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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 6:05pm (Nov 26th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I just walked past the cage and she was sat just outside the door scoffing my muffin!!! Turns out because she's so tiny there's one bar where she can fit her head (and so obviously her body) through! Mice, eh?! :tooth:
    Will hopefully have new cage pics tomorrow :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 26th, 2014 7:54pm (Nov 26th 2014)
     
    I hope the new cage will stop "TinyMite" from getting out and eating you muffins, Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 4:53pm (Nov 27th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Tiny Mite, love it! Hopefully it will prevent any future break outs, the only bars are on the ceiling, and the air holes are tiiiny, so no chance of a head squeezing through!

    The cage looks AMAZING! It does have some negatives...the sizing on the internet is *******...it states the measurement of the cage's width is 30cm. It's not, about half the cages' width is about 22cm because it's a peanut shape. There are also no bars to attach toys or a different wheel.

    However the cage itself has some great features. It's surprisingly long, has pretty good access, has the Habitrail Ovo water bottle which I love (people complain of it leaking, but it's supposed to leak, it's how it was designed!), it can be attached to the other Ovo cages and the wheel attaches to a sleeping compartment on top of which is the food bowl!! Talk about multi-tasking :rolling: It also came with four cardboard platforms that can be used in the cage, which is pretty cool.

    Some people have said their hamster can't climb the steps to the food bowl, but the girls have managed fine.

    I wouldn't recommend this cage for hamsters. Firstly it is far too small for a Syrian hamster. Secondly the floor is raised in parts as you can see in the first photo (I have no idea why) and a hamster will easily focus their gnawing on this and be able to escape...Titus did the exact thing when we had him in a RUB that had the same hollowed sides.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 5:03pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     
    Looks as though they're enjoying exploring it all anyway, Red. So on the whole you're pleased with it?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 6:49pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     
    It looks like they are enjoying checking out their new cage..it's really cool Red.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 6:52pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, I'm really happy with it :) Not sure how easy it will be to clean, although reviews have said it's pretty simple...we'll see :tooth:

    Lorri LOVES the wheel! She didn't use the silent spinner in the first cage but she's been having little sprints on this one. Hattie hasn't even sat in it haha!

    Oh, best pic I could get of cuddle time too...we're not quite there with Lorri yet
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 6:56pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     
    Awww..what a cutie.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 27th, 2014 11:14pm (Nov 27th 2014)
     
    Looks like a really fun cage for them Red - they look very much at home already!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 12:17pm (Dec 3rd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both :tooth:

    The wheel already annoys me for a few reasons (mainly I want to remove the bed / food bowl area but can't because the wheel is attached to it)...I need to buy a stand alone silent spinner so I can swap it for that. I think it will give the girls much more room.

    We had another break out a few days ago. The gerbils. Managed to chew their way out of a Perfecto Critters Choice tank, very frequently said to be THE BEST gerbil cage - HA! We spent a lot of money on that too...need to try get in touch with the site we bought it from and complain, but things have been so damn crazy at the moment!

    So anyway, the gerbils apparently made it from upstairs to downstairs. I was hearing noises, but we thought I really was just hallucinating...then Lyle saw Noah's head peek out from under the couch!! :rolling:

    Quickly put both dogs in their crates, and spent a good few hours chasing Noah around the living room!! He eventually cornered himself behind our fridge (INSIDE the back of the fridge!!) and after another hour we managed to get him. Then Zoey was taken out for a walk and I was home alone, and I saw Timb scampering across the kitchen!!! :rolling:

    He cornered himself in the back of the freezer (?!) and after an hour I managed to get him to go into a jug with gerbil food in it. I had to use the target stick to try and 'guide' him in, then whipped the jug up quick before he could scramble out!!

    So currently they are in two Ovo cages, which are way too small, but what can we do? I don't trust any cages...Ovo's are advertised as being escape proof, so at least if they chewed their way out of that we could complain...we've ordered some extra tubes in at our local pet shop (which luckily sells them at a decent price!) so are gonna attach a third cage for them to explore. That'll have to do :/

    I wasn't sure how the intro between them would go, as they'd been apart for who knows how long. I didn't know if gerbils readily accepted strangers. But we put them together and at first Noah (who was less shell-shocked by then!) followed Timber around sniffing him, then they both immediately started grooming each other, made a nest and curled up asleep! :smile:

    But yeah, we didn't get to bed until 3am that night...I'm sure that really helped my episode!! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 5:02pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    Blimey Red, you may have a career as a mouser for people who don't like cats...what a carry on, shame Lyle didn't get it on video! Complain to the makers of the cage if they claim that it's gerbilproof.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2014 9:17pm (Dec 3rd 2014)
     
    My friend is thinking of getting a gerbil for her daughter - should they be kept in pairs? Are they handle-able?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 6:56pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha I'll bare that in mind CC! Yep, deffo going to complain to the website we bought it from...can't remember how much we spent on it, but it was expensive and we've only had it about 3 months!

    Kate, yep they need to be kept in pairs. They need a nice big cage (that is CHEW PROOF hahaha) that will let them have a minimum of 10 inches of substrate. They love love love digging, so that's important :smile: They are quite handle-able, but can be a little nippy, not in an aggressive way, simply curious! They are also very very wick, and great jumpers!! And a bonus point, because they're desert animals they really don't smell. If you keep them in a large cage with a lot of substrate, they only need cleaning out every few months!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 4th, 2014 7:44pm (Dec 4th 2014)
     
    Thanks Red, I'll pass that info on. I'm sure it'll encourage her to get a pair which is great for her little girl!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2014 4:49pm (Dec 12th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here is little lad Iden. He's a Lionhead x Mini Lop and about 4 months old. He is very friendly, although a bit shell-shocked at being uprooted at the moment. He is really lovely though :bigsmile:

    We went to the pet shop and bought him some new toys today; he LOVES the wicker ball and has been chucking it all around his home! I'm trying to litter train him so he can have more freedom, and once he's more familiar with us I'll begin clicker training him (hopefully).

    His diet is 80% hay / kiln dried grass, 15% veggies and 5% rabbit mix food.

    I've wanted a bun for a long time, but Lyle was really against getting another after what happened to Lenny. Even if we had a house rabbit he didn't want one...eventually I persuaded him that it would be lovely, and Iden looks so different to Lenny too that he caved in and fell a bit in love :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 12th, 2014 6:15pm (Dec 12th 2014)
     
    He's so beautiful! Are the dogs all right with him or haven't they met yet?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 2:10pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :bigsmile:

    They did pretty well actually; Zoey got far too excited (of course) but Kasper was pretty calm to say his all time favourite past time was chasing rabbits!! Of course if Iden's cage was floor-level or he was loose it would be a totally different story...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 7:10pm (Dec 13th 2014)
     
    Iden is soooooo cute, Red. I hope the pups will get use to seeing him and learn to leave him alone. I had a house bunny for several year and he was easy to housebreak, he used a littler box.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 13th, 2014 8:29pm (Dec 13th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn :tooth: How did you house train your rabbit, Lynn? From what I've read it's a case of seeing where they piddle, then putting the litter box in the way with some dirty substrate in it...is that what you did?
    Photos of Idie from today :) We have so many new things coming for him...a square hanging hay / veggies ball, a chewable vegetable mobile, and I already hung a wooden chew toy up in his house today too!

    Oh, and Chinny piggle has gotten to the point where he will happily lay sprawled out when I am in the room now...little fatty that he is :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2014 3:59am (Dec 14th 2014)
     
    My old kitty Waldo showed the bunny the ropes when it came to going potty. Waldo also taught my potbelly pig how to use the littler box..Waldo was one of the best kitties I ever had.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 14th, 2014 7:29pm (Dec 14th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's amazing Lynn...so what you're saying is...we need a cat?! :rolling:
    No, even I draw the line at a kitty with two crazy dogs! :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2014 6:28am (Dec 15th 2014)
     
    My old Waldo kitty was a very special cat..he loved every one and every thing. Waldo was raised by my little Schnauzer Baby Bear. Baby Bear had been raised by my old Siamese kitty, Ti. My cats raised my dogs and my dogs raised my cats. My Jack Russell still thinks the Silkie Chickens and the Runner Ducks are her babies. Cats are more amazing critters than you give the credit for, Red.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2014 4:05pm (Dec 15th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wish I'd socialised Zoey to cats / small animals better when she was a puppy...she was just so OTT excited it was hard to do! :smile: We'd never be able to have a cat because of Kasper anyway, there's no training him to accept one :001_rolleyes:

    Me and Lyle want a big fat ginger cat...or Goliath at the cat rescue we used to volunteer at, he was more dog than cat I swear! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 15th, 2014 10:02pm (Dec 15th 2014)
     
    You know my view!! x
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 4:53pm (Dec 16th 2014)
     
    Yes, Kate doesn't think anyone should have cats, as she doesn't like them...:rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 8:20pm (Dec 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Iden's first clean out today, he's hilarious! Just had to explore the dust pan, then as I was scooping up shavings he was darting across the pan making me drop them all...oh, and he tried giving it a little chew too! :face-angel:

    He's much more settled now, and he lets me stroke his back and bottom, lovely! He even stuck his head in the bag of shavings and let me brush them off his face :heart: We hoiked him out and spent some time in the living room with him today, and he was pretty brave then too...it was a bit of a pain as I didn't want to lift him out (too chicken!) so had to wait until he was in the litter tray and lift that out with him in it!!!

    As for toilet training, it looks like he's pee'd in the litter tray but then started peeing just outside it too...I filled the tray with shavings this week to see if that would encourage him to pee in it?! I don't think I'll be able to find a bigger tray; my aim was to start big and once he understood gradually make it smaller...

    He's also a pain with food too. I think he's been used to eating mainly rabbit food with his old owner, so sulks when I don't give him enough...and the only veggies he will eat are carrots and a little bit of kale :glare: I think he'll branch out to others in time...

    Had a cuddle with Chinny and Lemmy today too, they are getting really good now! :smile: Lemon is a little star, whereas Chinchou panics a bit until he's covered by something. Vast improvement though!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 8:21pm (Dec 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh and Iden got a new toy too. He was *obsessed* with it! He played with it for an hour straight, then snapped a bit off and proceeded to chew it to shreds :rolling:

    (he's stood on his back legs in the second pic, so cute!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 16th, 2014 8:36pm (Dec 16th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, and we bought a can of Christmas dinner for Kasper and Zoey, and have added one to the gifts we've bought for our clients' dogs too! :tooth:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 2:36am (Dec 17th 2014)
     
    I wish I could find that kind of dog food over here, Red. It would be a nice special dinner for the dogs, for Christmas.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 2:37am (Dec 17th 2014)
     
    Iden is just the cutest bunny ever..love that picture of him standing on his hind legs!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 3:37pm (Dec 17th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's the first time I've ever seen anything like it, Lynn...Christmas dinner in a can! :bigsmile:

    And thank you...bought more new things for him (Iden) today. A huge plastic house and a very large square hay-filled toy. Those are his early Christmas presents haha :) He managed to cover himself in shavings today and didn't enjoy me plucking them off him...I need to try and brush his mane at some point! :smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 17th, 2014 4:49pm (Dec 17th 2014)
     
    They widdle where they like, Red. I put a plastic tray in the hutch for ours as a loo. They use it all the time - they sleep in it and wee in the corner of the cage...:blink:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2014 1:03pm (Dec 18th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Rabbits are supposed to be pretty easy to litter box train - easier than dogs! I'm not sure they can control where they poop so much though. I know when we adopted Lenny he was about 4 months old and already toilet trained...I'm just failing with Iden! :001_tongue:

    I think all you have to do is keep moving the litter tray to where they are going to the toilet, and putting dirty litter in the tray. That's what I've read anyway. Trying a smaller litter box now, as it will be easier to move around the cage to where he is peeing.

    Had him out for a few hours again yesterday; sure will be easier when 'Santa' brings the indoor rabbit run I asked for for Christmas! :tooth:

    I'm still too chicken to pick him up, any advice?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 18th, 2014 5:27pm (Dec 18th 2014)
     
    Just pick him up! Hold the back legs firmly though... Will he let you stroke him?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 19th, 2014 7:54pm (Dec 19th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, pretty much. I'm going to start associating the clicker with treats tomorrow, so that I can clicker train him to be more confident with me fussing him and, potentially, pick him up.

    I watched a rabbit handling video made by the RSPCA and it was pants, you couldn't even see how she was doing it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2014 7:12pm (Dec 22nd 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Iden is reliably using his litter tray!! *happy dance* :woohoo:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome :bigsmile: And little guy was eating out my hand today too. Still need to associate the clicker with treats though.

    Cleaned the piggles out today, we always feed them immediately after to help them overcome the trauma :rolling: I've started hiding their veggies in among their hay, and they hate me for it...good for them though, keeps them busy and encourages them to forage like they would in the wild! :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2014 2:59am (Dec 23rd 2014)
     
    I knew you could train that bunny, Red! You could train anything. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2014 9:59pm (Dec 23rd 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha thank you Lynn :bigsmile: Means we can sort him out a permanent run attached to his cage which will be pretty cool :smile:

    Here he is chilling on top of his igloo too...it's one of his favourite places, despite the spikes surrounding the edge!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2014 4:05pm (Dec 24th 2014)
     
    Mine like to be high up; I think they feel safer because they can see more! You're doing wonders with him Red. I meant to ask - why 'Iden'?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2014 9:14pm (Dec 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC :) I love the name Iden, I don't know why...I was saving it for our next dog, haha, but then we adopted Iden and he just...looked like an Iden! :rofl: I think it's such a beautiful name, and with his fluff of mane he really suits it :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2014 9:21pm (Dec 24th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Still have some things to wrap I'd forgotten about! :gasp:

    Two Nylabones for the dogs, Zoey's harness, and a small goodie mound for the piggles and Iden!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 25th, 2014 12:11am (Dec 25th 2014)
     
    Your kids are going to have a Very Merry Christmas, Red..all kinds of treats.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeDec 25th, 2014 11:29am (Dec 25th 2014)
     
    Woohoo! Merry Christmas every one!:cat:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2014 8:00am (Dec 26th 2014)
     
    Wow, Jonny....long time since you were here..I hope you have a Merry Christmas too.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2014 3:05pm (Dec 26th 2014)
     
    Likewise Jonny, and a happy new year too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2014 8:01pm (Dec 26th 2014)
     
    Jonny! Where you been, chicken? Happy Christmas!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2014 12:40pm (Dec 28th 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Belated Merry Christmas Johnny! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2014 8:12pm (Dec 29th 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Finally began clicker training Idie just after Chritsmas, think he's on his fifth session now and is doing really well! So far been working on putting a finger on his head, then he gets a click and a piece of kale! Trying to get him used to being handled / touched for grooming, it's lots of fun :smile:

    Also blew some Christmas money on an XXL dog crate (it's even bigger than Kasper's!) for Iden. Means we'll have to switch over to using blankets as a substrate other than in the litter tray, but it will give him SO much more room; the measurements are 122 x 80 x 80xm, and it'll be way easier to attach a run to too :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 4:52pm (Dec 31st 2014) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lynn, if you see this, have you ever used rubber matting for your horses, on the ground? Like this:

    http://www.amazon.co.uk/Stable-Wall-Mats-10mm-6ft/dp/B001UGNLC2/ref=sr_1_13?ie=UTF8&qid=1420037032&sr=8-13&keywords=rubber+matting

    If so is it durable? We're thinking of buying some for Iden...

    I was going to use blankets as substrate, but I read lots of horror stories about bunnies chewing and eating the blankets and needing operations, so maybe not...if we cut it to size I think the rubber flooring could work well and be easy to clean...?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 6:26pm (Dec 31st 2014)
     
    We have rubber matting in the henhouse (Eric replaced the rotten floor with metal so we thought rubber would be warm) and the rabbits are in and out of the henhouse all day. So far, no nibbling!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2014 7:30pm (Dec 31st 2014)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah awesome, thank you so much CC :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 2:28am (Jan 1st 2015)
     
    Red, we use stall mats for the horses and the chickens, they work great. I wouldn't use blankets with your bunny..I made that mistake with my little potbell pig, and it cost me his life. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 1st, 2015 2:08pm (Jan 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh jeez, see that's what I'm terrified of...it's why we don't give Zoey blankets either...

    Cool, I guess we'll get some stall mats then...can't wait for everything to arrive and to set it all up :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 2nd, 2015 6:59pm (Jan 2nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bought Iden a really funky pet carrier today, he loooves it ^__^

    Idea is when he's in there and I need to transfer him to his run (or the new cage, when it arrives) I can slide the grid on and carry him across in that...means I don't have to pick him up yet :tooth:

    He can also have it permanently in his new cage as it's so much larger than his current one, and he can sit on top of it as the roof will be higher!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2015 5:23am (Jan 3rd 2015) edited
     
    Great idea on the pet carrier for Iden. I use a small one like that for my little Macaw Poe, he's not fond of it however.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 3rd, 2015 4:16pm (Jan 3rd 2015)
     
    I use it when introducing a new rabbit; I put it in the run and they sleep in it at night when I move it to the main hutch and point it mesh inwards to the cage so they can be nose to nose without actually mingling. By the time they actually meet they're used to eachother. Unless the rabbit concerned is a floozy like Roger who dug her way out of the run to make her own introductions to Fred...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 5:34pm (Jan 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ours was quite expensive but we bought it from a pet shop we like, so it's good to support them. Ugh, I wish Iden's cage would arrive!! I'm so eager to set it up, and I don't know why seeing as the rubber mats from Halfords don't arrive until Wednesday :smile: (was cheaper to pay for priciest delivery than to get the train to Lancaster and buy them in person)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 5:36pm (Jan 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We attached an extra Ovo onto the Loft today. We thought it would make a nice addition for the mice, then discovered there was only one! So now Lorri is rattling around in a huuuuge cage all on her own! She seems to like the exercise / eating room though!

    The new addition is the pink Ovo on the left, to the side of the (orange and white) Loft. It has Lorri's food bowl and wheel in...gives her far more room to sprint about in the Loft now the wheel isn't in there any more.
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 7:27pm (Jan 4th 2015)
     
    I like the mouse cage, Red...you said Lorri was alone in the cage, does that mean you have had a death in your furry kids family, or did one get away?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 4th, 2015 11:12pm (Jan 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not just one death Lynn, but three! :(

    Our two gerbils died within a day of each other, and they're only young! I'm thinking it's the plastic cage they've been chewing...and Hattie, our little midget mouse, has gone too and we don't know why. I'm hoping they are unrelated, they should be, they were in different parts of the house...really hoping it's not something contagious that will finish Lorri and Puj off too!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2015 11:33am (Jan 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aww man that's not a brilliant start to the year... :(

    Commiserations and warm wishes guys, just don't replace them too quickly..!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2015 6:11pm (Jan 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks man :) Nope, just some 'sisters' for Lorri, then no more! We're quite full up here ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2015 9:45pm (Jan 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lorri is such a pain, I came down the other morning to find every scrap of substrate moved from the Loft into the orb and woven into a massive nest, so big that the wheel couldn't turn. I destroyed the nest (sorry Lorri!) and moved some substrate back through to the Loft, only for her to do it again...so I added more substrate into the Loft and she moved all that across!!

    Nest is so large now that the orb is full of substrate...I wonder if it's to make her feel secure?

    None of the toys had moved, but ALL the substrate was gone - must have taken her ages!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2015 11:03pm (Jan 12th 2015)
     
    My rats used to do that. Every night I would put between 10 and 15 tissues on the roof of their cage so that they had to climb up and pull them through the bars, then they'd take them into their 'cube' or igloo or some other 'container' and make a nest. Each night they'd add to it, and then once a week I'd throw it away when they had a full clean and they'd start again. It was their favourite game until they couldn't climb anymore, then I'd pass them through the front bars. It's just an instinct that they follow, so I made it into a game/exercise for them. Don't fight it, go with the flow!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 12:05pm (Jan 22nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics from a nearby walk we checked out the other day. We thought it might make a good dog walk, but it's too far away...would make a good 2 hour walk but not great as a regular one!

    The sky was very ominous :smile:

    (sorry for the poor pic quality, Lyle's phone is terrible!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 12:07pm (Jan 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Next we have what I call the duck Jacuzzi at the duck park...bit small for swans! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 12:08pm (Jan 22nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And finally my pigeon friend that we named Bartholomew :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 22nd, 2015 6:11pm (Jan 22nd 2015)
     
    I love the jacuzzi...:D I love the pic of you feeding Bartholomew - he's so tame! Is he on your walk, or at home?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2015 6:12pm (Jan 25th 2015)
     
    Ditto on CC's comments - love that tree too!

    Did I tell you that Shaun (who's 4) went shopping with his dad a couple of weeks ago and they saw a pigeon. "Look Daddy" Shaun shouted excitedly, "a baby chicken!" :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2015 3:02am (Jan 26th 2015)
     
    I love Bartholomew...he's soooooo cute!

    Kate, that's so funny..a "baby chicken":rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2015 5:42pm (Jan 26th 2015) edited
     

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    Bartholomew was at the train station when one of our trains was delayed. I was lobbing food at him and decided to see how tame we could get him...ended up with him eating out my hand and jumping on our bag!! :tooth:


    Posted By: KatebDid I tell you that Shaun (who's 4) went shopping with his dad a couple of weeks ago and they saw a pigeon. "Look Daddy" Shaun shouted excitedly, "a baby chicken!"


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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2015 7:19pm (Jan 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A photo of Mr Iden, who I am thrilled to say is finally getting used to the flooring of his cage!! He happily hops all over the place now, and the only time he is concerned is when something makes him jump...he tries to rush to his carrier and his legs slip all over the place.

    He's still doing very well with his training, and is a joy to fuss :tooth:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2015 7:28pm (Jan 27th 2015)
     
    Awwwww..Iden is so cute, Red. I love the colors of his fur.:heart:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2015 3:46pm (Jan 28th 2015)
     
    He's lovely. Is he a pure lionhead or a mix, Red? I can't remember.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 28th, 2015 4:35pm (Jan 28th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks both, we think he's a very handsome chap too! :tooth: CC, he's a Lionhead x Mini Lop.

    My camera really struggles to get a good photo of him (due to fur colour?) unless I use flash, which I don't particularly like doing with pets...I don't think Idie would be bothered by it but I'd rather not put him off the camera for life :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2015 2:40pm (Jan 29th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some more snow pics...
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 6:35am (Jan 30th 2015)
     
    I'm glad you got your snow finally, Red. Looks pretty.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2015 6:18pm (Jan 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn, it was so much fun! My mum was bragging that Yorkshire had more snow than us, but I didn't even care because at least we got some! :001_tongue:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2015 6:24pm (Feb 3rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some bird pics...

    The finches are temporarily in smaller accommodation as Topaz is in their big cage. So we bought them a temporary cage (£59.99!) which they, for some reason, love...despite it being smaller :confused1:

    Some pics of Topaz's (temporary) cage, and one of him...it was taken just after he emerged so he looks rather freaked; he's on a perch right at the top now! I won't bother him for the rest of the night. Poor boy has a lot to get used to!

    Hopefully once he's gotten used to having more space, and used to us and the dogs and everything, I can begin taming him up and we can buy him a nice, bigger cage.

    The large piece of java wood is to go on the bottom of his cage, as a perch and chew toy :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 1:02am (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    He's beautiful, Red..how old is he?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 1:22pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We're not sure Lynn, the family said under 6 months though. If he is a Pearl, I've read they moult at around 6 months...if he's a female he will keep the Pearl patterning, and if he's male he will become a normal colour Cockatiel :smile:
    He likes his java wood :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 4:29pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    Beautiful. My friend taught his to whistle all sorts of songs...get teaching, Red!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 6:37pm (Feb 4th 2015)
     
    Red, you need to teach them while they are young.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2015 11:44pm (Feb 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, apparently the males start whistling around 5 months - 1 year old, and then they can pick up words / phrases! Females on the other hand whistle, although not as much it sounds like, but hardly ever learn to speak.

    Do you have any taming advice, Lynn? Ideally I want him to at least step onto a perch when asked before letting him fly.

    So far my plan is, let him rest for 2 - 3 days. Begin reading to him from afar so he gets used to my voice. Read to him closer to the cage. Feed millet through the bars of the cage, with me holding the very end. Gradually (over a period of a week or so) trim the millet down until he's eating from close to my fingers. Then, somehow, train him to step onto a perch!! :rolling:
    Yeah, haven't really thought that far ahead yet... :)

    Any advice would be great though! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 9:32am (Feb 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Im also considering changing his name as Topaz doesn't really have a nickname...unless anyone can think of one?! All I can think of is Tope :smile:

    Might call him Tex and have that be his full name. Hmmm.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 4:43pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     
    Paz? Pazzy?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 8:00pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     
    Red, do you know how long the first owners had him before turning him over to you? Give him a simple name Tex could work fairly well. They do have CDs' that teach a bird to talk, you just keep playing it over and over and they will pick it up...unless it's a girl..then they just whistle mostly. My "Markie" could say Daddy and Hi is all. The problem is, you really don't know what kind of life your bird had before you got him..it does make a difference. People will tell you anything just to get rid of a bird.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 11:02pm (Feb 5th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I would assume they got him as a youngster from a pet shop, considering they know his rough age. No idea if he was parent / hand reared. I'm not that fussed about him talking, or what gender he is...I just want him to have interaction with me, you know? From what I've read, taming a neglected / nervous cockatiel can take upwards of 6 months...I've got time :smile: But yeah, all I know is he was kept in a tiny cage and was kept in the living room. Or so they said, and I'm tending to believe them as he hasn't reacted to the TV / music or anything.

    My main plan is obviously clicker training. I move towards him, he gets a click and something great (I'll have to wait until he's more settled to figure out what that may be :smile: ); everytime I walk past, something awesome happens; everytime I say his name, yummy sunflower seeds / millet are poked through his cage! I just need to let him settle first...I wish there was a way I could get the treats into his cage without having to go near him, that would be REALLY handy! :smile:

    Also I think I'm calling him Tex...I keep switching between the two names, normally when I name my animals I just choose a name, so this is weird! But I'll stick with Tex; I like that :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2015 11:49pm (Feb 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Just searched for foraging toys for Tex (I do like that name!) and there are some great stuff out there...I particularly like these two; the ball one is pretty much a Kong for parrots! :rolling:

    http://www.parrotessentials.co.uk/original-foraging-wheel-interactive-parrot-toy/

    http://www.parrotessentials.co.uk/hol-ee-roller-foraging-parrot-toy/
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 1:23pm (Feb 6th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Bought a cute jar for the dogs' larger treats today, it was only £4!

    Oh, and we had vegan buffalo wings for tea last night - they were sooo good! I'd never seen anything like them before, my dad was very jealous haha :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 6:18pm (Feb 6th 2015)
     
    I never knew buffalos had wings...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 6:59pm (Feb 6th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yeah...only the vegan ones though :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2015 9:09pm (Feb 6th 2015)
     
    Maybe the vegans have hunted them to extinction! :hungry:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 9th, 2015 6:50pm (Feb 9th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Managed to get a photo of Tex's back so you can see his unusual patterning, normally their back is just solid grey. I'm not sure if he's a Pearl or a Cinnamon Pearl :confused1:

    He's actually been playing with his toys these past few days :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 1:55am (Feb 10th 2015)
     
    Surely cinnamon implies a gingery colour, doesn't it? He's very pretty!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 1:57am (Feb 10th 2015)
     
    No,I've just had a google - he looks like their examples of cinnamon pearl...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 6:05pm (Feb 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's so hard to tell between the Pearl's and the Cinnamon Pearls...are they even different mutations or just different names?! :rolling:

    Not that it matters at all, I'm just curious :smile: Can't wait for him to have his first moult and see how he turns out afterwards!

    Tex has been playing with his toys so much today, dragging them all over the place. He's also made a few low-key happy sounding whistles too, whereas all we'd heard before was panicked screeching!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2015 7:52pm (Feb 10th 2015)
     
    Is he hand trained, Red?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2015 11:07am (Feb 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No, he's had no human socialisation at all in the past 2 - 3 months. And I have no idea what his socialisation was like before that either; I assume he was from a pet shop and had little handling there too!
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 7:07am (Feb 16th 2015)
     
    Hi everyone! Not been on here for a while!:face-smile: I now have a new flock of chickens that consists of:
    3 female and 1 male Isabella bantam brahma
    5 female and 1 male exchequer leghorn
    2 blacks brahmas
    2 black and blue brahmas
    1 splash brahma
    1 goldtop
    1 gold laced orpington bantam
    1 white star
    What do you think of the new flock? Let me know!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 3:49pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds good George, do you get different coloured eggs from that selection of hens?