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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2013 5:55pm (Feb 28th 2013)
     
    Ohh many thanks for the mind jog Ollie. I have had a look and hopefully it will be another real good season watching them. I will start to look every day now all being well.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2013 6:06pm (Mar 12th 2013) edited
     
    Been having a look around and found this:-

    The male tiercel, or tercel, is generally one-fourth to one-third smaller in size than the female. He typically appears darker in color and his malars (the dark wedge below the eye) are broader with rounded tips.

    The female falcon appears grayer and has narrow malars with pointy tips. The buff-colored area at the tip of her tail is wider than the male's.

    One of "our" pregrines was making a lot of noise today and going round in circles making a shallow depression on the nest floor. Then the other one came into the other side of the nest but I still couldn't tell whichwas which.

    The 3rd cam is streaming and has sound, though it needs refreshing every 15mins.
    The clock bells are very noisy, plus other peels too. There's bell ringing practice Tuesdays 18.30 to 23.30 and sometimes on Fridays.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 3:09pm (Mar 14th 2013)
     
    Oh Ollie I have just done a new place for all our falcon news and then I find this wonderful bit of info from you. Can I copy and paste it over there please as it is really good and will help us all identify who is who up there !!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2013 10:42pm (Mar 14th 2013)
     
    Sure, it's all info freely available and I'm sure it'll help other too.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2013 10:25am (Apr 10th 2013)
     
    Yesterday I saw an advert in the side column on Hencam Forum for Asian dating girls. Three pretty girls featured.
    I wondered why they were advertising on a chicken related site.
    Then I tumbled - They are "Chicks".
    - not quite the same!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2013 5:29pm (Jun 22nd 2013)
     
    Our news papers this week have just about all held a feature that states chickens are as intelligent as our children!

    http://www.telegraph.co.uk/science/science-news/10129124/Chickens-cleverer-than-toddlers.html
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2013 5:47pm (Jun 22nd 2013)
     
    Brilliant. Although I think perhaps chickens are more intelligent than most adults too, if Jeremy Kyle is anything to go by...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2013 10:26pm (Jun 24th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I posted this on facebook too :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2013 5:13pm (Oct 7th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Never mind seen something interesting, I have just bought something interesting! It's my mum's birthday soon, and this is one of her main presents :smile:

    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2013 7:41pm (Oct 7th 2013)
     
    I've seen this online, it's just too cute for words. I've been thinking about getting one for myself.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2013 2:08pm (Oct 8th 2013)
     
    I hope Helen doesn't look at Hencam or the surprise is blown!! It's absolutely fabulous, and if I were a handbag person I'd love one...where do they come from, Red?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2013 8:22pm (Oct 8th 2013)
     
    It's on Firebox.com. It's a great site for really random things and they're a good company. I mailed once just to say I didn't think the packaging was very good on my order and they apologised and sent me a £5 voucher!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2013 3:15pm (Oct 9th 2013)
     
    I love Firebox stuff too; haven't had a nosey round their site for ages, so I'm going to have a look!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2013 8:09pm (Oct 9th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It arrived today, it's awesome, even better in person!! I'm getting her some other stuff too, a new purse and stuff, so it will be full when I give her it...it's so cute!!

    It's not her birthday until the day after mine, but we're doing birthday stuff this weekend as they're busy on our birthdays :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2013 5:09pm (Oct 10th 2013)
     
    Have you named the bag for her, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2013 7:31pm (Oct 10th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha no I haven't actually, but I think she suits Claudia, what do you reckon?? :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2013 5:35pm (Oct 11th 2013)
     
    Eggcellent name!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2013 5:51pm (Oct 11th 2013) edited
     
    Great name, Red.:lol:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2013 9:29pm (Oct 11th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Claudia it is then! I tried to get a photo with Kasper and the chicken bag but he was...untrustworthy with it!! :tooth: Then my camera batteries died too, useless things...

    I'm handing the pressies over tomorrow, feathers crossed she likes them!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2013 2:45am (Oct 12th 2013)
     
    I know she will love the Chicken handbag.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2013 2:35pm (Oct 12th 2013)
     
    If she doesn't want Claudia, i'll adopt her!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2013 8:29pm (Oct 12th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha sorry CC but she really liked her! :bigsmile: You should have seen her strutting around the park with the bag it was hilarious! She loved all her presents so it was great and I got some great stuff too - felt very weird to be opening them in the park haha but my mum's asthma was really bad so we couldn't stay in the house very long.

    My dad just about killed me pushing me on a swing that you sat / laid down in, him and Lyle were pushing me way too fast and nobody could do anything for laughing so much, lots of fun if slightly scary!! :tooth:

    I got a fantastic book called Train Your Dog Positively by Victoria Stilwell, I've only read the first two chapters but can safely say I definitely recommend it! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 1:15pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     
    I like that Victoria Stilwell; she seems to talk a lot of sense on her programmes.
    It's the handbag causing you mum's asthma - better post it to me!:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 4:52pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I love Victoria Stilwell, she's always been at the front of the positive reinforcement movement. I bought one of her books a while back, not realising it was her first book, and some of the info was outdated but her new one is fab.

    Ha it wouldn't surprise me CC she's allergic to just about everything!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 7:42pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     
    She's always been my favourite too. Those darn Yanks have stolen her now - channel 4 (or5)'s loss. Shame she's not doing more on tv here. I think 'train your dog' programmes would be of far more use than yet more cooking programmes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2013 10:25pm (Oct 13th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I watch what episodes I can on YouTube but they're all really old ones and don't have the best advice in them :(
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeOct 18th, 2013 9:37pm (Oct 18th 2013)
     
    i have posted in 'my new chucks' would appreciate you to look at it! thanks :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 28th, 2013 4:59pm (Oct 28th 2013) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My old camcorder is up and running again after having not been used in about 7 years. It has footage of my first mice on there, with the little ones just after they were born, and some of Milly and her chicks too. Unfortunately laptops aren't built with the port it needs to get the footage off anymore, so we had to order something offline, but hopefully I'll have some very old but cute videos to share soon :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2013 4:47pm (Oct 30th 2013)
     
    I hope you will be able to get the videos on to something that we can all see, this sounds so cool. *crossing fingers that it will work* :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2013 8:40am (Oct 31st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The stupid wire we need hasn't arrived yet, despite us paying extra for next-day delivery at the weekend!

    I really hope it works too, the mice babies are too cute!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 31st, 2013 10:29am (Oct 31st 2013) edited
     
    We too have found that Next Day delivery does not work over weekends... no value in paying the extra.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 1st, 2013 2:09pm (Nov 1st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have just had one arrive and I don't think it's even the one we paid extra for fast delivery hahaha! (we ordered two to have a spare, but I don't think it's the right thing so still might not be able to get the videos off!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 2nd, 2013 3:54pm (Nov 2nd 2013)
     
    I hope it's the right one, Red. I'd love to see the videos.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2014 3:25am (Feb 2nd 2014)
     
    Ha ha just gradually catching up folks. that handbag Red bought for Mum is just gorgeous, love one myself.....Trevor is here visiting so will drop a few hints he he.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2014 4:13pm (Feb 2nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I loved Claudia too! I wonder if my mum has used her yet? :P

    Good to have you back TM :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2014 7:40pm (Feb 3rd 2014)
     
    WOW, Julie it's WONDERFUL to see you here with us again!!!!!!!!!! You've been missed. :yay_jump:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 6:38am (Feb 4th 2014)
     
    Thanks folks have missed you guys too.:biggrin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2014 8:56pm (Feb 4th 2014)
     
    How are things with you TM? We've missed you!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2014 10:59pm (Feb 16th 2014)
     
    I am well and managing to survive the really hot summer we are having, reminiscent of five years ago when the bush fires were so destructive and devastating.
    I will pop in again, am doing different things this year, not at computer as much but I do love my portable
    Ipad, it is so handy.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2014 5:07pm (Feb 17th 2014)
     
    The weather is terrible world wide isn't it. We have flooding around the country (mostly down south but some here in the Midlands too) but at the moment they're saying around 6000 homes are flooded and more at risk. America has snow, and you've got the heat. I wonder if anywhere has just nice, normal weather!

    Please keep popping in when you get chance - we do miss you and love having updates. How's Trev?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 12:53am (Feb 20th 2014) edited
     
    We had a fairly nice day over here, Kate...not great, but a lot better than it has been. I'm so sick of Winter I could just spit-up. Spring is just around the corner though. Daylight savings time starts here in 2 1/2 weeks..that makes things nicer when the days are longer..not so depressing. I found several Crocuses blooming and a few Primroses, so Spring is on it's way..at least here. I'm sorry you are having such hot weather again, Julie..but about now I'd love to trade places with you. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2014 11:12pm (Feb 21st 2014)
     
    Its lovely when the spring flowers start emerging, I just hope another turn in the weather doesn't catch them out!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 4:56pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     
    The beech woods are full of snowdrops; beautiful.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2014 7:53pm (Feb 22nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    There are snowdrops everywhere in the village too, it's beautiful. They're one of my favourite flowers :smile:
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 3:35pm (Mar 22nd 2014)
     
    Quick update! we have lost some hens due to unknown causes but gained some too to refill the vacancies! Here is our flock now:
    1 Skyline
    1 white star
    1 black copper maran
    1 cross breed (araucana cross with Wyandotte)
    1gold laced Orpington bantams
    2 warrens
    1 splash brahma
    1 lemon pyle brahma
    1 black brahma
    1 black and blue brahma
    1 black brahma COCKEREL but I believe correctly, it is a cock.
    1 welsummer
    1 cuckoo maran
    1 goldtop
    We have 10 laying! the ones that are not are the lemon pyle brahma and the black brahmas plus cuckoo maran.
    we got 8 eggs today which is our most yet!
    more updates soon!
    Let me know what you think on my current flock!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 5:49pm (Mar 22nd 2014)
     
    Looks like a great flock, George. I hope you remembered to isolate the new hens for a couple of weeks before putting them in with the older hens you already have. I learned my lesson when I put a rooster in with my girls, that I had gotten from a different part of the country..a very costly mistake. I lost 3 of my favorite Silkies to a disease that he brought in with him. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2014 6:56pm (Mar 22nd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw Lynn that's so sad :(

    George, remember you only need to post a message once and we'll get back to you as soon as we see it...it just keeps the forum tidier than if there are multiples of the same message dotted about ;)

    Your flock sounds lovely, although I'm sorry to hear you lost some girls. Are all the others acting alert and healthy? I hope it's nothing contagious.

    I'd love to see your flock, the gold laced Orpington sounds lovely...but then again I love anything that resembles a Sebright, they're such beautiful little chickens! :smile:

    You have a boy in your flock! Does this mean you will be raising chicks?! :woohoo:
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 7:35am (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Well, I hop to raise chicks but my parents are insistent on a period of time with no change of routine for the girls because the egg production has risen from 5 eggs per day to. 8-10 per day! We are all very happy!
    Ypu would love to see my chickens? That's fine but u don't know how to post a up on here! Haha:face-smile:
    Unless you wanted to see them in person?
    I didn't isolate the new girls but everything I'd fine as I have got the last 8 hens and the cockerel from the same woman and we check them over while I buy them!
    So yes, any advice on raising chicks?
    Hope you do have some advice for me!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 12:04pm (Mar 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Raising chicks under a broody hen is pretty easy, raising them in an incubator is a little more tricky!

    If you have a broody hen with fertile eggs underneath her, all you have to do is move her into her own private run and leave her to it. Provide food and fresh water, and clean up her poops every so often...broody hens only come of the nest once or twice a day, they store their poops so they are MASSIVE and really smell!! Nice I know! :rolling:

    Hatching eggs in an incubator you need to set it to the right temperature, which I believe is 37.5 C. Normal sized breeds take around 21 days to hatch, I think bantam eggs take a couple days less? The eggs need turning at least 3 times a day, right up until 3 days before they're due to hatch, then you stop turning them.

    Once hatched the chicks need to stay in the incubator for 24 hours until they are dry and fluffy, then you can move them to a draft-free pen you will be keeping them in. They need a heat lamp above them to keep the temperature stable. You also need to put marbles or clean rocks in their water bowl to prevent drowning, and they should be fed chick crumbs (I prefer medicated, but you can buy unmedicated).

    That's a basic guide. Holler when the time is ready if you need anymore info, and I'm sure other more experienced members will chip in too :smile:

    If you go to the very first page of this thread you will see the chicks that were hatched at hencam HQ several years ago. We raised them in an inflatable paddling pool until they were big enough to go outside, it worked really well!! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 12:05pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, also, the hatch rate is very rarely 100%. It's usually around 50-75%, so with 10 eggs you will normally get around 5 - 8 that will hatch.
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 10:08pm (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Hello red! I would love to hatch eggs! The only thing stoping us is the space issue and we just want to have a time when we have a routine. But I don't see how hatching eggs will change the routine for them?
    Anyway, the facts are we will hatch eggs at some point but unfortunately, not yet :face-sad:but hopefully soon!
    Any ways u could persuade them to get them sooner?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2014 3:59pm (Jul 11th 2014)
     
    The "Who's on Line" box at the side of the page, has me and 51 guests!
    Hope we have enough buns to go round!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2014 10:26pm (Jul 11th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha there are 12 now :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2014 10:51pm (Jul 11th 2014)
     
    Wow, that's a lot! Wonder who they all are!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2014 5:54pm (Jul 12th 2014)
     
    I think there are some sort of robots sometimes and they count as guests.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2014 9:16pm (Jul 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes I think spambots will be quite a few of them...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2014 4:54pm (Jul 31st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This video is so cute, but the poor dog must be sick of that chicken! :rolling:



    Milly used to do that all the time when I was lying on my front revising, she would climb onto my back and start scratting away before settling down for a sunbathe :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2014 6:41pm (Jul 31st 2014)
     
    Awww...that was too cute..sweet little bulldog to put up with the chicken scratching.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2014 10:27pm (Aug 1st 2014)
     
    I've seen something interesting - hencam!!! At last I can sort of watch it on the i-pad. As it's night-time it's a bit difficult to make out some of the views, but I did see a hen having a groom(?) on her perch, and the floor of the run. Brill!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 2nd, 2014 11:34am (Aug 2nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hooray! I can't see hencam on the PC or my tablet for some reason...

    This video is amazing, I stumbled across it on my course. These hyenas have been clicker trained to present different body parts to the bars of the cage, for health checks, blood tests etc.

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeAug 7th, 2014 3:12pm (Aug 7th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebI've seen something interesting - hencam!!! At last I can sort of watch it on the i-pad. As it's night-time it's a bit difficult to make out some of the views, but I did see a hen having a groom(?) on her perch, and the floor of the run. Brill!!!


    Yay! In commemoration I have cleaned the camera lenses for you. :)

    I've updated the embedding code for the streaming - it now uses Silverlight which is supported by more devices (apparently).

    Glad it's having a positive effect at least!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2014 10:47am (Sep 2nd 2014)
     
    Coo-oo-ee!!
    Where are you all? It's so lonely here. Not spoken with anyone for days now.:face-plain:
    I haven't even seen the chucks for ages either, my system doesn't like the new system but I'll get some of the younger pooter literate brains on it when they next call by, physically.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2014 11:35am (Sep 2nd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    People trying to make the most of the last of the summer? That would be my excuse, if I wasn't stuck in work looking at the sunshine and blue skies through the window anyway..!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 20th, 2014 9:56pm (Nov 20th 2014)
     
    Has anyone (Brits!) been watching People Like Us on BBC3 about Chelmsley Wood? Some of it was filmed a few hundred yards from my home, but I don't know any of the 'stars'.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2014 6:16pm (Nov 21st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not heard of it Kate, what's it about? Is it worth watching, are you on it?! :001_tt2:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 24th, 2014 8:38pm (Nov 24th 2014)
     
    They did it last year or early this year based on a housing estate in Manchester and they were up in arms about it. We keep getting leaflets through the door from the local councillors objecting and being offended on behalf of those that live here. Whereas those that live here think it's a pretty fair representation! Not everyone is like the people on it, they are 'characters' and reflect typical types that live here. And no, I am most definitely NOT on it!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 25th, 2014 4:30pm (Nov 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebAnd no, I am most definitely NOT on it!!


    :rolling:

    Ah, I see. Nope, never heard of it, but we don't watch much TV.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 2:58pm (Nov 26th 2014)
     
    There is a certain type who like to be on the telly, I reckon. So they are the type who get filmed. Whereas people who run a mile from a camera will never be featured.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2015 8:58pm (Jan 6th 2015)
     
    Am watching a BBC2 programme - Six puppies and us. The way these new owners are handling their puppies is shameful! They're now 13 weeks old and so far will be the worst behaved dogs in the country! Tabby is fascinated though - hasn't missed a second of it so far, talk about glued to the TV!

    One lady has had a behaviourist in and she was fantastic. Another lady has been going to the vet for the nurse-led socialising class, but it's hopeless, not a good class. A disabled lady has got a labradoodle which she wants to train as an assistance dog and she's getting some expert advice which is really good but she isn't really putting it into practice. There are so many "no" "no" "no"s going on , biting, jumping up, bad behaviour reinforcement ... there really is a market out there for help with training puppies (or rather owners!) I'm sure.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2015 11:22pm (Jan 6th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds interesting - is it just a programme about the nightmares of puppyhood?

    Could I watch it, or would I find it painful to see all the poor dog training techniques? XD

    I would get puppy fever too!!

    You have a much better chance of getting a good positive reinforcement behaviourist, as they actually need qualifications to call themself a behaviourist...whereas anyone can call themselves a dog trainer (oh hi! :tooth: ).

    I really don't trust puppy training run by vets, most vets really do know naff-all about dog training or even dog nutrition...I read on a dog forum recently how a vet run puppy class made the owners (in the first lesson) hold the puppy on his / her back (to show dominance *sigh* ) and ignore if the puppy peed or defecated in fear!!! They were also advocating prong collars on puppies!
    :gasp:

    You can teach a "no" sort of thing to tell a dog they've not offered the right behaviour so try again; we say 'nope' to mean you've got it wrong, for example I'm currently teaching Zoey to put her chin in my hand and sometimes she offers barks instead. I say 'nope' and she immediately moves on to offering something else! We also say 'ah-ah', meaning 'I don't want you to do that, come here' (basically a positive interrupter). The difference from most people is we say these once, in a very calm, happy voice and our dogs don't see them as punishment at all, they learn from them :smile:

    Posted By: Kateb
    Tabby is fascinated though - hasn't missed a second of it so far, talk about glued to the TV!

    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2015 5:41pm (Jan 7th 2015)
     
    I think you would've found it too painful Red! It was a 2-part programme though so there's an option to watch the next instalment whenever that is.

    It was about how the puppies were being integrated into the families - the voice over was pointing out their mistakes but no one was telling the humans where they were going wrong.

    The vet herself said they should cross their arms and turn their backs to show the puppy it was a bad thing to do to bite (might've helped if she'd told them to wear wellies too so it couldn't bite their ankles!) but the nurse really had no idea how to stop the 3 puppies from fighting with each other. The woman ended up using some sort of behaviour rectifier (which appeared to be a big spray can) that she sprayed near him not on him (thankfully). It seemed to work along the same lines as using a big bunch of keys to distract them from bad behaviour.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2015 5:43pm (Jan 7th 2015)
     
    I forgot about the Weimaraner - the woman also had chickens and they filmed the dog chasing one of the hens around, jumping on it, and 'mouthing' on it's back. At that point the woman arrived and shouted, and removed the hen. (It was after that they had the behaviourist in!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 12:41am (Jan 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Interesting. I think for the three puppies I would have had them on longlines, then you could encourage them away from each other and reward with high value treats, such as cooked meat. You'd have to manage them carefully to make sure they didn't get seriously tangled! Of course if the pups knew their names, had excellent recall or new a positive interrupter you could use that too.

    I remember when Zoey was very young, and she was playing off lead with an adult Beagle. Every time we called her she came racing over, then we released her (after a treat) to go back to playing. Whereas the adult Beagle paid no attention to his owners - I've never been so proud :bigsmile:

    Using something to punish a dog, such as an air spray, is a bad idea. Especially with puppies and shy dogs. All it does is teach them that the object and the person is to be feared...
    Oh wow, poor hen!! :gasp:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2015 10:06pm (Jan 8th 2015)
     
    GRR, typed a long message and as I hit post I lost connection so have lost the post!

    The 3 puppies were in the waiting room at the vets so made it laughable that they couldn't control them.

    Most of the dogs turned out OK - the little yorkiepoo (or yorkiedoodle - whichever!) was still a little monster with other dogs, but loved people and was doing a lot of modelling!! Most of the families also said they loved their dogs and were a real part of the family, except for the "no no no" woman who said she wouldn't go as far as to say that, but her hubby said she was really attached to him and was just in denial!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2015 1:07pm (Jan 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Puppyhood is really rough, it was so much harder than I was expecting! And I think Zoey was a fairly easy puppy too...now if only she'd grow out of adolescence! :001_rolleyes:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2015 9:50pm (Jan 9th 2015)
     
    LOL! Just like kids!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2015 6:53am (Jan 11th 2015)
     
    I'm waiting for Frodo go grow up too..just exactly like kids, Kate...except they never grow up and leave home.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 11th, 2015 2:29pm (Jan 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're seeing light at the end of the tunnel, Lynn, Zoey's showing signs of maturing in some ways :smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 10:17am (Jan 29th 2015) edited
     
    "Who's on Line". With me this very snowy morning?

    49 guests!

    So rather a lot of folks haven't ventured out today and are busy browsing the web.
    :snow:

    Plenty of snow today here, yet we in mid-England are supposed to getting off lightly.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 2:43pm (Jan 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can't imagine how snowy everywhere else must be if even we got some snow!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 5:11pm (Jan 29th 2015)
     
    Nothing but sleety drizzle here.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 11:18pm (Jan 29th 2015)
     
    We had a fair bit of snow at work, but there was none at home which is only 10 miles away! Had some here at tea time though but not too much. Just hope it doesn't freeze overnight.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 6:32am (Jan 30th 2015)
     
    It's been fairly nice here the last few days. Last Sunday it hit 60°F (15.5°C), now all of the plants and bushes think it Spring and have started to bud out..then the freezing weather will come back and kill everything.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 6:20pm (Jan 30th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've seen a few snowdrops on our walks which has been lovely as they're one of my favourite plants! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 10:26am (Apr 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Spring in full effect, love the daffodils everywhere... :)

    And the blossom is starting to appear on trees.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 2:41pm (Apr 17th 2015)
     
    Blimey - we've had blossom for at least 2 weeks...I never think of that difference!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 5:21pm (Apr 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hah! Well there are *some* trees with full blossom, but a lot are only just appearing.

    It's strange how different it can be - last week Holly (Helen's sister's daughter) came up from London and spent a lot of the time complaining how cold it was up here - hah!

    Even visiting Scarlet's the other week, their daffodils were fully out whilst ours weren't yet.

    I tell ya, it's grim up north (or at least a bit colder!)

    Milly's tree is showing buds - it's always late blossoming (due to the type of tree I think) - but I love that as it means summer is nearly here... It looks beautiful compared to the other trees then too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2015 8:36pm (Apr 17th 2015)
     
    The trees are just beginning to bud around here. We went to Goodwood last week and the daffodils looked like they'd been out for ages-it was a lovely sunny day and I suppose being that far south they get the best of it.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 1:53am (Apr 18th 2015)
     
    The trees are budding out here too..Spring is finally here!!! I spent today out on my riding lawn mower and got everything mowed..in 2 days it will look like I never touched it and I'll have to start all over again.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 5:12pm (Apr 18th 2015)
     
    Posted By: neilI tell ya, it's grim up north (or at least a bit colder!)
    >


    I might be coming to live with you in the summer then...you'd better get that BIG coop ready! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 7:38pm (Apr 18th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We live up North, but don't come live with us CC...our house turns into a bl**dy oven!!

    Also, yay budding trees!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2015 9:27pm (Apr 18th 2015)
     
    Is it hawthorn? We used to eat those buds as kids - bread & cheese we called it...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2015 9:47pm (Apr 19th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Erm...

    I googled them, and I have no idea :smile: It could well be, I'll try get a better photo if we go up that way again!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 7:20am (Apr 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hello two guests, I see you there! Come talk to me, I don't bite!

    *twiddles thumbs*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 4:32pm (Apr 20th 2015)
     
    (She does, actually; we keep her muzzled.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 7:05pm (Apr 20th 2015)
     
    You can eat hawthorn buds?! Weird!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2015 11:10pm (Apr 20th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chicken(She does, actually; we keep her muzzled.)


    Pfhat ish a lie!

    (that was muzzle-speak ;) )
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2015 12:08pm (Apr 21st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We haven't had heating for 2 weeks so you're more than welcome to cool down up here CC :)

    It's been bloody freezing at night as we've had to have the windows open all the time for the plaster to dry...

    Scarlet will need soup and a straw for dinner if she's keeping that muzzle on...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2015 5:12pm (Apr 21st 2015)
     
    ...and melted ice cream for pud - with a clean straw of course.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2015 6:15pm (Apr 27th 2015)
     
    Nooooo..our Scarlet doesn't need a muzzle...she only bites if you make her angry.:rollonfloorlaughing: