set up at the Alcoa factory only 20mins from our door, I am amazed (easily amazed is she).
    I never knew they were so close and because we are on different bits of the globe, ours are active now so if you want to check them out go to

    www.alcoa.com/falcons

    I have really enjoyed the ones on hencam link and now I can view some local ones, it made my day!!!:boogie:
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 2:44pm (Sep 16th 2009) edited
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mum(easily amazed is she).src="http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/cool/boogie.gif" width="32" vspace="0">


    Trev's Mum - why are you talking like Yoda?
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 3:00pm (Sep 16th 2009)
     
    ha ha Volka didn't you know Yoda and I related we are Hhhmmmm!
    • CommentAuthorhqtrev
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2009 1:28am (Sep 17th 2009)
     
    Oh dear.....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 6:28pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've read 15 A4 pages from A Case Of Paranoia, and I'm done for now! My aim is to read another 15 after tea, another 15 before bed...that'll leave me with 35 pages to read tomorrow. It's soooo boring though :D

    Anyone a whizz with Freud and can tell me nice and simply what he is warbling about?! :rolling:
    It's almost Halloween too everybody! :hurray:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 7:12pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     
    Ask Diane...though she's more Jungian, I think. With Freud it's all down to sex, innit?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 8:31pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     
    Well, a part of me thinks that's true. And a part of me doesn't. LOL
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 8:43pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     
    Want a hand down off that fence, girl? :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 11:12pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chicken With Freud it's all down to sex, innit?

    See i thought that too...but so far this reading hasn't even mentioned Freud, and has little to do with sex. It's a real slog...i'm on page 24 so far. Some of it is actually quite interesting, but then it just totally loses it...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2009 7:59pm (Oct 24th 2009)
     
    Interesting event this week..

    I noticed a stick insect at the top of my lounge wall. They always seem to go up high if they get out.
    Caught her and replaced into the home.
    Cleaning the home out today I realised I had one more than before!
    Now how can this be?
    What has this insect been living on for at least a couple of months when I had quite a few more youngsters?
    The only bit of greenery is in the next room and shows no sign of nibbling.

    I'm glad they are not quite old enough to have started laying eggs, so I don't expect to find I have a fancy moving frieze.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2009 8:06pm (Oct 24th 2009)
     
    I thought they had a really spoecific diet - privet, or something? Lucky it survived at all, isn't it?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2009 6:39pm (Nov 1st 2009)
     
    Watching "Jimmy's Farm" on tv. Its about a ex-city guy who has taken to farming.
    He has just had a load of ex-batts arrive. He is shocked at their condition and how they just don't move about, etc.,
    I am in tears.....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2009 7:28pm (Nov 1st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It is weird, and very touching. They're like little kids who have been locked away for the first years of their life - they know nothing. When we first got Eva she had no idea that anything other than layers mash was food, she wouldn't touch tomatoes or anything until she had seen the other girls eat them. And when she first realised what grass was she went absolutely crazy scratching it and trying to dust bathe on it.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2009 9:26pm (Nov 1st 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I remember her first egg after we got her - she just laid it on the floor, had no idea about nests and what comes naturally to a hen :-(

    But it was lovely to see her become friends with Scarlet and then learn to dust-bathe etc... (Eva, not Scarlet!)
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeNov 4th, 2009 8:53am (Nov 4th 2009)
     
    just had a mental pic. of Scarlett trying to dust-bathe.
    :001_smile::001_smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 7th, 2009 10:06pm (Nov 7th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'd be rubbish at it...it's always alarming watching a chicken dust bathe, they can't half twist into some weird positions! More than once I've heard people exclaiming over a 'dying' chicken when all it was doing was dust bathing... :)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 1:23am (Nov 8th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    mel is out and about tonight...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 1:07pm (Nov 8th 2009)
     
    Now I did spend some time later looking for her but then I don't stay up as late as you Neil.
    Maybe you had a little too much of the "Bonfire Juice".
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 9:24pm (Nov 8th 2009)
     
    Now there is Mel!!!
    It's so good to know she is still around.
    Neil, Did you decide that she's not a health threat to the hens?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2009 9:32pm (Nov 8th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKNeil, Did you decide that she's not a health threat to the hens?


    Not really, but we decided that there wasn't a humane way of removing her without possibly leaving a family of tiny mice to starve...

    We are trying to leave less food out on a night which should hopefully encourage her to go elsewhere more which might be why there have been less sightings of her recently.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2009 9:47am (Dec 2nd 2009) edited
     
    Daisy was demanding to come in just before bed time last night in an unusually loud voice. When we opened the door she shot in with a live mouse. She dumped it down in front of a rather startled Sylvi and before we could get it, it shot under my settee. Well goodness knows where it is at the moment as no one was able to find it. We had to go to bed in the end leaving Daisy and Sylvi circling my settee peering underneath it every so often. Kimmi and Sootz came up to bed with us lazy little boys. I have had a good look about this morning and there is still no sign of it anywhere.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2009 4:39pm (Dec 2nd 2009)
     
    Get a Trip Trap and put a little chocolate in it. Mice love chocolate. The let the poor thing go where the cats can't get at it! :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2009 10:54pm (Dec 2nd 2009)
     
    Yes, chocolate is definately the best thing. They can get themselves into the tiniest of holes though so keep your eyes and ears peeled!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2009 10:41am (Dec 3rd 2009)
     
    Good idea CC, I think it may be in the kitchen under the washing machine at the mo as Sootz and Sylvi keep having a look under there. I have told every one not to leave our food out.It may find a way out through the old tumble dry outlet as it had one of those flip/flap closures, if you know what I mean. We do get a good draught through it if the wind is blowing that way !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2009 11:48am (Dec 3rd 2009)
     
    HOpefully it'll find a way NN. If you want to test if its still around, leave a tiny piece of chocolate and see if it disappears!
    • CommentAuthorvolka
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2009 12:55pm (Dec 3rd 2009) edited
     
    Last year, I became aware of a scrabbling sound under the kitchen units but neither cat showed any interest. It sounded too "big" for a mouse so, with horror, I realised one of them must have brought a rat in from the farm across the field.

    So out came the fridge and in went the trap. One week later, still not caught the blinking thing but could still hear it. Out came the fridge, again, and in went Golum who emerged rather toot-sweet 5 seconds later followed by a MOLE!!

    It shot across the kitchen and dived behind the dog bowl. By this time, we had 2 hysterical cats, 2 hysterical dogs and a very surprised me. Called my hubby for assistance who in a manly way strode over and just picked it up, whereupon the mole bit his thumb and refused to let go.

    So, on top of everything else, we had 1 screaming mole (who knew they could be so loud?) and my husband shaking his hand around shreaking "get it off me, get it off me!"
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2009 11:14pm (Dec 3rd 2009)
     
    Ah men, can always rely on them to make a bad situation worse!!! Poor mole must've been terrified, having a screaming man attached to its teeth!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 4:42am (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    I love moles...we call 'em little gentlemen in velvet. Mind you, that's not what I'd call one that was hanging off my thumb by its pointy teef...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 9:00am (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    Oh me too CC! I have never met one but would love to, I really love 'em. Please dont tell me they are a pest.I guess some of my love for small creatures comes from having 'Wind in the Willows' read to me as a young 'un.
    Never heard of a mole wandering inside a house though.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 1:26pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    VOlka, just love your description. had me in stitches.:w00t::clap::w00t:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 5:46pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    Julie, they are gorgeous. Unless you happen to be one of these people who tweezer and manicure their lawn...which, strangely eough, I'm not, as Trev will tell you...:D And don't forget that Moley didn't wander in, he was brought in by force! :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 7:04pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    You did make me laugh Volka you sure have a way of describing things so they come alive.

    Sorry to tell you Trevs Mum but moles are classed as vermin. When I was a youngster there were lots of mole catchers around in Norfolk. They used to hang the dead moles on the fences to show how good they were at their trade. It does sound barbaric now but it was the way of the country side. As kids we didn't think much about it and just accepted it was the way of things, living on a farm we were used to life and death.

    I bet there are lots of people who have never seen a real live mole, they don't come above ground very often as they are almost blind. They are fasinating little creatures though.

    My Dad used to call them little gents in velvet as well CC. He also used to Say good morning/ afternoon to the magpies if he saw one and then say it again of there was more than one. Us kids used to spit to break the bad luck for each magpie we saw. It was much more fun, but we had to be careful cos if Dad had caught us spitting it would be a clip round the ear !!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 7:48pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    I tug my forelock and say 'How's yer father' to lone magpies. The men in white coats are coming...:)
    • CommentAuthorluvhens
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 11:03pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    Neil, love your Christmas lights. So sorry to hear about your grandmother. So sad they have to leave us. I don't post much lately but I look at the posts and hens daily.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 11:44pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    I've never seen a real live mole.

    We always say good morning/afternoon to the magpies too. Very beautiful birds when you see them up close, but evil too!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 11:54pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    The rooks in the trees past the next houses see the magpies off when they get too close. I suspect the magpies are looking for eggs.

    The magpies are very funny, they hang upside down clinging onto the house gutters to get the snails and slugs that go up there in the evening.

    I think they are beautiful birds, the colours they reflect if you get the right light, are magnificent.

    There is a lovely rhyme, One for sorrow, two for joy...
    I don't know any more.
    Someone help me out please.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2009 11:59pm (Dec 4th 2009)
     
    3 for a girl and 4 for a boy, 5 for silver, 6 for gold, 7 for a secret never to be told. 8's a wish and 9's a kiss, 10 is a bird you must not miss.

    Or at least that was the version sung at the start of the Magpie children's show that used to be on in the 70s!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2009 12:02am (Dec 5th 2009)
     
    I googled it and found this under Wiki Answers, but I've never heard these before.

    8 For a wish
    9 for a kiss
    10 for a time of joyful bliss
    11 for a party
    12 for a lie
    13 for the truth hidden in a sigh
    14 for a question
    15 for the past
    16 for discovery of passions unsurpassed
    17 for fear
    18 for surprises
    19 for the family, for spirits, and for guises
    20 for a gift cloaked in shadows black
    21 for letting go and never looking back
    22 for denial
    23 for pain
    24 for dying then finding peace again
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2009 12:26am (Dec 5th 2009)
     
    Goodness gracious!
    Thats a terrible lot of magpies!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2009 6:32am (Dec 5th 2009)
     
    Love magpies too we have a family come every day for a feed, we give them 'home brand' dried cat food which they love, some wild bird seed, they pick out the corn and a few other tid bits here and there. We love their morning warble. :_penguin: oh it's a penguin I wanted a magpie!!!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2009 5:58pm (Dec 5th 2009)
     
    Well done Kate on getting the whole Magpie rhyme I didn't realise it was that long. Magpies sure are a fine looking bird but I don't care for them one little bit. Two years ago they took every baby black bird and tore them apart on my neighbours garage roof. It broke my heart as the Blackbird parents were so upset they did re-nest but again the Magpies had them all. It is legal to shoot Magpies on your own land as they are evil birds hence spitting to break the bad luck. I dont have them comming to my garden any more thank goodness.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 5th, 2009 10:47pm (Dec 5th 2009)
     
    ABout the only birds we get around here are magpies, rooks and pigeons. I suspect that's why then NN.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 6th, 2009 11:28am (Dec 6th 2009)
     
    We used to have so many small birds, wrens, blue tits and blackcaps, sparrows and my beloved black birds to name but a few.
    We have started to get rooks and crows now. The Magpies live two streets away now and they still visit occasionly, but I always chase them away and the hens go for them as well so we dont get bothered by them so often.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2009 6:43pm (Dec 7th 2009)
     
    We had an Eagle Owl come and stay with us for about 3 weeks. I remember Gary rang me when I was out with mum and siad Steve (another neighbourgh) and I are looking in the bird books and we think we've got an eagle owl. There was me going - you must be bonkers, they are really big. got home and low and behold it was an eagle owl. He was absolutely beautiful around a 6ft wing span and the gibbest talons you've ever seen. He used to sit in the big cedar tree and just drop on the stupid pigeons that kept walking underneath. We had a guy in but he couldn't catach him, caught him about 3 weeks later when he started gettgin fed up with eating pigeon. Drove the rooks/crows mad they used to mob him when ever he flew.
      eagle-owl_53872t.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 7th, 2009 11:08pm (Dec 7th 2009)
     
    That must've been a fantastic sight! I remember one went missing from Cardiff or somewhere like that earlier in the year - wonder if it was your visitor!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2009 9:51am (Dec 8th 2009)
     
    oh Tracy what a wonderful visitor you are lucky to have seen one so close and in your own garden as well.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2009 9:57am (Dec 8th 2009)
     
    What a truly msagnificent bird, a beauty, lucky you, having such a handsome visitor.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeDec 8th, 2009 9:16pm (Dec 8th 2009)
     
    He was lovely - we were all really quite sad to see him go :-(
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 7:42pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    I forgot to take the hens water in last night and it froze up to the point I had to bring it indorrs and defrost it with hot water. This beautiful bowl of frozen water came out of it intact.
      Img_8816a.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 7:51pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    Wow!! That's amazing!!! It looks like a crystal bowl! My son went to help his partner see to the horse and he had to use a fork to get the ice off the top of the trough - it was about 6" deep.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 8:03pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    Same on my fish pond Kate I had to boil the kettle twice to defrost a hole in it and have had to check the hens water every couple of hours.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 11:42pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    Is it true that having a tennis ball on the surface will help a pond by keeping a small area unfrozen? Or a pump that keeps the water moving? I'm glad I'm not a fish or a chicken today!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2009 11:11am (Dec 21st 2009)
     
    A radio programme has just said not to worry about the fish unless there are a lot to the size of the pool.
    I find the pump just stirs up the cold and warm water but it would keep it oxygenated.
    I don't find a ball any use, it just lodges against something and doesn't "bob about" unless there is a lot of wind.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2009 7:14pm (Dec 21st 2009)
     
    Fish can cope with a lot of really cold weather. I turned my pump off as it has been freezing to hard and the pipes or filter box can still freeze up even with water going through.
    I dont find a ball any use either Ollie, I have tried all different types of balls over the years and usually they just freeze into the ice and it is a right palaver to get the ball out. I usually just make a hole in the ice with some boiling water to let the build up of sour air and gas out. The fish go right to the bottom in the slightly warmer water. My pond is real deep so although I do have a lot of big fish they are normally ok.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2009 11:18pm (Dec 21st 2009)
     
    My seven small fish live in a small corner bath. I had heard of the warmer water in the lower part but that defies physics. I do enjoy the lovely effects when I am caught out with a sudden frost and
    have left the fountain running!

    I just put a pan of hot water on the ice until it makes a nice hole.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 8:54am (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    Thats a good way of doing it as well Ollie as long as you dont break the ice up as the noise and shock waves it makes cracking can kill the fish. I havent counted mine Ollie and some of them are real dark in colour so I just get the odd glimpse of them now and then.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 4:34pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    It's snowing at the hen cam! It looks so pretty with the Christmas lights. Wow.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 6:22pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    We have had snow on and off all day here in North England.
    Have those chucks left their bedroom today?
    Have they eaten??
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 6:31pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They had custard, crunchy nut cornflakes and raisins courtesy of Scarlet, and that was just for breakfast!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 8:38pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    Yummy.
    May I come for breakfast pls?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 10:58pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Certainly!

    Although I have to admit sometimes the chickens eat better than we do.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 12:14am (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    My rats have a much better diet than us!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 9:00am (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    I'll need a VERY strong perch pls...

    - goes off to sharpen beak...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 2:39pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've just endured the crowds at Sainsbury's to get a few last minute bits (including a 75% reduced tree for my work desk - pics in the NN Christmas pic thread!), to get the hens their Christmas treats - Custard, Greek currants and giant sultanas... with squirty cream!

    Domino the rabbit has a Brussel Sprout tree to chew on.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 7:35pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    Ha ha Ollie you did make me chuckle about the strong perch and beak sharpening.
    I gave my hens some pommegranite this afternoon as a treat. They were a bit dubious at first and then they were making very appreciative noises once they had tasted it.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 8:33pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    I love pomegranate and sacrificed some to my lot who chucked it about, wiped their beaks in disgust and stalked off...! I should've posted it to you, NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 8:53pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    Oh no CC what a waste typical isn't it. I put some in a fresh fruit salad I made for our desert tonight it has made it look real festive. Trouble is we are all to full to have any. It will keep till tomorrow though.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 9:29pm (Dec 23rd 2009) edited
     
    Oh Neil. Surely you don't give 'em that shaving foam stuff?

    N.N. Your fruit salad will be super delicious next day!

    Oh. IT'S SNOWING AGAIN. Is it ever going to stop? I haven't been out for more than a week. I'm so scared of falling over (on the ice) and damaging something... especially my drinking hand that I may just have been using!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 9:45pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    We've got rain now...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 10:23pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Snowing here again, too! Found a snowdrift about 4ft deep today, pics to come soon hopefully!

    Ollie, they LOVE squirty cream, it's one of their faves :hungry: They only get it at christmas time too, so it's an extra special treat for them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2009 12:50pm (Dec 24th 2009)
     
    Looking forward to the pics Red.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2009 7:16pm (Dec 24th 2009)
     
    Watching the Santa tracker.

    http://www.noradsanta.org/en/index.html?source=hencam

    We are in Russia now. Whooosh, It's exhausting...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2009 8:07pm (Dec 24th 2009)
     
    I meant to have a look at that yesterday Ollie thanks for the link it made it nice and easy for me. Have you been following it since it first started? They were mentioning it on the radio the other day.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 8:53pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    I bought a Terrys chocolate with popping candy, it is real nice and a bit of fun at the same time. I just remembered it as I had bought it for Christmas and it got hidden behind other things in the cupboard. Yummmmmmmm very morish it is too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 8:55pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Giss a bit!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 8:56pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Wow, what a lot of posts today! The counter is almost at 100... Maybe Neil or Red can tell us how many there are usually - I guess about 20 to 30.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 8:59pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    I never look at that bit... I suppose we're all shut up cosy by the fire on our pooters instead of rushing about. I did one tuning that I walked to today...but that was it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:02pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    I had to go to work :( but we had an 'away morning' that was very good. The facilitator, Dave Thornton is from "oop north" somewhere and is excellent.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:03pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Facilitator? Is that a gob on a stick? :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:04pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    it is nice to all get together like this.

    just pushing you a piece down the slot in the side of my pooter CC
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:06pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    :drool5:Ta! Ooo good, it's the calorie-free version!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:09pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Don't forget me too NN!!!

    He's a person who's very good at getting everyone else to do the work. Usually called 'the boss'!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:11pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Manipulator, more like! :) I'm soooooooo glad to be self-employed. Even if I have no money because I can't get anywhere...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:13pm (Jan 7th 2010) edited
     
    Ha ha ha ha you got me there CC I looked at the box to see if it was ha ha
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:15pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Another piece comming up Kate nab it quick as my PC is messing about tonight.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:15pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    We should be so lucky!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:18pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Thanks NN!! Feeling a bit rough tonight so chocolate would really hit the spot!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:20pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    what do you think of the popping candy in it? It is a funny sensation.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:22pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Ate it too quick to even notice!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2010 9:24pm (Jan 7th 2010)
     
    Best I stick another bit in for you. Sorry you don't feel to sparky