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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 22nd, 2016 6:03pm (Jul 22nd 2016)
     
    How annoying! I had the same for a while. Send it a text saying 'You have mis-dialled. Please do not ring this number again.' Worked for me.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 24th, 2016 12:21am (Jul 24th 2016)
     
    That's a good idea - will try it if it happens again.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeAug 12th, 2016 10:05pm (Aug 12th 2016)
     
    Emmett isn't so good - she is struggling to get around and we don't know whether she's had a bit of a tumble so it's just a bit more painful, or if her muscles just aren't there any more. I asked the vet if I could up the dose of her meds but she said no - more drug doesn't equal less pain as there is an optimum level. She said that it was hard to comment without seeing her, but we may have to consider that muscle wastage is the cause and maybe we have to consider her quality of life. Eldest son thinks she seems a little better today, but I can't see it. Will see how the weekend goes.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2016 7:44pm (Sep 17th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Uuugh. Just having the best time with Rey and Pixie out in the garden, all having a lovely time, and I picked Rey up for cuddles and it was lovely. Went to put him down, let him jump from hip level...and he face-smacked the patio and it made an awful sound :cry: For about five seconds he was still and really sad and I was SO scared I'd badly hurt him...then he was playing and just fine but I can't shake it off. Feel like the worst dog owner ever... :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 2:07pm (Sep 18th 2016)
     
    Don't - he has a lovely life with you and accidents happen to everyone.
    My rant:£^%&!"& Sunday cyclists. All over the road, in long lines and bunches so you can't overtake. Wouldn't mind if they were actually looking at the lovely countryside but they're either staring at tarmac or the arse in front - certainly not watching the traffic! I want a cowcatcher on the front of my car...why not go to a velodrome? SOME of us have to be in certain places at certain times. Grrrr.:rant_red2::cursing::fierce::tearhair::thumbdown::_oh_really:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 18th, 2016 10:46pm (Sep 18th 2016)
     
    It was just an accident Red, and Rey is fine! I've had similar things happen with the cats, and they're supposed to be able to jump well!

    Oh I agree CC. The police round here are starting a new incentive. They send a policeman out in full cycling gear with camera, film any overtakes and if it's considered too close they pull them over and either give them a good talking to or prosecute! I was discussing this with hubby and he insisted that all car drivers are the same and don't take care around cyclists. I said it's like saying all cyclists are ignorant and cycle in the middle of the lane and don't allow cars to pass. "No they're not, you're wrong" was his constant response. He's a cyclist. He always makes me drive. Proves my point I believe!!

    He went out cycling today and said everyone who owns a bike must be out on it today. Glad I was in the garden painting the fence!! (Hmm, my rant: I've been in the garden painting the fence while he's out enjoying himself on his bike staring at the Tarmac!!! :rolling: )
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2016 9:20pm (Sep 20th 2016)
     
    Red, sorry to hear about Rey's "face-plant" onto the patio, but it kind of happens to us all at one time or another..don't feel bad sometimes there is just nothing you can do to prevent it. I think my little Chloe has a secret desire to learn to fly or become a deep sea diver, as she is always trying to jump out of my arms and into the fish pond.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2016 11:49pm (Sep 20th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks all :heart: Lynn does Chloe wriggle like mad to the point where you almost drop her?! Rey used to do that all. the. time when he was tiny. When he was about 12 weeks old I had him right up by my face carrying him and he writhed like mad and just plummeted to the floor - I thought I'd killed him! Thankfully it was onto carpet and he was fine, but sheesh!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2016 3:29pm (Sep 21st 2016)
     
    I read about the police thing near you Kate -but here the roads are eight feet wide so it would be impossible to pass with a 5 foot gap, as the police insist. It's getting harder to get to churches on time on Sundays; last Sunday they had just announced the first hymn when I came hurtling up the aisle to the organ!
    Rey hasn't suffered any problems then, Red? Tough little chap!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2016 7:45pm (Sep 21st 2016)
     
    Some of our roads aren't particularly wide either, especially when they're lined either side with parked cars, bus lanes, road works - we're just supposed to sit behind and wait. I wouldn't mind doing that if, as soon as they had chance, they moved over a bit to let traffic past but they won't. Our roads aren't designed for them, unlike abroad where they have more space.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2016 4:08pm (Sep 22nd 2016)
     
    Excellent idea. Post them to France...:face-devil-grin:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2016 7:24pm (Sep 22nd 2016)
     
    :rofl:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2016 9:04pm (Sep 22nd 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    He's been totally fine CC - even tried to leap out my arms yesterday and I was like "Oh no you don't!!" :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2016 8:23pm (Sep 23rd 2016)
     
    There you are, see - tough little man!:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 7:57pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    Red, Chloe is forever trying to jump out of my arms. I don't think she will ever learn it's not the best idea she's ever had. :face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2016 10:42pm (Sep 26th 2016)
     
    I did something stupid today. It's a really long story that I won't go into, but I told a good friend that someone had been gossiping about her, then instantly regretted it. With hindsight, I shouldn't have, but I can't take it back and have been beating myself up about it all evening. Then I saw a post on Facebook. A picture of a prisoner tunnelling out of jail, and heading straight for the cesspit under a toilet and the phrase "for all who may be having a bad day - it could be worse". Then hubby came home and said a motorcyclist had been knocked off and run over and killed by a truck at work. My worries are pathetic in comparison. That could easily have been hubby and that poor man's family are having a really bad day. Such a simple image but inadvertently means so much.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 2:16pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    I don't think you did the wrong thing, Kate; I was told about things a 'friend' was saying about me, and although I didn't confront them, and they will never know that I know, i was grateful to have been made aware so i could proceed with caution. And no, compared to the poor motorcyclist, God bless him, it is indeed unimportant - but I still think you helped your friend.:heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 6:50pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    Thanks CC.
    I apologised to her today for telling her something I didn't need to. She said no, she'd rather know and she had asked me to always be honest with her. I said I was sorry for bringing back bad memories, but she said that was the other person's fault too - they shouldn't have talked about her, and should've learnt from the previous time she did this. My friend said it just confirms that the other person isn't a true friend and should never be trusted. I still feel bad and am not sure I would do it again for anyone, but I can't take it back and can mark it down to experience now.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2016 8:12pm (Sep 27th 2016)
     
    Kate, I think you did the right thing too. I'd rather know someone isn't to be trusted, so I don't tell them too much in the future.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 28th, 2016 11:26pm (Sep 28th 2016)
     
    Well, we already knew she couldn't be trusted, this was just additional evidence!!

    Thanks for all the support - it's the way I'd feel too. Xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2016 5:38pm (Sep 29th 2016) edited
     
    My rant; how can 'Weight Limit 3 Tons' be interpreted as 'My lorry weighs 40 tons but I'm crossing this bridge regardless'?? Marlow Bridge now closed indefinitely because of a halfwit driver from Girteka Logistics who forced his lorry across our 1829 suspension bridge. My day will be considerably longer now as I - along with everyone else - fight to find alternative routes. :rant_red2::tearhair::_oh_really:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2016 8:48pm (Sep 29th 2016)
     
    Crikey CC what a nuisance what is wrong with some people
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2016 3:12am (Sep 30th 2016) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    rant: the appointment team (receptionists?!) didn't call from the Dr's today so I still don't have an appt to see the GP. I hate having this hanging over me, appts massively freak me out and I'd like to know if it's gonna be a few days away or a few weeks away, and on top of that I really do want to get checked out seeing as everything is going so wrong currently...we kept checking the phone to see if we'd missed the call, and said we'd ring them if we hadn't heard by 5pm, but then I was ill and during that madness we totally forgot and it was 7.30pm by the time we remembered. Ack.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2016 11:13pm (Oct 1st 2016)
     
    The driver's company should have to pay for the repairs at least - they employed him so are surely liable for the damage?

    Are you registered for patient on-line? All GP practices have to have a minimum % signed up by the end of the year, so they should be offering it. In that there should be the facility to book appointments on line, order repeat prescriptions, and view your medical records (though that might be later down the line, and it's limited to consultations recorded after a certain date - there's no requirement to back date it). Maybe it would be worth asking about it - you have to take proof of ID, or your GP should be able to sign you up when you see him as he's allowed to 'vouch' for you that you are the person you say you are (honestly, though a lot of practices don't realise they can do that). It might make it easier to get an appointment.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 28th, 2016 9:25pm (Nov 28th 2016)
     
    Foxes. Just found Fish, Butter and Locky dead and Roger the rabbit is missing. Nugget managed to hide and so did Fred rabbit; both traumatised.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2016 11:05am (Nov 29th 2016)
     
    Oh CC I am so very very sad for you both that is so heartbreaking and I know exactly how you are feeling. All love to you xxxxxx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeNov 29th, 2016 9:14pm (Nov 29th 2016) edited
     
    OMG, CC how terrible!!!! That is heartbreaking news.:face-crying: I'm so sorry for the loss of your critters.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 12:53pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC that's really shit, I'm so sorry. I'm in the 'not a fan of foxes' club too.

    After losing our young hens a few years ago (luckily Milly had just gone back in with the girls in the main coop or she'd have been killed too) we had to take the decision to keep the girls in their run 24/7.

    I looked at fitting electrified fencing but it's expensive and unwieldy and Helen would likely get zapped whilst gardening, so all you can do is the best you can - but it's annoying and frustrating that you can't even let your hens roam your own garden without risk of a fox getting them. :(

    Let us know if there's anything we can do to help.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 5:59pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    Well we had an amazing bit of...luck? We went to bed after I'd trailed all around to try and find any sign of Roger with no luck. We were on the point of dropping off when there was a thumping from under the bed...exactly like a rabbit having a scratch. And there she was - she'd obviously shot through the cat flap (beside our bedroom door) at the first sign of trouble and taken refuge. Clever girl!
    Nugget was distraught and traumatised and screamed for 5 mins after I picked her up. She ate something later on and next day didn't want to eat or do anything. She had a bald bit on her back which I bathed, and I understood she was lonely. So I got a little black rock hen (Rocky. Original, eh? ) and she has picked up and they huddle up together in the hen house. I'd be happier to see her eating, but she's drinking and pecking so I thought I'd hold off with the vet until I'm worried.
    Thanks for all your kind thoughts. :heart:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 8:37pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    Wow thats just so amazing that she shot through the cat flap well done little one what a clever bunny. Poor little Nugget I so hope she cheers up really soon.A big welcome to Rocky. Sootz went to the vets yesterday and he has caught some sort of bug. He had two injections and he is a lot perkier so GN says. He also has had bloods taken just as a check up sort of thing. He is classed as very old now even though he is only eleven and a half. Mainecoon cats are very heavy and that puts more strain on the heart hence it can shorten their lives.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeNov 30th, 2016 10:42pm (Nov 30th 2016)
     
    Oh CC that's so awful, I'm so sorry. What a clever boy Roger is, I'm glad he's survived. Can he go in with the hens or is he happy with Fred? Just realised Roger is a she. Shouldn't she be Jessica?! Well done on realising what Nugget needed so quickly. Is it unusual for them to settle in so quickly? I assume the trauma she's gone through will mellow any pecking order issues.

    Sootz is doing well-they are wonderful cats, I've always wanted one and maybe one day I will, but I fall in love with so many of the oldies at the rescue it's unlikely as I will end up taking one of them if I have a space!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2016 3:29pm (Dec 1st 2016)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My rant for today is the NHS... A filling in my teeth fell out the other week - I haven't been to the dentists for years, so I need to find one that will treat me - preferably on the NHS as I don't need/want to go private. There are no dentists local that are taking on NHS patients, but I did find a private one that said it was "very reasonable" - they also said if I found an NHS place then I could cancel with no problem.

    I had a checkup and am booked in for the work to fix my tooth - it will be several hundred pounds privately, but I did find one that was taking on NHS patients so I rang them today hopeful that I could get sorted for a lot less than that. I was on hold for THIRTY-SEVEN minutes - 37! When they finally answered they told me they were taking new NHS patients in December... 2017. Great :\

    So even though I've paid very nearly 30 years of National Insurance contributions, haven't been to the doctors in, well, forever, and not been a drain in any way, but I am expected to have to pay privately for treatment which should be a right to have on the NHS...

    I don't get the option to not pay NI - it's a massive con I tell you... Feeling aggrieved.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 1st, 2016 6:13pm (Dec 1st 2016)
     
    O Neil, what a sod...I wonder if the NHS realised what they were doing when they cocked up the dental service like that. Hope you are able to get it sorted out soon.

    Kate, Roger is named for Roger Taylor of Queen because if she doesn't get her own way she drums with her back feet; does it every night when she's put to bed. And now she has discovered the cat flap I'm afraid we're in for even more tantrums at bedtime; I had to chase her out from under the bed this evening!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 2nd, 2016 11:38pm (Dec 2nd 2016)
     
    Have you tried NHS Choices for other local dentists Neil? That is a shocking timescale - they were talking about it on good morning Britain this morning. It's not a problem here at all - the difference in regions is unbelievable and unfair.

    Ah, good name CC. Just make her an indoor bunny!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 3rd, 2016 2:28pm (Dec 3rd 2016)
     
    No, it's not fair on Fred (who hasn't cracked the catflap thing at all) and Tuppence HATES it when Roger comes in!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2016 5:35pm (Dec 22nd 2016)
     
    Not really a grumble but it seems so sad that there are 20 guests on hen cam at the moment and only a handful of us willing to post.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2016 8:57pm (Dec 22nd 2016)
     
    True. Some of them might be robots, not just lurkers!:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2016 8:26pm (Dec 23rd 2016)
     
    People don't want to just chat and share pleasantries - too busy and prefer tweeting and snap chatting.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2016 7:22pm (Dec 24th 2016)
     
    Yes, it's riveting reading about what they had for breakfast and so on, isn't it? I understand it for my friend who has friends in British Airways and they can find out where they all are but other than that...!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2016 10:34pm (Dec 26th 2016) edited
     
    Had a terrible visit to the vet today. Kitten was obviously unwell - not eating or drinking for 36 hours, lethargic, hiding, big change of routine etc. Decided it was worrying enough to warrant a Bank holiday visit to the vet (£158 if anyone's curious!). Bear in mind she was the feral. Took 10 minutes of pursuing her from side to side under the bed to get in the carrier. At the vet's, she escaped the nurse as soon as the carrier was opened, we all tried to catch her, she almost sliced my face (I had to almost throw her away from me), then she got herself wedged in the triangle shaped bracket that holds the laptop table. The vet and I eventually freed her, she'd dripped some liquid poo on the windowsill so we've had to assume that's the cause of her illness (diarrhoea).
    Got some 'tasty' food (all of my cats have turned their noses up at it), and she is extremely traumatised and looking for an opportunity to escape. I fear I've set her back years-she's so fearful of me-and paid a lot of money for nothing. The moral being stop bloody panicking when they're ill and don't take her the vet again unless they're going to anaesthetise her. Feeling very sad.
    Edit: she also exuded some hormone or other that stunk. I had to put all my clothes in the wash and wash my arms from fingers to armpits!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2016 11:49pm (Dec 26th 2016)
     
    oh poor little kitten and you please dont feel sad you did the best you could for her and she will get over it might take a day or two, I so hope she feels better really quick. Sootz still isnt eating a lot and has got real thin he seems perfectly happy though and goes about his day as normal I think it is just old age but cant help worrying about him, so know how feel. xxx
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2016 5:33am (Dec 27th 2016)
     
    Kate, don't feel sad, you did the best you could for Kitten and I'm sure she will forgive you for taking her to the Vet.

    NN, how old is Sootz now?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2016 12:07pm (Dec 27th 2016)
     
    Poor Kitten - and poor you; but I would have done exactly the same. Have you tried that Feliway? It might calm her down a little. How is she today?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2016 8:26pm (Dec 27th 2016)
     
    Thanks everyone. Spent a lot of time crying in the last 24hrs - hubby says I shouldn't have pets as I get too emotionally attached and it takes so much out of me. He's right.

    Yes, sprayed Feliway in the carrier etc. Thing is, vet's can handle stroppy pet cats, but she is a real bona fide feral and they underestimate her fear of them and desire to escape.

    She's no better today. Won't go in our bedroom anymore and is still scared of me. Am going to have to relive the horror tomorrow so will need a detailed conversation before taking her. I think they'll have to sedate her so that they can examine her, otherwise I'll be repeating this over and over.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2016 8:54pm (Dec 27th 2016)
     
    Oh Kate I am so sorry you have been so upset. I think its you that needs a good spray of Feliway. you are doing the very best you can for her so much more than any one else has ever done so dont Blame yourself she will come round she just feels unwell and that makes her unhappy once she starts to feel better she will come around to loving her home comforts again xxxx
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 27th, 2016 8:58pm (Dec 27th 2016)
     
    Sootz is almost twelve Lynn the vets say he is doing great for a Maine coon cat as they rarely live beyond ten being so big their hearts often give out apparently xxxx I seen a beautiful puss at ehr Mansfield cats protection But GN is a bit reluctant to get it. I even tried to get Mallory to win him round to the idea. Dan has got her a new ferret she is over the moon about. They go back to his tomorrow the house will seem empty.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2016 12:16am (Dec 29th 2016)
     
    Sootz is doing well for such a big breed!
    Kitten went back to the vet today - had to be admitted and anaesthetised. Vet couldn't find anything but gave antibiotics, anti-sickness, anti-inflammatory and fluids under the skin. £200. However it's worth it because she had something to eat at 6pm and 10.30pm, and is currently crying at the door to go out (I told her no, not until tomorrow!) Quarter past midnight is too late!

    My friend called me today in tears as she'd had to have her 16 year old tom cat put to sleep-he had heart failure and was very poorly. It put my worries into perspective and gave me a metaphorical slap around the face.

    Thanks again everyone for being so nice!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2016 11:06am (Dec 29th 2016)
     
    Poor Kitten but a relief to see her eat again. No need for the slap though Kate you are just the same as any other cat lover and its like you would with a child you worry and fret till you know they are safe and well. I discovered Sootz outside drinking the crappiest water he could find. yet he has three bowls of fresh clean water indoors. I went out and turned every thing upside down that could hold water. Then came in and discovered Minnie had thrown up on the bedroom carpet. Typical isnt it the only room with carpet, the rest of the house is wood floors with rugs and so much easier to clean up !!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2016 3:51pm (Dec 29th 2016)
     
    Ah yes. And if they are going to throw up, they run INTO the house, AWAY from the catflap INTO the room with the most expensive carpet. Only once have I managed to get hold of Tuppence in the 'woop woop woop' stages and drop her out of the bedroom window in time. And before the RSPCA batters the door down, we live in a bungalow and it's 3 feet to the ground.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 29th, 2016 7:29pm (Dec 29th 2016)
     
    Oddly enough, this is where Ting Tong is the perfect cat! He's a frequent vomiter but 99% of the time will do it in the hall, the only place we don't have carpet!

    Kitten still isn't quite back to normal and I'm still fretting a bit, but she's eating a little more today. I'm trying to offer variety and have cooked her some chicken of which she ate a few morsels, plus her favourite gourmet cat food. Amazed how much thinner she seems - she was never a fat cat, probably ideal weight before, but a bit thin at the mo.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2016 5:13pm (Dec 30th 2016)
     
    Have you tried scrambled egg? Found out cats love it by accident (found Tuppence stealing it from chicks!), and it's nutritious.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 30th, 2016 8:25pm (Dec 30th 2016)
     
    A couple of mine will eat it but not sure if she does. Am glad to report that she's back to her old self today, and more affectionate than ever!! She's actually come downstairs today while the kids are here which she's only ever done accidentally before. Maybe it's done her the world of good!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2016 10:31am (Dec 31st 2016)
     
    Its not as nice in your own bowl as it is from when you steal it from the hens according to Sootz !!! Who is also feeling a bit more like eating since yesterday thank goodness. My word they certainly know how to bring the best furrow to your brow. So happy she is feeling so much better now Kate. What a change in her and after all your worry and tears, little minx lets hope she stays a bit more sociable xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2016 3:06pm (Dec 31st 2016)
     
    So glad everybody's better - perhaps they overindulged over Christmas!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 31st, 2016 5:03pm (Dec 31st 2016)
     
    Well, I haven't quite had the relaxing break I hoped for, but relieved she's OK now. It's a big worry when they get older and suddenly stop eating - I'm glad he's back to normal.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2017 5:59pm (Jan 7th 2017)
     
    POXY fox came back tonight before 5pm!!! Roger deployed the catflap again, Fred got a puncture wound on his ear and is traumatised, and the fffffffffox didn't get to the hens as I disturbed him.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2017 6:08pm (Jan 7th 2017)
     
    POXY fffffffffox came back tonight before 5pm!!! Roger deployed the catflap again, Fred got a puncture wound on his ear and is traumatised, but the fffffffffox didn't get to the hens as I disturbed him.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2017 8:10pm (Jan 7th 2017)
     
    Oh No Cc what a F flipping nuisance Than goodness you managed to disturb it before it got to the hens, It sure is about early in the evening Poor Fred he will be in a right state I know how mine were when fox came that time and they never got over it. Can you get them abed any earlier ? Trouble is now fox knows they are there it wont rest till its got them. It must be hungry to be about so early.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 7th, 2017 9:23pm (Jan 7th 2017)
     
    Poor Fred, hope the ear heals soon. Is there any way to block off his entrance to the garden?
    Could it be a youngster - bit more brazen with youth on his side.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2017 6:15pm (Jan 8th 2017)
     
    Ffffffox got through 6" square hole which is how Tuppence gets in and out of the garden.
    Fred seems unscathed, no sign of bleeding today, and he was tucking into treats when I put them to bed tonight - just on dusk!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 8th, 2017 7:25pm (Jan 8th 2017)
     
    so glad Fred is ok and is enjoying his treats xxx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2017 3:27pm (Jan 9th 2017)
     
    Hmmm...well he's a bit quiet and sitting in the hutch quite a bit, but it might just be where he feels safest!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 9th, 2017 10:46pm (Jan 9th 2017)
     
    Shame he doesnt follow Rodger through the cat flap when danger comes knocking.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2017 2:25pm (Jan 10th 2017)
     
    He has just ever got the hang of it...not the sharpest crayon in the box!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 10th, 2017 6:22pm (Jan 10th 2017)
     
    Wow, CC..you have as much trouble with Foxes as I do with the darn Coyotes. I'm glad that he wasn't able to get at you chickens again. :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2017 5:16pm (Jan 12th 2017)
     
    Just one cocky fox...Berkeley Homes built a horrid housing estate on the nearby hayfield with a copse at the edge which they said was 'waste ground' and consequently the wildlife had to go somewhere.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2017 6:59pm (Jan 12th 2017)
     
    such a shame isnt it, so many places have lost valuable wild lfe havens in the past few years
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 12th, 2017 9:19pm (Jan 12th 2017)
     
    It's criminal - humans just can't seem to co-exist with the animal world.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 16th, 2017 8:08pm (Feb 16th 2017)
     
    Rocky has been laying soft shelled eggs. So I am in the mad position of feeding them free range eggs (she eats the shells as well) that I buy from the supermarket so she now lays hard shelled eggs that I can't eat because it feels like eating my grandchildren.:confused1:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 17th, 2017 7:06pm (Feb 17th 2017)
     
    Haha!! So funny that you're buying eggs so that the laid ones are good but you don't eat them! Can't you just let her eat the soft shelled and you eat the shop bought?!

    I see we've been spammed. :angry:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2017 7:49pm (Feb 18th 2017)
     
    I don't want her laying soft shelled eggs in case they break inside her...:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 18th, 2017 8:02pm (Feb 18th 2017)
     
    Ah I see! Ignorance of the one with no chickens! Hope it sorts her out long-term too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2017 12:37am (Feb 20th 2017)
     
    I lost a couple of Silkies to soft shelled eggs..I didn't notice what was wrong till it was too late. :face-crying:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2017 4:21pm (Feb 20th 2017)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    CC, if you can get to a Jollyes or other cheapo pet place - they sell cuttlefish (the big white bone things you used to give budgies) and you can grind them up (I use a pestle and mortar but a hammer would do it!) - mix that in with their food and it will give them a calcium boost.

    You can also get bird-grit with oyster shell, that will help too.

    Hope that fu...fox is keeping away.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2017 5:06pm (Feb 20th 2017)
     
    Well Nugget has laid two hard shelled eggs (hoorah!), so it seems to help. I shall invest in a cuttlefish. And perhaps a mirror with a bell on it and a little plastic budgie on a spring... :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th, 2017 6:56pm (Feb 20th 2017)
     
    LOL!! who's a pretty boy!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2017 12:15pm (Feb 22nd 2017)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hah! I'd love to see the look Nugget would give you if you did that :)

    You're definitely doing the right thing though - feeding back the eggs with their shells is a good (and recognised) way of getting calcium into your hens - but I think I prefer cuttlefish or grit with oyster shell as then I can keep the eggs for better things (such as pancakes!!!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd, 2017 7:17pm (Feb 22nd 2017)
     
    Well if I have a fried egg sarnie - um, I mean a carefully considered vegetarian meal - I save the shells and put them on their food next morning. Seems to be well received!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2017 7:50pm (Mar 3rd 2017)
     
    I'm still buying supermarket crud eggs and investing one a day to reap two decent eggs a day, neither of which I get to eat...can't see Dragon's Den going for it myself!:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 3rd, 2017 10:42pm (Mar 3rd 2017)
     
    The things we do for our darn animals!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 4th, 2017 6:10pm (Mar 4th 2017)
     
    And now I'm picking dandelion leaves for rabbits and getting mugged by chickens who have developed a taste for them...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2017 5:11am (Mar 5th 2017)
     
    Yep the things we do for our critters.:lol:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2017 1:15pm (Mar 5th 2017)
     
    I should send you all the ones from my garden (or borrow someone's rabbit!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 5th, 2017 2:40pm (Mar 5th 2017)
     
    I only get them from places I know there are no wild rabbits because of mixy. The new young dandelions are coming through and are apparently the crack cocaine of the chicken world.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 6th, 2017 6:27pm (Mar 6th 2017)
     
    Really! Happy bunnies then!

    I didn't know Mixy could be transmitted like that. Do you have to give them a good wash or does that not help if it is contaminated?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 7th, 2017 3:35pm (Mar 7th 2017)
     
    I wouldn't risk it - it's a terrible disease. I don't think water alone would be safe. Very quiet, innit? I hope Red's doing all right.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 8th, 2017 7:22pm (Mar 8th 2017)
     
    Yes, very quiet! I read Red's blog quite frequently - it seems to be going really well with the dogs. I presume you know Rey passed away? So sad.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2017 5:19pm (Mar 9th 2017)
     
    No!! Really?? What did he die of? Not another accident, was it?:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 9th, 2017 6:56pm (Mar 9th 2017)
     
    No, I think he had a tumour or cancer. Red didn't post much info (that I saw), which seems to be her way of dealing with such terrible sadness. She prefers to write about happier things and grieve in private.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2017 6:04pm (Mar 10th 2017)
     
    Stomach cancer; poor little boy. However he couldn't have wished for better people to have lived with. Bless him. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 10th, 2017 9:21pm (Mar 10th 2017)
     
    Very true. Poor little Tolly is in trouble now. :sad:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2017 5:21pm (Mar 11th 2017)
     
    They don't have much luck, do they? How's the rehoming at the cat rescue going?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 11th, 2017 9:20pm (Mar 11th 2017)
     
    It's going OK. They're having staffing problems so are only half to 3 quarters full. My favourites are 17 year old Rambo, and 14 year old Jess who is deaf and has had her thyroid removed recently. She's such an affectionate girl. Kitten season is about to start - don't like showing kittens. They have no personality at 8 weeks old!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2017 3:03pm (Mar 12th 2017)
     
    Aw...I'd love to offer a home to an old cat but can't see Tuppence going for it, somehow.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 12th, 2017 11:14pm (Mar 12th 2017)
     
    Doesn't Tuppence count as an old cat now? How old is he? We always tell people their current cat should be the priority. I hate when people in their 80s come in and want a 1yr old.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2017 4:05pm (Mar 13th 2017)
     
    She's ten, 11 in July. As our cats have usually lived to 19 or 2o I regard 10 as middle aged!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 13th, 2017 6:54pm (Mar 13th 2017)
     
    Definitely!! Plenty of years left yet. Don't know why I thought she was a he - brain fade!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2017 5:22pm (Mar 14th 2017)
     
    Don't think you get male tortoiseshells, do you? Bit like ginger queans are very rare. Mind you, the lady we got her from called her a 'calico'.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 14th, 2017 6:49pm (Mar 14th 2017)
     
    I thought she was ginger! You'd think I'd remember such detail! You're right, tortoiseshell cat's are always female. If they are tortie and white they're sometimes referred to a calico - it's an American term.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 15th, 2017 4:46pm (Mar 15th 2017)
     
    I think you're thinking of Gingerbits who was....ginger!:face-smile: