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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:13pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad just got back from work with a big box. He walked in and said, "This is for the chicks. They're going tonight."

    After such a nice day with them all it's so sad that they're going. They've all been such stars and i don't know which boys to send off...we'll never get to see these three again :cry: Pappy spent the afternoon burried under my neck snoozing, Daisy slept on my shoulder when i sat up, Midget enjoyed half an hour's worth of cuddles and even Scotty, who likes to pretend he's too big for cuddles with mum, had a quick perch on my arm...

    Scotty & Daisy can look after themselves. But what about Pappy and Midget? Who should go?? :sad: :sad:

    I am devastated. I needed a few more days to prepare myself, but i know it's for the best :cry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:16pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    O Red...well, you know them best. I'm sorry they have to go; this is why I never pick up the chicks or get attached when Sage had them...:(
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:17pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Are they going to keep their names when they go to their new homes ?? I dont wwaanntt them too goooo I saw most of them hatch and and I have to go out in an hour aawwww what about all the cameras erm maybe you could put some spare cameras on the rabbit hutch !
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:17pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    *snivel*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:18pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Don't cry, cherub...you know they'll all be looked after, don't you?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:18pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I don't want the chicks to go either.:cry:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:19pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I'm sorry too Red. :(

    When you were not so directly in the line of fire of the emotional intensity of it - weren't you thinking that Midget needed to stay the most?

    Awww. Sweetie - SO SORRY. But, you know, your friends are right that any animal who gets to spend any time with you is so so lucky.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:20pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Argh Im crying nowww :cry:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:21pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    Me too.:cry:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:22pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Dear Milly - there to soothe that grief.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:23pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Yah, I'm in tears over here too... :cry:

    Just shows what a special thing it was to be part of watching them come into the world and become their own little beings.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:25pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Poor Red...:cry:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:27pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Poor chickies too.:cry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:28pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Yes, but they won't mind where they are as long as they're fed and watered.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:29pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    And Neil. This can't be easy for him.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:29pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    True but they will miss Red.:(
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:30pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I'm really glad Dan is able to take a couple of them.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:31pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Er can I make a tribute thingy to the chickies on youtube using pictures that red took if possible ???
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:32pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Yes i think that is a VERY good idea Vicki.:)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:32pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Excellent idea.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:33pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Don't you mean EGGCELLENT!:D
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:34pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Ok butt it might take a while because im going out at 7 30 about and wont be back till 9
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:36pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Ok. I have to go soon. Because it is my sister's birthday and we are going out for a meal.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:38pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    :boogie:Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday to you
    Happy birthday Ace's sis-terrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr
    Happy birthday to you...:trompet:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:39pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    She says thankyou. That was VERY kind of you.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:40pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I have to go now. ALOHA!:)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:41pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    aloha ace hehe
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:41pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    bye!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:42pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Aloha. And I just KNOW Diane would want me to say Aloha for her too, in case she's in the bath!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:44pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Oh, what a shock! I could hear crying all over the world and wondered what was happening. Poor Red - it really is for the best and I know its hard today but you've still got Milly to cuddle. At least there IS a home for them. :cry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:53pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    That was a v. quick bath, Diane; are you SURE you did behind your ears????
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:56pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    Dear Red - it feels, from over here at least, like you have had a loving circle of friends: Ace, Vicki, CC, Kate and I encircling you while you grieve for these sweet chickies. I hope it feels like that for you as well.

    Vicki that is such a great thought! :D I can link it in the "Look But Don't Leave" thread once you have completed it - if you'd like.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:57pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I just realized I hadn't said: Aloha before I left. But I see that you handled it for me. :)

    And, I wanted to check on Red one more time. But - gotta go now.

    ALOHA
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:59pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Bye Di!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 6:59pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Alohahaahahahahahahahaahaahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahaha...
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 7:03pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaalllllllllllllllllllllllloooooooooooooooooooohhhhhhhhaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa oops this is supposed to be a sad thread as chickies are ggooiiinngggg nooooooooooooooooooooooooo
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 7:04pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Thinking about you Red...:brokenheart:
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 7:07pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Mee tooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo even though im in pain as first in pe I had to run 800 metres without stopping then did 3 500 metre relay races and im about to be forced into going to this place and doing basket ball for an hour and a half , sheesh i dont wanna gooo
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 7:08pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    Must go now aloha everybody !! I hear yoouuu elvis !!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 8:27pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you everyone, each and every one of you is a gem i can't tell you how much i appreciate this :heart: And Vicki, that's a nice idea. Well the time has come, say goodbye to three of the peepers :( :cry:

    And Diane, you're right. Midget is logically the best choice and he should stay, but Pappy's only small...no, Midget stays. You're right.

    And Kate, i don't know what i'd do without Milly. I think she has a sixth sense and knows when i'm upset, she was straight on my knee when i went to see her and didn't get off till i felt better.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 8:29pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    oh my gosh, are the chicks leaving at this very moment!!!!!??? it seems like just yesterday i saw them resting in thier little eggies::O:cry::sad:
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 8:33pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    they're being taken away!!!!:( :( :( :( :cry:
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 9:31pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Aw I just got home , came on and saw an empty coop and now im crying again :cry:
    • CommentAuthorMaryFM
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 9:39pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Dear Red
    I like everyone else is so sorry the chicks have gone, but you should remember what a good start you gave them into their young lives, no one could have tended to, cared for or love them as much as you do, and I'm sure the chicks in their own way they loved you back and always will, animals always know the good people and to see a pic of one of them standing on you confirmed the trust they had in you, whatever animals/birds that come your way in the future that caring inner instinct for them will always be there.

    Kind regards
    Mary
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 9:54pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Perhaps when you get your own smallholding you can take them back!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 9:55pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Good idea! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 9:56pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    So have they gone?! :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:01pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    I think so...:(
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:02pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    Aloha everybody its late for me aloha
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:03pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Wotcher. Did you know you're spelling 'hallo' wrong? :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:04pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    Isn't it hello?

    Where are the 2 chicks that are staying for a while? Or have they all gone at the same time?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:11pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    It can be hallo, hullo, or hello. Apparently. I was only kicking her bucket. And Diane's, indirectly... :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 10:37pm (Jun 4th 2008) edited
     
    Didn't FEEL very indirect ;)

    Sigh - that pen looks so sad. I hope everyone at Hen Cam HQ isn't too miserable. :( :( Maybe seeing the new setting for the 3 boys has been a help? It must be large and have nice places for them to run or it wouldn't be big enough for three roosters. Yes?

    Farewell sweet boys. :cry:
    • CommentAuthorMaryFM
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2008 11:47pm (Jun 4th 2008)
     
    It has been quite a wee while since I had a bubble but the empty run did it for me, I hope the wee guys and gal have a happy, safe and carefree life, and send them lots of love and light.

    Mary
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 1:09am (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    I just remembered. The chick coop's not really empty. I don't think. Sunny and one of the boys are going to Dan's at a later date. Right? :)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 5:32am (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    I can still see Sunny and one of the boys in the chick coop walking around and eating this morning. It's sad that 3 of our boys have had to go already. I know poor Red is very sad today. Which one of the boys was picked to stay? I know how it feels to have to give them up. :cry:
    • CommentAuthorMaryFM
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 7:50am (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    Phew! relief for the moment, I thought they had all gone, couldn't see a thing in the dark last night and that was with my specs on too!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 6:15pm (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    I think it might have been Midget who stayed, Lynn. Not sure what Red's final decision was though.
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeJun 5th, 2008 9:47pm (Jun 5th 2008)
     
    the two chicks look so loney:(
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 5:21pm (Jun 6th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Midget stayed, Pappy went. Scotty & Diasy travelled in a box which they hated, and Pappy rode on my knee so he wouldn't fight and slept most of the way there. The chicks new parents ( :( ) seem really nice, and they've spent so much money building all these different coops and making sure they're fox proof, which i felt a lot better about. The boys slept together the first night, and were being introduced to the other hens, roosters and ducks (!) the next day.

    The people said they would keep in touch via email and send photos - i hope they do, that'd be lovely. They were really nice, and i got to hold one of their baby goslings. The chicks have a nice big, well protected coop and much more room to scrat about in...they said we're welcome to pop back and visit too. I hope it went okay and they're settling in fine.

    It's quiet without them, the two quietest peepers have stayed. Midget seems happier though, but Sunny seems confused as to where her brothers have gone.
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 5:37pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    They could have signed up to this forum and kept us all updated
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 6:19pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Perhaps they will; fingers crossed!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 6:55pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Yes that would be good.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 7:10pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Thanks very much Red, for the update. Its a relief to here how nice the people were and how lovely the place is.

    Sunny and Midget are scratching around happily this morning (er evening for them.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 8:47pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Did you feel a little happier about it, having seen where they'll be living and meeting the new owners? I'm sure they'll be happy there.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 8:49pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, i felt a LOT better after seeing their new home. They're obviously gonna be well cared for.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 8:50pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Good; you might sleep better tonight then! How are the ones you kept doing ?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 8:52pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    They look OK on the cam - one of them keeps standing in front and showing off her(?) neck!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:04pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Midget seems to have gained confidence, which is fantastic. Sunny keeps running around flapping her wings (when she used to do that her brothers would come running), and she looks a little confused when nobody runs up to her, but i think she'll be okay.

    Midget isn't a 'normal' chicken...he's a bit slow and tends to wander round looking confused, bless 'im :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:05pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Was he stuck in the egg a bit long? Or trodden on by one of the others?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:06pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Actually now you mention it he is the youngest, and he was the chick who had a really dark beak after hatching so all the others used to peck at his beak...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:07pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Ahh, perhaps they gave him a little bit of brain damage - or made him so insecure. Poor Midget.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:10pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Ooohh was he the one who hatched when the cam was on the brooder and all I could hear was commentary from red and joe hehe
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:14pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Poor little Midget. He does act kinda worried, follows me around and jumps onto my lap for a cuddle whenever i sit still. Maybe he is insecure?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:15pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Perhaps he'll be better now he's not overshadowed by his brothers?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:17pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I hope so. Now that it's just Sunny and Midget, his sister has been doting on him...she follows him about everywhere and doesn't let him out of her sight. Maybe she thinks as soon as she turns away i'll bundle him into a box and whisk him away :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 9:57pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     
    Awww. This sounds very good for Midget. He will get a chance to catch up, developmentally. That's great.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 6th, 2008 10:00pm (Jun 6th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's what i'm hoping Diane :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2008 2:28pm (Jun 7th 2008)
     
    I thought that I was the only one with Special Needs animals! I reckon he'll gain confidence now.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2008 5:05pm (Jun 7th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh no CC, i have (and have had) quite a few!!
    • CommentAuthortexazgal
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2008 3:50am (Jun 8th 2008)
     
    Red, I'm interested in how this is working out for you. My sis gave me a bantie hen and 5 chicks for Mothers day and now it looks like at least 3 are roosters. Being in the city, the neighbors are not going to be happy about that so I am going to have to lose my 3 chicks too. I feel your pain, tho it won't happen for a while for us.
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      CommentAuthorGloria
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2008 4:05am (Jun 8th 2008)
     
    OH, I'm gone for a bit and suddenly the chicks are gone! I'm so sorry you were so upset Red but at least Sunny and Midget are with you...and Midget really will benefit from your care.
    Right now the stream is off...so I hope Neil reactivates so I can get a better look at Midget and Sunny on their own....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2008 4:21pm (Jun 8th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We drove past the chick's new home today on the way to the bike ride, but didn't have to time to stop and see them, and on the way back me and my dad fell asleep :-\

    texazgal, good luck getting rid of your extra boys. It's tough, but they'll be okay :heart: