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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 7:43pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    Yes, nan used to sing it frequently!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st, 2016 10:10pm (Feb 21st 2016)
     
    I got that song in my head now CC xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 9:22am (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: seen some really cool wild birds these past few weeks. Lots of robins (not rare, but cute), a Kingfisher, a Bittern (VERY rare, one of the most threatened in the UK - i've seen two now!), a Cormorant AND a Buzzard! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 1:16pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    Wonderful to see a kingfisher I havent seen one for several years apart for the odd flash of blue. My Dad was so mad at our cat one day when I was a kiddie cos it caught a kingfisher, It was always scared of him after that he only had to look at it and it would hide poor thing it was so proud of itself bringing it home xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 1:29pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha oh no! I did the same with Kasper when he caught a pigeon though - I screamed and panicked! It was only when he was new, we hadn't had him four months, and I freaked out...now if he catches anything (or, way more likely, finds a pre-killed thing) I stand back and let him eat it provided it's fresh :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2016 11:28pm (Feb 22nd 2016)
     
    I'd never heard of a Bittern so googled it. It looks like a tall skinny quail!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeFeb 23rd, 2016 1:20pm (Feb 23rd 2016)
     
    Ha ha thats a wonderful description Kate
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2016 6:47pm (Feb 24th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha it does!!

    best: just heard the quail make a really, REALLY weird noise...it was a quail's version of the 'big, Big, BIG EGGGGG!" song, we have a freshly laid, still warm egg - two today now ^__^
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2016 8:39pm (Feb 24th 2016)
     
    As an Oldie Midwife I can sympathise with the "Big Egg" song.

    Bitterns make one heck of a noise anytime.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2016 1:41pm (Feb 25th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've forgotten what the Bittern sounds like, I remember thinking it was really strange though...I'll have to go look it up, although it might freak out the quail!!

    best: Raiden's up to doing 5 second stays!!! :bigsmile:

    Now with all the tricks he knows (almost twenty now :smile: ) stay was not one of them...he struggled with it SO MUCH! Asking him to wait longer than a split second would result in yapping and sometimes jumping up, he is just sooo impatient...well since he turned 8 months old we've finally seen some progress, we're up to 5 seconds now - it might not sound like much, but to me this is huge
    :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2016 6:34pm (Feb 25th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: we definitely know the egg noise of a quail now - it's VERY different to a chicken!! Also, KALE LAID IN THE NEST BOX!! Well I call it a nest box, it's really just a green guinea pig igloo haha, but anywhere she laid somewhere secretive...I hope she enjoyed the privacy and they both start doing this
    :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2016 1:43pm (Feb 28th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Rey did a solid number two!! Unusual and gross best, but the day before yesterday he was sick and had a slightly loose poo, yesterday he had a really runny poo and was sick again...both times he was sick we were cooking food, so I think the smell made him feel worse...today so far he has done one perfectly solid one, and we've bought meals in that can be eaten cold! :rolling:

    I don't know what made him ill but we starved him for 24 hours, today after a solid poop we've given him a small amount of bread and a little baby food (it was chicken = good & bland, carrot = bland and pumpkin = good for dogs with runny poos!) and so far he has kept it down.

    Hopefully this is him on the mend, if it comes back he'll probably be off to the vet tomorrow or the day after... *crosses fingers*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2016 3:49pm (Feb 28th 2016)
     
    Poor lad...but they often pick up little bugs, don't they? I hadn't heard about pumpkin being good for stomach upsets - you learn something new every day!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2016 4:39pm (Feb 28th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, Kasper was always ill around this age so I'm trying my hardest not to worry too much. I only know about pumpkin because dog owners in America that I talk to always keep it about (for when their pups have slightly loose poops) and I can never find canned pumpkin in the UK!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 9:07am (Feb 29th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: Rey seems to be on the mend; no sick or runny poops and has kept food down!

    Aubree did her first binky and is just acting amazingly happy.

    I looked up Quorn's long top beak and it seems it's a common issue and she will either eventually snap it off herself OR if I give them cuttlefish bone to peck it might help...now they did have cuttlefish bone for a while and ignored it, but maybe if I smear something tasty on a brick it will have the same effect (that's basically how Penny-hen fixed her cross-beak!)
    :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 5:12pm (Feb 29th 2016)
     
    Posted By: Red I can never find canned pumpkin in the UK!!

    That's because it's disgusting...:ack2: Only dogs will eat it...:rolling: Try Waitrose or a big Sainsbury's - they tend to have a few off the wall things.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 29th, 2016 6:48pm (Feb 29th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I don't like pumpkin at the best of times (pumpkin soup and pumpkin seeds I love though) so I can't say I've tried canned pumpkin, but I can imagine ;)

    Okay, we'll make a trip to Sainsbury's then...all the local Sainsbury's are hard to get to so it makes sense we wouldn't have checked there. One's massive and has a huge pet section too so the canned pumpkin is a good excuse to go ;)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2016 2:09pm (Mar 2nd 2016)
     
    Pumpkin freezes really well I usually do some so I can make pumpkin pie all year round xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2016 7:22pm (Mar 2nd 2016)
     
    You LIKE pumpkin??? I can't imagine whoever first cut open a pumpkin, smelt that disgusting stench and thought 'Mmmmm, I'll cook that!'
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2016 11:34am (Mar 3rd 2016)
     
    Its the seeds that are the stomach churning bit once processed its ok bit of an acquired taste to us Brits I have to admit. G/N was born in Yorkshire but lived in USA since he was knee high to a grasshopper does like a taste of USA every so often so I got quite good at variety of his favourite meals.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2016 10:51pm (Mar 9th 2016) edited
     
    I've ordered a new car! Had mine for 8 years and it was about time - I've been looking for 3 years! - I need the car for work so couldn't risk it becoming unreliable. I'm having a Kia GT line. Scared about spending such a lot of money, but I don't drink or smoke and thought it was about time I had something I wanted instead of making do. Hopefully have it by the end of March!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 10:02am (Mar 10th 2016)
     
    Oh wonderful news Kate and yes about time you treated yourself to something nice. I know you tend to be contented with what you have. I am the same. but can not take the money with you so have something to enjoy now xxx whoot whoot:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2016 5:14pm (Mar 10th 2016)
     
    How brilliant, Kate! What colour? I bet you can't wait...:_party::thumbup::woohoo::yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 8:21pm (Mar 11th 2016)
     
    My best thing; a parcel of shrews and other lovely things arrived today. Tuppence is now in a quandary wondering which shrew to play with first. She's not having my lovely pressie though! Thank you soooo much, NN - you're so clever!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 8:44pm (Mar 11th 2016) edited
     
    So pleased little parcel made you happy CC. xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2016 10:28pm (Mar 11th 2016)
     
    It's red CC - it was the only colour they didn't charge extra for, but it's OK I don't mind that.
    Yes NN, I do tend to just be happy with what I've got, and I think this is the first time I've ever splurged for the sake of it!
    What was your pressie CC, a big shrew for you to play with?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 7:09pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     
    Yes, a big heart-shaped woolly one for me to play with - smelt lovely!
    NN, I was tuning in a church today and to raise money they were selling little knitted/crocheted chicks which were stretched over a creme egg for their bodies! I thought it was a brilliant idea and the churchwarden said she does Christmas puds and robins at Christmastime too.
    When does your new car arrive, Kate?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 7:09pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     
    Yes, a big heart-shaped woolly one for me to play with - smelt lovely!
    NN, I was tuning in a church today and to raise money they were selling little knitted/crocheted chicks which were stretched over a creme egg for their bodies! I thought it was a brilliant idea and the churchwarden said she does Christmas puds and robins at Christmastime too.
    When does your new car arrive, Kate?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 7:35pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     
    I have made those also CC but not this year. I usually make Mallory an Easter basket and fill it with little bits and bobs, Lat year I made a bunny basket, Not sure what I will do as yet.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2016 10:01pm (Mar 12th 2016)
     
    They sound like a good idea CC, bit late to have a go at them for rehoming's easter fair.

    Haven't got an exact date for the car yet but should be before the end of the month.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2016 4:32pm (Mar 18th 2016) edited
     
    I thought I had posted about downloading plans for bird houses but I can not see it anywhere Never mind might have been me as I forget to press (add your comments) and just press enter sometimes as I do on FB. Anyhow I got these plans and we didnt have the right timber apparently in the shed So set off to buy some. While we were out we had to pop into the warehouse outlet for some bits and bobs and GN spotted some lovely little plastic bird houses in there, they come apart for cleaning and have pop holes that adjust for what ever birds you happen to have at hand. Well they only cost a pound more than the timber so we decided to save messing about to get a couple. They look real nice on the side of the summer house. I just hope birds will like them,
      housees.jpg
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2016 4:44pm (Mar 18th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    One of these would certainly be a feature :)



    I do like those bird-houses though, what is the brand/name please?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2016 5:16pm (Mar 18th 2016)
     
    Patch birdie box they do have them on Amazon I just checked for you xx
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 6:20pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bless you NN thanks :)

    If you don't mind, what was the warehouse outlet? If I can I'll save £4.99 postage if possible :D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 8:10pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     
    JTF warehouse is where we got them from...... I dont know if you have them up there Neil they were £4.99 plus Vat
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 8:13pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     
    Ahh looks like there is one in Leeds dont know if that helps you anyxx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2016 10:37pm (Mar 19th 2016)
     
    My best today - only reserved one cat today but it was to a lovely elderly lady. Had another couple in who had a lovely long chat about potentially fostering or volunteering, and were really grateful for the time I spent with them and letting them fuss some of the friendlier cats! Overheard that 69 cats were rehomed in Feb - me and Jen (the other volunteer who comes alternate weeks at the mo) reserved 18 in Feb, that's 25% in four mornings. Very proud!

    Also, been having sleepless nights about whether I've chosen the right car to buy. Had to go sign some papers today so took hubby with me and it's put my mind at rest. Get it on Tuesday!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2016 11:19am (Mar 20th 2016)
     
    Fantastic news Kate so proud of you xxx So glad you are feeling good about the car and such great news its arriving on Tuesday. You will love it I am sure xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2016 4:15pm (Mar 20th 2016)
     
    As long as it has an engine and a wheel at each corner you'll be fine, Kate - relax!
    Excellent news re rehoming too - well done!:045::045::045::045:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2016 9:37pm (Mar 20th 2016)
     
    Thanks both! Still nervous but my lovely 8 year old Leon is sadly showing his age now. Best car I've ever had, and a friend said if you have a really good one you should never have the same again because it will be 'different' and you end up disappointed, which is probably true.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 12:37pm (Mar 21st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northAhh looks like there is one in Leeds dont know if that helps you anyxx


    Thanks NN, I can't find one anywhere :( Looks like it wasn't meant to be.

    I emailed JTF asking if they could check stock and they were very helpful, but weren't sure whether they sold it anymore and asked if I could give them the stock code or your membership number so they could see the stock code from that, neither of which I have.

    Thanks anyway. :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 12:45pm (Mar 21st 2016) edited
     
    Hi Neil I still got receipt and the number under the Patch Birdie box is 5060266880018 Dont know if this is any help. I could easily get you one or two but then I dont know next time we will be up your way. Or if we could meet u maybe half way or something ??
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 2:45pm (Mar 21st 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: nanny northHi Neil I still got receipt and the number under the Patch Birdie box is 5060266880018 Dont know if this is any help. I could easily get you one or two but then I dont know next time we will be up your way. Or if we could meet u maybe half way or something ??


    This is becoming quite a saga - apologies NN, it's just that Helen actually loves them too and us both agreeing on something for the garden doesn't happen that often. :)

    I don't want you to go to any trouble you are too kind though thank you!

    Btw, you are famous, you're mentioned on http://www.ravelry.com/patterns/library/chicken-sweater and http://www.knittinghelp.com/forum/showthread.php?p=1421137 :)

    (I was searching for "Nanny North hencam" to see if you'd mentioned your approx location to see if it was within drivable distance! It might be easier just to pay full price on amazon but you know I love a bargain...)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 3:03pm (Mar 21st 2016)
     
    No Problems Neil I live near Mansfield. If we could incorporate a day out up your neck of the woods it is no problem. We could have a day at the armouries Leeds or some such as we love going there, then meet up maybe later during evening. GN is asleep at the moment as he is on nights. I will see what he says when he gets up. No you wouldnt fine me under North as that is not my name. Must be my fifteen minutes of fame Neil ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2016 7:42pm (Mar 21st 2016)
     
    Your non-de-plume (or however it's spelt!) is famous!! My hubby thinks it very amusing that we all just call each other by our forum names, but it's so much simpler that way!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2016 10:38am (Mar 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry to bore on about this but just to give you an update NN - we went to the Leeds branch last night after our trip to the vets (which is another story - it's in the blog), and they had a birdie box! But it had a snapped roof :(

    I asked the customer services if they had anymore and they said they are showing 5 in stock, but they weren't on the shelves so I'd need to ring to see if they could find them out back - I'll give them a ring later today but maybe with a bit of luck my search might be over!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2016 10:46am (Mar 22nd 2016)
     
    Well done Neil, lets hope they can sort you out. If not could they maybe get some sent in from another branch for you. Or have a look in your local garden center even if they are a little bit more surley it will be better thana hefty postage bill.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2016 2:07pm (Apr 19th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    best: our internet is back!!

    Our internet killed itself on Thursday, then on Friday I dislocated my knee...so I was stuck in the house over the weekend with no internet. I missed it a lot haha!

    On Sunday I started with a 20 minute walk, and yesterday we traveled to our favourite pet shop...should have been a short day but I had to stand on the train because there were no seats, and then we were at the shop for 2 hours because the staff member knows us and we always talk about pets hahaha. Doing good though, I seem to recover from dislocated knees quickly!!

    Now though my Chromebook is broken, almost the entire bottom row of keys won't type...we've had it less than a year but to get the warranty we have to travel to Curry's and drop it off, because they won't send out a replacement, they want to repair mine, and they won't come to us...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2016 7:42pm (Apr 19th 2016)
     
    Ow, Red, that sounds really painful. Have you always had that problem? You should go to the Supervet - he's always repairing dogs' slippy kneecaps! Hope it's all better now. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2016 11:21pm (Apr 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :) It hurt a lot, but it wasn't as bad as when it happened about four years ago...we avoided having to go to hospital this time too! It's happened that one other time but I guess it's been weakened and I'll have to strengthen it, because I wasn't even doing anything when it popped out this time.

    Worst thing was it happened as Lyle was just carrying Raiden out the room, and I hated scaring the pup - Lyle was dithering not knowing what to do, and after I'd calmed myself after the scream of pain I said in my happy-dog-voice "Can you go put the puppy away please!"

    I gave it a day's complete rest, then gradually built in some walks...hardest thing was getting the dogs (Rey especially) not to stand on or knock it; he's so little so he's very much used to standing on my lap. Today I did my first full dog walk and saw Raiden for the first time since it happened really, it was fun and my knee doesn't hurt at all...it's still swollen and hurts badly if I accidentally twist it, but I can walk on it facing straight no problem :smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2016 7:13pm (Apr 22nd 2016) edited
     
    Red, I hope your knee gets all well soon. Don't over do it, trying to use it.:bighug:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2016 7:25pm (Apr 22nd 2016)
     
    get well soon Red joint pain is such a miserable thing xxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2016 4:25pm (Apr 23rd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks! Seems to be healing well, back to my normal walks now, but gonna leave it a week or so until I begin any strengthening exercises.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2016 11:31pm (Apr 24th 2016)
     
    Kitten (the feral one) sat on the settee with me curled up in the crook of my knee! She's done it a few times with hubby but it was the first time with me. Massive step for her. Lap cat next!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 10:17am (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    That's so special Kate and makes you feel all warm and cosy inside xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 11:44am (Apr 25th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahhh Kate I love breakthroughs like that!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 7:04pm (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    Brilliant news Kate - your next trick will be trying to prise her off your lap, with a bit of luck...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2016 8:48pm (Apr 25th 2016)
     
    It was great. She's curled up on my feet again now - hopefully she'll try the sofa again this week.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2016 6:41pm (Apr 26th 2016)
     
    Sootz went out this morning and came back in covered in snow. He then proceeded to shake it all over my legs then wanted to clamber about all over me to warm his feet. Typical Sootz trick xx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2016 8:59pm (Apr 26th 2016)
     
    SNOW????? Did you all move to Iceland or something, NN.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2016 9:09pm (Apr 26th 2016)
     
    strong winds coming down from the Arctic bringing it Lynn. Winds dropped this evening and it was nice and warm for an hour. Got colder now its dark though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2016 9:45pm (Apr 26th 2016)
     
    Yes, same here. Very odd weather!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2016 3:04pm (Apr 27th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Last week it was over 20*C, when we took Flair to the vet it was about 10*C and we've had hail quite a few days in a row now...I thought summer was here XD
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2016 5:13pm (Apr 27th 2016)
     
    They told us it was going to be veryveryvery cold today here. I've been in a t shirt all day, lugging my jumper about!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2016 7:14pm (Apr 27th 2016)
     
    Been ok here as well CC I also in T-shirt but have jumper handy. Sootz thought it was put out for him as a sofa blankie He soon scraped it off the arm and into a comfy seat bit !!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2016 7:00pm (Apr 28th 2016)
     
    We've just had a very scary storm pass over! It started as rain, then heavy rain, then hail, then REALLY heavy hail. I think Meow Meow is out so went to the front door to check. Before I got there I saw a blinding flash of lightening and the loudest bang I'd ever heard. Scared the hell out of me! The cats all scattered and hid behind the sofa. Only had one more flash after that. Knocked out the Sky TV for 10 mins too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2016 8:13pm (Apr 28th 2016)
     
    Wow, that is some weather you are having over there. We've had some very nice, pleasant weather here, but it's supposed to be 85°F this weekend..too hot again for this time of year.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2016 8:22pm (May 13th 2016)
     
    Wasn't really sure where to post this but thought I'd share it. My niece works in a large vet practice with exotic specialists. They recently saw a pheasant that had a large lump. They operated and removed an oversized egg that had got stuck when her oviduct twisted so made it impossible to lay (diagnosed by an ultrasound). She is now recovering well. Nice to hear that they were able to help her but wonder what that cost!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2016 6:12pm (May 14th 2016)
     
    Was the pheasant a pet or a wild rescue? A gamekeeper would just have killed it... :( Where is the practice Kate?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2016 10:24pm (May 14th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow.... I wonder who paid for that! Amazing that they can diagnose and sort it - it's awful when you take a chicken to the vets and you know they're thinking "it's just a chicken, just cull it and get another"...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 2:00pm (May 15th 2016)
     
    might have been one of those fancy golden ones.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 2:32pm (May 15th 2016)
     
    They're still bred to be shot mostly...whoever paid, WELL DONE!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 3:09pm (May 15th 2016)
     
    I think they're pets in someone's garden, along similar lines to the average chicken! Can you get insurance on hens? It was never available for the rats or other small pets, just dogs, cats and rabbits.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2016 5:51pm (May 15th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know one owner who proudly said they'd got insurance for their chicken, but it came under 'exotic bird' (parrot etc), so it wasn't cheap, and the excess was £30 so basically wouldn't cover the vast majority of vet visits, I wondered what the point was really.

    I hate how chickens don't really get those kind of expensive ailments which can be "fixed" with treatment - often it's terminal by the time anything looks amiss...

    Unless it also covers having autopsies and fecal tests for coxxi or worms, but that excess...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2016 10:20pm (May 16th 2016)
     
    £30 is the cost of the consultation at our vets! Autopsy prices are horrendous. It can give an owner closure but the cost is prohibitive. Those who've paid insurance should be able to get it done. (What's coxxi?)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2016 11:12am (May 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Probably spelt it wrong, but it's coccidiosis - I think it's a parasite that lives in the intesting (gut?) and can kill birds or make them really ill - I thought Erika might have that originally but meds we had specifically for that didn't help. The medicine is a bit nasty and can kill good bacteria too which causes other problems so we fed them live bio-yoghurt to make up for this, you also can't eat the eggs for several weeks after.

    We now give the girls two different waterers for health reasons - one has organic apple-cider vinegar in it, and the other has an Oregano based additive - it's a natural antibacterial which aids gut health and helps stressed birds and is a natural anti-coccidiosis treatment. It *really* stinks of Oregano and you only add 0.5ml so it must be pretty strong!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2016 3:54pm (May 17th 2016)
     
    Can't you put the ACV and oregano in together? What's the oregano additive called? Sounds like a good thing to use in case.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2016 4:08pm (May 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ahh, I didn't want them to interact, and thought if the hens had a choice they can make their own mind up which they have.

    It also came about as I made the nipple waterer (sounds dodgy, actually really cool), and because that's got metal in it I didn't think you could put ACV in as it corrodes metal, but I since learnt it's only galvanized steel it does it to. But I like the choice they have!

    Agrivite Chicken Lickin' Herb and Thrive, read about it here: http://amzn.to/201NcWV

    a 250ml bottle should last me about a year if not more, so although it's expensive it will last.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2016 8:21pm (May 17th 2016)
     
    I do love all of the things you do for your girls! Do they have a 'plain' water feeder too or are they happy with the flavoured varieties?!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 17th, 2016 9:36pm (May 17th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They prefer ACV water to plain! I think most owners only give ACV occasionally (it's not cheap!) but I've just been adding it every time.

    My nipple waterer is a wonder of technology though, I must put some info on it on here :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:32pm (May 18th 2016)
     
    I thought it was a typo first time you mentioned it! What is a nipple waterer?!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 18th, 2016 7:39pm (May 18th 2016)
     
    Ha ha Oh Kate thats so funny it does sound a bit like a medical condition doesnt it
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 1:42pm (May 19th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    LOL! :D

    I'll get pics but basically, it's some piping that you fill with water, and is in an L shape. The bottom of the L has these little mechanical nipples that give a droplet of water if they are pecked/moved. The hens quickly learn that they just peck the nipple and drink the water that way.

    It's brilliant as there's no way of contaminating the water with the crap they dig up or on their beaks, it doesn't leak if a hen tries to roost on it, it's sealed and doesn't take any floor space up.

    I made mine for under £10 with pipe from B&Q and nipples from amazon!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 19th, 2016 7:55pm (May 19th 2016)
     
    Sounds like a great idea - look forward to the pictures!!

    My best - I am sitting on the sofa, watching Star Trek, surfing the net with my ipad ... with Kitten curled up against my thigh! Last night she curled up in the crook of my knees. She's finally got to grips with the fact it's a good place to sit!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2016 10:06pm (May 20th 2016)
     
    My best: just got back from a jolly late lunch/early dinner with Shobhna - both of us stringing our birthdays out as long as we can!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 7:26pm (May 21st 2016)
     
    Just catching up on this thread..
    That JTF shop is at the top of my village. I now live at the other end, nearer Leeds.
    I don't get there often as I have to rely on other folks taking me places.

    Talking about cars. My late husband was given a Micra as a leaving present when he retired.
    After he passed away I used it until deciding I was getting too old to drive and gave it to my son.
    Next thing I knew it was all braced up with internal roll bars and netted up windows.
    Then pics on Facebook of it racing on a track and getting a bit tattered.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2016 7:49pm (May 21st 2016)
     
    How is Shobhna CC? Give her our best next time you speak to her!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 9:29am (May 22nd 2016)
     
    How lovely CC I bet you both had a lovely time. I hope she is doing well xx......... We dont go in JTF that often Ollie as it has got quite expensive and is so much cheaper to go to B and M we got a big one not to far away and it is huge, JTF is real handy to us as it is easily walkable from our house so we do pop in for the odd bits and bobs. Well your Micra sure has an interesting life and was a lot of fun. My boys used to love tinkering about with old cars and motorcycles years ago.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2016 1:38pm (May 22nd 2016)
     
    Shobhna's fine and doing lots so rarely has time to look on Hencam but said (like Arnie) she'll be back!:face-smile:
    I love seeing little cars pimped up - the kids are so inventive with them!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 23rd, 2016 9:03pm (May 23rd 2016)
     
    CC I don't remember sending you a birthday card which means I either have Alzheimers or I forgot! I'm so sorry. I know I'm always useless and late, but this is exceptional even for me! I hope you had a great one!! xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 3:15pm (May 24th 2016)
     
    As far as I can remember, yes I did, ta! Don't worry about it! xx:cheers2:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2016 10:42pm (May 24th 2016)
     
    I must have missed it also CC. Hope you had a real good day xx
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2016 11:45pm (May 30th 2016)
     
    Scanning down my Pinterest suggestions and there's a hen jumper posted from Hencam!! Random!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2016 5:25pm (Jun 11th 2016)
     
    Had a good day at rehoming today. Reserved Spud who's been there since Feb, Penny who's been there since March, Candy a really friendly kitten (adopted by a big, strapping tattooed policeman and his wife), and (drum roll) Bertie Willis, one of the FIV+ cats. (Bertie, a black and white boy, is my favourite one, but Bertie Willis is lovely too - he's a big black bear!) Lady came from Swindon to see them and fell in love with BW. After having such a bad day a few weeks ago I was really happy today.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2016 2:22pm (Jun 12th 2016)
     
    Was Bertie the one who missed out on a home a few weeks back? Isn't it brilliant that all those cats were rehomed!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2016 7:16pm (Jun 12th 2016)
     
    Yes he was. She liked him, but said Bertie Willis (he got the surname because we already had Bertie!) just gave her a good feeling. She apologised for not taking my favourite, but I said it was OK, he still had me.. :sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2016 10:08pm (Jul 17th 2016)
     
    I bought a new scratching post for the cats this week as Tabby used to sit on top of the old one falling asleep so this one is a fat cylinder with 3 hidey holes and a bed on top. She wouldn't go near it. However, for the first time, she stepped on top, curled up and went to sleep! Yay!! Just need her to do it again and then I'll be happy that she's comfortable with it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 19th, 2016 7:47pm (Jul 19th 2016)
     
    We have the fan on in the living room and all the cats were really cautious at first, but soon discovered how lovely it is. Ting Tong has been in our bedroom all day - I'm still wondering if he's unwell but there's nothing significant to be able to get a vet to check other than an instinct, and that becomes expensive! Meow Meow was bullying him relentlessly yesterday and I think he might just be extremely stressed. Anyway, he's finally ventured downstairs and I persuaded him to lie on the sofa next to me and he seems to be loving the gentle breeze from the fan. It must be awful wearing a fur coat in 30 degree plus heat. Thank you whoever invented the fan!!

    (haven't seen Jenson since last night - hope he's OK and not shut in somewhere). :face-sad:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2016 3:01pm (Sep 1st 2016) edited
     
    My daughter had a phone call yesterday from a vet in Pontefract, which is 15 to 20 miles away.
    An old couple had taken in a stray cat three months ago, taken it to the vet to spayed and chipped. Sensible vet scanned the cat prior to starting procedures to find it was already chipped.
    This was one of the rescue cat brothers my daughter had up to beginning of June, when one disappeared.
    We can only assume he stole a lift in a van to travel that distance.
    They were happy for him to come back to his brother.
    And today is their first birthday!
    :face-smile: :face-smile:
    Marco and Rossi.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2016 5:11pm (Sep 1st 2016)
     
    Happy Birthday, boys! How brilliant that the vet checked and that they are reunited.