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    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 9:30am (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Hi there, I'm new to the site and to chickens! I'm very excited (not as excited as my nearly 3 year old twins) as we are having our 3 new chickens on 27th Sept! We have bought a coop and our initial plan was to have a run which we could move around the garden for when not i'm not at home but then I started to think that they were going to need a nest box too and we then decided to build a permanent run around the coop which will be somewhere safe for them to be when I'm not about but obviously once the grass has gone they will be on bark or something?

    What would you all recommend we do? We want the best for our chickens obviously and want them to be happy when they come to us!

    Thanks Sally

    ps do you think they'll get a complex as my son is adamant that one has to be called Thomas!
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      CommentAuthornancy
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 2:00pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Welcome Sally!!! It is so exciting that you are getting three beautiful fluffy chickens! I know nothing about chicken coops though but I am sure others of hencam will!:chicken:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 3:56pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    My original 2 were called Sage and Onion. THAT didn't bother 'em...Thomas seems quite sensible....could you steer him towards Thomasina?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 7:14pm (Sep 1st 2008) edited
     
    LOL - That's exactly what I was going to say, CC. Did you see that Disney film, about 100 years ago, as well? Also, Sally, Kate has a female rat named Patrick and it seems to cause no problems :D

    Sally, Red (who is probably preparing for starting college at this moment) or her dad, Neil, will know best how to answer your questions. A lot of us are vicarious chicken owners... Although CC has chickens, and once she's gotten past thinking about the name for your hen, might have some thoughts about your initial question. ;) Ace has chickens too, so she may come in here and help in a bit!

    Anyway, welcome aboard!!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 7:17pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Well my dad and i built my chicken coop. It isn't a really big coop except i let them out to free-range every day, which they love.
    I don't think the hens will really mind if they have boys or girls names. As long as you care for them they will be happy. :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 7:20pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Ace - which thread are your photos of your coop in. Sally might like to look at them, eh?
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 7:21pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Erm...I think its called "Ace's coop". ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 7:54pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    They don't necessarily destroy grass,Sally; our lawn has absolutely no moss in it now and is the best it's ever been in the nearly 21 years we've lived here. If you have an ark and keep moving it around, or keep moving the run, your lawn need not suffer.
    Orright, Diane? :P :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 1st, 2008 8:57pm (Sep 1st 2008)
     
    Red is off to university Diane, not college. British remember!!

    I don't have chickens either, but will ask the obvious question of "what breed are they?" before Red asks it. She is the expert on such things, unless she delegates this one to her dad, Neil.

    The only downside to my female rat having a male name is that I forget sometimes and refer to her as "he", then people go "Oh no, you haven't got a male and female in together have you" (I have Molly too).

    It is a Thomas the Tank Engine thing? Can't you encourage them to name them after his coaches instead - not that I can recall their names off the top of my head! (My boys are 23 and 21!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 2:38am (Sep 2nd 2008) edited
     
    Well done, CC :chicken_catch:

    Kate - I think you should all be given a degree if you can simply state how the actual educational system works. I don't think I'll EVER get it right!
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 10:41am (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    Yeah, it's a Thomas the Tank Engine thing, we have tried to get him to call it annie or clarabel or even emily or mavis (you can see i'm subjected to alot of trains in my life)! Will have a look at the pictures of your coop Ace thanks.

    We couldn't decide what to have when we went to see them so we're having an Amber Star, a Black Star and a Goldenline apparantely! The kids chose which ones they liked and I really like the Amber Star! I also wanted the donkey foal that was there too but hubby put his foot down!

    Ahh I love rats, i used to have an albino rat when I was younger, called Herman! Col won't let me buy the kids one cause he doesn't like them!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:58am (Sep 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi mustangsally!

    Our first chicken housing was a rabbit hutch (honest!) - it was a two-tier rabbit hutch (with the ladders altered to help chicken legs climb it), and I added a perch in the sleeping bit where they would perch at night and lay their eggs in the morning. It came with a run plus an extension so it measured about 10 foot by 3 foot. We let them free-range in the garden during the day.

    Scarlet wanted to get a 'proper' chicken coop so she bought a pretty expensive one which is your more traditional chicken-coop. The only thing we added to it was a bit of an extension at the back to make use of the space under the conifers, and added some polythene sheeting to keep the worst of the wind out (and put neighbour's minds at ease during the stupid bird-flu scare). We used to let them free-range all the time in the garden but stopped during the bird-flu fiasco. Nowadays they are allowed out under supervision as they like to scrat our grass up!

    Whether you build your own or buy a coop, all you need really is somewhere where the hens will be safe (think about fox-proofing), and shelter when it's raining (hens don't like rain much), and somewhere to sleep and lay their eggs.

    I'm sure Scarlet will have more info as she's researched this many a time! :p
    • CommentAuthorCake
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 12:52pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    I personally think Thomas is a good name. I hatched chicks out once and gave them girls names and over half were boys in the end. Thomas also could be short for Thomasina which is a nice name. Thomas is good and strong!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 2nd, 2008 11:51pm (Sep 2nd 2008)
     
    You can't buy them one rat, they need company!! Has he ever 'met' one? I find men are scared of them but won't admit it at all.

    Neil - the bird-flu thing will be coming around again. At work my boss is about to start training people how to correctly fit the hoods and masks that'll be worn by the health professionals if (or when) it comes, and we've got to start collecting info on what additional skills our staff have. Its the darn press that scare-monger it up though.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 5:20am (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    Sally, we've all learned the hard way that the fox thing is really important. Don't want any sad things happening... :(
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 4:09pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     
    I can't believe they're drumming up all that bird flu hoohah again. It's as bad as the media with this credit thing; if they shut up about it people might not be so twitchy...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 3rd, 2008 4:27pm (Sep 3rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi Sally, that's exciting about your chickens :bigsmile:

    Chicken tractors or Arks are good for the garden as they can be moved around to let the grass recover, but tend to be pretty small.

    Standard chicken coops come in a variety of styles and sizes, and you can either build your own or buy them from all different sorts of places - pet shops, the internet, carboot sales etc. We bought our coop off ebay! They usually come with enough space for a certain number of chickens, a nest box and perches inside the sleeping compartment.

    This website has a variety of chicken coops for sale, and it might give you a few ideas as to what sort of coop you want for your chucks :001_smile:

    Hope this helps, good luck with finding a perfect home for your chickens!
    • CommentAuthorjoannec
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 10:32pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    Hi Sally

    well done you for investing in some chooks, im sure you wont be dissapointed. I have 2 hens and love them to bits i have had them just over a year and think i have been through most things with them so if you need some advise just drop me a line. I brought a proper hen house quite expensive but it came with a nest box attached i just had to make some perches, then we built a 6 foot long run which we could pull away from the house, i felt guilty and after a week let them have the whole run of the garden which they love, my dog and cat were not to best pleased being chased around the garden by something that should be in there dinner bowls but hey they soon got used to it, now the girls come when i call them and peck on the patio door to come in. Good luck hope this helps.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 9th, 2008 10:41pm (Sep 9th 2008)
     
    That's a great image Joanne of the dog and cat out in the coop and the chickens curled up in their baskets! What clever chooks you have. (and welcome back, haven't seen anything from you in a while!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 10th, 2008 6:26am (Sep 10th 2008)
     
    Yah. I loved that too. Even if you ARE the creator of Runny Poo. ;)
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 11:22am (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=153247&l=087b8&id=1033318802

    don't know if this link will work but its the link to the photos of the chicken run on my Facebook! Just need the coop and chickens now which are coming on 27th! We're now having 4 girls not 3, Thomas (no convincing him otherwise), Fifi, Tandoori (Daddy's idea and kids stuck on it) and Emily (one of Thomas the Tank's friends)!
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 11:39am (Sep 15th 2008) edited
     
    we finished it yesterday with the biggest hangovers ever, it was not pretty but had to make use of kids been with auntie most of day! x
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 12:22pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    Wow thats one big chicken coop!!! hehe i see a pizza hut balloon!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 1:21pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's a nice coop Sally! Can't wait to see photos of your girls inside enjoying their new home :bigsmile:

    You're getting your chucks the same date i go down to uni...random :P
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 4:01pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    yeah my sis took them to pizza hut after the park! They came home expecting the girls to be in the run though!

    They will have the run of the garden when i'm there so maybe gone overboard with the size of it! My mate wants to buy me a sign for over their door and a welcome mat! She did shortly after suggest her hubby would be quite comfy in ther! Will put photos of the chucks on when they arrive!

    Good luck at uni Red x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 4:48pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thank you :001_smile: It is a beautiful run...All you need now is the plasma TV and designer furniture! :P
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 4:52pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    what a great idea then Col could move in and give me some peace! :tongue:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 6:10pm (Sep 15th 2008) edited
     
    Sally, I made a link for you so that people can look at your picture and not have to leave Hencam to do it. Ok with you? (Let me know if you want to know how to do this. ---Its not too hard. I think, anyway.)

    Sally’s Chicken Pics

    Prepare yourself before looking at this pic people. Sally's chickens are quite featherless. Don't be scared.
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 9:28pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    yeah great thank you! Let me know so i can do it when I finally get the chickens! x
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 9:37pm (Sep 15th 2008) edited
     
    This is the code (with your current link and my title put in the places that you would type in the new ones.)

    You also have to have the Html button (below) highlighted, rather than the Text button (which I am going to highlight now, so you can see the code:

    <a href=' http://www.new.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=153247&l=087b8&id=1033318802
    ' target='_blank'>Sally’s Chicken Pics</a>

    Also - if they pictures are all going to be in the same location, I can just put your link in the fist post on "Look But Don't Leave" if you want. Then all you have to do is to tell people to go to that thread because you have new pics up.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 10:39pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     
    That's great!! Every parent should have one for THEIR kids too!!!!!

    Where is the link Diane?! I thought it would be in your post.

    Less than 2 weeks til Red goes to Uni! [sniff] :beaker: :crying: :wha:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2008 11:26pm (Sep 15th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Kate, it was in Diane's post earlier...now it has gone :confused:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 2:46am (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    I think I might have 'cut' instead of 'copy' when I made the text version so Sally could see it. I put the link back now though.
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 8:42am (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    Diane, yes please to putting link in look but don't leave for me, save me getting confused with links! I shall then make sure I put pics in same place in 11 DAYS when the girls arrive!!!! Every morning when the kids wake up they ask if the chickens have come yet!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 4:34pm (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    You obviously have an excellent attitude to childrearing, Sally. When will you let 'em out, when they're big enough to go up chimneys? :D
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2008 5:03pm (Sep 16th 2008)
     
    I think when they can be a bit more use like big enough to push hoover round and open the wine then they can come out! At the moment they're only good for making a mess not clearing it up!
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeSep 17th, 2008 1:21am (Sep 17th 2008) edited
     
    :rolling::rolling:
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2008 1:18pm (Sep 27th 2008)
     
    :frog3: My girls, now 4 not 3, will be here in under 2 hours! I'm so excited!!!!!! I'm worse than the kids waiting for santa!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2008 2:15pm (Sep 27th 2008)
     
    :turkeydance:Pics! We want pics!!:_pecking:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2008 2:59pm (Sep 27th 2008)
     
    *chants* WE WANT PICS, WE WANT PICS!
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2008 8:56pm (Sep 27th 2008)
     
    Photos posted on Post Yer Pics now! Hopefully when the girls settle in more I'll be able to get some better pics! Mind you, they were scrating around, eating and drinking and letting us stroke them within about 10 mins of being in their run! Gonna let them loose in the garden tomorrow! Col had a baptism of fire as the bloke who delivered them made him clip their wings as soon as we got them out in their run! x
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2008 4:46pm (Sep 30th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I've never clipped our chicken's wings, I like them to be able to fly (although considering Tilly's weight i don't think it's flying, more jumping and flapping desperately! :D ) - don't worry, the feathers will grow back after their first moult!

    They sound like lovely girls :001_smile:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 5:58am (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    Posted By: Redconsidering Tilly's weight i don't think it's flying, more jumping and flapping desperately!
    LOL - too funny. (Sorry Tilly.)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 2:33pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:31pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    What's a chicken's sense of smell like? Could Neil have one of Red's jumpers on his lap for Milly? I can't post it on Neil's To Do list, so I thought I'd put it here. Sorry if it's a bit of a non sequitur!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:47pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Not a bad idea! Chicken's are supposed to have a great sense of smell, i always assumed they couldn't smell a thing...!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2008 4:54pm (Oct 1st 2008)
     
    I nearly put 'how do chickens smell?' then I realised that it would get a little out of hand and VERY silly...:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 1:22am (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Thank you for your restraint CC. And, what a GRAND idea. Awww. :heart:
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 1:24am (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Re: my English lessons. I just read 'jumpers' in your last post. Got down to writing my own, and starting thinking: *Why did she type 'sweaters'?* Then I went back to your post and it was 'jumpers,' I had just subconsciously translated it. I'm becoming truly bi-lingual Sensai. :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 4:55pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Well done, Grasshopper. Next term we shall be studying: Geordie.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 4:58pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Cripes. It took me a full minute to open this thread... :(

    But, now that I'm here ~ *Geordie?*
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:05pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Newcastle (NE England)speak. Utterly incomprehensible.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:06pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Is that the dialect that Kate put up a road sign that was utterly unreadable as an example?

    Hey, teacher, a list (from north to south) of the different versions of your tongue would help a lot.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:13pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    I reckon there's a British Library one. I'll see if I can find it...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 5:18pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    www.bl.uk/sound-archive/accents.html-21k
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 6:58pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    ...and for Geordie, you want the accent from 'Byker'.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 7:13pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The word burger becomes 'borger'....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 7:39pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    ...and to say 'bacon sarnie', you have to say 'beer can sawnie'.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2008 10:14pm (Oct 2nd 2008)
     
    Wi eye man!

    Hang on, we tell Lucy and Vicki off for using lolspeak, then break into geordie!!!!!

    I love the geordie accent. Danny's under 19s hockey coach is from oop north (Billingham) and is so funny to listen to. He can be very serious but it all sounds funny in his voice!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2008 6:44pm (Oct 3rd 2008)
     
    No, Geordie is a legitimate dialect, not some disenchanted teenage construct!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2008 9:06pm (Oct 3rd 2008)
     
    Okay then. Are you sure she's ready for it though?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2008 2:55pm (Oct 4th 2008)
     
    Let her listen to it on the website first. She probably won't even recognise it as English! :D
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2008 11:26pm (Oct 8th 2008)
     
    So many posts on the forum, I just now made my way back to this one! I'll have a listen to the website. :D
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2009 10:15am (Jan 16th 2009)
     
    ok so the chucks have won, they have trashed my lawn - i have no moss but just big muddy patches! Have tried keeping them in their run for a few days but they get really stroppy with me and i felt really guilty! So much so that they have not been having leftovers but I've been doing them bowls of stuff to make them happy!!!) I now have someone coming to put a 6ft trellice up so they can have their own third of the garden! Good job I have a big garden!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2009 12:56pm (Jan 16th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's exactly what happened when our girls fully free-ranged; the grass disappeared and the garden was a big smelly mud bath! The chickens kept getting mites off wild birds and Milly was visiting the neighbours :-\

    Now when i'm at home the chucks free range for around 3 hours a day, and the garden stays happy and healthy!
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2009 1:13pm (Jan 16th 2009)
     
    They're gonna be up the far end of the garden with the log store, greenhouse and veg raised bed - was going to have to net the veg patch anyway to keep them off plus it will mean the kids can run free in the garden without treading in chicken poo and i can sit out on the patio without having to clean the chairs first - Fifi likes to sit there all day! Will really miss them not racing to the back door when I open it though!
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2009 1:18pm (Jan 16th 2009)
     
    The google map thing here has such old aerial photos that my neighbours' lawn is pristine on there. That means they hadn't yet got the 2 geese, let alone all the chickens.

    They now have half a garden as a nice flower-and-lawn-bit and half for poultry - though they left the gate between them open a couple of days ago!
    • CommentAuthormustangsally
    • CommentTimeJan 16th, 2009 1:23pm (Jan 16th 2009)
     
    LOL! If you look at my lawn on there mine is pristine and green too!
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeJan 20th, 2009 8:00pm (Jan 20th 2009)
     
    Those naughty geese next door to me had flown into next door's veg patch earlier. The larger chickens have learned to fly in there too, so it's a good job you're getting a 6ft trellis put up.