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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2012 4:26pm (Feb 25th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We had a trip out today and went to Skipton and had a really nice time. We wandered around the church grounds, the castle and the market and had dinner at Bizzie Lizzies...Lyle ran away to Thorntons at one point and returned with a big box of chocolates for me!! :heartsabove:

    There was an awesome cake in a fancy cake shop, made to look like a PS3 too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2012 6:20pm (Feb 25th 2012)
     
    Did Lyle eat it in one bite...?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2012 8:48pm (Feb 25th 2012)
     
    Wow..he ate that whole thing! :gasp:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2012 9:06pm (Feb 25th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah...my dad managed about half of his :smile: And I think it's worth mentioning, we'd already had starters too...! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 3:24pm (Mar 2nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A few picks of Pearl from last night - everyone in our house had tripe! (well apart from the veggies :tooth: )
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 2nd, 2012 3:26pm (Mar 2nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And some dog-free photos of Harden Moor this morning - the views are over towards Cullingworth :)
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 7:34pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     
    Wow, great pictures, Red!! I really love the second from the last one
    ( maybe because of the dog in it :face-smile: ) the rocks are pretty. Such beautiful country around where you live now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2012 9:35pm (Mar 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn! :bigsmile:

    I just looove the moors! I think it's because they look so different from all the other countryside and woods...when you're right in the middle it's kind of creepy and very easy to get lost!!
    I promise I'll take photos when the heather's flowering and the whole moor looks purple :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2012 9:29pm (Mar 6th 2012)
     
    Posted By: RedI promise I'll take photos when the heather's flowering and the whole moor looks purple


    Oh, please do Red..I'd LOVE to see the heather on the moors!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2012 10:54am (Mar 7th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I will do :) I think it's usually around August time, so not too far away!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2012 6:11pm (Mar 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Videos of our minnows - for the first time ever they swam straight up to the surface to feed when I dropped food in!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2012 6:23pm (Mar 14th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of the frogspawn we picked up today (which incidentally is laid in a terrible place that will probably dry out meaning we might have to conduct another rescue mission like last year!!)

    And a photo of the really cool lead handle thing we got, which works really well and is surprisingly comfy! Any dog owners out there, would recommend this handle. It slots onto any lead and stops it cutting into your hand if your dog is a puller / lunges at stuff!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2012 9:01pm (Mar 14th 2012)
     
    I need one like that!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2012 1:00pm (Mar 15th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think you can get them from ebay and places like that. We bought ours for a couple of quid, it came with a material lead but you can just slip the rubber handle off and attach it to any lead you want.

    Also, our frogspawn has really grown already :shocked: Whereas they were just dots yesterday, you can really see the mini tadpole shape now! I think heat really speeds up their growth, so I guess it'd make sense.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2012 2:46pm (Mar 15th 2012)
     
    My son once kept some spawn in a very small shallow dish in his North facing bedroom.
    They never grew from the tadpole stage until the year after.
    He wrote to Blue Peter about it when they had a tadpole feature and they sent him a Blue Peter Badge!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 2:46pm (Mar 16th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's crazy!! Bit worried about our taddies, think they messed up due to sudden hot weather, as they appear to be hatching whilst still very small!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 6:25pm (Mar 16th 2012)
     
    They may be from a small type of frog....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 7:05pm (Mar 16th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha, let's hope so! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 11:33pm (Mar 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just got some pics off Lyle's phone so thought I'd stick them here as well :bigsmile:

    Firstly a trip to the farm shop! An onion the size of my head and some weird freaky deaky vegetables...and the little hen I wanted to smuggle back home with me :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2012 11:37pm (Mar 16th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And my awesome hat :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 17th, 2012 10:43pm (Mar 17th 2012)
     
    I love that hat!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2012 5:49am (Mar 18th 2012)
     
    Red, I LOVE that new hat..I got a new one too..It's a chicken..my neighbors just love it.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2012 10:04am (Mar 18th 2012)
     
    ha ha ha ha love the hat!!! If you look back at the weird green vegies I think the hat laid them!!!!ha ha ha.:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2012 12:54pm (Mar 18th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That sounds awesome Lynn!! I've never seen a chicken hat! :)

    Thanks everyone - I saw it and simply knew it had to be mine! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 18th, 2012 4:45pm (Mar 18th 2012)
     
    There are 106 chicken hats on eBay...:D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2012 5:09pm (Mar 19th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh, how intriging!! Lyle's birthday is coming up... :tooth:

    The tadpoles, which I thought were definitely all going to die, are still hanging in there, growing and can now swim?!

    They were tiny when they were first born, and just a line...no distinguishing tail or head. They didn't swim either, just lay and writhed on the bottom of the tank. Over the past few days the heads have become clear, some have tails, and little sort of 'bits' sticking out of their heads?! They're really weird taddies, something has gone wrong somewhere haha but they appear to be doing okay! :smile:

    Not a very good pic, but you can see they are starting to get proper tails.
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 19th, 2012 10:00pm (Mar 19th 2012)
     
    Are you sure they are frogs?
    Some other sreatures have spawn too. I'd Google it but can't keep my eyes open tonight. Schedule it for morning poot session.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 20th, 2012 10:27pm (Mar 20th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Okay, so after your post we did lots of research into other animals that lay spawn and that hatch out tadpole-like...tada, NEWTS!

    This makes sense, as my nana used to live in a garden that backed onto the path where we collected the spawn from. The garden had ponds that were teeming with frogs and newts, so. However, they *shouldn't* be newts, as the spawn wasn't laid as newts are supposed to...

    Apparantly some frog tadpoles can have gills too though...so, essentially we have no idea what they are at the moment :bigsmile: We'll just feed them both diets I guess, and see what we end up with! Newts would be cool, but are trickier to care for, and I haven't raised froglets in years so would enjoy that also!
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 9:43am (Mar 21st 2012) edited
     
    Look like taddies to me but then I've only seen newts in the wild so not too familiar (and an awful lot of years ago).
    Tads do have gills.

    What kind of a diet would you give frog tadpoles? We lost a load a while back and I'm sure it was because we didn't get diet right.

    There were some rare newts in a mill pond very close to me but the developers ignored appeals and filled it in before putting a load of houses there. Don't know if anyone collected any, it was all done suddenly and nothing was taken to offiicial channels.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 1:41pm (Mar 21st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm used to tadpoles looking like this...big circular bodies leading straight into tails. Never seen any with gills! :001_rolleyes:



    And these are newt larvae:



    I've put tadpole and newt food in there now, just in case!! I think they probably are frogspawn because of how they were laid, but won't know for sure until their legs grow...front legs = newt, back legs = frog! :smile:

    We feed tadpoles spinach, lettuce & cucumber (part-boiled lettuce and spinach some say). They love stale sandwiches, especially marmite too!! Once they get bigger and start growing legs they become omnivores, so enjoy fish food and meat scraps too. Froglets enjoy appropriately sized insects.

    If it was Crested Newts that were in the pond, they are a protected species and its's illegal to harm or disturb them...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 21st, 2012 6:24pm (Mar 21st 2012)
     
    They look more like newts to me, Red..the frogs that I've seen (but then I'm several thousand miles away) have never had that type of gills. It will be interesting to find out which one they are.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2012 8:01pm (Mar 25th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWThey look more like newts to me, Red..the frogs that I've seen (but then I'm several thousand miles away) have never had that type of gills. It will be interesting to find out which one they are.


    Still can't tell what they are yet - they've got quite a lot bigger but no legs yet!!

    We made a proper milkshake today, with crushed chocolate and ice cream and squirty cream on top. We sat out in the sun and slurped away at them and it was so good :smile:

    I think my awesome mugs made it even better :cool:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2012 6:45pm (Mar 26th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of some guinea piggles, and the waterfall at Goit Stock today - couldn't resist, it was lovely! ^__^

    I have a soft spot for guinea pigs as they're such cute lumps haha, and Lyle's never had any but he really wants a couple...I keep telling him we can't have any as we don't have a garden yet!!
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 4:58am (Mar 27th 2012) edited
     
    I wuv the little cuties too Red. 'cute lumps' describes them exactly.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2012 3:48pm (Mar 27th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My friend had an indoor piggie (the cage was way too small but it meant he got great socialisation) and Marty used to put up a fight to be caught, but then when she had him he would sit with my friend's mum, chattering his teeth and grooming her clothes as she stroked him!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2012 3:17am (Mar 28th 2012)
     
    Awwww sweet.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 8:00pm (Apr 4th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Anybody fancy having a guess at our next pet we may be getting in a few weeks' time?! :smile:

    Hints include the photo below (the RUB is a lot bigger than it looks, that glass pie dish is easily big enough for two people, the book is a huge hardback and the plant is 2ft long!) It's quite tall too. That's not everything we need, but some of it. We've never had one of these before.

    Also, check out what a neat job a soldering iron does of making air holes in a RUB! I wish we'd known about this when we had Bam so we didn't have to do them individually with a tiny screwdriver!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 10:51pm (Apr 4th 2012)
     
    I'll go for a tarantula.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 10:54pm (Apr 4th 2012)
     
    My second guess (been as there's no one else around at the mo!) is a lizard of some description. I figure the dish is for water, the plant for climbing and will wait and see what else gets added. I don't think spiders need much do they? Really don't know as its something I'd never have!!!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 11:32pm (Apr 4th 2012)
     
    Chameleons??..some other type of Lizard??..please tell me it's not a spider or snake,K?:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 4th, 2012 11:35pm (Apr 4th 2012)
     
    Can't be a snake - Red said she hasn't had this pet before but I believe James was originally hers (even though Neil now has custody!!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2012 6:25pm (Apr 5th 2012)
     
    A hippo.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2012 10:47am (Apr 6th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Close everyone - apart from CC! :001_tt2:

    You were all right with the no-furry thinking, but it's a......



    White's tree frog!! :bigsmile:

    Lyle's always wanted a frog, I like frogs...a white's tree frog seemed like a logical step! I'm really gonna enjoy making the habitat up, there's gonna be so many branches in there for it to climb :smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2012 4:11pm (Apr 6th 2012)
     
    :frog2:That is SOOOOO sweet!
    Those little fingers are a delight.
    I love frogs too but haven't filled my garden pool for a couple of years now. You may have inspired me.
    I remember writing in my garden diary about the male frog croaking as he came hopping down the garden, which was followed by an obscene orgy...........
    Then finding two frogs in the pool bottom, clasped face to face, drowned.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2012 7:28pm (Apr 6th 2012)
     
    Oh, Red..that's wonderful..I just LOVE frogs!!!! White's Tree frogs are just soooo darling! I can't wait to see pictures.

    When I was a kid, 12 yrs. old I think, my aunt came for a visit and brought me my first purse..(I wasn't the least bit interested in having a purse.) So anyway, we went on a Sunday drive and stopped by a garden center..there were little tiny Tree Frogs all over the place! I was so delighted I filled up my new purse with Tree Frogs and took them home with me...my Mom and Aunt were soooo angry with me..I didn't care..I HAD FROGS!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2012 8:24pm (Apr 6th 2012)
     
    What's a White's tree frog and where's it from originally? It looks wonderful; such a happy smile!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2012 11:50pm (Apr 6th 2012)
     
    I would never have guessed that - fantastic!! Am so looking forward to the photos!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2012 3:31pm (Apr 7th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ollie, my nana had a pond at her old house, it was tiny but full of frogs. Every winter when it got really cold there would be a few dead ones and I'd always drag my nana out so we could give them a proper burial!!

    Haha Lynn that's hilarious! I'm quite excited about this as White's Tree Frogs are quite well known for being easy to handle and becoming quite tame :smile:

    CC, White's Tree Frogs grow to be around 5 inches (females are bigger than males) and are unusual for having horizontal pupils where most other frogs have vertical. They live for round 10 - 15 years and originate from Australia I believe.

    We've had our eye on White's Tree Frogs for a good few years now, but have never really seriously considered one or looked into how to keep them. They're just brilliant, they love to climb and just look like fat green blobs! :bigsmile:

    We were browsing a reptile shop a few days ago and all the staff were chatting to us, and we asked about White's Tree Frog care and, when we realised we had everything needed apart from a RUB, we thought we'd love to give it a go! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2012 6:26pm (Apr 7th 2012)
     
    So TM will know all about them then! Looking forward to seeing more about them...
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 7:12am (Apr 8th 2012)
     
    I actually guessed frogs but didnt have a chance to put in my answer. I thought frogs because of the recent interest in the tadpoles and also the habitat stuff. I just wuv fwoggies too:frog1: and look forward to seeing yours Red.

    I was considering what sort of pet I could have that I wouldnt get so attached to as I am still just heartbroken about my pussy cat but I think I would love any animal/critter that came to stay with us.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 5:36pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     
    I think you'd get attached to any pet you had TM, that's why you're interested in pets. I cried just as many tears over the rats I had for just over 2 years as for the cat I had for 10 years. I loved them all. I think pet choice is more about personal circumstances and availability of funds as some end up being more expensive than others!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2012 6:26pm (Apr 8th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah no, sorry for being too fast TM!! :smile:

    Yes, it was very much sparked by the interest in the taddies (which I'm pretty sure are frogs, btw)...as if we needed an excuse to love another critter anyway :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 6:22am (Apr 9th 2012)
     
    I agree Kate you are right, it doesnt matter how long we have our pets it's the loss of them that is so painful.

    I remember having tadpoles in a huge glass dome thingy turned upside down for them with little stones and greenery ready for the frogs.:frog3: I can still remember the smell, something like stale pond water but a nice earthy sort of smell which I liked:face-smile:.
    Well they turned to frogs almost overnight and hopped away apparently, well that what my father said anyway.:face-sad: He probably fed them to our ducks as he was a bit of a liar and a story spinner.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 10:15am (Apr 9th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Maybe you got them at a later stage and they really did grow that quickly :smile: Ours seem to be taking forever...still no back legs so I can't be certain but I really think they're frog tadpoles now.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 4:50pm (Apr 9th 2012)
     
    That's the sort of thing my mom would've done TM (not having had a dad!) My mother-in-law's budgie died from smoke inhalation in a kitchen fire many years ago, and they told my nephew it flew away when the firemen came. We were having a family chin-wag last year and I said something about it, not realising he still believed that! (He's now 27). Oops!! (I did manage not to let out that they had to have their very aggressive dog, which they had when my nephew was about 4 years old, euthanised. He still thinks it went to live on a farm!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2012 10:16pm (Apr 9th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of our little girl enjoying Easter :)
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    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 11:54am (Apr 11th 2012) edited
     
    Oh Bless her Red what a little sweetheart, makes me all teary just looking at her. So much lovely colour and stimulation in her habitat:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 12:25pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you TM :) She is very much our old girl now, having had her almost 2 years and she was an adult when we adopted her. We moved her water down to the bottom level recently just in case she can't get up the ladders, bless her!

    We have to be very careful handling her too because she thinks she's still a spring chicken and will try climb vertical objects!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 12:36pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    So Red 2 years is getting on a bit is it? the little darlin'.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 4:50pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    2 years isn't actually that old for a Chinese dwarf hamster, but seeing as we don't know how old Pearl was when we got her...I think she's at least 3. Chinese dwarf hamsters generally live longer than most other rodents of a similar size, 3 - 4 years is a good lifespan for a Chinese hamster :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 11th, 2012 10:54pm (Apr 11th 2012)
     
    The Chinese themselves also have long life spans - wonder if that's why they're called Chinese hamsters?! (I suspect it's where they originated from, in which case maybe it's genetic engineering!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2012 5:43pm (Apr 22nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're getting ready for the arrival of our White's Tree Frog...although we're getting a little swayed by the Red Eyed Tree Frog and Fire Bellied Toad too haha (I'll add pics below) I'm not sure which we'll choose now! We very much like the FBT's striking appearance and as they're smaller the terrarium would be a lot bigger for them too... :smile:





    Lyle's verrry excited. We've been collecting branches and baking them in the oven to kill off any parasites that might hurt the froggy. This is the terrarium so far, it doesn't have the heating equipment attached yet or the substrate...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2012 7:17pm (Apr 22nd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    After our walk I think we're swaying towards the Fire Bellied Toads! :smile:

    After asking other owners (and creating a bit of an argument haha) if frogs are happy alone...I still don't know. Some say they like company as they live in colonies in the wild; others say they compete for food or don't care...I guess we'd get two froglets as I'd hate for one to be lonely...

    The tank would be a little too small for two White's...but massive for two FBTs, seeing as they only reach 2 inch when fully grown! Even if they didn't like each other they'd have plenty of room :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2012 10:48pm (Apr 22nd 2012)
     
    Aren't FBTs poisonous?! Or do they have a red belly because they have no poison so use it as a deterrent to predators?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2012 6:31am (Apr 23rd 2012)
     
    They are both pretty cute, Red. How soon are you going to get one?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2012 3:32pm (Apr 23rd 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Most pet frogs you can get (including White's), and newts and salamanders, excrete a slightly toxic substance which is why you have to wash your hands after handling...which you'd do with most pets anyway I guess. I think the little Dart Frogs are pretty poisonous...?

    I don't think we're going to get a Red Eyed, because they cost around £50 and have a 5 year lifespan...whereas FBTs and White's are about £14 but have a lifespan of 15-ish years...so they just seem like a better choice really :smile: I like White's and FBTs...but knowing that our tank is probably a bit cramped for two, it feels like FBTs are the better choice...as in our tank we could fit 6 of them so 2 will be very roomy :smile:
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    I think this weekend Lynn, which is pretty exciting :bigsmile: I bought some substrate today...I want to get the tank looking as natural as possible, so we using Eco earth for the floor, with a large pebbled section, branches, a fake vine...I might try put some live plants in too, that will grow along, but I'm pretty useless with plants so I'd probably end up killing them :tooth:

    We already have some names in mind too, but are going to wait and see if they suit them!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2012 6:54pm (Apr 24th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    erm...so we definitely didn't travel for hours today to pick up two little water babies... :blush::blush:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2012 9:18pm (Apr 24th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And these definitely aren't photos of them!! :tooth:

    Their names are *drum roll* Slippy, which is a frog from a game called Star Fox :smile:



    And the other is Keropi, which is this frog:
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    And Keropi's nickname will be Kero, which is ribbit in Japanese :bigsmile:

    I didn't get that many pics 'cos they were probably a bit stressed from travel and then being bunged in a new bigger place, but this is them being popped in (Slippy is the larger pale brown one, Kero is the smaller greenish one with more black dots - they're very distinctive and easy to tell apart)

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    They are soooo cute!

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    We collected some smooth rocks from the river in the woods the other day, scrubbed them up and put them in and they look great, very natural :smile:

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    They seemed to like them too!

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    And this is the closest I could get of their fire bellies, which are BRIGHT red...hopefully I can get a better one soon

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    And this is the view from above of their RUB, which I think looks pretty good! Spot the frogs ;)

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    Lastly, their grubs! Little crickets, poor things were starving they zoomed on the food as soon as we put it in!

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    We're thinking about trying to breed the crickets but not sure yet

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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 10:23am (Apr 25th 2012)
     
    I lurve 'em....
    especially the crickets!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 12:15pm (Apr 25th 2012)
     

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    Thanks Ollie :smile: Lyle says we got two sets of pets for the price of one haha. I really like the crickets and shall enjoy looking after them. It would be cool if we could breed them but I'm not sure the heatmat would get hot enough for breeding temps.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 4:26pm (Apr 25th 2012)
     
    Aren't they lovely? Did you have to go far to get them, Red? Do you know you've got a male & A Female? How do you tell?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 5:20pm (Apr 25th 2012) edited
     

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    They are so sweet! :) Keropi has been hopping about all today, Slippy has remained under the bark haha. Kero is mine and Slippy's Lyles', so him being cowardly sounds about right haha ;)

    I had to swap the RUB around a little, as I realised the heat mat needed to be underneath as FBTs won't stick to the side for heat...so now the water is by the cork and the rocks and a cave are at the other end, with a heat mat underneath.

    Yeah, the closest rep shop to us didn't have any FBTs, which is what we had decided we wanted, and they couldn't find any breeders to source them from. We asked another pet shop and they said they *might* be able to find a breeder by next week but really weren't sure. Then we contacted T-Pets, which is supposedly the best reptile shop in Yorkshire, and they had two left...so it was fate! Only problem was it was over 2 hours travel either way (and Lyle hates buses and used to get travel sick!)...but they're worth it :bigsmile:

    I love how active Kero has been today, it's really cute seeing him hop around. They had a nice little RUB at T-Pets, but it was about 1/6 of the space he has now, and there wasn't anything for him to climb on or under so I hope he's enjoying himself.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 5:28pm (Apr 25th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooops, didn't answer your other question! I don't know what sex they are yet...it's quite tricky to tell them apart. Apparently males have thicker forearms, and are smaller and slender than females. Females have a smoother back than males, and males are supposed to be the only ones to 'call'...although I think sometimes females will chirp too! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 5:43pm (Apr 25th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and as the crickets are in the taddies old home (because it has a small opening space to prevent escapees!) the taddies have moved to an even bigger home and are thriving as ever. Still don't see any back legs on these boogers...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2012 10:41pm (Apr 25th 2012)
     
    They are really cute Red! The photos were quite deceiving - the 'long shot' showed just how small they are! Looking forward to more pics in the future!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 12:20am (Apr 26th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, Slippy's about 2 inches and Keropi's just under, they're really teeny. Feeding them their first meal tomorrow, that will be exciting! I might try get some photos, but not sure how readily they'll feed what with still being in a new environment.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 5:42pm (Apr 26th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics of the frogs from today, we fed them three crickets each and it was very interesting watching their behaviour change. They both realised bugs were in there within minutes, and even Slippy came crawling out from under his cork bark! We didn't get to see them catch any though; Kero stalked one but then we freaked him and he stopped, so we thought we'd better leave them in peace :smile:

    I still can't get a good pic of their bellies! The first is the best I can do...we had to swap the layout of their RUB again haha hence why the plant has moved and another piece of bark has appeared! And I gave the crickets some cabbage to eat in case they don't get nommed straight away.

    Haha, Lyle just took a sneaky peak and saw Kero with a leg twitching outta his gob :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 6:06pm (Apr 26th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, I think one of them was calling last night too! We slept on the sofabed as we have the rats and Pearl in our room due to the leak in their room, and as they're all active at night it can get quite noisy...anyway, in the middle of the night I was awoken by what I believe to be a frog barking haha...so I think one of them (probably Keropi) is a boy :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 10:15pm (Apr 26th 2012)
     
    Those crickets look almost as big as the frogs! Never heard one bark ...!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2012 11:09pm (Apr 26th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're roughly the width between the frogs eyes...it's how you gauge food size!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2012 10:03pm (Apr 27th 2012)
     
    Well there's something I never knew! Fabulous!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2012 2:21pm (Apr 29th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They've started calling a lot, it's really cute :smile: Not very loud otherwise I'd have tried recording it, but I like sitting in the living room and listening to them be happy!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2012 4:42pm (Apr 30th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was feeding them today and Slippy caught a cricket! I tried to get a photo with the legs hanging out of his gob but scared him and he fled, oops! :smile:

    They are really enjoying having a swimming pool to swim in too!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2012 11:06pm (Apr 30th 2012)
     
    ... and just WHAT sort of leaves are those in the RUB with the FBTs?! (I sound like an NHS meeting now!) Plastic I hope!!! :wink:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2012 9:58am (May 1st 2012)
     
    ha ha ha looks like something you can smoke......now how did I know that??!!???:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2012 11:11am (May 1st 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha Diane made the same comment on facebook...I told her the frogs were very chilled out, but that no, the plant is plastic :P
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2012 6:40pm (May 1st 2012)
     
    Your frogs are just sooooo cute, Red!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2012 4:13pm (May 2nd 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks :tooth: One seems to love the water...I worry that the other eats all the food and the one in the water (Kero I think) gets none. The other day we lifted the lid and he was climbing to the top of the plant!! They still call a lot too, it's a very soothing noise :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 4th, 2012 9:14pm (May 4th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I got some awesome pics of the frogs tonight - and finally one with a red belly!! :cheer:

    We can really tell they're getting braver now - this is what greeted me when I lifted the lid tonight :bigsmile:

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    They can climb really well...like surprisingly well

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    Kero (I think) climbed to the top of the plant

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    How cute is this?! :tooth:

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    The crickets looked white tonight as we dusted them in vitamin powder

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    And finally, look at that fire belly!! ^__^

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 5th, 2012 11:30pm (May 5th 2012)
     
    Great pictures Red!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2012 2:50pm (May 6th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks! :bigsmile:

    We bought a £10 2ft tank off ebay (at that price who can resist?!) blame my dad, he sent me the link! :tooth: So we're gonna move the frogs into that. We'll be able to see them clearly through the glass!

    Means we gain a storage box for moving too...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2012 10:21pm (May 6th 2012) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Woohoo my dad dropped the tank off and we spent ages cleaning it...had to scrub it with soap and water, rinse it a few times, completely dry it, and then rinse it with dechlorinated water as frogs' skin is so sensitive.

    It looks GREAT! It's 2 foot long so even bigger than their last, they coped very well with the move and it's awesome watching them from the sofa - I keep saying to Lyle, "A FROG, LOOK LOOK!" And he's like *sigh* :tooth:

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    I bought some 'doubloons' from the garden centre we were at today, little glass things, and they look nice in there :smile:

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    They have the cork and cave over the hot end

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    And the tank has a backdrop of a rainforest, it was already on and is perfect for us :bigsmile:

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    Finally, we also bought our first garden ornament today...I saw it and couldn't resist. It's a little tortoise the same size as Ron, so we bought it in his memory.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2012 11:47pm (May 6th 2012)
     
    The tank is great Red, what a bargain! I'm sure the FBTs will be very happy in there, and you will be happy watching them! Lovely reminder of Ron too. :face-crying:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2012 7:23am (May 7th 2012)
     
    I love that tank, Red..I'm sure the frogs will love it too, you have it fixed up so nice for them. The little tortoise is very cute.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2012 6:39pm (May 7th 2012)
     
    I thought I'd share a picture of Kitten. I'm afraid it's very blurry because the phone scares her, and she's actually tortie and white not tabby. Bad lighting!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2012 6:44pm (May 7th 2012) edited
     
    And here is Meow Meow
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2012 6:45am (May 8th 2012)
     
    Meow Meow is darling, Kate!!!!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2012 11:48am (May 8th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They seem pretty happy so far! The heat mat and thermostat are doing my head in, so I put the temperature probe that the hissers had in there to check it's warm enough because I'd been worrying...18 - 19c fluctuation, perfect! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2012 11:49am (May 8th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha Meow meow looks so settled :smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2012 4:18pm (May 8th 2012)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    New viv looks really good! :)