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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2009 8:01pm (Mar 31st 2009)
     
    Hi everyone!
    Barbara has been sitting on eggs now for 19 days and Ferg and I are looking forward to some chicks hopefully soon :)but wondered if anyone had some great words of wisdom for us as this is our first time for chicks and Bab's too. Unfortunately we both have to work(9-5pm) on the Thrusday,Friday and Saturday when they'll be hatching. Will Babs know instinctively what to do?
    She has her own area away from the other two and we have chick feed and a feeder and a shallow water pot so they don't drown.
    Thanks very much
    Andy
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMar 31st, 2009 10:47pm (Mar 31st 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Barbara will have a much better idea of how to handle her chicks than we do, so don't worry :)

    Take lots of pics, and maybe put marbles in the water to stop them drowning - chicks have a suicidal love of water / returning to the egg when they are first hatched!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 11:52am (Apr 3rd 2009)
     
    Well we have 4 chicks! One died and one hasn't hatched yet. They are too cute. It wasn't until I lifted her up, much to her dissaproval that I realised we had some chicks. I assume they were born sometime yesterday or last night. How long do I give the egg before taking it away as Barbara really needs to come out and eat and drink? -her comb is very pale and floppy.
    Thanks very much
    Andy
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 12:08pm (Apr 3rd 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I would imagine she'd give up on it after a a couple of days...

    You could always take it off her and pop it in an incubator for another few days just to make sure... (it's what we did, but none of the eggs left hatched - most had chicks that had died just before pipping :( just not meant to hatch)

    I would make sure there is chick crumb and water near her - the chicks will become much braver very quickly and will start giving Barbara grief when they start to wander off so she'll have to be up and about shortly to keep them in line!

    Anyway, we need PICS!!!! :) And congratulations too!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 12:19pm (Apr 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Congrats!

    Put the chick crumb and water (with marbles!) next to Barbara, as she won't let the chicks out from underneath her for at least 48 hours, so food needs to be close by.

    Give the egg three days after the others have hatched (unless Barbara abandons it, in which case remove it!) then you can try chipping it open yourself if you really want?

    But yes, PICS!!!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 3:35pm (Apr 3rd 2009)
     
    I put a couple of pics in 'post yer pics' but will take some more tonight.
    Will she be ok with being disturbed again tonight to check on the egg?
    Thanks for all your advice it's much appreciated :)
    Andy
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeApr 3rd, 2009 4:27pm (Apr 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    As long as the chicks have dried out she should be fine (and I think they are dried out before the even peek out so you should be ok on that score).

    If she's a friendly hen then she'll probably have you helping look after the youngsters before you know it (Scarlet got press-ganged into looking after Milly's chicks!)
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2009 9:28pm (Apr 5th 2009)
     
    We just had the best day with Babs and the Chicks! She came out with them for the first time and they were feeding and drinking and cheeping! She didn't like us picking them up but we did it anyway, lots, they are too irresistible :)We named two Flossie and Gertrude but are stuck for two more names!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2009 9:30pm (Apr 5th 2009)
     
    oh how lovely and they will be so tame handled from such a young age. Dont forget some more photos for us all
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2009 11:22pm (Apr 5th 2009)
     
    So, you're going for classic names then! How about Mabel? That was my nan's name!
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2009 11:48am (Apr 6th 2009)
     
    Do you know if the chicks are going to be male or female yet, Goosegog?

    When my neighbours got a load of young chicks I assumed they must have deliberately got hens, so named all 16 of them things like Bertha, Elsie, Mavis, Maud and Alice. Eventually Clarissa (later Clive) began to crow, followed swiftly by 7 more of them.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2009 12:14pm (Apr 6th 2009)
     
    Oh how exciting goosegog, babies!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2009 3:21pm (Apr 6th 2009)
     
    Ha ha Victoria that is comical. My first chickens years ago were all bantums and I was loaned a broody hen and given the eggs. That's how it was done back then in the fens. I had seven cockerals two hens and a dud egg in the end. I was so upset when the broody hen had to go home and then later I had to give up the cockerals as they were fighting and hurting each other. Luckily I was able to borrow the broody again and had better luck second time around.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2009 8:15pm (Apr 6th 2009)
     
    Four videos for your delight here
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 6th, 2009 10:00pm (Apr 6th 2009)
     
    hi Goosegog, I have really enjoyed having a look at your video's and pictures. They are real good and your hennies are beautiful. The babies are just so sweet and looked so tiny like little black bumble bees !!!Isn't Mum hen so proud of them.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 7th, 2009 8:48pm (Apr 7th 2009)
     
    Thanks for linking to the videos of the chicks, Goosegog. I wonder if you're sick of their constant peeps yet - baby chickens are great to watch but they just don't shut up peeping until they fall asleep!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 8th, 2009 12:26am (Apr 8th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They're sweet peeps! :heartsabove:

    I LOVE the vid with Barbara squaring up to the video camera and then taking the chicks back to the nest! :D Looks like you have a good mum there.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 12th, 2009 8:35pm (Apr 12th 2009)
     
    The strangest thing happened yesterday: I heard a particularly loud cheeping and glanced over at the coup to see a chick stuck to Barbara!

    The poor little thing was glued by to foot to her with.... poo We had to cut Bab's downy feathers to get the poor blighter free. It walked with a limp for a while but seems OK now. It caused a bit of a panic at the time though
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 9:23pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    So the chicks are doing well,growing, and still so adorable. They are 2weeks and 3days old now. Ive been trying to get them to eat from my hand but Babs is warning them against me- she is so mean:)
    I think Gertrude and Flossie might turn out to be Graham and Frank.They look different to Dottie and Bumble and are the most boisterous. But I had a question and couldn't find a thread on it anywhere..
    Chicks and Babs are in their seperate box but when will they want to go back in with the others, and will I need smaller roosting poles for the chicks please? and will Margot & Geraldine like them in the coop?
    Thanks!
    Andy
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 9:50pm (Apr 19th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: goosegogThe strangest thing happened yesterday: I heard a particularly loud cheeping and glanced over at the coup to see a chick stuck to Barbara!

    The poor little thing was glued by to foot to her with.... poo We had to cut Bab's downy feathers to get the poor blighter free. It walked with a limp for a while but seems OK now. It caused a bit of a panic at the time though

    Ewwy! :ack2: Glad you got that sorted!

    Barbara will want to go back to the older girls when she decides the chicks are ready to live on their own - this can range from 4-16 weeks old depending on how maternal she is! She'll let you know when she wants to leave the chicks as she will stop acting so protective towards them, and will eventually start pecking them and chasing them away from her - that's a sign to bung her back in with the adult hens! This is also a very confusing and lonely stage for the chicks, so lots of extra love and cuddles are needed from you ;)

    The chicks won't be able to go in with the adult girls until they are roughly the same size (the age will vary depending on their breed) - if they are slightly smaller than the others they should be okay, but roughly speaking they should be a similar size. Otherwise they will just get bullied mercilessly, which can result in bloody injuries!

    Keep them seperate until they are almost ready to merge, and then introduce all the chickens to each other on neutral ground with lots of space for the chicks to escape. Have lots of treats to hand to distract the older birds from attacking the chicks, and be prepared to step in and intervene if necessary!

    Good luck - hope your boys don't start their crowing too young, if they are indeed boys, although the first few crows are pretty funny :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 4:14pm (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Yes; go and look/listen at/to Midget crowing...elsewhere on this forum.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2009 10:34am (Apr 21st 2009)
     
    Thanks for all your great advice! The chicks are actually intergrating with the other two quite nicely. We let them all out together when we are there to look over them, and when we're at work Babs and the chicks are in the coop safe but can still see the other two all day.
    However poor Babs used to be chief chicken but because she spent 3 weeks sitting on eggs Margot has decided she is chief now and pecks her. Will Margot always be chief now or will Babs reclaim her top position??!!!

    Regarding chick size- they are miniature black silkies so when fully grown they won't be anywhere near the size of the others! Will I have to invest in another coop? eek

    Andy
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2009 11:36am (Apr 21st 2009)
     
    My neighbours' bantams who hatched last year now live with the big hens and other bantams. They do get pecked a bit, by big hens and bantams, but only as hard as the big hens peck each other to show authority. So perhaps you could have a go at keeping them together at first and only get a separate coop if they don't get on well at all?

    I'm surprised Babs allows Margot to peck her when her chicks are around - once my neighbours' bantam hatched chicks she got really defensive and now pecks all the others, even those 3 times her size.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2009 2:01pm (Apr 21st 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: goosegogThanks for all your great advice! The chicks are actually intergrating with the other two quite nicely. We let them all out together when we are there to look over them, and when we're at work Babs and the chicks are in the coop safe but can still see the other two all day.
    However poor Babs used to be chief chicken but because she spent 3 weeks sitting on eggs Margot has decided she is chief now and pecks her. Will Margot always be chief now or will Babs reclaim her top position??!!!

    Regarding chick size- they are miniature black silkies so when fully grown they won't be anywhere near the size of the others! Will I have to invest in another coop? eek

    Andy


    Barbara might stay bottom of the pecking order from now on, or she could fight her way back to the top! It depends on how much she wants to rule the roost :) Libby used to be top of our pecking order, but after about 8 months Tilly decided it was her turn and fought to be top...we never could work out why!

    As for the silkie chicks, nope, standard breeds and smaller / bantam breeds can get along very well, providing they have enough room to escape the odd peck. I've heard some chickens will pick on smaller breeds more until they need separating, but don't think it happens often. The silkies will be much more emotionally and physically able to cope with the peckings when they're adults anyway, just make sure they don't get picked on because of their size - they should be fine though!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 7:13pm (Apr 22nd 2009)
     
    Barbara actually runs away when being pecked and doesn't worry about the chicks! But they just follow her anyway. What kind of example is she showing them though letting a bully rule her life!
    She'll never be at the bottom of the pecking order- that will always be Geraldine, she's the pretty dumb one, bless her :)she still forgets where the door is to get out the coop.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2009 8:04am (Apr 26th 2009) edited
     
    The chicks are three weeks old now and growing fast! I took a new video yesterday morning.

    Ferg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2009 9:35am (Apr 26th 2009)
     
    Oh Goosegog they have grow so quickly are they not just the cutest little chicks ever. Thank you for the film it is a lovely way to start my morning xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2009 9:06pm (Apr 26th 2009)
     
    WANT some...!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2009 9:28pm (Apr 26th 2009)
     
    They are cute!! I love their feet - they look like they're going all feathery.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2009 10:52pm (Apr 30th 2009)
     
    I made another video this week - all seven feathery things feeding. This is quite comedy! Clicky here

    Ferg (not Andrea, my other half who has also been posting here!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2009 12:39am (May 1st 2009)
     
    What a super video, so lovely and clear. The babies are doing so well, my how they are growing, I think they are just so sweet makes me want some as well !!! Your large hens are very grand what type are they ? They have beautiful feathers and look so regal.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMay 1st, 2009 7:00am (May 1st 2009)
     
    Thank you. Do you think it's time for them all to sleep together in the same coop yet?

    As for breeds - they're not pure breeds but we know Barbara is a monster! She's got some Buff Orpington in her. Margot (black) we think is a Black Sexlink maybe? Geraldine is Welsummer

    Any feedback appreciated on that!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2009 8:56pm (May 3rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey goosegog, really great videos. Those chicks are sooo cute, and Barbara is such a good mum! Your other chucks are beautiful too :001_smile:

    I personally wouldn't put them all together just yet. Barbara still thinks they are her little babies who need her full protection. Also, the other girls could still quite easily injure them even if not intended.

    You could try putting them into bed all together and locking the door? I know that is one method of introducing new chickens 'peacefully' to a flock, to add them into the bedroom at night so the potential attackers can't distinguish them!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2009 6:55pm (May 9th 2009)
     
    Well we put all seven in together last night and they all seem to have got along nicely. Here's a video of them all popping out in the morning!

    Ferg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2009 7:09pm (May 9th 2009)
     
    yet another lovely video from you thank you it is lovely to share. The chicks have come along nicely since we last had a look at them. They made me laugh as they tried so hard to come out elegantly like the big hens. I am glad they all got on well, it is a worry less for you
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2009 9:21am (May 10th 2009)
     
    Oh Goosegog lovely footage of hens and chickies, so sweet and very rewarding for you I'm sure.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2009 11:59pm (May 10th 2009)
     
    Lovely video!

    Will the chicks always remember that Barbara is their mom, and vice versa? Or will that fade and they'll just all be hens together? Just wondered if Babs was always going to be sticking up for them.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2009 8:35am (May 11th 2009)
     
    That is an interesting question Kate, I don't know the answer but lets hope some one does. I know cats often chase their offspring away when they get to a certain age as do squirrels.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2009 8:27pm (May 11th 2009)
     
    Hens do too - at least, Livia did when Nugget got older.I gave Sage's chicks away before that happened, so don't know if it would have. That might have been to do with him being a cockerel though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 11th, 2009 8:58pm (May 11th 2009)
     
    Yes that is an interesting thought CC. I know that cockerels can fight to the death if their position in the flock is threatened.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2009 2:26am (May 12th 2009)
     
    Ah, but it was Mum chasing him off; Onion wasn't bothered!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 7:58pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    There's been a change in Babs' behaviour recently (chicks' week seven). The other two hens chase the chicks away from their food and now Babs does too. She still sits by them at night but shows no love for them now during the day. They are often confused and go running to her but she ignores them. Quite sad really!

    Ferg
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 27th, 2009 8:04pm (May 27th 2009)
     
    Oh it does seem so sad doesn't it... but it is natures way I'm afraid
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeMay 28th, 2009 1:42pm (May 28th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Time for them to start fending for themselves... It's sad but that's how it is, I'm sure given time they'll be part of the flock.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeMay 29th, 2009 11:58am (May 29th 2009)
     
    Since Maud's chicks from last year were accepted into the flock she's treated them like all the other hens - pecking them a bit to show she's boss.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeSep 13th, 2009 10:37pm (Sep 13th 2009) edited
     
    The chicks are now five months old! When do you think we might start finding tiny eggs in the coup?

    The two boys have been re-homed and are probably having a lot of fun finding out about the ladies

    Some pictures for you - Ferg

    Five weeks


    Three months - front garden for a treat!


    Five months


    What a hair do!




    Look at my feet!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2009 3:47am (Sep 14th 2009)
     
    Aw, brilliant pics, Feg! I must say they look highly indignant at being handled...:) almost developing a Millystare there!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2009 3:54am (Sep 14th 2009)
     
    AWWWWW..how darling, Feg..I love Silkies!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 14th, 2009 10:07pm (Sep 14th 2009)
     
    I agree CC! Excellent pics - good to see them all getting on. Those feet are scary!!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2009 10:07am (Sep 15th 2009) edited
     
    Lovely pics Ferg of your beautifil Silkies, they have such an aristocratic attitude about them.
    My husband suggested coloured striped hair do on them would look cool!
    I wonder why nature gave them such feathery feet?
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 15th, 2009 3:34pm (Sep 15th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    to give their owners something to do of course! always washing the chicken rp out of it...!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 5:50am (Sep 16th 2009)
     
    aahhh the old RP syndrome!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 2:24pm (Sep 16th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They are amazing!! Sooooo cute, I want one!! I've always wanted a white silkie before, but they might have swayed me ^__^
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 16th, 2009 2:25pm (Sep 16th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pullets usually lay between 18 - 20 weeks old, but it might be a little later for silkies, i'm not sure :001_smile:
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeSep 20th, 2009 10:28pm (Sep 20th 2009)
     
    Some more pictures for your entertainment

    Waiting for the call...


    It's ringing!


    Hello?!


    Margot


    Just hanging out in the front garden


    Barbara is moulting so has a coupé appearance right now


    And finally a video of our girls leaping for ham today

    Regards, Ferg & Andrea xx
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2009 4:10am (Sep 21st 2009)
     
    I love the bouncing chickens...although it would appear that only ginger chickens bounce for ham!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2009 7:13am (Sep 21st 2009)
     
    That was a cute video, Ferg. :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2009 6:14pm (Sep 21st 2009)
     
    We received our first little egg today!

    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 21st, 2009 11:35pm (Sep 21st 2009)
     
    AWW That is a cute egg and love the video of hens leaping for ham.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2009 10:42pm (Sep 22nd 2009)
     
    Made me think of a remake of the 'White Men Can't Jump' film, titled 'Neither Can Black Hens'!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2009 4:21am (Sep 23rd 2009)
     
    ha ha ha ha Kate:biggrin:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2009 6:06pm (Sep 23rd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Black silkie...aaargh you've made me want one so much! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2009 10:37pm (Sep 30th 2009)
     
    Well this might make you want one some more. This is Flossie who I caught and popped on the table. She started clucking so I started filming. Enjoy

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/goosegog/3969429179/
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2009 10:49pm (Sep 30th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That was the cutest video ever, Flossie is lovely! Her cluck is all high-pitched and sweet too! Loved it when she was staring into the camera...trying to persuade Lyle we could get one at uni, and she could stay in my rucksack all day and nobody would know, and she wouldn't need much room 'cos they're only small... :P
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2009 11:14am (Oct 1st 2009)
     
    Lovely hennies Goosegog, Flossie is a chatty little poppet.:_pecking::blahblahblah:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2009 3:42pm (Oct 1st 2009)
     
    Flossie is wonderful! But I think a noise like that emanating from your rucksack MIGHT be noticed, Red...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 5:58pm (Oct 5th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hmm, maybe :P

    Any way to install a silencer on a chicken?! :D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2009 6:06pm (Oct 5th 2009)
     
    Yes, a lump of cheese in Onion's case...he stops crowing to eat cheeeeeeeeese...
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeOct 7th, 2009 10:31pm (Oct 7th 2009) edited
     
    So it's been raining all day and chickens are not waterproof. Last year I built them a shelter over part of their run both inside and out. I got home today to find most of the girls dry but one of the silkies sodden wet. Why just one?! That's Babs in the background mid-shake

    One Wet One Dry
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2009 7:04am (Oct 8th 2009)
     
    Poor little Silkie looks like a wet mop. She must like the rain. I have a couple of Silkie hens that seem to love the rain too...then I have to break out the hair dryer.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2009 10:56am (Oct 8th 2009)
     
    How funny just one wet hen. They are such lovely looking girls.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 4:40pm (Oct 11th 2009)
     
    super picture Goosegog they are so sweet
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2009 8:32pm (Oct 11th 2009)
     
    bless them they are really cute.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2009 1:14pm (Oct 14th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahaha! Brilliant pic :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeNov 21st, 2009 5:06pm (Nov 21st 2009)
     
    Wonderful picture Goosegog, the beige hen at the back is giving the little wet hen such a curious look as if to say are you a hen or a baby emu.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 11:06pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    They saw snow for the first time this week. Not impressed
    Chickens just freeze (no pun intended) when you drop them into the white stuff. They've generally stayed inside



    Merry Christmas everyone
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 20th, 2009 11:46pm (Dec 20th 2009)
     
    THey look so lovely goosegog!!! Perfect specimens of their species!!!

    When my youngest, Danny, (who's now 22) was little we lived in a multi-storey block of flats (10 floors). One winter we had heavy snow and the wind whipped it around the flats and there was a 6 foot drift at the back. Danny asked his dad to throw him into the middle of it so hubby obliged. He froze in fear too and hubby had to 'rescue' him!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 21st, 2009 7:47pm (Dec 21st 2009)
     
    Oh Goosegog they are just so adorable, look at their dear little faces wondering what on earth you have plopped them into!!!

    That is so funny Kate,
    I remember trying to teach Dan to cross a river on a rope when he was small but he just froze each time he should have taken off and swung over. I gave him a helping push in the end and pushed him right in the middle of the river. I had to rescue him as well ha ha
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 12:03am (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    Ha ha!! That served you right too then NN!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 9:06am (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    Sure did Kate, was soaked right up to the tops of my legs. Lucky it was summer. We still laugh about it today.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 22nd, 2009 9:02pm (Dec 22nd 2009)
     
    Yes, at the time you curse yourself for it, but the memories are worth it in the end.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 7:50pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    It is real nice how we all spark memmories off each other. I love to hear every ones stories.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 10:05pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    Mentioning jumping into water reminds me of the very wet evening we were at a fun park, we took a short cut over the grass. Hubby (at the time was my boy friend)said I'll jump over this puddle on the path and promptly disappeared!
    He had jumped into a little side part of the lake!
    We went home in the St John Ambulance.
    Had some explaining to do when we got to his house! My own Mum said later, I bet his Mum was glad he'd put clean undies on!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 23rd, 2009 10:59pm (Dec 23rd 2009)
     
    We went to a fun park (Drayton Manor) with playgroup one year. It was a lovely day and everyone had a great time. When it came to going home we were missing a heavily pregnant mom. Turned out she'd gone into labour, been taken to the local hospital by ambulance, and by the time we left the park had already delivered!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 24th, 2009 1:05pm (Dec 24th 2009)
     
    Ha ha My mum always used to say things like that Ollie .... make sure you got clean undies on in case you get run over by a bus was one of her favourites. It was lucky you got a lift home.

    Fancy that Kate shame she missed the outing mind !!
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2009 8:54am (Dec 26th 2009)
     
    Merry Christmas everyone

    and all the best for 2010

    Ferg
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2009 7:34pm (Dec 26th 2009)
     
    Ferg, your little Silkie looks like a partridge in a pear tree..so darling!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2009 7:46pm (Dec 26th 2009)
     
    Oh how adorable, what fantastic photo's they look really at home in your tree as well. They are such sweet little hens.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2009 9:01pm (Dec 26th 2009)
     
    I want some!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeDec 26th, 2009 10:54pm (Dec 26th 2009)
     
    Brilliant pictures! It almost doesn't look real just sitting there like that. What a sweetie!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2009 12:23am (Dec 28th 2009)
     
    I'm seeing all these for the first time. Great shots.

    Do you have the saying: "Mad as a wet hen" over there? :)

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2009 7:55pm (Dec 28th 2009)
     
    Cross as a wet hen, yes. Cross as a hen in a Christmas Tree, no...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeDec 28th, 2009 8:37pm (Dec 28th 2009)
     
    We have "mad as a wet hen" here in the Nottinghamshire. They come out with some real funny sayings round here. I did laugh when I stumbled on a paving slab and Vicky said "oops steady past your Grannies". The nosey lady up our street is known as the "Street bugle". On a frosty morning you might be greeted with "ehh up mi duck it's cold enough for a walking stick" Another I have heard is "she could talk a cat out of a fish wagon" There are loads more but they are so run of the mill to me now I have got used to them.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2010 10:53pm (Jan 5th 2010)
     
    New video of the girls coming out in the morning here

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/goosegog/4249192962/

    Ferg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 5th, 2010 11:16pm (Jan 5th 2010)
     
    They're so sweet! The last one is a big girl isn't she!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2010 7:42pm (Jan 6th 2010)
     
    I loved the film many thanks for sharing with us. They always make me laugh how they bundle out of the door. The last girl out is super sized and lovely colours.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 6th, 2010 7:45pm (Jan 6th 2010)
     
    They're beautiful...:)