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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 6:23pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    I am going to build my chicken coop within the next few weeks and i was wondering what would be a suitable size for 2 light sussex hens.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 9:10pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    Make it bigger than you need in case you want to add to them!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 9:18pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    Yeah thats a good idea. I want to make one of them a surrogate(sp) mother.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 9:20pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    Surrogate mother to what?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 9:32pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    I will get some fertile eggs maybe.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 9:58pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    I see! Definately build a big coop then!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 20th, 2008 10:03pm (May 20th 2008)
     
    yeah. i suppose i will have to if i want to rear chicks.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 12:05pm (May 21st 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I say build as big a coop as you realistically can - you aren't going to reach some point in the future and look at it and go "you know, I wish we'd got a smaller coop"! (but you will definitely the other way round!)

    Having said that, they don't need acres of space (even if they were the luckiest of commerically kept hens and were free-range, they'd spend most of their time locked in a barn with thousands of other hens and suffer debeaking) - a small back yard or garden is easily enough room, and they'll appreciate been let out regularly to do "gardening" for you!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 12:11pm (May 21st 2008)
     
    Thanks for that Neil. I have chosen to get Bantams because they don't need as much space compared to other chickens. But do you think that a coop sized about 6ft x 10ft would be a good size for 2 sussex hens if i let them roam around the garden regularly? It would be 6ft tall aswell.:)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 1:00pm (May 21st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sure! That's a good size, even for non-bantams, and when (sorry, if!) your flock grows they'll still have plenty of room, especially as they'll get to roam too.

    You'll have very happy hens and happy eggs as cake would say :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 1:47pm (May 21st 2008)
     
    Thanks Neil.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 21st, 2008 5:39pm (May 21st 2008)
     
    My 2 bantams only have a little ark, but they seem to have plenty of room to sleep. Even when Paxo and Bisto (the chicks) were with them until they were full-size, there was no fighting. But they only sleep in there, (I let them out at 7am weekdays and 8 am at the weekends)they're loose in the garden the rest of the time.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 1:48pm (May 22nd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ace, you should get three hens - that way, if one goes broody and you're gonna have her hatch our some eggs, you can put her in her own little broody coop and the other hen won't be on her own. Or maybe you should get four, because then if TWO go broody, the third wouldn't be on her own. Although if you go five...eh, what the heck, just by a dozen or so ;)

    Seriously though, your coop & run sounds lovely. According to 'coop size guidelines,' these are the size measurements (feet squared) needed for each chicken:

    Bantam: 1ft in the house, 4ft outside
    Laying hens: 1.5ft in the house, 8ft outside
    Large chickens: 2ft in the house, 12ft outside

    Obviously the bigger the better, you sizes sound like a good spacious run :thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 2:07pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Good idea Red. I want 3 hens but my dad isn't too sure about that. I think i might have to beg him for a 3rd one.:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:03pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Perhaps when you go to get them you can ask if they do a "buy 2 get one free" offer!! Just tell him what Red said - and its more eggs!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:11pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    No, ask him - nay, BEG him - for five hens. Keep on and on and on and on about FIVE hens. Then when he says no, say 'Well, what if I only (and don't forget the ONLY) had three?' and look mortally wounded and martyred. He'll feel so guilty, he'll cave in. You can also lay it on thick about having to move away from all your friends (even if you only moved round the corner) and don't forget to look tragic.:devil:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:15pm (May 22nd 2008) edited
     
    Tell him he can pick the third one and name it - hubby's a sucker for that one, but he never does name our pets, I do!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:24pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Thanks everyone. If i only get 2 i am going to name them Jemima puddle cluck (Vicki thought of it) and Maisy.:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:26pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    But you're having 3, because you're asking for 5. How far did you move, Ace? Are you still in the same town/area?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:29pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Yes i am but i am at the other side of the town now and further away from school. It takes me twice as long to walk there now.:(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:30pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Well THAT has to be worth three chickens. At LEAST.
    Am I top of the class in Emotional Blackmail yet, Diane?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:32pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Good idea CC. Plus i will tell him the 2 chickens will get lonley if they don't have more chicky friends.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:34pm (May 22nd 2008) edited
     
    Of course, if one were a rooster, you'd end up with more than 2.:devil:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:35pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    He wouldn't have that though.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:39pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    I think you get a gold star for your suggestion CC. Ace you have GOT to learn the emotional blackmail / long drawn out ppllleeeeaaaaaassssseeee / crying on demand if you're going to wind your dad around your little finger!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:40pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    Or - even more effective - the welling unshed tears and the brave wobbly smile. Stick with us, kid, we'll learn you how it's done!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:40pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    That might work
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:41pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    How about this PLEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAASSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSE
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:42pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    And call him Daddy. If you can be upset about something - exams/boys/life in general - he'll want to make it all better. "3 hens could do that Daddy"
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:44pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    I always call him daddy. Sounds weird for a 16 year old calling their father daddy doesn't it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:45pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    In that case you're half way there already - move in for the kill and get that 3rd hen!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 6:51pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    He did actually say when i asked him for the hens in February that we could have 3.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 22nd, 2008 7:04pm (May 22nd 2008)
     
    I rest my case, m'lud.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2008 11:15am (May 24th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was only messing, two chucks will get along fine. But everyone knows having three chickens is better than two ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2008 4:42pm (May 24th 2008)
     
    ...and five is better than three.:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2008 8:42pm (May 24th 2008)
     
    Give up CC. You're going to have her in tears.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2008 2:40am (May 25th 2008)
     
    Nah; she's made of stern stuff!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 2:57pm (May 26th 2008) edited
     
    Yeah i am aren't i. My dad took me to a cattle market on Saturday. (i don't know why they call it a cattle market because all i saw was Poultry) There were loads of chickens,ducks and even geese. There was this buff orp hen that had 7 chicks with her and they were soooooooooo cute and there were ducklings aswell. I wanted to take them all home with me. I saw 3 light sussex hens that i said i liked (hinting at getting 3 hens instead of 2) and what did he say. NO! When i go back to get my hens in 2 weeks time(when we actually have the coop built) i will try my best at getting 3.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 7:34pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    "It'd be awful to leave one on its own Daddy ... how can I choose which one to leave behind to be killed and eaten?" (sad eyes, quivering lip). You can do it girl!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 7:59pm (May 26th 2008) edited
     
    Yeah seen as though i am vegetarian it should work. I'll say that i don't want the chicken to end up in KFC (or as i call it Kills Fat Chickens).
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 8:40pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    :clap: Ace is learning...:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 9:40pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    Yes i am.:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2008 10:03pm (May 26th 2008)
     
    I only learn from the best.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 5:43pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Something weird just happened. My dad just went to ask my neighbour if they minded if we could have chickens and they are getting chickens aswell. How strange. My neighbour is in their back garden now building a coop.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 6:25pm (May 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Wow! You'll be able to swap chicken stories! At least they can't complaing about the noise, mess, smell etc then! Plus if they get a rooster, then maybe they could rent him to you for your chickens! You are getting two girls, aren't you? Or have i got that wrong? :confused:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 6:27pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Yes two girls. I am not sure though because i think he is getting some battery hens.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 6:28pm (May 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh right. Bless him. He'll have to bring them round so they can have tea parties with yours ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 6:30pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Yeah that would be cool. But i think he is putting his hens outside straight away. Isn't that a bit dangerous?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 10:12pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Er, 3 hens Ace, 3 hens!!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2008 10:29pm (May 29th 2008)
     
    Yes maybe 3 hens. It isn't working yet. I am starting to build the coop tommorrow and i am really excited.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2008 10:38am (May 30th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Dangerous how d'you mean? :confused: He should probably release his hens to open space slowly, seeing as they're not used to it, otherwise they can get ill from shock. And keep them in their hucth for a while so they recognise it as their house...apart from that, they should be fine. It'll just be a bit of a shock to their system :)

    Coop building! Is somebody else helping you or are you a DIY expert? All i did with the chick's coop was take pictures and try to keep them out of my dad's way :-\
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2008 11:05am (May 30th 2008)
     
    Yeah i am actually making my dad do most of it. I will take photos and TRY and post them. I was just thinking that if my neighbour puts his batt hens out straight away they might get a bit of a shock. I thought that if you do that there is a chance of them dying because of the shock.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2008 12:57pm (May 30th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, too much stress and shock can result in death. If he's getting a few it should make it easier for them as they'll have 'buddies' to share their new experience with, and won't get as stressed from loneliness.

    Good luck with the coop - see, dad's are useful for some things aren't they? ;) :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2008 1:20pm (May 30th 2008) edited
     
    Well they are good at one thing and that is building coops. My dad has now ordered the wood for the coop and its coming today. And i have now set the date for getting the chooks which is a week on Saturday. That means we will have alot of work to do by then, but it is all worth it.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2008 5:52am (May 31st 2008)
     
    LOL loved the coaching women. :) I just kept wondering what Ace's dad would think if he came on here for chicken assistance...

    I'm guessing he's enjoying doing this with you Ace. At 50 I still call my dad *Daddy* Ace. Its a good name.

    The wood must be here by now. How's the building going?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2008 11:57am (May 31st 2008)
     
    Well my dad has started to cut the wood up into suitable pieces and now is building the frame for the bottom of the coop.:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 6:35pm (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    Update on the coop. We have now made 2 sides! Will take pictures tommorow and post them.:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 8:13pm (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    Woo hoo!! Are you still getting the hens this weekend?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 8:18pm (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    Yes i am. Plus my dad says if we see some hens that we like at the cattle market that are in a lot of 3. Yes i said 3 hens. I will be able to get them.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 12:00am (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Any names yet?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:56am (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    We thought of Miffy and Maisy. But if we get 3 then i am not sure what to call them.:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 12:13pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Miffy Mopsy and Maisie?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 12:14pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Miffy Maggie and Maisie? Maddie? Molly? Mandy? Mattie? Merry?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 5:30pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Miffy! As in the cute bunny from the children's books? I have a Miffy keyring on my bag :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 7:02pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Yeah, miffy the bunny of the TV and the books. CC if i call it Mandy then everyone will think i was talking about myself because i am called Amanda and most people call me Mandy.:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 7:15pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Matty maggy maddy meggy melly minny missy muffy...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 7:48pm (Jun 6th 2008) edited
     
    Soooooooooooo many names to chooooooooooooose from. I'm confuzzled!:confused:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 7:53pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    I reckon you'll get them and their names will just suddenly occur to you when you get to know their characters.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 8:20pm (Jun 6th 2008) edited
     
    Yes they probably will. Thanks for that CC.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:01pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    I read that if you sit quietly with an animal it will subconsciously tell you its name (or the name it prefers). I thought it sounded stupid but tried it with Molly (I was going to have Lolly) but everytime I sat with her I had to call her Molly!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:02pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Ok. But i think it will say cluck.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:07pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    LOL!!!!! :D
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:27pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Jemima puddle-cluck !!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:28pm (Jun 6th 2008) edited
     
    Yeah. I was gonna name one that but then i forgot about it. Thanks Vicki.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:30pm (Jun 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's cool Ace! And we knew Milly was a Milly as soon as we saw her...she just oozed Milly-ness!!

    Tilly, Libby and Penny took more thought because they all looked so similar, so we tried to choose names to match their personalities.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:38pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    I might change all of their names when i get them.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2008 2:43am (Jun 7th 2008)
     
    Judy said her name was: The one who travels with the cycles of the moon. But that was too long - so it was okay to call her Judy.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2008 2:45pm (Jun 7th 2008)
     
    LOL!!! There should be a reverse name search - instead of putting a name in and getting a description you put them the other way around!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2008 2:46pm (Jun 7th 2008)
     
    :clap: