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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2013 10:35pm (Nov 30th 2013)
     
    It's so good of you to take him on Red. 'Special' pets are often very loving and though their lives can be shortened they can still be happy and content. If his belly drags the floor watch out for urine burn on his skin. I hear baby wipes are very good and safe for that. You'll get the Siamese babies eventually-Quasi(modo?!) needs you more!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 12:13pm (Dec 1st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha yes his full name is Quasimodo :) I'm hoping he will live a long and fulfilling life, the vet didn't seem to think there was a reason why he shouldn't. Yes, I will watch out for any damage to his belly, although I don't think it does drag on the floor so he may be okay. He's a real friendly and curious little guy, such a sweetie :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 3:45pm (Dec 1st 2013)
     
    'Friendly' makes it so much easier to keep an eye on him too! He is lucky you found him. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2013 11:19pm (Dec 1st 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you :)
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2013 11:35am (Dec 15th 2013)
     
    i was wondering if any of you could explain how you deal with sour crop? thankyou please reply ASAP
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2013 1:23pm (Dec 15th 2013)
     
    The vet told me to tip the chicken on her back, head pointing to the ground, and massage the crop until she's 'sick'. I think feeding them yoghourt might help. Use the 'search' facility at the top of this page, George; I'm sure Red has described it far better than I have.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2013 1:26pm (Dec 17th 2013)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Look what my parents got me; edible (dairy free!) Chocolate snowmen!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2014 12:46pm (Feb 6th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Moved Bronte and Lacy into Quasi's old cage today. They've been burrowing all around the bottom level but haven't worked out that there's an upper level yet! They did live in a cage with tubes before we rescued them though, so should be pretty good climbers when they discover it :smile:

    Left the wheel in, not that any of them used their silent spinner...the wheel in this cage is much lower, so you never know!

    Now to move Ruby-gloom into their old cage...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2014 5:16pm (Feb 7th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bought the girls a pink palace today, it's slightly bigger than what they were in and a heck of a lot safer...bar spacing made me a little iffy on Quasi's old cage, and we'd lost one of the security clips on the side leaving a little gap...

    The new cage having no bars means we can really pile in the paper without worrying about it going everywhere, which is good as Lacy is a burrower. They even have a huge wheel (big enough for a Syrian - I don't even know if they'll be able to turn it!!) attached to the side so it's not taking up room in the cage :smile:

    The cage is supposed to be big enough for a Syrian (PFFFT, although all the hides, food bowl etc are Syrian sized) but the meecers seem to be enjoying it :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2014 8:42pm (Feb 7th 2014)
     
    Looks like a nice set-up for them, Red. They should have lots of fun in it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2014 9:45pm (Feb 7th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn :bigsmile:

    I've read reviews online saying people's Syrian hamsters had to lie on their back to get to the water bottle nozzle (the small orb above Lacy in the last pic is the water bottle)...to be honest I'm simply amazed that people try and keep Syrians in there AND that a Syrian could even fit through the tubes - I know for sure Cassie wouldn't be able to!! Lacy has to stand on her back feet to reach the water dispenser, but it's not a stretch at all, perfect fit :smile:

    I just need to add more toys now...it came with a really cool cardboard maze that fills one of the pods, will put it in next clean out time when they are a bit more used to it :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2014 9:31am (Feb 8th 2014)
     
    Will they eat the cardboard? How about tracing round the pieces so that you can make a replacement for when needed?
    It all looks like a space station to me!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2014 4:28pm (Feb 8th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, the cardboard maze will probably need replacing after a week or two - GREAT idea to trace it so we can make one ourselves, thanks! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2014 7:31pm (Feb 8th 2014)
     
    Ollie, you're back - where have you been? Ace cage, Red; bet it'll be such fun for them.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2014 2:49pm (Feb 9th 2014)
     
    Not been anywhere, read this at least once a day.
    Didn't realise that I hadn't written anything.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2014 11:10pm (Feb 9th 2014)
     
    It seems manufacturers always claim their cages can accommodate much bigger rodents or groups than they really can. I always went for the 'big a cage as possible' option, then filled it with as much stuff as I could to make it 'homely'!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2014 5:31pm (Feb 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My main beef with this cage is that there are no bars to hang toys from...and the pipes are stupidly expensive to buy! One pipe to connect to the cage costs around £12, and to add on another section you would need at least three pipes, plus the extra section...so it'd cost about £60+!!! And there are only connectors on the side which is quite annoying as you end up with a really long cage...

    So far I really like the cage though. Both mice have figured out the water bottle, I was worried they wouldn't understand how to use it but they got it straight away. It has great access and even the mice can turn the large wheel (not that they ever use it properly).

    I really want to get one of these but they're really expensive unless you can find one second hand...they're about the same size as two of the pods, so it'd be a nice addition if it would fit on our table!! :smile:

    I love the idea of having a cage you can expand and completely change the layout of every time (mice go crazy for exploring new layouts :smile: )
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2014 7:38pm (Feb 11th 2014)
     
    Have you thought of making your own pipes using stuff from a DIY shop?
    You can tell I'm one of those mean folks that will not buy overpriced stuff that is around. Eg., I made an extension pipe for my vacuum from stff bought at a fish aquarium place. Just took one of the tools and tried it onto their various size pipes till I found one that fitted. Ace!!! At about a third of the price the vac company wanted, plus as long as I wanted it!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2014 3:15am (Feb 12th 2014)
     
    Ollie is right Red, make your own from a hardware store, DIY stores are a gold mine if you just think about what you need to make it work. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2014 6:07pm (Feb 12th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oooh that's another good idea Ollie, you're full of 'em! :)

    We're both terrible at DIY...but then again we both love a challenge haha! :tooth: I want to make a playground for the mice for their handling time, and a few RUBs joined together with pipes would work brilliantly.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 1:17pm (Feb 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Well, we moved the meecers out of the new cage...I was worried about the lack of ventilation due to their damaged lungs from their RI. We've added extra ventilation to the pink palace and spent hours scrubbing it clean so that is ready for a new little critter now, and today we are off exploring a new area with potential new pet shops...hmmmm!! *wink wink*

    Also finally moved Ruby gloom out of her temporary cage into her new cage (she's been in the temp cage since chewing through two others!!), and the temp cage became the mice's new cage. Phew, confusing! I'm just hoping the bar spacing is okay and that Bronte wiggle bum can't squeeze out :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 5:31pm (Feb 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :bigsmile: !!!

    Say hello to Sushi (black, white and tan) and Sparrow (brown and white)!

    We got them from an awesome little pet shop that's only a 10 minute train journey away. They handle all their animals in the store, have some very nice cages for their pets to live in, and there was an adorable Yorkshire Terrier called Murphy pootling around the place!!

    These babies are from a hobby breeder that also breeds the pet shops' rabbits. They are 10 weeks old... :heartsabove:

    Sushi, amazingly, loves the wheel! She is the second mouse I have ever had (out of seventeen I think) that has ever used and enjoyed the wheel :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 6:01pm (Feb 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We visited the duck pond as well which was AWESOME! There were so many different varieties, I'll have to take my proper camera and lots of bread next time :smile: We did get mobbed by seagulls as they thought we had food, they were hovering above our heads close enough that we could reach up and touch them, it was scary!

    There were no seagulls when we first arrived, the last pic is of the sky when we were leaving :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 13th, 2014 10:16pm (Feb 13th 2014)
     
    What adorable mice!! Sparrow is a lovely colour and I can't believe the sheen on Sushi. And from a sort of ethical breeder, hobby not mass produced. Are they quite friendly if they've been handled?

    Seagulls are amazing aren't they - awe inspiring but scary too. They are a lot bigger than you imagine!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 8:02am (Feb 14th 2014)
     
    Oh, Red, what beautiful mice!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 1:44pm (Feb 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you both! :tooth:

    Kate, Sparrow is more confident than Sushi, but both are happy to be handled once you have hold of them. We got so lucky with this pet shop and will definitely be visiting them often! They had the mice on some great food which we will be keeping them on and swapping our other mice across to too.

    Not long until I've left them the obligatory 24 hours to settle and can handle them!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 14th, 2014 9:50pm (Feb 14th 2014)
     
    I love Seagulls, I think they are beautiful! We have a lot around here too. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2014 5:22pm (Feb 15th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I always forget quite how huge they are, like Kate said. I love throwing food into the air and watching them catch it, they're seriously skilled :smile:

    Changed my lip ring for the first time ever today. Never done it before as a) didn't know how to get the old one off (it's a weird sort that I only just found out about) and b) always imagined it would be way too fiddley!

    It wasn't too bad at all, although I did drop the ball connector once so we had to wash it again. But all in all it probably took about 3 minutes, and I really like the new one :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 15th, 2014 5:23pm (Feb 15th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And *shock horror* it's pink!!! I don't do pink! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2014 6:41pm (Feb 18th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'm getting an extension for the mouse cage tomorrow, hopefully :tooth: We're buying a new section to replace one of the pods, it has bars so I can connect bird toys to the cage and the meecers can climb too...will post pics when we have it set up!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th, 2014 7:22pm (Feb 19th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Added the new section on and the mice love it. Sushi especially is climbing everywhere!

    It's nice for them to have extra ventilation as well, as that's something I worry a lot about. I need to buy some more bird toys to hang up in their cage, I thought we had some lying about but the only ones we have are the ones from the other mouse cage. I assume they'll be infected with respiratory issues so will need cleaning thoroughly first.

    It's so hard to get pics of these guys, they move so quickly!! :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 12:46am (Feb 20th 2014)
     
    They look like they are having a good time in the new addition to their cage, Red. You did a great job designing it.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 5:25pm (Feb 20th 2014)
     
    They're so pretty; and I hope they love their new home!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2014 7:35pm (Feb 20th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks! :tooth:

    They really are beautiful mice, but are such a pain to handle...they are so wick! Light as a feather too. And these girls have such a good jump on them I wouldn't trust them in the bath tub! They are so adorable though; Sparrow I think is my prettiest mouse (Bronte second I think), although Lyle is in love with Sushi!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 24th, 2014 4:25pm (Feb 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lyle has a new hairstyle, he's gone for a mohican...it looks awesome!! I think he's going to get his lip pierced too...everyone is going to think I influenced him, just like when he turned veggie...in reality I had nothing to do with it, he just came out with it. I was way shocked, he doesn't do things like this!! :smile:

    Here he is being kissed lots by Zoey :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 6:28pm (Mar 10th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have a new member of the family...say hi to Travis :smile:

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2014 9:34pm (Mar 10th 2014)
     
    OMG..it's a SNAKE!!!...Travis is a SNAKE...I'm not fond of snakes...they freak me out. :_oh:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 3:59pm (Mar 11th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: LynnWOMG..it's a SNAKE!!!...Travis is a SNAKE...I'm not fond of snakes...they freak me out.<img src=" title=":_oh:" />


    Hahahahahaha oh Lynn I am so sorry, I should have put a warning above the pic...have to say it did make me laugh though! :rolling:

    Yes, Travis is a corn snake, same as James. He's a different morph however, which is why he has that awesome stripe down the side. He has successfully eaten three pinkies so far, and we are handling him for the first time tomorrow. Young corn snakes are well known for being flighty and a bit nippy, so here's hoping we don't get bitten!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 5:45pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     
    He's a handsome devil! How big will he get?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2014 7:54pm (Mar 11th 2014)
     
    He's a handsome chap, but not sure I'd want a snake. Not furry enough!!! :rolling::cat2:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 2:10pm (Mar 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC he should grow anywhere between 4 - 6 feet long :smile: I'll try get some more pics if tonight (the first handling session!!) goes well...

    Kate I used to be really confident with snakes, but then James struck me (it wasn't his fault, but still!) and then Sage was a real misery and loved to pretend to strike at you, and ever since then I've somewhat lost my confidence!! :001_tongue:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 5:16pm (Mar 12th 2014)
     
    Your next move will need to into a bigger house!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2014 10:43pm (Mar 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKYour next move will need to into a bigger house!


    :rolling: It'll probably be another year or two before Travis needs moving into a decent sized enclosure, as corn snakes (especially young ones) don't enjoy wide open spaces, so we don't have to worry just yet! :rolling:

    Well, Travis' first handling session went really well! It was Lyle that picked him up and did most of the handling, and we moved Travis into a slightly bigger RUB too. I very stupidly forgot to take my camera up, but will try remember for next time! :smile:

    He's much longer than we initially thought; I'd guess around 50cm? After another feed or two we will move him up from pinkies to fuzzies too, as he's totally big enough for that...thankfully he seems to be a great feeder, having no apprehension about feeding in front of Lyle :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2014 12:07am (Mar 13th 2014)
     
    Posted By: RedI very stupidly forgot to take my camera up, but will try remember for next time!


    That's OK..I don't mind not seeing a picture of Travis. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2014 6:05pm (Mar 13th 2014)
     
    :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 11:58am (Mar 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bwahaha I'll try remember to post a trigger warning with the next batch...he really is a cutie though :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 7:00pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    Didn't you have a separate thread for pictures of James? Maybe (to save Lynn's fear flowing over!) picutres of Travis could have their own special thread? And, can I just say, if you ever decide to branch out into spiders, I'd appreciate them having their own thread too!!!! :whistle:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2014 7:21pm (Mar 14th 2014)
     
    Posted By: RedBwahaha I'll try remember to post a trigger warning with the next batch...he really is a cutie though


    I guess "cute" is in the eye of the beholder, Red..now if Travis had 4 legs, I'd love him...I had a bit of a "run in" with a Rattle Snake, as a little kid in Eastern Washington. They have Rattle Snakes over there. That's why I stay on this side of the mountains, the Rattlers haven't been able to make it over the Cascade Mountain Range yet.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2014 3:56pm (Mar 15th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Kateb if you ever decide to branch out into spiders, I'd appreciate them having their own thread too!!!!

    I second that! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2014 12:59pm (Mar 16th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebDidn't you have a separate thread for pictures of James? Maybe (to save Lynn's fear flowing over!) picutres of Travis could have their own special thread?


    That's a great idea Kate, and one I definitely wouldn't have thought of! :smile:

    Lynn that's very true...people show me photos of their cats and I'm like 'yes...it's a cat...' :rolling: There are some cats I fall madly in love with and wish our dogs were cat friendly for, but most cats...nah, not for me!

    Hahaha Lyle was on about keeping a tarantula (despite the fact he is terrified of spiders!) but, again, they're not for me :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 10:45am (Mar 24th 2014) edited
     
    Waaaaaa snakes spiders now tarantulas....noooooo...... me have nightmares now:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 11:54am (Mar 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Don't worry, there's no chance of me getting a tarantula *shudder*!

    Nice to have you back as well TM, how've you been? :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2014 3:33pm (Mar 24th 2014)
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mumspiders now tarantulas....noooooo......

    But we are led to believe there are red back widow poisonous hairyleg spiders under every toilet seat in Australia - I thought you'd be used to it! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2014 1:57am (Mar 25th 2014)
     
    Hi folks
    Doing really well at present hope you all are too.:face-smile:

    No don't actually see many hairy leg spiders, just Brian's legs.

    Red backs can be seen where I live but never seen one here.
    Black widows live further North in Sydney NSW area.

    I have so many huntsman stories it would make your hair curl, people call them tarantulas but they are different to them but they are biggish and we see a few almost every year. Brian and the boys have rescued me on several occasions.
    Despite what people think, in the city we don't really see many nasties, never seen a snake except in zoos or animal parks.

    Now I just have to go check all my shoes and hats for creepy crawlies.........:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 4:53pm (Apr 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My parents bought us a solar-powered wagging dog for Easter, it's so cute!

    Well, we let Kasper out of his crate and he zoomed into the living room, and immediately froze and zeroed in on the wagging dog...he was not amused at all! He let out a "HUFF!", but I got the feeling he wasn't truly fearful...more Where on earth did that come from?!

    So I went and got the wagging dog and showed it to him, happy talking the whole time, and his immediate reaction was to try and fit the whole thing in his mouth :rolling: He calmed down a lot of after that, we played LAT with it briefly and now he's fine with it...aren't dogs funny?! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 5:46pm (Apr 23rd 2014)
     
    I'm jealous...I want one!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2014 10:41pm (Apr 23rd 2014)
     
    Me too - love it!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2014 6:30am (Apr 25th 2014)
     
    That is such a cute doggy..I want one too. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2014 9:44pm (Apr 25th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I'll have to post a pic of the mug they got us too, I think you'll all like that as well ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2014 4:44pm (Apr 26th 2014)
     
    Just the one? Do you fight over it? :face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2014 7:36pm (Apr 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha Lyle was drinking wine out of it yesterday; today it is mine!! :P

    Here is the mug (and his kennel!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2014 8:20pm (Apr 27th 2014)
     
    Fabulous! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 27th, 2014 11:15pm (Apr 27th 2014)
     
    Great design!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2014 3:35pm (Apr 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know where they find these things, but I like 'em! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2014 4:44pm (Apr 28th 2014)
     
    They know your taste, evidently!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2014 10:45pm (May 1st 2014)
     
    I love that cup, Red...your parents sure find great gift for you guys.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2014 3:24am (May 14th 2014)
     
    Love that mug in the kennel very funny and clever he he.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2014 7:01pm (May 24th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos from Williamson's Park and the Butterfly House. There's a small animal area with some rabbits and guinea pigs, a 'mini beast' section and an aviary. It's only small but we had a grand time :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2014 5:28pm (Jun 12th 2014) edited
     

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    Look what I discovered whilst unpacking! It's the very first set of notes I wrote out when we were first looking for a dog! There were two dogs we were interested in, Kasper and a Lab x Collie. We met up with Kasper first and right there and then we knew it was him we wanted!

    Although looking back he should have failed a few of the requirements haha! But we weren't told that at the time, and I am so glad that we got him :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2014 1:46pm (Jun 26th 2014)
     

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    Lyle bought some really cool shoes yesterday, they're perfect for him. From the top they look pretty ordinary...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2014 1:46pm (Jun 26th 2014) edited
     

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    But turn them upside-down and you have a sole shaped like a keyboard!! Couldn't be any more perfect for a computer geek :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2014 5:18pm (Jun 30th 2014) edited
     

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    Say hi to Noah (beige) and Timber! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 30th, 2014 9:06pm (Jun 30th 2014)
     
    What geeky boots...I wonder if I can get some for my bruvver...
    As for those littluns, they're lovely! How old are they?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2014 6:22am (Jul 1st 2014)
     
    Red, they are just so cute! Did you just get them? I love the little beige one!

    Lyle's new shoes are soooo cool!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2014 2:06pm (Jul 1st 2014) edited
     

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    CC they were from TK Maxx (the shoes that is not the gerbils!! :rolling: ) if you want to have a look for them.

    Thanks CC, they're about 12 weeks old, not quite fully grown yet :smile:

    Cheers Lynn! Yes we picked them up yesterday :bigsmile:

    We're trying to think up ways we can add on another cage so they have a digging pit (gerbils love to dig and chew, that's their main passion in life!). We might buy a Combi cage and add it to the Kios they're currently in, fill the Combi with wood shavings and hey presto! Only problem is Combi cage is stupidly expensive for what it is...
    They've already chewed up every single bit of cardboard in there :gasp: Don't think we'll need to recycle cardboard anymore :rolling:

    I'll try get more pics of Timber and Noah in a bit ^__^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2014 2:42pm (Jul 1st 2014) edited
     

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    Well I had to go give them more cardboard, and took my camera with me, so...

    First handling session tonight! Although Lyle has already cheated a little and got to handle them whilst he was checking that the Combi tubes would fit :glare:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2014 4:25pm (Jul 1st 2014)
     
    Posted By: RedCC they were from TK Maxx if you want to have a look for them.

    No. TK Maxx has it in for me; my friend shows me a fabulous coat/vase/rug/throw that she got from there for tuppence ha'penny and when I go there's NOTHING.:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 2nd, 2014 2:45pm (Jul 2nd 2014) edited
     

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    Haha that always happens to me with the pet section, there's always amazing harnesses that are incredibly cheap...and they're either XS or XXL :smile:

    Just bought Timber and Noah a new tank! Was stupid expensive but it's awesome and they're gonna love it. It's about 10cm smaller than the Kios they're in now, but has 3 levels that the Kios doesn't have and is a lot taller. It also has enough room for a really deep layer of substrate so they can dig tunnels. Can't wait for it to arrive :bigsmile:

    It's thisone.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 5th, 2014 9:40pm (Jul 5th 2014)
     
    I never have any luck in TK Maxx either.

    Lovely gerbils and nice habitat - you'll have great fun filling that!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 6th, 2014 9:21pm (Jul 6th 2014)
     

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    I'm really hoping it'll arrive tomorrow (which of course means it won't :P ) and not while we're out...I'm so excited, have been buying things to fill it out with already :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2014 6:19pm (Jul 8th 2014) edited
     

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    It's arrived, yay!!! :woohoo:

    The boys seem to love it, there are little explosions of wood shavings going on from where they are busy digging tunnels. I'm really happy with it and I think they are too! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 8th, 2014 8:02pm (Jul 8th 2014)
     
    Yep, they look like happy gerbils to me too!! Nice tank.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2014 2:52pm (Jul 9th 2014)
     
    Gerbil heaven...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2014 6:54pm (Jul 9th 2014) edited
     
    You've made them a fantastic new home, Red..they look like they are having a lot of fun. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2014 8:33pm (Jul 9th 2014)
     

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    Thanks everyone :tooth: I've added a few extra toys now (including a wooden spoon - what an easy toy to provide!) although they have buried most of them never to be seen again! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2014 10:27pm (Jul 11th 2014) edited
     

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    A new pic of the goslings (look how big they are getting!) and a cow too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2014 5:55pm (Jul 12th 2014)
     
    What were the goslings looking it? It looks quite comical with them all looking in the same direction...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2014 9:15pm (Jul 12th 2014)
     

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    They were watching Zoey go past :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 21st, 2014 8:31pm (Jul 21st 2014)
     

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    You wouldn't believe how big the baby geese are now! They have all their adult feathers, so are pure white like their parents, and are about the size of a rooster...so pretty big!! And still their parents protect them and charge towards you hissing if you get too close to their babies :tooth:
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    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2014 7:21pm (Jul 22nd 2014)
     
    Geese will protect their young till they are almost full adult size...at least mine did.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2014 8:47pm (Jul 24th 2014) edited
     

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    They're very good parents! Do the young stay with the parents all the time even when adults Lynn, in a sort of flock, or do they branch off on their own?

    (I know next to nothing about geese! :blush: )
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2014 5:55am (Jul 25th 2014)
     
    In the wild the geese go their separate ways once they are adults. I have them all in one place here, but the adults take no special notice of them once they are fully grown, except that they are all members of the same flock.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2014 4:22pm (Jul 25th 2014)
     
    Excellent guard dogs too...I went to a piano frame factory once where their sole - very effective - security arrangements comprised a flock of geese turned loose at night. Apparently more than once they had unlocked in the morning to find little scraps of cloth with blood on where someone had been 'apprehended' whilst up to no good!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 25th, 2014 6:26pm (Jul 25th 2014)
     

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    Thanks for the info Lynn :bigsmile: Jeez CC that is violent!! The goslings we used to feed on the canal split my finger open more than once when taking bread from me though...I remember my uncle ended up in A&E after he was tackled by a rooster once too! :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2014 2:39am (Jul 26th 2014)
     
    Geese make great watch dogs...no one can come in here without them hollering.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2014 9:10am (Jul 26th 2014)
     
    I was a village post lady many years ago and remember well needing the stick the farmer left me at the farm gate to fend off the geese.

    I can still hear them from where I live.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 26th, 2014 7:20pm (Jul 26th 2014)
     

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    Wow, I really didn't know they could be so fierce! I'll be being more careful around geese from now on, last thing I need is a goose injury to go along with the horse bite! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2014 9:36pm (Jul 31st 2014)
     

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    Got some awesome green guinea pig hay today, I've never had hay so green it's usually a dull brown colour. Green hay is supposed to be far better for the piggy, so of course it is being fiercely ignored! :tooth:

    We also swapped from a mix food to pellets...they haven't been touched either! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2014 12:12pm (Aug 1st 2014) edited
     

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    Some pet pics...don't think I've introduced Mr Chinchou yet...not sure whether he's a keeper or a foster at the moment...he's excruciatingly shy, even for a piggle. We were told he's around 6 months old and had minimal contact with humans. He's terrified of everything.

    As a result he's very hard to get a photo of, and most of these were taken through the window in the kitchen door :smile:

    I'd like to get him a friend, but am really not sure how he'd react. Chinny would definitely benefit from having a friend as he's such a scaredy-pig!! If we were to go down that route it would be a much younger male as they are easiest to accept...

    I've been trying to work out a plan to counter condition him to me, but it's tricky as I wouldn't be able to give him a treat as he'd freak out! Unless I made the reinforcer me leaving...would that work?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2014 12:19pm (Aug 1st 2014) edited
     

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    And the mice are old, old ladies now. I moved them back into the Kios (which is a terribly designed cage, but it is huge!)...there is only one door in the lid and it is tiny, and the lip of the cage is too high for mice to be able to reach the water bottle so they need some kind of step up...

    Please excuse the TP substrate, it was too late to use the paper shredder :tooth:
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