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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 31st, 2015 10:47pm (Jul 31st 2015)
     
    What a great horse picture, especially with the blade of grass sticking out the side of it's mouth like a country bumpkin!! Beautiful blue sky too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 1st, 2015 11:01am (Aug 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I know CC...Lyle and our friend popped into the supermarket on the way home to pick up some shopping, and my legs were aching so much I had to wait outside on a bench! :rolling:

    Hahaha I did like that horse Kate...he was a little afraid of the noise my camera made, but he counterconditioned to it really easily...wandered off when he was bored and we didn't have any food though :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2015 3:34pm (Aug 10th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've been meaning to post these photos for a while, at the end of last month my parents came up and we were finally able to give my dad his Father's Day gifts!! (it's okay that they're over a month late, right?!)

    We had a really fun time. We went for a meal, then drove to Morecambe, got some pudding and wandered along the prom and the beaches. I got to go paddling for the first time this year, the tide was actually in!!

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    The beach as we parked up
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    And a few hours later, a really odd (but cool!) photo of the beach at night :smile:

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    And we all hid from my mum as she was paying (of course, as you do :sarcastic: ) so this is me lying behind a 2ft bush and Lyle is behind that pillar in the distance!!

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    Finally, my dad's favourite father's day gift :rolling: :rolling: :rolling:

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    A goofy Staffy frame with a exceptionally goofy Staffy photo :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 10th, 2015 6:13pm (Aug 10th 2015)
     
    I trust the water was boiling...? :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 11th, 2015 1:06am (Aug 11th 2015) edited
     
    I loved all the pictures, Red. Your new kids are darling and you always do such a wonderful job of making them fun cages to play around in..no bored pets at your house.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2015 9:17pm (Aug 12th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The water was actually surprisingly warm CC, I could easily have swam (swum?) in it :bigsmile:

    Thanks Lynn!! I'm particularly proud of the gerbils' cage, and they actually seem to spend a decent amount of time out of the digging box too...I was worried they would just live in there and never use the rest of the space :smile:

    Went on another adventure with our friend today and I also snapped a photo of the Bearded Dragon we bought with him about a week ago...not sure what he was doing here but he looked cute :tooth:

     photo picnic33_zpslafubbzq.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2015 9:37pm (Aug 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We took a picnic today and tried to find a woodland fairly close to us, but got completely lost hahaha! Instead we parked in a random spot on a really narrow country lane, and walked down the first public footpath we came to.

    Lyle is the tiny speck in the distance :smile:

     photo picnic5_zps5tymbib7.jpg

    We walked through a relatively small field with some young cows in it

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    Then came across a short, steep rocky path that lead down to a gate. We didn't know whether to turn back and drive somewhere else, as it wasn't very picturesque, or carry on and see where we ended up. We carried on.

    At the end of the path was this wide open space, a beautiful huge field. It was so pretty!

     photo picnic9_zpsahygwujr.jpg

    There were also more pheasants in that field than I have ever seen before, anywhere...and I thought I'd seen a lot in the Yorkshire Dales! There must have been hundreds and hundreds of pheasants...I tried to get a video of them all, which I will post as soon as it's up, but for now here's a photo of a small number of them stood on a wall watching us!! :rolling:

     photo picnic10_zpsi5ywcflq.jpg

    The field was off the beaten track and totally quiet apart from the pheasants and wind in the trees. We'll definitely be going back - if we can find it!
    Love the rays of sunlight in this pic :)

     photo picnic11_zpsih9ppssu.jpg

    Once we'd eaten we drove to a river that I spotted on the bus the other day. There were beautiful grassy banks to sit on, water to paddle in and lots of dogs to say hi to!!

     photo picnic19_zpsct0wfndl.jpg

    Hopefully we're going back tomorrow with towels and a change of clothes so we can go swimming...and, if we can find one, a rubber dingy! :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 13th, 2015 6:43pm (Aug 13th 2015)
     
    Lovely picnic spot, and lovely walking country you're in Red; those dogs are so lucky!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 16th, 2015 8:15pm (Aug 16th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks CC, it was an awesome day and we did go back the following day to paddle / swim in the river too! (of course it wasn't sunny then, so it was mildly chilly, but still fun :bigsmile: )

    Unfortunately where we live there aren't many public footpaths, and the beautiful spots are slightly too far away to walk to. I did find a reservoir that is only about an hour's walk away, and a few other full-day hiking spots too, so have them planned for the near future with the dogs:smile:

    We took some inflatables to the river, but we couldn't find a rubber dinghy so used a blow-up paddling pool instead :rolling:

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    Lyle after floating downstream :smile:

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    Me and our friend resting

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    And a video of the two days...you can see the hundreds of pheasants at the start, and towards the end I get knocked into the river. Managed to fall without dropping my camera or getting it wet at all - I hadn't been in the water up until that point so it was VERY cold!!



    And finally, the gerbils have yet another wheel...this is their gym :bigsmile:

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 3:31am (Aug 17th 2015)
     
    I loved the video of your day at the river, Red...what a fun day.
    :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 10:53am (Aug 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn, we had a great time! Found lots of exciting trails to explore too, so might take one of the pups with our friend one day :smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 9:06pm (Aug 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cleaned out the Archie-boy today. He's coming on really well; I am hopeful we might actually be able to get him out the cage soon :smile:

    At the moment I'm getting him used to being touched. I started out tapping him with a pen and then immediately rewarding him. Next I touched him with my finger (in the gardening gloves of course ;) ), then about a week later began encouraging him to step on me. I think he's doing really well!

    He still gets a little flustered at clean out, but even that is rapidly improving. He recovered quickly today and was rushing up to the open front door to do 'tricks' and earn treats - no more scurrying and hiding in a box as soon as the door opens! :bigsmile: In fact he even tried climbing out to explore the table :rolling:

    My main issue is his poor eyesight, which I think is accentuated (is that the right word?) because of his red eyes. It makes 'calling' him difficult as he can't see where I am, and he hasn't got used to using his hearing / sniffer yet!

    I might be calling him to the open door to do some handling work, and he will run to the left hand side of the cage and search for me desperately - poor boy! I've tried clicking my fingers and tapping the cage bars to encourage him to me, but it just confuses him. Hmmmm.

    Oh, here he is during clean out. Once he's explored and 'worked' for five minutes, he will retreat to either his hidey box or his sputnick whilst I finish cleaning him out. Very sweet, and makes it much easier for me ;)

     photo cleanout_zpsta3aqauc.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 17th, 2015 11:34pm (Aug 17th 2015)
     
    Yes, red eyed rats are well known for having really poor eyesight. If you always call him to the door and use the same method each time he will learn. I think he's doing great! Has he ever bitten the glove or the pen? Always speak to him before touching and always be careful - he may turn to bite if he's surprised or frightened. But you know all this anyway!! Well done for the achievements so far.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2015 2:58pm (Aug 18th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I really wanted him to be able to recognise where my voice was coming from, so I could call him from any direction (that way I can get him more exercise whilst he's in the cage, and it will be useful for when he's free roaming)...I wonder if I could introduce a cloth I scented with something, and he could follow the smell?!

    No, he's never bitten. He 'mouths' things the first time in a "hmm, is this edible way?", but it's extremely gentle. He's very careful taking treats, too. He's never jumped or snapped when being touched. In fact when I left an empty glove on the cage door he tried to drag it to his hide :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 18th, 2015 11:13pm (Aug 18th 2015)
     
    Do you think he could be blind? It seems like he is a very gentle rat, and he takes things very calmly from you so it is really positive. The gentle mouthing is excellent! Make sure your hands don't smell strongly of food though or he may get confused - keep a clear distinction!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2015 4:38pm (Aug 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've wondered that. Sometimes he goes crazy and gets extremely energetic, and he can whiz around his cage...onto the perch, up the tube to the level, leaps onto the red platform and springs onto the rope...could he do that from memory if he was fully blind? I've not been moving most the main climbing furniture in his cage around much, in case it would upset his balance and he could fall...

    He does seem really sweet. Just scared. It's sad he had such a crummy start; don't get me wrong I love him to bits, but he could have had such a different life...living with another rat or two, enjoying cuddles from his human family...he's like a puppy that had no socialisation :sad:

    He is doing really good though. I'm not sure when to try bond him to another rat at all...do it now, or try get him more comfortable with me first? Hmm.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 20th, 2015 4:46pm (Aug 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    OH, and the little booger found a way to reach some nibbles we left on the cage roof...Archie tested some flapjack and had a nibble of digestives...help yourself Archie, we definitely don't feed you crumbs of them anyway :sarcastic:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2015 12:07am (Aug 21st 2015)
     
    Hmm he'd probably be falling at some point if he was completely blind, and accidentally nipping. You're right about the start he could've had - I always thought the same about Patrick - she never had proper contact when she was little either. Introducing another rat is hard, and if you're not sure about handling him yet it's probably not wise. He's always been alone so maybe he'd be OK on his own, especially if he has you for company. He may bond with you better that way - I got Molly for Patrick and they were OK together (though never best buddies) but neither of them felt the need to bond with me!

    Anything within vague reach of the cage is Archie's - especially the roof!!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2015 1:32am (Aug 21st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, I am very worried about the intro process. I was stressed enough with guinea pigs, and that's usually fairly easy! I guess I'll see how he goes, give it a while - thanks :)

    I see a lot of dogs that struggle as adults because of a lack of socialisation as puppies...people really underestimate how hard it is to socialise / train puppies properly.

    Think about it, you need to introduce them positively to as many things as you can think of...car rides, bus rides, train rides, train stations, other dogs (of all size / age / breeds), cats, small pets, livestock, people (of all ages, sizes and appearance - beards, dark hair, deep voices, hats etc etc); noises (sirens, the vacuum, the washing machine, yelling), wearing a harness, walking on lead, being groomed, being restrained, walking on different surfaces (grass, carpet, sand)...that's just a fraction of the effort that should go into a puppy. S/he needs to experience all this before 16 weeks old.

    It's a daunting task, but many people just don't consider it. None of that even includes crucial obedience training!

    I assume Kasper's socialisation wasn't as thorough as it should have been, and his early life wasn't ideal. It's possible he could have been comfortable with any stranger. He might not have had separation anxiety, felt the need to resource guard, or felt so insecure . It's taken years but he's a completely different dog now...much happier, I hope. It's possible we can get there with Archie too!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2015 3:28pm (Aug 21st 2015)
     
    Kate, can I ask...how come your female rat was called Patrick (speaking as someone with a female rabbit called Roger)?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 21st, 2015 9:18pm (Aug 21st 2015)
     
    I inherited her from Rachael (mother of the grandkids) and she named her Patrick (as in Patrick Starfish). She'd had a rat a few years before that was called Spongebob. Molly was originally going to be called Lolly, but it didn't seem to suit her.

    I tried to intro Angel and Saffy to Patrick and Molly and it was a disaster with Molly ripping open Angel's back. I gave up.

    I've often wondered if inadequate socialisation is the only reason or if it's down to personality too. We often see sibling kittens go to the same home, have the same input, but one will be super friendly and the other scared of it's own shadow.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 22nd, 2015 6:15pm (Aug 22nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, if it's anything like puppies I'd say it's a mix...there's the genetic component from the parents, then the animal's individual personality and then socialisation plays a huge part.

    Usually with a litter of puppies you can pick out the bolder ones and the more nervous ones...people used to say that the confident puppies were the "dominant" ones, and you should avoid them as they'd be a handful. More recently it's become accepted that bold pups are easier to socialise, whereas scaredy pups take a ton of socialisation.

    I don't know how much I believe genetics play a (humongous) part. I mean I know genetics probably do affect confidence and reactions to some extent...I just don't believe it's as strong as people say. What does anyone else think?

    When my first mouse Martha gave birth I handled her babies when they were about 10 days old. Martha was from a deplorable pet shop (which is most likely where Zoey was from too) where the the mice weren't separated into sexes and they weren't handled. As a result Martha was very very timid and, obviously, she was pregnant haha.

    Anyway, I handled her babies a ton and they were the most confident mice I've ever had. There were differences in personality and confidence in the group, but NONE of them were in any way timid.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2015 12:20am (Aug 23rd 2015)
     
    We were discussing this at rehoming. My friend believes there probably is a genetic element, but as with other things not all kittens will 'inherit' it. Also, other factors such as mother's nervousness, number of siblings (hence amount of contact available), handling, health, environment all have an impact too. I have to agree - all babies are affected similarly whether they be human or animal.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 23rd, 2015 7:55pm (Aug 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :iagree:

    I was involved in a discussion where a young (under a year) APBT had air snapped at two strangers, and the owner was trying to either privately rehome the dog or put them into a rescue. The dog's mum lived not so far away, and was also aggressive, so the advice was largely that the dog should not be rehomed but should be PTS.

    However the dog's mum was a totally outdoor dog. She got no human company, no stimulation and was mistreated by her owners - that would be enough to make me scared and bitey around humans!

    And as for the younger dog, the owner brought her home at 5 / 6 weeks old, then didn't socialise or train her. The dog spent the vast majority of her time tethered in the garden, and as she got older she got brought in the house less and less as it was so exciting to her, meaning she jumped up and mouthed as she'd never been taught how to behave.

    Anyway, I thought it was pretty crummy nearly everyone said the dog should be PTS, just because her mother was aggressive so 'it COULD be genetics'...is it not more likely the behaviour, in both dogs, is down to their crummy lives??

    The dog wasn't PTS, but she was rehomed. I hope she is happier and loved now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeAug 24th, 2015 4:14pm (Aug 24th 2015)
     
    They don't train the dogs or spend any time and effort on them and are surprised when a bored dog misbehaves. It's the owners who should be PTS if you ask me.:_oh_really:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2015 4:02am (Aug 25th 2015)
     
    I think it's more that the owners have "genetic problems" than the poor dogs. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 25th, 2015 9:08pm (Aug 25th 2015)
     
    Yes this is a prime example of a bad owner. I don't understand why people have a dog if they can't invest time and, just as importantly, love in them. I think they have them as substitute children or a toy for the kids. With the right knowledge and patience most dogs can be retrained to some extent. Cats too - just look at Kitten. She'll never be a sociable friendly lap cat, but she's happy, healthy, and enjoys human contact.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2015 9:15pm (Aug 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Even dogs who have behavioural problems such as aggression can be managed, if not 'fixed'. For example a dog that is aggressive to other dogs can be muzzled in public, walked where other dogs aren't off lead (hard to find in the UK though, even near roads...) and even exercised solely at home. Alongside counter-conditioning this can work.

    Kate the way you described Kitten is my goal for Archie!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 26th, 2015 9:20pm (Aug 26th 2015)
     
    I'm very happy with Kitten and I do believe she is happy too. I'm sure Archie can get to that point, if not further. Rats are very intelligent after all.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2015 12:54pm (Sep 3rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Quick video of Archie taking food from his favourite spot in the cage, just to show how gentle he is. I'm passing him individual grains of brown rice :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2015 1:03pm (Sep 3rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh, also, a Trish update. When we got her at the end of May:

    http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/extensions/InlineImages/image.php?AttachmentID=5670

    (I can't post the photo as I'm on my stupid laptop, so if the link doesn't work just go back a page or so in this thread and it's there somewhere!)

    And from two days ago :bigsmile:

     photo trish_zpss7jc2dg8.jpg

    Hasn't she grown!! Pretty shell

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    And chomping her veg

     photo trish2_zpsgol8icji.jpg

    She's gonna need her heatmat in a few months as the weather gets colder. I'm glad in winter that our house is uber warm, but it's hell in summer!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2015 3:20pm (Sep 3rd 2015)
     
    Archie's nearly ready to be stroked, I reckon. He's so lovely - I do like rats. I used to tune for an opera singer who carried hers round on her shoulder. He probably went deaf...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2015 11:41pm (Sep 3rd 2015)
     
    Trish has a lovely shell - nice to she how she's grown!

    Archie is great! So pleased he's being gentle and beginning to trust you. Keep up the good work! (I miss my rats!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 4th, 2015 1:26pm (Sep 4th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC we have begun getting him used to being touched (me in my gardening gloves of course!!). I have the door open so it forms a kind of platform, and Archie comes and hangs out on it. Then I touch him on the back, give him his marker and immediately give him a really high value treat. I am also getting him used to stepping on my hand, and moving it slightly. He's come on so well :smile:

    Thanks Kate! He must have grown a heck of a lot - his favourite platform (the place where he loves to beg for treats!) snapped off the bars the other day :rolling: It was a meant for birds so we knew it would break one day, but it barely used to bend when he first came home and jumped onto it!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2015 6:30pm (Sep 17th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photo from yesterday's walk :)

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2015 2:55pm (Sep 18th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's really nice, and well exposed for the clouds and landscape too. Nice one :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 19th, 2015 5:33pm (Sep 19th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey thanks man! :woohoo: Not bad to say I had a dog on a lead at the same time as taking the photo huh? :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 1:03pm (Sep 21st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here's one from me, taken on Saturday night when we had a picnic for tea at Ribble Head Viaduct...

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 5:42pm (Sep 21st 2015)
     
    Beautiful!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:37pm (Sep 21st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yeah, compliment my photo and then come along with one that's a hundred times better and I assume you took on your phone :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:40pm (Sep 21st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So Lyle brought this amazing meal in to me yesterday. I was just expecting mash, veg and sausages...and he made me a chicken!!! :rofl:

     photo chicken1_zpskhvv7rfc.jpg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 6:44pm (Sep 21st 2015)
     
    Wow! Lyle deserves a gold star for that one!!

    (Lovely pic Neil - photographic ability obviously runs in the family!)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2015 7:12pm (Sep 21st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I was proper belly laughing when he brought it out Kate, couldn't believe it!!

    Got some photos of my little Cleo girl today too. She was ill a few months back (I think I posted about it?), she lost a lot of hair on her sides. She was put on medicine and is fully recovered now. She was timid for a while after we had to treat her (she had a very bad start before us, so she's especially nervy, even for a piggle!) but she's back to her noisy nosey self now :smile:
    Chilling in her hay box...seriously, she is the cutest little blob! :heartsabove:

     photo cleo4_zpsif63uetm.jpg

    And then she saw me, so obviously got very excited..."Oh mummy, you have treats?!" :sarcastic:

     photo cleo5_zpstdfjfzy3.jpg
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 5:52pm (Sep 22nd 2015)
     
    I really like piggles, they're such characters... She looks fine now Red - obviously on the up!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 8:38pm (Sep 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's a very demanding diva :rolling: Doesn't matter if she has a full bowl of food, veggies and a box of hay...go into the kitchen and she has to make herself heard, just in case you have something better to offer her!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2015 6:58pm (Sep 26th 2015)
     
    Cleo is a cutie, Red. I've always loved piggies too. :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2015 9:36pm (Sep 26th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She's a little star Lynn...if we leave dog toys on top of her cage (as there's a crate underneath her so it's an easy place to put them) she loves to try pull them through!!

    Pics from the walk today that don't have Rey in them...

     photo moss_zpse84yk8u0.jpg

    Well okay he snuck in this one, but he's blurred :smile:

     photo 32nddaytree_zpsz5un9q3l.jpg

    The very impressive rock face

     photo crag_zpszk5mvhs7.jpg

    Very gnarly barked tree with ivy (I think) climbing up the cracks

     photo crag5_zps6lcmr0wi.jpg
    And the view from the hill looking towards the sea :)

     photo crag6_zpsjdaumuhr.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 12:56pm (Oct 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Photo from Rey's walk yesterday of the sun setting over the beach

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    And this is one of my favourite spots to sit and chill for a while...I brought Kasper here the other night when the moon was massive, and we sat in the peace and quiet for a while. Unfortunately as we were making our way back down the hill Kasper started alerting and wagging, as if there was a person, and it really freaked me out...turns out it was a pile of stuff that the field owner is using to build a shed in the field :rolling: Thanks Kasper :sarcastic:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 7:01pm (Oct 1st 2015)
     
    But he SAVED you from it, yes? You weren't attacked by planks.corrugated iron or anything, were you? Job done! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 6:00pm (Oct 4th 2015)
     

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    Well, the planks didn't attack me, but I did almost fall down a ditch as I was so busy squinting into the distance :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 4:50pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some photos of the bro's; their sand bath is now a hay box, as they just filled the sand with shavings and all sorts. They'll get a bowl of sand once a week for dust bathing

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    Ed mid-jump and Murphy

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    They got some millet too. Kenny laid claim to the whole spray

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    Whereas Ed, who's very much at the bottom of the pecking order, made do with a tiny crumb :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 7:58pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     
    Aw, bless him. I have great sympathy for those at the bottom of the pecking order...I had to sort the chickens out this morning because it was pouring with rain and they wouldn't let Fish back in the hutch. Allie next door was laughing as she heard me shouting at Butter & Nugget "Now just STOP picking on him or you'll be in trouble!"
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    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 8:47pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     
    Love the pictures, Red...oh, poor little Ed, being at the bottom of the pecking order is no fun at all. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 9:55pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

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    :rolling: Poor Fish! At least Ed doesn't have the weather to worry about... :P

    Thanks Lynn! I'm not sure who is at the top of the pecking order. I kinda think it's Murphy, but he's not overly interested in food so it's hard to tell.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 10:07pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

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    Just messing about with lighting and reflections :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 10:08pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha that would look so creepy if there was someone stood in the window of the reflection but not the actual window XD
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2015 6:25pm (Oct 6th 2015)
     
    You have a weird imagination, woman - write a novel! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2015 11:24pm (Oct 6th 2015)
     
    Hang on, are there 3 in there? I thought you were having 2? Or am I making up my own ideas now?! They're very pretty (sorry boys!) think Ed is my favourite (he's the mink one, yes?)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 6:55pm (Oct 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Erm...we've had these guys for quite a while - they're the gerbil brothers we brought home from our fave pet shop that live in the Mamble 100 cage :bigsmile: Ed is Lyle's favourite too! He was right from the get go, before we knew he was the bullied one :rolling:

    Ohhh unless you mean the degus we picked up yesterday?!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 9:51pm (Oct 8th 2015)
     
    No I did mean the gerbils - just forgot all about them!

    How's Archie (that is the rat's name isn't it?) getting on?

    Are the degus settling in ok?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 11:06pm (Oct 8th 2015) edited
     

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    Archie's doing well :) Still never been bitten by him, and we have a new game where I put my left hand palm-up and hold a treat in my right hand, so he has to walk across to get the treat...now when I put my hand palm-up he runs onto it! He no longer gets freaked out by the cage door opening (great excitement instead) and his favourite thing is when I get a 10 inch strip of cardboard and wrap it around a bar on top of his cage...he has to pull to unravel it and then pull it through, he loves it :smile:

    The degus are still extremely nervous. I think they're gonna be very skittish (thinking guinea pig level?) so will probably leave them up to a week before I start doing 'hand = good things' work...I am gonna be trying to add a small extension to their cage tomorrow, I think, so hope I don't stress them out too much :/
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 8:37pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     
    Well done with Archie-rats that have a bad experience take a lot to gain trust. I never really got there with Patrick or Molly and they didn't have a bad start, just not enough handling. It was lack of knowledge about what to do. You're doing great!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 11:38pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     

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    Thanks :) I'm so used to working with stupidly sensitive Kasper (four years, and he's slightly better with having his paws handled - still not ready for nail trims - and can cope with strangers entering the house when done properly) that working with Archie seems to be progressing really quickly...I'm thankful to fearful dogs as they have taught me patience; something I learnt when trying to catch the degu boys at their old owners' house. She kept apologising it was taking so long, and I was like 'huh? it's only been 20 minutes!' :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:37pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    Perhaps because the have a short life span they gave to get everything in quickly!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2015 9:35pm (Oct 19th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some random pics; about a month ago a farmer cut a thorny bush all along a field we walk through and still there are really painful thorns everywhere - this one went through Lyle's shoe and into his foot!!

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    Birthday loot...I asked my dad for some coconut oil for the dogs as it's fairly expensive, and LOOK WHAT WE GOT! :rolling:

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    And a new bowl I bought with my birthday money :bigsmile:

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    The Kong Duet I also bought, filled for Rey - how weird is this puzzle feeder??

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    The stars near us...they're so bright but I can never get a photo of them! I was lying down to take this, but I should have rested the camera on the ground so it was stable, doh!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2015 9:48pm (Oct 19th 2015) edited
     

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    And oh no look, micelets!!!! (shush everyone, they were toooo cute to resist!)

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    So the three on the left in the below photo are actually 7 months old, and the pet shop was actually planning on keeping them as their own because they were so old...then we saw them and, yeah :bigsmile: The woman at the pet shop said she wouldn't have sold them to anyone other than us hahahaha! The older ones are apparently extremely well handled from being in the shop so long :smile:

    The four on the right are 12 weeks old...they were all so beautiful, and I wanted to mix them in a large group in a massive rat cage...but I think I might leave them in two groups side-by-side now, I'm not sure it's worth stressing the older girls out...

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    These are the young uns: Maple (ginger), Parsley (b&w), Thistle (silver), Acorn (brown)

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    The babies taking a nap because I've taken too long setting the cage up :rolling:

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    This is where the young four will live - it looks pretty bare (that will change!!), but there are several hides hidden in the paper, honest!

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    This is part of the temporary cage for the older girls, and we have a new cage on the way

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    Because the youngsters haven't been at the shop so long she said they weren't as well handled and were still skittish, but I found them to be pretty robust! Here I am bothering Maple :tooth:

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    And Thistle :)

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    more coming (sorry...)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2015 9:48pm (Oct 19th 2015)
     

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    They're in!!

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    Yeah, I need to pack it out with toys more, and the RUB is temporary...

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    Maple's markings are STUNNING!

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    Thistle :)

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    Parsley...Parsley is literally one of the cutest mice I have EVER seen, and she seems full of character so far...I really, really like all these mice, they are beautiful...I especially like Maple, Parsley and Bramble though :bigsmile:

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    Mousie corner, babies on left and oldies on the right!

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    Acorn and Maple

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    And big old Bramble :smile:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 19th, 2015 9:51pm (Oct 19th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I didn't get as many photos of the older girls as we were in a right rush by then, but I'll try take some tomorrow if we get chance to handle them, and I have some video footage to sort...

    Bramble - 7 months old, brown and white
    Thorn - 7 months old, solid silver (I think)
    Clover - 7 months old, black and white

    Thistle - 12 weeks old, silver and white
    Maple - 12 weeks old, ginger and white with tiny patches of grey!
    Acorn - 12 weeks old, brown and white
    Parsley - 12 weeks old, black and white, really striking half coloured face :bigsmile:

    So they weren't supposed to happen...but I'm so pleased they have, because they are honestly gorgeous :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 4:22pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     
    I can see you two moving into the shed soon to make way for the beasties!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 7:03pm (Oct 20th 2015) edited
     

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    They're *soooo* adorable :heartsabove:

    I'm making us shuffle our living room around now so that I can see them from the couch, and it'll be easier to handle them...ordering the new cage now, yahoo!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 7:34pm (Oct 20th 2015)
     
    Oh Red, I adore you!! It's your birthday and you have coconut oil for the dogs, spend b'day money on a bowl, and get mice and a new cage! You are so much like me - I prefer to give presents than receive, and will spend my last penny on the cats and grandkids and smile while I do it.

    The mice are adorable! I can't choose a favourite they're all so cute!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 9:00pm (Oct 20th 2015) edited
     

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    Thank you so much Kate :) My parents were despairing when they saw my birthday list...a dremel (for cutting the dogs' nails), a new lead, coconut oil and two XL Stagbar antlers for the big pups :bigsmile:

    The mouse cage we have on the way is really cool! It's a similar size to the Jenny Rat (longer, with the same width but not as tall) and comes with two houses and two wheels, which should be an okay size for mice = awesome!

    The levels are wood, so I might look into covering them...I know other hamster / mice / rat keepers coat wooden levels so they don't smell, are easy to clean and last longer, but I forget how so I need to look into it...



    I was going to put the older three in there, but I think it makes more sense to put the older three in the glass tank and have the younger four in the larger barred cage. Unless I end up trying to add them together.

    Also, Bramble has been having to make do with this XS flying saucer (because the cage she's in doesn't have bars), and she looks so giant on it :rolling:

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    I stole the barred section from the younger mice and put it in the Ovo Loft, with a silent spinner attached, so hopefully she'll be happier with that until the new cage is here :smile:

    It was also first handling time, and Bramble was a cutsie pie :heart:

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    When she realised I picked her up when she was in the tube she kept running in and peeking out at me, waiting :rofl:

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    These peeps have never had a wheel, so it was all new to them!

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    Parsley is just, like, SO cuuuute!

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    Then Lyle came for a handle of the big girls whilst I played with the tiny tykes...guess who came to play - HI BRAMBLE! :sarcastic:

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    "Stop holding me and FEED ME!"

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    They're on a huge mix of rat / mouse food, rabbit food, a few degu pellets and they get kibble as a treat too...they'd emptied the bowl overnight :smile:

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    I think Maple and Parsley are going to be the easiest to tame, from the young four. Thorn (solid silver) seems to be the most timid from the older girls.

    In other taming news the degus continue to improve, and since their cage has moved they have increased in confidence and have been exploring the cage a little more, which is nice. I need to find them some sort of tall dish so they can dust bathe without flinging sand everywhere...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 20th, 2015 9:17pm (Oct 20th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebThe mice are adorable! I can't choose a favourite they're all so cute!


    Kate, usually when I see mice I think they are cute but in a 'standard' way (nothing wrong with that, they usually stand out for their personality anyway), but literally every mouse in this group made me catch my breath, and several of them made me squeal and bounce around with glee...I think the last time that happened was when we picked Archie up and I discovered he was a Himalayan, not a white rat :smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 21st, 2015 5:52pm (Oct 21st 2015)
     
    The cage is fantastic! I remember treating some wooden shelves I had for the rats. I had a spray - Plasticote? - -that came in loads of colours. I gave them several coats and they lasted the whole time I had the rats. I had to leave them for a couple of days for the smell to reduce, then I gave them a wash in warm soapy water and they were fine. They seemed a bit slippy, so I bought a really cheap bathroom mat with a non-slip back and cut covers which I fixed over a couple of the shelves, but could slide off to wash. The others I left as they were and to be honest they never seemed to have a problem.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 12:51am (Oct 22nd 2015) edited
     

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    Plastikote, that's it! :bigsmile: Awesome! I'll have to buy some in and look up how to do it so I don't end up ruining the shelves in the process :rolling:

    I was going to buy a cage for £80 off Zooplus, but they've messed up our card details or something, and as we can't buy from them I thought I'd look on Amazon...found the above cage, which is bigger, for £55 :bigsmile:

    Had the second handling session with the mice this evening. When I took the lid off the young girls all four were clustered on the top shelf which was adorable, but Acorn bolted before I could take a pic :sarcastic:

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    I keep accidentally calling Parsley 'Patch', as one of my all-time favourite pet mice was Patch, a girl hatched by my first ever mouse Martha. She was silver but had a very similar patch to Parsley, only on her left eye! I think I posted photos of her in this thread, probably on the first page or two as it was yeeeaaars ago that I had her!!

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    Parsley on the left with Thistle on the right. Thistle's a kind of silvery *almost* browny colour, which happens to be similar to Molly, my other first mouse ever :bigsmile:

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    Beautiful Maple showing off the 'L' on her back :smile:

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    Thorn (older girl, solid silver) is extremely nervous and VERY wick!!

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    Maple ROCKS, and I'm hopeful she's going to be *very* easy to tame :)

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    She did really well to say this was her second handling session!

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    "Carry me to my wheel!" :smile:

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    I haven't been able to handle the older girls as easily as the Habitrail Ovo cages are such a pain to get in and out...not only are they a little clunky / noisy, but they don't give brilliant access and you have to kind of bend your arm into the space...can't wait until the new cage arrives and all the mice can be in two cages where the entire roof lifts!
    :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 6:57pm (Oct 22nd 2015)
     
    I keep trying to pick a favourite but I can't!!

    The Plasticote is really easy - the trick is several layers, don't try to put it on too thick. I think I did 4 or 5 layers, let it dry inbetween and you should have a good outcome. Mine were bright pick - looked great!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:20am (Oct 23rd 2015)
     

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    That's really useful, Kate, thanks! I'm sure if it can be messed up I will manage it, but hopefully it'll go okay...cage hasn't even been dispatched yet, boooo!

    I need to get more pics of Clover and Acorn, I haven't really got any of them yet!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 2:45am (Oct 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some dog-free photos from today's walk...I am actually quite pleased with how some of these turned out...got lucky with the lighting and the clouds!

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    Lyle in the distance :)

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    As we were walking along I saw this beautiful golden light reflected on the ripples on the water and really wanted to capture it in a photo. I thought I'd never be able to manage it but I actually like the result

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    There were several muddy patches and Lyle was laughing at me because I walked around the first few, not realising I had wellies on!

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    I love sunsets :)

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    I think this is one of my all-time favourite photos that I've ever taken...so pleased with the view, sky, reflection and ripples on the water...I'm usually really unimpressed with my photos so I'm over the moon I managed to get some good ones today! This is how I envision my photos turning out, only they never usually do :rolling:

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    Gloopy mud

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    Had to take a photo of this cloud that looked like a dragon breathing fire...the fire was even red!

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    I don't know what these fluffy flowers were but there were millions of them!

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    Shame there are sheep on the beach as it would be a perfect place for Kasper / Zoey to tear about off lead

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    Ice cream time! I don't know if we've raved about this ice cream before, but it's not simply mint flavouring, it actually tastes like mint the herb...which is REALLY weird, but totally unexpectedly gorgeous :bigsmile:

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:58am (Oct 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some really nice pics, man! Really like the subtle reds and blues reflected on the water and the beach scene - the beach looks like it's a distant planet and it's really well exposed too :)
    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 6:12pm (Oct 23rd 2015)
     
    I really think these pics are fantastic :D It was such a fun walk too
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:18pm (Oct 23rd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you so much!! :bigsmile: I'm really proud of the zingy channel of water one, it turned out exactly how I wanted it to :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 23rd, 2015 10:44pm (Oct 23rd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Time to try the little fuzzers on some herbs and wild flowers :)

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    Zoey wanted in :sarcastic:

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    And I made up a new batch of gerbil / mouse / hamster mix (various seeds, mouse food, rabbit food and a little dog kibble mixed together). The degus and Archie also get this in very very small amounts as a rare treat...again, Zoey was interested. She actually had a few mouthfuls, and wasn't discerning about what she ate :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2015 2:20pm (Oct 24th 2015)
     
    Your pics are beautiful Red: they would make lovely greetings cards, you know!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 24th, 2015 3:59pm (Oct 24th 2015)
     

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    Thanks :) I like some of the pics enough to try making them into cards...I'll have to look into it ^__^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 25th, 2015 6:31pm (Oct 25th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I tried giving the meecers the dried flowers / herbs yesterday - they were soooo unimpressed! :rolling:

    Parsley looked like she might have a nibble

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    Then did the standard mousey-squint and chose to sniff out my fingers instead :smile:

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    Maple didn't even pretend to be interested, she went straight for a finger sniff!

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    Back to their grub :)

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    Little snuffly Parsley nose :heart:

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    Maple's absolutely beautiful but she's *so* hard to photograph because of her red eyes

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    Thorn (at the back), Clover and Bramble at the front...can't wait for the new cage to get here so I can handle the older girls easier!

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    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2015 1:34am (Oct 26th 2015)
     
    Your meecers look so cute, Red. I like little Clover's (black and white?) coloring she's so pretty.:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 26th, 2015 6:10pm (Oct 26th 2015)
     
    What a shock I had just now!
    On cam saw this hand wielding a hammer in the run!

    Then realised it was construction of the the frequent change of toys for the chooks.
    Good job done there.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 10:20am (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You spotted Helen working on the rear planting/bathing area - probably the only time she's ever been caught on cam :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 27th, 2015 7:01pm (Oct 27th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you Lynn! :bigsmile: Clover's a cutie, but seems to have taken over Thorn's role of being the most nervous older girl...I don't know what happened to Thorn, but all of a sudden she was more than happy to be handled!
    :)
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    She'd only show me her bum though! :sarcastic: She's fast as lightning; if she decides she wants to go, she is GONE!!

    Bramby girl :smile:

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    And I don't think the younger girls were happy I tried to swap their water bowl for a bottle *sigh*

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    • CommentAuthorEdge
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 1:45pm (Oct 29th 2015)
     
    I need to start handling the mice more...it can't be easy having to handle seven mice with three more incoming! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 29th, 2015 10:47pm (Oct 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Can't wait to see them though! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 30th, 2015 9:04pm (Oct 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Extra photos from moving the 14 week old girls into the new massive cage that arrived today...Parsley

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    Parsley was very interested in the ramp!

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    Thistle and Maple

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    And Parsley learning how to use a vertical wheel, speeding up the ramp and snuffling the camera :rolling:



    For a review and extra pics / video of the new cage, see here!

    http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/comments.php?DiscussionID=1000&page=1#Comment_89341
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 11:21pm (Nov 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Some mouse pics...these are our newest girls, who are so desperately ill at the moment...most these were taken two days ago
    :(
    First day home

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    Ellie (Elm), Daisy (white satin), Berry (black and tan) and Juni (Siamese)

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    Beautiful Juniper :(

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    Berry

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    Berry looks solid black from above!

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    And their first handling :sad:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 8th, 2015 11:31pm (Nov 8th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Our two groups of older mice are still perfectly healthy, thank god, and today I added another level using the base of an old cage!

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    (excuse the poops *sigh* I do sweep the levels every evening...I need to see if you can Plastikote cardboard :rolling: )

    The elusive Acorn

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    The ramp leading to the level...Maple thought it tasted nommy!

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    She wanted up bad :tooth:

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    I put peanut butter splodges leading them up the ramp, and Maple got to (carefully!) lick the knife clean
    :)

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    "I loooove peanut butter!!"

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    And I even got a photo of Acorn trying the peanut butter!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 4:16pm (Nov 9th 2015)
     
    Is that how Neil & Helen trained you to go upstairs, Red? :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 8:04pm (Nov 9th 2015)
     
    I'm sorry your new girls are ill Red - stay infection prevention vigilant!!
    I assume there's another thread about them being poorly so I'm off to look for that now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 9th, 2015 8:57pm (Nov 9th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I wish CC! :)

    They've all passed Kate...all other rodents seem fine, and we have been very careful. Luckily the new girls were already in a separate room to everybody else, and we double washed our hands between handling...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 10th, 2015 7:49pm (Nov 10th 2015)
     
    I did see that on another thread Red. I am so sorry, poor little sweeties. xx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2015 5:20pm (Nov 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've been putting as much effort into our rodents as physically possible, the new mice passing made me realise quite how much I love the rodents and I'm so glad they're okay. Yesterday I cleaned out all the mice and the degus, the gerbils got new chewables, Archie tried some new treats, the degus got interactive toys and the mice got a new toy and new wheel. And the meecers got extra handling.

    The paper bundles are five sheets of paper scrunched into a ball. Two of them are just paper, but in the centre of three of them I've hidden the degus favourite treats!

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    Maple desperately scrabbling and grabbing at food :rolling:

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    Thistle joined her sister

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    The degus got a walnut each and were very excited

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    And we bought a 'build your own' rodent toy for the mice, but instead of making it into a large ball we made it into a medium and smaller sized toy, so both sets got a bit!

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    Thorn is one of the older girls, and was initially extremely shy and super quick. She's still speedy but enjoys handling now, yay!

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    Clover is still very nervous, but I have found if I leave her to come to me she will climb onto my arm and can be handled with no anxiety

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    Weekly clean-outs (where I just replace bedding and give the cage a wipe down) are hilarious now, as Thorn's new confidence means she chases me round the cage! She nibbles the kitchen roll and climbs all over me :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeNov 11th, 2015 5:20pm (Nov 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The heap of bedding proved so irresistable even Clover came to explore :smile:

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    Thorn went crazy tearing through it and burrowing all over the place!!

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    Whereas Bramble only cared about the food...they got weetabix for the first time so she was happy :rolling:

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    Older girls set up, squeaky clean!

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