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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 7:44pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Milly or Maisy have laid their their first egg today! Not sure who it was, but they did a BRILLIANT job of it.:)
    First egg

    Egg
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 7:56pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Oh, My Gowd!!!
    That is amazing!!!
    Congratulations to the whole family. Such a perfect specimen.

    You're a DAD!!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 7:59pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Don't u mean i'm a mum??? Thanks anyway.:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:02pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Aw.... what's the difference now-a-days?
    Dad's cuddling their newborns in 'Kangaroo' fashion and all that.



    'Kangaroo' = up their shirts!!!
    Brilliant for those premmies!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:27pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Cool Ace, you must be proud - thanks for the pics :cheer:

    Looks like a tiny egg, but what a perfect shape. Don't worry, it'll get bigger with practice ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:36pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Thanks Red. Yes i am very proud of them.:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:37pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    The egg isn't actually that small. It is just that my dad has really big hands.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:55pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Yahoooo! Congrats Ace! That's lovely :D :D :D :clap: :D :D :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 8:56pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Thanks Diane!:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 9:38pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    :cheer::clap::crazy::jumping::swingin::thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 9:41pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    CC, thats how i felt when i saw the egg!:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 9:42pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    I know - it's brilliant, innit? :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 9:43pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    Yeah it is. Innit!:D
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 9:52pm (Jun 22nd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ace, that's a beautiful egg, but it does look small! And this is coming from someone with big hands - reminds me of our three's first egg! I think it's because we're used to seeing such humongous eggs from our girls, even shop-bought eggs looks tiny in comparison!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:45am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Congratulations on your first egg, Ace. It's a beauty! I was always so thrilled to see the first egg from one of my girls.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:56am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Thanks everyone.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 8:27am (Jun 23rd 2008) edited
     
    Does anybody know why my Pullets won't go in their house to sleep. They sleep on top of it. I am not sure why though. Whoever laid their egg yesterday didn't lay it in their egg box. Why not. I is confuzzled! :confused:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 9:01am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    What influences the size of a hen's egg?
    Is it the feed, the happiness, the particular hen or what, please?
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 9:56am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Congratz ace yaaay hehe. What will you do with it , are you going to preserve it in a mummy box or something or eerrmmm pickle it ???
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:26am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    No Vix, i am going to EAT it!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:37am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    I just went outside 'cos i heard some clucking and i think Maisy was trying to lay an egg!:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:40am (Jun 23rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ollie, I think it's diet and the individual hen that affects egg size. The breeds of the hen makes a difference too. First eggs are usually smaller, then they grow with practise!

    Ace, have you got any photos of your whole coop, house, run, nest box & all? That might help us to work out why they won't go in their house and prefer to sleep on top of it... :P

    However, here's some suggestions. Are there perches inside the house? Most chickens prefer to sleep on perches. When they settle down outside for the night, lift them up and put them in the house, on their perches if they have them. After a few nights of doing this, your girls should learn that you want them to sleep in the house. When you put them in their house for the night, lock the door so they have no choice but to sleep in there!

    As for the egg, the first few eggs might be laid in dodgy places as they haven't worked the whole laying-an-egg thing out yet. You can put eggs in their nest boxes, or put golf balls / fake eggs in there, to show them where to lay ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:49am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Thats a good idea. Thanks Red.:) Yes they have a perch inside their house, i know they know what a perch is 'cos we did have it outside and they used to sit on it in the day.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:51am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Chickens prefer sleeping in high places because it's safer - the Red Jungle Fowl (whom chickens are descended from) flies up to the highest spot in trees to be safe from predators on the ground, and this instinct has passed down however many thousands of years to domesticated chickens. If the roof of their house is higher than their perches, that is why they will sleep there. You just have to teach them it is actually safer inside the house!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:53am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Yes i will. Maybe if i put them in their myself and close the door. That might scare them a bit though. I will take some piccies later and post them.:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:55am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hurray for pics! :cheer:

    When we got our first three BSLs, the farmer told us to leave them locked up in their house for a few days to teach them it was their bedroom. Worked like a charm. I reckon once you've locked them up a few nights they'll soon learn where to sleep...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:58am (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Sounds a bit harsh though!:D
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 12:52pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    where do chickens in the wild lay their eggs? in tree branches or the ground considering they can't fly that high?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 1:48pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We thought that, Ace, but it worked. If any of them got out of the garden and went for a wander around the village, when night approached they always came back because they'd learnt where their bedroom was.

    nancy, they build nests on the ground with sticks, branches etc. The nests can be over a foot high to protect the hen and hide her from view.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 6:47pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    This was very interesting stuff about chickens & their history :D

    Ace - its so cool that your first egg is now memorialized on an international forum :D :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 6:52pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Yes. How cool is that.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 6:53pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Very.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:31pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Red, where did you acquire your encyclopaedic knowledge of chickenry? It's amazing!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:38pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Probably off the Internet. Thats where i get my knowledge from!:D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:43pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Who needs school ??????????
    It's all on the net.....
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:44pm (Jun 23rd 2008) edited
     
    Including Hencam! ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:48pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    But not everything on the web is true.
    Signed, CC aged 18, blonde, busty size 8 model.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:59pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    CC, Amazing what a few transistors can do!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 8:01pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    I'm sorry, I can't read that Ollie, as I only have an IQ of 14... :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 8:02pm (Jun 23rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Nope, not usually the t'internet. Some through experience with the girls, most through animal books, and some from the internet ;)

    And a size 8 model? HAH! Size -100 these days :-\
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 8:34pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    That's true, size 8 is obese these days!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 10:46pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Right, i have just made the chickens go into their hen house for the night. They better like it.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 11:11pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Oh Ace I've just caught up with this thread - you're a mommy!!!!!! (or is it nanny??!!) Congratulations to your girls - as you don't know who it belongs to. Didn't take 'em long to pop the first one out and a perfect specimen!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 6:08pm (Jun 24th 2008) edited
     
    No it didn't take them long at all. I suspect the egg was laid by Maisy though because Maisy keeps clucking really load and keeps squating down as in to lay another egg.:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:38pm (Jun 24th 2008) edited
     
    We got our second egg off the pullets today. Whichever one it was decided to use their egg box for the first time! I was amazed to find a egg in the box, i thought they didn't know what the box was for, but appearently they do now! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:46pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    They're fast learners!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:46pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    Thats because they learnt from me!:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:48pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    Modest too then eh?! ;)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:49pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    Very!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:49pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    LOL!!! :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 9:50pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    hehe!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 4:35pm (Jun 25th 2008) edited
     
    Ace, you're supposed to say that 'my modesty is what makes me so wonderful'...:)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 4:45pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    Ok then! My modesty is what makes me so wonderful.:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 9:34pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    There's nothing like speaking up for one's self.
    I do it all the time but no one listens either....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 10:52pm (Jun 25th 2008) edited
     
    Go on girl, blow your own trumpet! As LSEric says, no other b*gger will blow it for you...:trompet::trompet::trompet::trompet::trompet::trompet:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2008 9:16am (Jun 26th 2008)
     
    :trompet:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 5:30pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Well done to Milly who laid her first egg today.
    CONGRATULATIONS MILLY! :cheer: :boogie:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 6:01pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Congrats to the new mummy!
    and, of course, all the others involved in this wonderful creation.

    :clap:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:02pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    :trompet::boogie::cheer::clap::crazy::jumping::swingin::thumbup::tooth:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:04pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Way to go Milly girl! You must be a proud G'ma Ace :)
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:09pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Yes i am.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:11pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Did Milly make a racket about it?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:12pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    She sure did. CLUCK :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:13pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Splendid! :D
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:22pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Eggcellent!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 8:49pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    Millie was loud but you should have heard Ace!!!! :crazy:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJul 14th, 2008 9:01pm (Jul 14th 2008)
     
    hehe!:D
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2008 10:13am (Jul 15th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Too many Milly's! I thought "eh? Milly has laid dozens of eggs this year..."!

    It's nice to see her back to her normal cheeky self, Scarlet's visits have cheered her right up!

    I swear if you saw them together you'd really think they could understand one another.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2008 2:00pm (Jul 15th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    She can understand me, thank you very much. It's me who lets her down, i can't understand half of her clucks... :P
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2008 7:30pm (Jul 15th 2008)
     
    Thank you Neil - I thought I was the only one who was initially confused by that post.

    I feel the same way with my animals Red. My brilliant kitty, Judy, used to get such a perturbed expression on her face when she was trying to tell me something and I just wasn't getting it. It was pretty funny. She would look extremely frustrated and appalled at my lack of intelligence. I got THAT at least...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2008 7:53pm (Jul 15th 2008)
     
    Yes, I get the distinct impression that Bits often wishes he could sigh and roll his eyes...:\
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 15th, 2008 10:59pm (Jul 15th 2008)
     
    Emmett only ever wants one thing - food - so she's easy to understand!! Foggy tends to demand attention at 5am so I really don't care at that time of the morning WHAT she's saying, the answer is the same - bugger off!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2008 3:59am (Jul 16th 2008)
     
    LOL
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2008 4:00am (Jul 16th 2008)
     
    OMG - I just realized that when we say *bug off* it might have roots in something else. I always thought we were somehow speaking of insects...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2008 6:29pm (Jul 16th 2008)
     
    Foolish, innocent child...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2008 12:00am (Jul 17th 2008)
     
    Lynn did you know that?
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2008 12:05am (Jul 17th 2008)
     
    Yep, Diane..I've known, or suspected it for years, Diane. :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2008 12:12am (Jul 17th 2008)
     
    That's too funny.