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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 9:00pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     
    Sounds great, George..nice selection of chickens. :face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 10:46pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     
    Thanks guys, and yes I dored, I get white, green/blue, light brown, dsrk brown, extra large eggs, large eggs, small eggs and extra small eggs from the Isabella's
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2015 10:57pm (Feb 16th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ah, I've always wanted hens that lay blue / green eggs!! :)
    • CommentAuthorgeorge
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2015 3:46pm (Feb 17th 2015)
     
    They are great Red! what do you have??
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2015 6:19pm (Feb 17th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    None at the moment :(

    I sort of lived vicariously through my parents' hens, as I rent so can't have any. My parents had three hens, but two of them passed away quite a while ago. Then they had a Bluebell hen living on her own, but she died a few days ago :sad:

    One day when I'm not renting I want hens of my own; I'd love a smattering of ex-battery hens, some Japanese bantams, some Silkies, some Orpingtons, a Pekin bantam, and a Sebright or two. That's my dream flock haha! And my partner wants some Leghorns too...one day! :001_rolleyes:

    Are you planning to add to your flock George, or are you at your limit now? :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2015 3:53pm (Feb 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Picked up Cleo two days ago. It took her 29 hours to come out of the cardboard box we picked her up in. Unwanted pet, bought for child who got bored. Same as usual. She's beautiful though! Gonna leave her a good 5 days before even thinking about handling her, at the moment she's too scared to eat her veggies!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 25th, 2015 8:15pm (Feb 25th 2015) edited
     
    Is Cleo a hamster or a piggy? I can't tell from the picture what she is, Red.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 6:16pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     
    Piggle, innit? Is she near the other piggle (sorry, I'm boggled with all their names!) so they can chat?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 8:04pm (Feb 27th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, she's a guinea pig (sorry, should have said!)

    At the moment she's in quarantine CC, but I'm hoping to mix her with the girls, Lydia and Georgie. If not she can live near them or Chinny, our male. She has an entire Ferplast 120 to herself at the moment, so is a very lucky girl! :smile:

    And she has eaten her veggies but none of the piggle pellets we have (no idea what food she used to be on), AND she's even stayed out of her hidey holes whilst I walked past her a few times on the phone. I think we'll be able to tame her up no probs ;)
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 8:27pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     
    I'm glad that she is getting use to her new home...I know you'll be able to tame her.. I swear you could tame a Tasmanian devil.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 27th, 2015 8:34pm (Feb 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I thought she was going to be so timid after her initial start, but she's getting used to things already. I can't wait to have the first cuddle with her! :tooth: And thank you Lynn :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2015 3:53pm (Feb 28th 2015)
     
    How old is she, Red, do you know?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 28th, 2015 6:50pm (Feb 28th 2015)
     
    I saw a programme on TV this week and they had piggies giving birth. I didn't realise their young are perfectly formed mini guinea pigs, and cute as buttons!
    Your new addition looks lovely. I've never wanted a guinea pig before, but the TV programme made me consider it for the future.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2015 5:14pm (Mar 1st 2015)
     
    Piggies make great pets, Kate. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 1st, 2015 11:52pm (Mar 1st 2015)
     
    The noise they make used to annoy me, but now I find it quite endearing! I feel sorry for them being outside - I couldn't have them indoors because of a) lack of space and b) six cats!! Maybe one day ...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2015 10:20pm (Mar 3rd 2015)
     
    Found a lovely piggy rescue site today - http://avalonguineapigrescue.com/index.html - they have loads of info and currently have LOTS of piggies needing new homes. Soooo tempted, but have to be realistic.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 1:09pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC I'm guessing Cleo is at least 6 months old, she's fully grown anyhow. She's gradually coming out of her shell, I see her eating out and about, but as soon as I get close to the cage she scarpers. We're having our first handling session today so I'll let you know how that goes!!

    We are travelling today to pick Cleo a little buddy up. I was planning to add Cleo to Liddy and Georgie's palace, but I didn't want to put any stress on their relationship as they get on great. I'm pretty sure Liddy would accept Cleo no probs as she's very relaxed, but Georgie is quite high strung! Plus adding a baby guinea pig to an adult is easier than intro'ing guinea pigs that are all adults.

    We phoned up the rescue near us and every pet shop in the vicinity; only two pet shops had piggles in stock and they were all boys!A (very good) pet shop 30 miles away has one female guinea pig that is 9 weeks old and has been handled often in stock. All I know is she's black and grey and loves a cuddle! :smile:

    So we're going to pick her up, then move Cleo into the kitchen so we can have the baby in the living room for quarantine. The baby's going in a 100cm cage (I prefer piggles to live in 120cm as a minimum) but she's only going to be in it for her 2 weeks quarantine so it's not too bad.

    Will definitely post pics when the baby's home :smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 3:33pm (Mar 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    What's worse than having a huge cage with guinea pigs in? TWO huge cages with guinea pigs in... ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 8:11pm (Mar 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Guinea pigs are sweet, albeit a bit defenseless, pets!

    Baby girl is home!! :bigsmile:

    She is utterly adorable, and so different from our rescue piggles. We had a quick cuddle when we got home, and then put her in her new cage with the box she came home in. It took her twenty minutes to explore away from the box, compared to Cleo who spent the first 29 hours in her box!!

    Kali is 9 weeks old and a very unusual mix of black with grey patches and a tiny white speck on her nose! She is incredibly inquisitive, very confident for a piggle, and although a pain to catch (as she's so small and wick!) she's very comfortable being handled. We gave her a large ball that was meant for Iden and she immediately went to chew and roll it around! She has also been stood by the front of the cage on her back legs peeking over the rim at the dogs! :smile:

    She has two weeks quarantine (Cleo has almost had her two weeks) then we can intro them. I think Kali will be great for Cleo if they intro well. Kali is very sociable with other piggles; her sister was homed yesterday from the shop and Kali spent hours calling for her! :sad:

    Pics...the last one shows just how tiny she is!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2015 11:02pm (Mar 4th 2015)
     
    She looks lovely Red! It's nice to have a confident one you can handle straight away after working with nervous ones. I hope they get on well when you intro them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2015 2:48pm (Mar 5th 2015)
     
    She looks as though she'll be in charge in no time!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2015 7:28pm (Mar 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha she'll definitely be in charge CC!

    Kate it's lovely having a confident piggle, she has been running laps around her cage today and springing all over the place! This winds Zoey up no end, as even on her back legs Zoey can't see what's making the noise in the cage!! Funniest thing is that Kali will stand on her back legs and peek at Zoey, but Zoey can't see her :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2015 6:28pm (Mar 6th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had our second cuddle with Kali today. She just wanted to explore! She was sniffing Lyle's face and chuntering to him & adored sitting on his shoulder - so cute! We popped her back in her cage and she didn't even run and hide when we put her down, she sauntered over to her food bowl! :rolling:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2015 10:38pm (Mar 6th 2015)
     
    What a darling piggy Kali is..I love her coloring..so glad that she is so tame. It sure is nice to have one that hasn't been neglected and is afraid of everyone..My piggy was just a baby when I got her and was soooo sweet.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2015 4:42pm (Mar 7th 2015)
     
    So nice for you to have a piggle you don't have to work so hard with, Red. She's a star!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2015 8:08pm (Mar 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks you two :smile: My family visited today and we got Kali out and she was great with all the different people, just snuggled under Lyle's beard for a bit!! :rolling: Even my dad had to admit she wasn't terrible!

    They all loved Twoli as well (my Grandparents used to have Cockatiels) and said he was doing really well tame-wise to say we haven't had him long, so we must be doing something right! :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2015 6:50pm (Mar 13th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kali is getting more and more comfortable out and about and is a very vocal happy piggle. Today for the first time Cleo wheeped when I got the bag of veggies out of the fridge!! :yay_jump: She's also been climbing on top of her log tunnel, and will sit on there even if someone's in the room with her - as long as the light's off, which is fine as all five bulbs have blown in our kitchen since we moved in, one by one!

    We've had nine bulbs blow in this house in nine months!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2015 7:34pm (Mar 13th 2015)
     
    Wheep!:cheer::clap::swingin::thumbup::woohoo:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2015 2:24am (Mar 14th 2015)
     
    That's so great, Red..you have a sweet piggy.:yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2015 6:54pm (Mar 15th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cleo has gotten so good now, she doesn't freak out when picked up anymore, she's quite calm. Not as confident as Kali of course, but a real improvement :smile:

    We tried to intro them yesterday. It was a DISASTER! They hated each other on site...we've intro'd guinea pigs several times (including boars which are supposed to be way harder) and they've always gotten along fine...not Cleo and Kali! We separated them before they could do any damage, and may try another intro later, but it's not looking good :sad:

    Here's some pics before it all went wrong...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2015 6:55pm (Mar 15th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And yes, Kali has grown A LOT!!! :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2015 7:06pm (Mar 15th 2015)
     
    Well pooh..I was hoping they would like each other and would be able to share a cage. Does this mean you will be sending Kali back to the pet store?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2015 2:37pm (Mar 16th 2015)
     
    Posted By: LynnWDoes this mean you will be sending Kali back to the pet store?

    :rolling: How long have you known Red, Lynn? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 16th, 2015 5:20pm (Mar 16th 2015)
     
    Right, CC.... don't know what I was thinking when I ask that. :rollonfloorlaughing:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2015 8:28pm (Mar 25th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Yeah, Kali is staying hehe :smile:

    I am going to try and intro them again, at some point...not that I think it will go any better, but it's worth a shot! As it is they still natter to each other, even though they're in separate rooms...Kali will start wheeping because she thinks I have food, and Cleo will join in :smile:

    Here is Cleo (much, much braver now) getting fuss and love :bigsmile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2015 9:47pm (Mar 25th 2015)
     
    I'm glad that Kali is staying with you, Red...( I kind of knew you wouldn't give her up) :face-smile:

    Cleo looks like she is making great progress...that last pic of her looking at the camera is darling.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2015 4:52pm (Mar 26th 2015)
     
    Can they see eachother from their cages?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2015 8:05pm (Mar 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn! Cleo is doing really well, I think she's tamed up faster than any other rescue piggle we've had.

    CC they can't see each other (mainly because we can't fit the cages side by side, but also because the dogs playing worried Cleo when we first brought her home) but they can hear each other.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2015 12:25am (May 6th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Prim (Syrian hamster) is slowly learning to come when called!!

    It's taken...a long time :rolling: He's not the smartest (and is very nippy), bless him. But now when I repeatedly call his name, he will stumble around the cage until he finds the source of my voice. He will then stand and wait for a few seconds, until I reward him :bigsmile:

    (first pic is pre-calling, with him facing opposite direction. Second pic is him waiting once he's found me!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 6th, 2015 3:30pm (May 6th 2015)
     
    Nippy as in :running_dog: or nippy as in:icon_domokun:? He's a handsome chap, whichever!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 2:54am (May 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nippy as in 'ooh, I think I fancy taking a chunk out of your finger for no particular reason!!' It's not aggressive (doesn't draw blood), he's just a curious little booger!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 2:57am (May 7th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, here is Prim again, this time featuring Zoey...whenever Zoey saw Prim up and about, she got SO excited. She would play bow and wag frantically, and air snap at him to try get him to play with her! So I taught her a cue ("where's the hamster?") to go find Prim and touch him with her nose until I marked her to come back for a treat...this has worked REALLY well, as now when she sees Prim she watches him then comes back for her reward!
    I really like this pic :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 5:04pm (May 7th 2015)
     
    What a brilliant pic...shame we can't see Prim in it too!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 5:07pm (May 7th 2015)
     
    CC, if you look close you can see Prim next to his water bottle...he's a doll!
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 8:02pm (May 7th 2015)
     
    O yes, I see him now! He doesn't look at all scared, does he?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2015 8:42pm (May 7th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's really not scared of the dogs / barking etc. As soon as we brought him home and the dogs were nearby I fed Prim treats, so he got used to them quick!

    I did give him the toe of a chickens' foot yesterday (dog treat) which Puj used to love. It really freaked Prim out!! He was racing around the cage and scuttling everywhere, maybe it smelled of a predator?! He settled after a few minutes and happily chewed it :smile:

    And Zoey's training is she actually has to get as close to Prim as she can! She started trying to just look at the cage and turn for a treat, and I had to wait her out until she actually found Prim and pointed at him!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2015 8:44pm (May 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some pics from a stroll along the prom today :)

    The weather turned gorgeous!

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    Dad looking out to sea

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2015 5:12pm (May 27th 2015)
     
    Great pictures as usual, Red. I like the one of your Dad looking out to sea.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2015 5:10am (May 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn! :bigsmile: I love taking beach photos when it's sunny :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2015 9:48pm (May 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Went to a food festival today...which was quite funny, as there weren't many food stalls and some of the food was very mediocre! We got a garlic & cheese flatbread that was really disgusting, although the giant cookie stand was *awesome*! They were very soft and cakey; expensive at £1 each though!

    Lyle and our friend got these fruit / chocolate animals. They were really cute looking, even if the thought of fruit and chocolate does make me feel sick! :smile: Lyle got the mouse (pear) and our friend got the banana (dog)!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 30th, 2015 10:05pm (May 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We were going to travel to a pet shop about 30 miles away yesterday, but when we phoned up the only dwarf hamster they had was a Winter White, and I've been after a Roborovski for ages. Every time we've been to that pet shop they've had Robos in, so I was gutted! We tried a different pet shop about 20 miles away that has never had dwarves in before, and they had two Robos left!

    When we got there one had been bought, so there was just one! Talk about lucky :smile:

    So we brought little Mae home. Now, Robos are the smallest of the dwarf hamsters, averaging at about 4 - 5cm body length. They are also INCREDIBLY fast, and many people say they can't be handled or tamed. Well, Mae is hand-tamed - *if* you are fast enough to keep hold of her!!

    She doesn't bite and is used to being picked up, but woah is she fast!! She's faster than even our skittish mice, by a lot...Lyle held her in the shop over her tank, and he couldn't keep hold of her! This may take some practice...

    And whilst we were there, they had GALs in. We tried to get a GAL a few months ago, but the seller was too far away. So, Lyle bought a baby GAL with some birthday money! Trish (!) only cost £1.50 and she's gorgeous ^__^

    As she was unexpected her tank was pretty bare to begin with, but we picked up some rocks for her off the beach today :smile:

    (last pic is of Mae's saucer wheel, it's the dwarf size and is sooo small - too small for a mouse!)
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2015 4:30am (May 31st 2015)
     
    Your Mae is soooooooo cute, Red. She sure is tiny.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 1st, 2015 10:25am (Jun 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I need to try and get a video of her whizzing about, to show off her speed and small size! I just love Robos, they have the cutest faces! I've wanted one for ages, but first we didn't have a spare cage, then the only pet shop that had them for a while (it's a pretty poor pet shop) only sold them in pairs...and after what happened with Clem / Clam I did not want two again!!

    Here she is on her wheel (she worked out how to use it straight away, and loves it!), and an updated of Trish's tank too!
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2015 3:44am (Jun 2nd 2015)
     
    Goodness, she is soooo tiny.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2015 10:58am (Jun 2nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, she's only slightly bigger than a harvest mouse :)

    If you look at the wooden house she has in her cage, from the first batch of photos I posted, you can see it has tiny tiny windows. Mae can fit through them with ease - look how much smaller they are than a toilet roll tube!!

    And here's Cleo, just chillaxing whilst I pootle around the room she's in, she don't care! :tooth: Do you remember how terrified she was at first? It's cute :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 2nd, 2015 8:04pm (Jun 2nd 2015)
     
    What a cutie!!
    How old is Trish? She's very small -- about the size of the one I found on the front door last night!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2015 10:03pm (Jun 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks! Haha funnily enough I have no idea how old she is! Maybe 6 - 12 months? I'm just thinking, when we got Sid he was tiny - about half the size of my little finger nail. So she's significantly older than he was. Hopefully she'll reach about 6 inches :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2015 10:48pm (Jun 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, some Idie pics...nomming salad. His dry food is scrunched up in the cardboard packet behind him. Kinda like a puzzle feeder :smile:

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    And I finally got a decent, in focus photo of him doing his 'stand' trick! :woohoo:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2015 3:18pm (Jun 9th 2015)
     
    Clever chap...he's beautiful too!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 9th, 2015 11:03pm (Jun 9th 2015)
     
    He is very cute!! I've lost track of all your pets lately - can you list them for us? Start with the biggest and oldest (Kasper!) and go down to the smallest and youngest (Trish?)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2015 1:09am (Jun 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He is so beautiful. He hasn't grown as big as we were expecting, we saw his dad and he was about twice the size of Iden!

    Haha Kate I'll try get on it; do animals for rehoming count? :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2015 10:44pm (Jun 11th 2015)
     
    You mean supposed-to-rehome-but-will-end-up-staying-forever animals?! :) Yes!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2015 12:01am (Jun 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :001_tt2:

    Okay...
    Kasper = 5 years (:gasp:!)
    Zoey = 2 years 8 months
    Iden = 1 year 3 months
    Cleo & Kali (piggles) = 9ish months & 5 months
    Twoli ('tiel) = 6 - 12 months
    Jerry (mouse) = 1.5 - 2 years [he's old and understandably grumpy. Was very neglected; in recovery health-wise (god ill mice are so expensive...) - potentially have someone interested in him but he's a hard to rehomer!]
    Pierre & Miguel (Bengalese) = 18ish months
    Sarah (Syrian) = 1 - 2 years [new home on Friday *touch wood*)
    Trish (GAL) = ?
    Mae (Robo) = 14 weeks
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2015 5:56pm (Jun 12th 2015)
     
    14 of you in one cottage - you ought t be at the top of a council house list! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 12th, 2015 10:33pm (Jun 12th 2015)
     
    I'd forgotten about Twoli! They must keep you really busy - thanks for the update and I must say it's no surprise we can't keep track!! x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2015 2:23pm (Jun 13th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wish I could take a photo of Jerry (yes, I am aware it is a dull name for a mouse, he came with it...) he came in looking awful. He'd been kept with two other male mice (bad idea) and hadn't been separated when they fought. He was bald in places, covered in scratches and very thin...as in, thin enough to gross you out when you looked at him!

    After several vet visits he looks a lot better, but he's really twitchy. Which is understandable. I've put him in a small, one-level cage that only has a small portion barred wire. I figured it would muffle sound so he doesn't have to be so on edge, and as the cage can be added on easily his new owner can take it with him for a small donation.

    When I was looking for a cage for him, one of the pet shop's owner (who we always chat to) told a customer that we had more pets than he does :rolling: He had a really cute rescue bunny in, but as all the hutches were being painted it was living in a box!

    This rabbit was adorable; it loved attention, asked to be held by standing on its back legs, and was sooo cute!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2015 2:24pm (Jun 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Keeping up the rabbit theme...Iden just lazes around when he's in his house :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2015 3:41pm (Jun 13th 2015)
     
    That is one laid back bunny!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2015 10:02pm (Jun 14th 2015)
     

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    Haha, he seems to just laze the day away in his house, then when he comes out he's a wild child! :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2015 8:56pm (Jun 15th 2015) edited
     

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    Sarah went to her new home today! She was in the Perfecto tank that the gerbils ruined, we repaired it. Now that she's gone, we moved Prim into her tank! I made it very fun to explore, and he loves it so far :smile:

    It's slightly smaller than the cage he was in, but it has several levels and a lot more height...meaning he gets toys!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2015 8:58pm (Jun 15th 2015) edited
     

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    The blue barred cage with the green lip is actually a cage that is marketed as being suitable for Syrians :gasp:

    I simply removed the base and the lid, and hey presto it makes a fun hamster playground :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2015 10:47pm (Jun 15th 2015)
     
    He looks very happy! x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 15th, 2015 11:25pm (Jun 15th 2015)
     

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    Thank you :) He's a sweetie, very laid back too. His handling is coming along okay, he doesn't even react to being stroked, but he's still...nibbly! Doesn't matter what we wash our hands with, if we rub them in his substrate, we still get a little 'hmm, what is this?!' nom :smile:
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    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2015 4:13am (Jun 19th 2015)
     
    Red, you always come up with the best cages for your critters. They sure can't get bored with their surroundings.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 19th, 2015 5:01pm (Jun 19th 2015)
     

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    Thanks Lynn, that's so lovely to hear! :blush: I saw some chicken puzzle feeders at a local pet shop a few weeks back. I mean, how awesome is that?! I was choosing which ones to buy and Lyle stopped me, because obviously my parents don't have chickens!! If they ever actually get around to buying more chickens, I'm totally buying them a puzzle feeder though :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2015 2:00am (Jul 9th 2015) edited
     

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    Took some photos on the walk home with Lyle's mobile phone. I love dusk, it's my favourite time of day. I really like the different colours in the sky, and I love silhouettes...pretty pleased with how these turned out :smile:

    It's weird that some of my favourite things to photograph are 'city things' (pylons and such) as I am such a countryside person...I actually don't like cities :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2015 5:02pm (Jul 9th 2015)
     
    Even with only a cell phone camera you take beautiful pictures, Red.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 9th, 2015 5:03pm (Jul 9th 2015)
     
    There was/is a record label called ECM and their album covers were amazing; a corner of a building against a blue sky with a telephone wire...but from a mad angle so your eye didn't realise what it was seeing at first. Google ECM album covers (images) but there isn't a wonderful selection there compared to what I remember. Your photography sometimes reminds me of them - brilliant.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 11th, 2015 2:47pm (Jul 11th 2015) edited
     

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    Thank you Lynn, that's an awesome compliment!

    Oh hey some of them are really cool and atmospheric CC! Really weird too because I've been messing about adjusting the colours and contrast with some photos of Kasper, I'll post them in a sec :smile:

    Also, look what Lyle brought home for me! I loooove flowers and get stupidly excited about them haha. They were a challenge to photo; these pics haven't been edited at all :bigsmile:

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    So pretty!

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    • CommentTimeJul 12th, 2015 10:15pm (Jul 12th 2015)
     
    BEAUTIFUL flowers, Red!! Lyle is so sweet to bring you flowers..he's a "keeper":face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2015 2:13am (Jul 13th 2015)
     

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    Thanks Lynn! He's such a sweetheart. He went into town to swap the tents and came back with some really thoughtful gifts, bless him. I love taking close-up photos of flowers too, although the dogs were veeerrry interested!

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    Zoey eye :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2015 5:17pm (Jul 13th 2015) edited
     

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    I didn't want a foster. I even turned this guy down! His owners sent me a message in the early hours of Sunday morning, asking if I could take their rat in. I said no. We don't rehome rats because we don't have enough cages big enough, and also their bites tend to hurt more!!

    Anyway, got an email saying thanks for the help, but instead of giving him to the rehoming places I provided, they were going to give him to a guy who had a snake but "as a pet only". Yes, I am aware they probably lied to tug on my heart strings...well, it worked. I didn't want to risk it.

    Little guy's been back an hour. He's done a little exploring. Have no age (I don't think he's fully grown though, if he is he's a runt), he's definitely a boy, he's always lived alone (hopefully that can change) and he has pink eyes. The cage doesn't look that well-stocked with toys because it was so sudden, but I think we did okay.

    No name yet. We're stuck between a few, I want to wait until we've seen more of him first.

    *whispers* I am so in love!

    Empty cage (don't worry we took the sticker off the platform and he now has a water bowl)

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    Birds eye view. The large tunnels and extra level are from the cage we bought for Twoli.

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    First time that little head poked out!! :heart:

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    I love him I love him I love him!

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    omb that face!

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    He is adorable :)

    I have no idea if he was handled or not, so I will be taking it slowly and giving him a few days to settle and get used to things. I had some rats as a kid that bit through fear, and they could bite to the bone...we bought some gardening gloves in to hopefully avoid that! :bigsmile:

    He was being kept on wood shavings and hay (bad idea for rats), so obviously that has changed. We didn't have any substrate that we normally use for rats in, so we paid an extortionate amount for some shredded paper from our local pet shop haha.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 13th, 2015 9:41pm (Jul 13th 2015)
     
    He's beautiful! He doesn't look very old and looks himalayan to me too. Bit hard to tell but maybe only 4-6 months. Make sure you wear those gloves when you first try to meet him! Patrick, my first girl, was never keen on being handled but she never bit hard - would test her teeth against me though. They can be brought round when they've had no handling but it's hard work.

    Cage looks great! I know you're not keen but a fleece is always a good stand-by for the bottom of the cage, and some litter for the toilet. Do you use water bottles or a bowl? Be wary with introductions if you can't handle him - are you a member of any rat forums? Some of the people on there will take a rat they like the colour of regardless of temprament if they have the patience to bring them round. I'm sure you have with your animal history, but if you don't really want to foster a rat at this point it's a thought.

    You are such a lovely person to have taken him in. x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2015 4:25am (Jul 14th 2015) edited
     

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    I'm planning to take things very slow with handling, like you would a fear-aggressive dog. I've read a few things about enforced handling time, where you basically force them to be in contact with you for 20 minutes a day, but that just seems like it would stress him out and destroy trust. So first things first is to pair us being near the cage with tasty treats (what's high value for a rat, cooked chicken?! I'll have to look into it...), then hands in the cage etc. We will take it from there.

    He has been up and about, he's even been right up to the top, and that's just what we've seen when we've been awake! When Lyle went to take Zoey into the kitchen he even scurried up to the front and had a sniffle :smile: So at least he is curious and not just cowering in a corner.

    We usually use water bottles, but the bottle we put on (that came free with Two's cage and has never been used) is terrible...took it off within 30 seconds as it dripped constantly. And obviously we don't have a spare because he wasn't planned! So he has a little bowl atm :smile:

    Oh I had completely forgotten about fleece...well, that would have been cheaper! :rolling: I really want to try fleece with rat/s too, because I've only ever tried it with GPs and I *hated* it with them! Sooo much pee and poo!! Thanks for the cage compliments, I was worried it was a bit bare.

    I think the good pet shop that does rehomes will help match age and temperament to the pet you have with whatever they have in, and I think the rescue does it too. So I'd probably go to them for advice at least if they don't have a suitable cagemate in. I need to read about it all first though...

    I'm thinking there's a really crappy rat breeder in this area that pumps out Himalayan rats. I've never even seen a Himi or Siamese rat in person before (unless my very first rats had a touch, but I remember them as being pure white), and I've looked for breeders of those colours so many times. I never found any even remotely close, not in Yorkshire or here...but now I've seen two in less than a week. Wouldn't surprise me if this little dude was from a pet shop either, his old owners seemed to know nothing so I doubt any good breeder would have supplied them.

    The other shop I know that sells rats, they only ever have black / brown hoodeds in stock, so they must all use different breeders.

    I still haven't seen him up close, so can't update on if his body is all white (looks it from across the room though). Oh okay he's currently climbing, and his belly is white at least! No, I think he is all white. Haha he loves the big tubes he has :bigsmile:

    Hasn't got a name yet, I want to try see him closer and get to know his personality. So far our contenders are:

    1. Urban / Urbie - named after the main character in a book, a sweet kid with several problems, an unpleasant start and a behavioural issues. Could match! Plus rats are everywhere in cities :smile:

    2. Archie - Lyle thought of this name, and we just liked it!

    3. Monty (Python) - because he could possibly have ended up as snake food, and the name Monty is cute!

    4. Pi - short for Python, again for the snake.
    Thanks for all the help Kate :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2015 3:13pm (Jul 14th 2015)
     
    Monty! Wonderful....

    You two are such heroes you know. :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2015 10:10am (Jul 15th 2015) edited
     

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    *blushes* Thank you CC :smile:

    We have come to name him Archie. I really liked all the other names too, but Lyle didn't. He only liked Archie, and I thought it's a lovely name too, so Archie it is! :smile:

    I wanted to start the taming process yesterday, but I was so ill I slept all day. My sleep is so messed up anyway we don't know if we're coming or going - a few hours ago I turned and asked Lyle "is it 8:30am or pm?" and he had to look it up on the PC! :rolling:

    So I haven't done as much work as I'd have liked, not that there's any need to rush. I'm starting to associate the tutting noise I make with treats, and he almost took one from my fingers earlier :smile: Unfortunately Zoey was intrigued and came trotting over, so I had to drop the treat at Archie's feet and distract Zoey pronto. She hasn't noticed Archie yet, and I want to leave it as long as possible before Archie has to hear the pups bark!

    It's really hard to take pics through the narrow cage bars, but I don't want to stress Archie out too much by faffing about. I really want to get a good pic showing his Himalayan points though, but it's tricky. When I saw him up close for the first time this morning I couldn't believe how dark his nose was...I wonder why his owners said he was "all white" and gave him away for free? Didn't they realise he's a rare one?!



    Checking me out :smile:

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    I have been giving him the best treats we have in. He's been having high quality dog muesli biscuits, mealworms and even some itty bits of pancake from our tea :tooth:
    Sleepy boy is settling in :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2015 5:39pm (Jul 15th 2015)
     
    He's already coming out of his shell bit - I reckon he'll be used to you soon.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2015 6:02pm (Jul 17th 2015)
     

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    Thanks CC, I hope so :)

    I've still been ill these past few days, but have managed a little taming work. Four times I have made my standard "hey rodent, listen, this means I have treats!" noise, and he has taken food from my fingers every time. Now when I make the noise he comes running, which is toooo cute!

    I position my fingers so there's no chance of accidental (or not accidental!) biting, but he doesn't seem particularly fearful, which is nice. In fact a few times he hasn't even retreated with his treat, he has sat and eaten it right in front of me :smile:

    I re-learned that pink eyed rats have poor eyesight, or are blind even, so I need to take that into consideration. I think talking when I'm nearby, and making the 'treat' noise every time I have food, could help that. Hopefully. He doesn't seem too visually impaired as gets around fine, and loves leaping from one thing to another.

    I've bought a 'pet shop' in...about a million packs of treats (most rodents love dog treats so we lucked out there :smile: ), some things I discovered are good for rats (ACV, honey and garlic - some people say no to garlic for rats, so I need to research this more), and some coconut oil to add to the dogs' food. I wonder if that's good for rats too? Another thing to research...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2015 8:06pm (Jul 17th 2015)
     
    My rats loved avacado (but only the nice green bits - the flesh next to the skin and stone isn't good for them). Dark chocolate is actually good for them (within reason) - the darker the better. I used to buy a big bar and it would last me weeks, THey also liked yoghurt drops, but again they're fattening! My girls adored pea-fishing which is an excellent one for the hot weather. My rats hated swimming though so I only ever had water deep enough to paddle in. It's a fallacy that all rats like to swim. It's trial and error as to what is a favourite treat - Archie will soon let you know. (Love the name - suits him!)

    When I took on Patrick she wasn't keen on being picked up so I would just leave my hand, palm up, on the bottom of the cage for her to investigate and get used to. She never enjoyed being picked up, but they say the more you do it the more they get used to it.

    He's obviously a very intelligent rat (aren't they all!) Keep it up with the 'come here' noises. Maybe there could be some tricks to be learnt too! They love stimulation. I'm so enjoying hearing about him!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2015 11:33am (Jul 18th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was watching a video on how to condition pet rats to swimming the other day incidentally...pretty similar to Kasper and the pool :smile:

    Archie is thriving! He did really well this morning :bigsmile: I have a few clips from his confidence work since we got him that I'll try upload soon. Hopefully you will be able to see how much faster he comes when 'called'! The video will probably be very dark though...my camera hates where Archie's cage is, even in bright daylight with the curtains open and the light on the videos are extremely dim *sigh*

    Next part of training is to increase Archie's confidence when my hand's in the cage :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 18th, 2015 12:50pm (Jul 18th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Video spanning four days, right up until about 7:30am today :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2015 8:50pm (Jul 20th 2015) edited
     

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    Archie really likes coconut oil. Kasper loves it too, and even Zoey was a fan...it's a hit in our house with the pets! I sprayed it on a dog treat at first, and Archie got sooo excited! Then I read you can spray it on toys, the cage bars etc and it will keep the ratties busy, so here he is sniffing it out on his platform (:

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    Licking it up!! :heart:

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    Generally being cute

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    Ratty boy got some new toys today too. We got him the cutest water bowl ever, and once we switch to a bottle it will be used for pea fishing :bigsmile:

    He also got a toast rack that I attached to the cage bars, so he can climb up the inside or outside. My old, old rats lived in a cage that had springs, and they really liked climbing them, but because the springs moved about they would get caught in them...the toast rack is a safer version of a spring!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2015 11:43pm (Jul 20th 2015)
     
    That's a great idea for a climbing frame! There are some great everyday items that can be used, all you need is ideas, and you always have plenty of those!! Have you tried handling him yet?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 11:06am (Jul 24th 2015) edited
     

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    Some pics from a zoo and beach visit.

    Tokay gecko...I used to be slightly obsessed with these, so it was cool to see one up close :smile:

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    I didn't adjust the colours, he really was that bright!

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    Took this photo by reaching my arms out and holding the camera upside-down...turned out pretty good :bigsmile:

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    beach bins

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    beach buddies

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    It was raining a few hours before this was taken!

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    No sand...just rocks :P

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    Muted bench

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    And my favourite; train tracks :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 11:16am (Jul 24th 2015) edited
     

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    Not yet Kate, but I have taught Archie to touch a target with his nose! :bigsmile:

    L-R: Kenny, Ed and Murphy! = gerbil bums :heart:

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    Kenny is black with an adorable white 'beard', Ed is blonde and white and Murphy is Burmese, I *think*. Very similar to Siamese, but possibly cuter!!

    I fed them mealworms whilst they waited, but they were too tired

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    Temporary home, a 2x1ft Critter's Choice tank with levels

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    And then late last night they went into our second Mamble, which is 100x54x64cm! They had a dust bath for the first time

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    And we put a 2x1 foot RUB in there (same L and W as their previous tank) which is their digging box, as gerbils need a deep layer of substrate. It is full with substrate and cardboard, and provides a second level too!

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    It took Kenny over half an hour to figure out how to get up there. He was very sad watching his brothers have fun, but now they whizz up and down!

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    Ed

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    Murphy in

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    Murphy on

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    Video of three giddy gerbils :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 11:16am (Jul 24th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry for the huge back-to-back photo-filled posts :blush:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 2:59pm (Jul 24th 2015)
     
    The railway track pic looks like an ECM cover, Red.
    Your animals have landed in rodent paradise with you two!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2015 8:12pm (Jul 24th 2015)
     

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    Maybe I should sell my photos to be used as album covers :rolling: And thank you (:

    Switched Archie to fleece today, let's see what we make of it! It was a really thick, very large fleece blanket (sorry Kasper, it was supposed to be for you!) so I was able to fold it back on itself and cover his favourite box with it, creating a den and a tunnel!

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    He had fun exploring, although not as much as mice or gerbils tend to

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    He has quite a few toast racks that he climbs around / in

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    Fleecey tunnel :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2015 12:34pm (Jul 31st 2015)
     

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    We had another day out with our friend yesterday...we walked twelve miles, and Lyle walked significantly more because he walked Kasper and Zoey in the morning too!

    We walked along the beach to the next village over, which seemed to take hours but was really pretty. The ground was pretty treacherous sometimes, but it was really fun. There were lots of sheep on the beach with lambs almost as big as them!

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    The weather was perfect, and there was a nice sea breeze so it wasn't too warm

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    There was a really cool, wide channel of sea that I said we should swim in before summer is over

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    Looking back the way we came :)

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    Two doofuses forging ahead XD

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    A really cute and funny horse...I'm not a horse person, but this guy was cute!

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    This was our route from the beach front to the main road, to walk to the kennels...it took us about 40 minutes, and was supposedly only 1/2 a mile long...lies I tell you, lies!

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    After the kennels we bought some food and ate it on the beach...this was really special, as almost exactly 5 years earlier me and Lyle bought the same food and ate it at the same spot on the beach!! Then we walked back home along the canal :smile:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2015 6:09pm (Jul 31st 2015)
     
    What a lovely day out...twelve miles though!! :shocked: