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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 4:36pm (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    I was thinking that it might be a good idea to tell each other what we feed our hens and their favourite treats, and their dislikes. It was Red that gave me the idea when she was telling us about the muesli, yoghurt and broccoli breakfast she gave her hens. To start us off mine eat just about anything including my crocus corms. They do love cheese and ham as a treat.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 7:06pm (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    I offered mine a lettuce, as Red had mentioned how much hers enjoyed a lettuce. They looked at me as though I were completely insane and went off to mooch elsewhere in the garden...they enjoy a bit of boiled rice though!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 7:55pm (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    Ha ha I think we spoil them, mine like lettuce but it has to be broken up into beak sized bits in front of them. It is nice to see them daintily pick boiled rice from the rest of their hash. Mine had raw sausage meat tonight they adore that and twirl and spin around trying to get the most.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 9:41pm (Apr 17th 2009) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Good idea for a thread NN! Once the Easter Competition sticky has been removed, maybe we could sticky this for other hen-keepers? (trying to keep the stickies to a minimum! ;) )

    The girls enjoy lettuce (either a whole head or lettuce from a salad bag), cream cake is a favourite but rare treat! Grass clippings after the lawn has been cut, grapes, strands of spaghetti, apples and melon...oh, and any type of egg (boiled, scrambled etc) - including raw egg for Milly :ack2:

    They don't like bananas and anything orange!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2009 10:10pm (Apr 17th 2009)
     
    ugh eating raw egg gives me the heebie jeebies just thinking about it. Hens do like it though and some will peck open the egg they have just laid to get at the contents. Do you know I dont have to cut my lawn half as much now I have hens as they keep it well clipped. Mine will eat a bit of banana if I have one out there for my own lunch. They wipe their beak a lot after it though. My hubby saw them doing it one day and thought they were sharpening their beaks.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 12:33pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yes, whenever I try give the chucks banana they attack it with real gusto, then realise what it is and fling their beaks side-ways and COVER everyone surrounding them in globs of banana :rolling:

    Now they just have to look at a banana and their shaking their heads at the memory :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 1:23pm (Apr 18th 2009) edited
     
    Posted By: nanny north Do you know I dont have to cut my lawn half as much now I have hens as they keep it well clipped.


    Our lawn was full of moss until the chickens arrived...no moss now!:woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 1:30pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Out of all the plants in my Dad's garden, my neighbours' hens like broccoli leaves the most.
    They enjoyed blackberries when we'd picked a load in Autumn, though they made their beaks very sticky. As did bits of overripe plums, which they also liked.

    They particularly like the skins from baked potatoes - our oven doesn't make very crispy skins so we leave them for the hens, who fight over any soft potato clinging to them.
    I always worry when I try feeding them something new though, in case it makes them ill, as they're not my hens and I really shouldn't be feeding them at all...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 1:33pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Same here CC they sure take a lot of work out of the lawn. I know I have to poo pick every day but thats easy compared to raking and gets me out no matter what the weather. I gave mine some fried bread this morning, it used up the fat from the sausages we had last night. They think it is lovely as they only get it about once a month.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 1:38pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    I cook our potato peelings and any other peelings we might have for my hennies Victoria, they do love potato. I mix it with their pellets and any gravy we have over they gobble that up. When it was real cold I warmed it in the microwave a little for them to take the chill from them
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 4:15pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh yes, mash potato and gravy is a fave here too ^_^

    Forgot to add, here's a list of treats i know are toxic to chucks and so shouldn't be fed:

    * Avocado
    *dried/undercooked beans
    *really citrus-sy fruits
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 4:18pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Posted By: nanny north I know I have to poo pick every day

    I intend to fly a renowned American expert in to deal with that in my garden, NN, particularly the runny stuff. Ain't that right, Diane? :rolling:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 4:41pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Ha ha, good one CC

    It is handy to know about the toxic foodstuffs for pets. I know there is a big list of plant stuff that is toxic for cats. Lily pollen is one they only have to get it on their fur and it is painfully lethal.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 4:55pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    When Bits was ill, that's the first thing the vet asked, whether we had any lilies in the house.
    First time I've been grateful that Eric isn't a romantic...:)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 6:03pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    I used to love the smell of lilies as they reminded me of warm lazy days in France. But I can not stand the smell of them now. I went to a funeral and they were every where and the smell of them was so strong it was nauseating. Certainly wiped that dream away
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:19pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    I snip the pollen holding bits out of the garden lilies. They last longer doing that.

    I will take more care to collect them up as I do this now I know the pussies are damaged. (Even though I don't like the little presents they dig into my soil!)

    About the chicken poo.
    My local garden centre sell it to put ON the lawn etc...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2009 9:33pm (Apr 18th 2009)
     
    Oh Ollie if I didnt clear it up we would be knee deep in it now. I do put it in my composter though. I dig it into the soil come Autum
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 1:44pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    My girls had sweet corn for their elevenses this morning. I get a bag of Asda's smart price sweet corn for them. I have six hens so only need to microwave two hand fulls. They love it and it is gobbled up in no time.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2009 9:10pm (Apr 19th 2009)
     
    Our girls will eat almost anything but if you give them the leftover salad leaves they'll leave the red ones till last :)
    They go nuts for bacon - chasing each other around and around, and ham - we've been training them to jump up for ham.
    They prefer spicy rice and noodles to plain. But their favourite is my vegetable garden which they destroy if I forget to cover them back over:)
    Andy
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 6:50am (Apr 20th 2009) edited
     
    my chickns are twits! they will now eat any thing i put out for them. I cut it up in to tiney bits and that still do not help. they are free running in my back yard but as of now there is nothing to eat no grass of any kind just sand and the bugs are all gone by now . all they want is the scratch grain .
    what do I do?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 9:25am (Apr 20th 2009) edited
     
    Try them with something totally different to see if you can get their attention that way. I find that mine get fed up with the same type of food to often. I usually give them their important food first thing in the morning they are real hungry then,so they get all their minerals, vitamins and such. Then they have treats and anything I need them eating up during the day. Give peas a try mine love peas, again I get the cheap frozen ones, and microwave a few as I need them, let them go cold and then feed them to the hens, scatter a few around you until they are all gone, if they think there are not many of them they will try to get them real quick so nobody else gets them all. Then when they are eaten up scatter a few more and so on. Mine dont get them every day. I leave a dish of their main food out all day and sometimes they go back for a nibble of it. You should be able to see or feel if their crops are full. I am sure they will not let themselves go hungry though.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 10:39am (Apr 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You could try mixing their treats into their scracth and see if they eat or leave them?

    How can they resist grapes, i thought every chicken liked grapes?! :) How old are they? I know when my chicks were around 5 weeks old and we started introducing treats to them they were scared of them at first and wouldn't touch them, but after we showed them how to eat them and they got a taste, they went wild for any kind of treat after that!
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 11:50am (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Gave the next-door chickens a grape yesterday and they played pass the parcel with it for a bit before one swallowed it whole. Her sister stared at her beak trying to work out where it had gone, it disappeared so quickly.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 11:51am (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Posted By: nanny northMy girls had sweet corn for their elevenses this morning. I get a bag of Asda's smart price sweet corn for them. I have six hens so only need to microwave two hand fulls.

    My Dad found we had several bags of of sweet corn in our freezer last summer and decided to throw a load over the fence for the chickens - while still frozen! That confused them: hot day, yet cold food.
    (No chickens were ill afterwards, and they gobbled up a lot of sweetcorn.)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2009 12:17pm (Apr 20th 2009)
     
    Ha ha that is funny they must have thought it was a new kind of popsicle food for hens. I am glad non were taken poorly don't know that I would recomend it though just in case. I often think the more we spoil any type of pet the more fussy they become.
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      CommentAuthorChicken Wing
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 10:17pm (Apr 22nd 2009)
     
    Our hens absolutely adore thick slice cucumber and they have been know to squabble over it pulling out of each others beaks and running off with it.
    :biggrin:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 10:19pm (Apr 22nd 2009) edited
     
    I offered mine cucumber once; they looked at me as though I were deranged and then went off to ring the RSPCA...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 10:25pm (Apr 22nd 2009)
     
    I gave mine some grapes tonight to say sorry for leaving them today, They were not amused and walked off and left them.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2009 11:25pm (Apr 22nd 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenI offered mine cucumber once; they looked at me as though I were deranged and then went off to ring the RSPCA...

    Same cc :D
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2009 7:38am (Apr 23rd 2009)
     
    All my gang got corn for snack time..they'd kill each other for corn.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 23rd, 2009 6:11pm (Apr 23rd 2009)
     
    Ha they ate the grapes after I came in last night. Gave them some more for their afternoon treat and they soon gobbled them all up. I think they were just being awkward yesterday. Mine love corn as well Lynn, it hardly manages to touch the ground with my lot. They also like cucumber but in small pieces if you please !!!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2009 1:21pm (Apr 24th 2009)
     
    I had a cat that used to like cucumber but it had to be chopeed up in littles cubes and she used to drink white wine from a saucer too.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2009 6:54pm (Apr 24th 2009)
     
    Good grief! How weird!! :shocked:
    Mind you, I'd drink white wine from a saucer too if it were all that was offered...:)
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2009 11:42pm (Apr 24th 2009)
     
    One of my dogs, Widgit, used to like beer and wine, bless her...not to much of course!!

    My Mum used to be able to get Widgit to eat vegetables of all things...but then she loved my Mom...she wouldn't dare have eaten it if we gave it to her!!

    My sisters dog used to eat vegetables too..thanks to my Mom.. :)

    When ever we had a family get together with some sort of roast..the animals would get the first cuts - from my Mom again..
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 24th, 2009 11:51pm (Apr 24th 2009)
     
    One of my previous Burmese cats loved a drop of my sherry. She would lick it off my finger.
    Once she had too much and was staggering around.
    Had to be more careful after that. Can't have an alchoholic cat!
    • CommentAuthorfrogdust
    • CommentTimeApr 25th, 2009 6:43am (Apr 25th 2009)
     
    OMG! all of your posts were great ! thank you -Every one for the advice! I got them to eat apples last night by cutting them up in very tiney pieces ! they gobbled them down. they are a year old and 5 monthes. so they should be eating everthing by now. the little one were raised in the house and given all kind of different thing growing up .
    MY dogs eat every thing I give then except onion of any kind ! Good thing too as i think they are not good for them . they really like cooked broccolie ! As my kids snuck it under the table a few times befor I caught them at it . years ago my dog Georgia went to a Army picnic with us, and got staggering drunk on beer. she went around and emtyed all the glasses that were left sitting around. spent all day the next day sleeping it off!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 28th, 2009 10:41pm (Apr 28th 2009)
     
    I went to Cusworth hall near Doncaster today. On the way home the rain came down in buckets full. My poor girls had all their pellets washed into mush which was under about an inch of water. Poor little things were so pleased to get me back home, and were feeling so sorry for themselves. I did them some bacon and fried bread, then they had some oats and raisins to follow. They were a lot happier after that.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2009 1:57pm (Apr 29th 2009)
     
    I have visions of these chickens all sitting round a table with their bibs on and knives and forks in their wings.
    A proper hen party. :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 29th, 2009 5:04pm (Apr 29th 2009)
     
    Ha ha like cartoon hens
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 30th, 2009 8:33pm (Apr 30th 2009)
     
    That is funny about your dog Frogdust, they sure can be right gut buckets at times. We had a big German Shepherd years ago, He used to love getting hedgehogs and would not drop them when told. I used to get so upset as they can really shriek when frightened. He never ever got a sore mouth suprisingly.
    One summer late evening it was too hot to even think about trying to sleep so Tim and I took him across the fields. Yes Zac caught a hedgehog and wouldn't come when called, he led us a merry dance over all the fields still holding the hedgehog. I split the backside out of my trousers getting over a gate and Tim fell in some runny cow pats laughing so much. We didn't get back home till gone two. Needless to say he didn't go on any more late night walks. Runny cow poo is real hard to wash out by the way !!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2009 2:54pm (May 2nd 2009)
     
    Did he kill the hedgehogs or just enjoy listening to the noise they made (bit like a squeaky dog toy!)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 2nd, 2009 5:36pm (May 2nd 2009)
     
    If we could get to him fast enough to prise his jaws open the hedgehog lived although it would be covered in slobber. Several times the poor little things died though. Daft thing is the dog was a gentle giant and he was really big but when it came to hedgehogs he was real mean.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2009 12:04pm (May 3rd 2009)
     
    Perhaps he didn't like their table manners - they're the noisiest eaters I've ever heard!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 3rd, 2009 12:59pm (May 3rd 2009)
     
    Ha ha they sure can be noisy, I wondered what on earth all the noise was one night at my mothers house, It was the hedgehogs having a free for all mate in, to be polite about it !!! They had got into the massive clump of heather near the wall and were having a wonderfull time.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2009 7:57pm (May 13th 2009) edited
     
    My hens were all lined up outside the kitchen window tonight hoping for some extra treats. I didn't have anything for them, but as they all looked so cute I threw them some bean sprouts. They hadn't had them before but gobbled them down that fast I dont think they even touched the sides of their beaks !!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2009 9:31pm (May 13th 2009) edited
     
    Livia and Onion were extremely appreciative tonight of 2 slices of marinara pizza with extra olives and anchovies.:)
    Mind you, perhaps we should have ordered extra grit too...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2009 10:29pm (May 13th 2009) edited
     
    Mine havent tried olives yet, I can eat them like sweets.....no wonder I am a bit plump.

    Can you imagine their faces if you had asked for a side order of oyster shell grit Ha ha
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 2:07am (May 14th 2009)
     
    Actually there was only one squished olive left - I'm an olive fiend too!:drool:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 9:25am (May 14th 2009)
     
    You know what I never used to like them thought they were the pitts (no pun intended) Then one day I had to eat them to be polite and ate them quick to get rid of them and got given some more as it was thought I had enjoyed them !!! I ate these as well although very slowly and discovered that I did like them after all.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 11:05am (May 14th 2009)
     
    I love olives black or green stuffed or plain and especially in a martini!!!!!!:drinkparty:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 12:14pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    I like the green Queen olives the best. I will eat the black ones occasionaly. I used to love a martini as well but don't drink very often nowadays. We often get a jar of queen olives and tip off the juice and save it, then add small cubes of lemon, diced red and yellow peppers and a thinly sliced chilli pepper, we leave the seeds in but you can take them out if it is to hot for you. Mix Olives and diced veg together and then pack into jar, you will probably need another small jar as well. Pour juice back until an inch from the top. Pour in olive oil to top as this helps preserve them. Seal and Store in frige eat as needed. Yummy
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 12:48pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Yum NN love chilli and pickled vinegary vegie nom noms, dill pickles, sun dreid toms, caper berries, all those goodies.:icon_domokun:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 3:23pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Good old fashioned favourites, much nicer than the synthetic acid stuff now. I still pickle my own onions and cauliflower, pickled garlic is also nice and my Hubby's favourite. I do make a bit of jam, marmalade and curd. I also make sweet mincemeat and all sorts of stuff. My kids still go mad for them. I do them a little home made hamper every year for Christmas now.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 3:52pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Hilarious PS(well, i think so);
    A squirrel had taken a slice of pizza out of the garden, over the wall and along the fence. Then got fed up/tired/frightened off and abandoned it. So as we looked out of the kitchen window this moring, the clematis had been tastefully augmented by an artfully draped slice of marinara pizza...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 4:03pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Ha ha that is so funny. We used to get squirrels come when we lived in London one was very tame she would come in the kitchen every morning for her biscuit. My Hubby wanted to give her a stale doughnut one day but no she wanted a custard cream. He put it on the fence post thinking she would take it later. He watched to see what would happen. She ignored it but another squirrel came and started up the fence post, made the post wobble and it fell off on to its head poor thing, It didn't come back into the garden for ages after that. The tame one still came though.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 6:00pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Custard creams??? :shocked: There's posh...mine get rich tea biscuits every morning before I let the rabbits and chickens out!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 7:49pm (May 14th 2009) edited
     
    oh Squirells you lucky girls, I would love to have some wild life to feed in the garden (apart from Brian).
    We do get some beautiful wild parrots from time to time.
    CC that pizza must have looked quite artistic growing out of the clematis, wonder if it would take as a graft, now there's an idea, a pizza bush!:icon_domokun:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 8:01pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Ha ha that would be real cool a pizza bush. I don't get many squirrels at this house. One comes in the winter but only when it is very very cold or there is snow on the ground. I do get plenty of birds but none as exotic as the wild parrots. Daisy snagged a blackbird yesterday and I couldn't get over to her to quickly enough. I shouted at her and the hens all rushed over and heckled her. Two were trying to peck her as well. She dropped the blackbird and it flew off,. Daisy run indoors to get away from the hens. I have never seen the like of it before. I am glad the bird survived as they have young at the moment
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 8:13pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Hi NN, that is funny the hens taking it upon themselves to protect the bird. We love the bird life and I am glad we live in an area with lots of trees. We do have a bird feeder and bird bath too which was very popular during the hot summer we've just had.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 8:24pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    When I first had the hens they would chase the birds away. They have got used to the regulars and only chase the newcommers away now. I was amazed when they stood up for poor blackie as I said I have never seen anything like that before. I also have bird baths and feeders. The black birds love their daily baths.
    I mentioned before that my Goldie hen can get on the kitchen window sill and tap the window for treats. Jay was taking his plate into the kitchen this evening and said oh Mum do look... a starling had hopped on the window sill and was looking in for treats as well. We couldn't believe it. We put out some bread crumbs and it kept comming back for more even though we were there washing the pots up. They are so clever watching and learning from each other.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2009 10:57pm (May 14th 2009)
     
    Posted By: Trevs Mumnow there's an idea, a pizza bush

    Blimey that'd save us a ton of money...:D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2009 5:34pm (May 16th 2009)
     
    When I was a child we had a cat called Prince. He would hang around the birds nests and hide in the grass biding his time. One day there was a big commotion outside. It was like a scene from The Birds. Various birds were dive bombing him, loads were sitting around in trees/fences/bushes and chattering - the noise was deafening! My mom opened the back door and he ran in at top speed pursued by birds. I don't recall him catching another bird after that.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2009 5:52pm (May 16th 2009)
     
    Summary justice! I wish the birds would do tha to Tuppence to stop her hunting...:(
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2009 5:58pm (May 16th 2009)
     
    How amazing no wonder it scared, him would have scared me as well. I have noticed that Daisy has to watch her manners near the hens today. They all glare at her and she hurries past. What lovely stories we all have, it is so good to share.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 25th, 2009 12:21pm (May 25th 2009)
     
    Yesterday my hens were making such a racket, I rushed outside in a panic thinking something nasty was happening. Daisy was crouched in a corner yodeling at the top of her voice as well. What ever it was, was hiding in the spirea bush. I got a garden cane and gave it a good prodding, all the hens were round my feet still shouting not wanting to miss out on the action. Out of the bush came a tatty old curly coated cat with huge eyes it looked just like Gollum (my precious!!) I tell you what, it scared the life out of me at first. The cat shot off at a great rate of knots with Daisy in close pursuit. The cat belongs to a lady many houses away but somehow I don't think it will be back in my garden again in a hurry. When Daisy came back a few minutes later she was the hens hero so she is now forgiven for her blackbird catching mistake. It seemed everso quiet once peace was restored even though my ears were ringing.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 26th, 2009 4:25pm (May 26th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling: Good old protector hens!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2009 9:22pm (Jun 3rd 2009)
     
    Fluffy had his first strawberry and first sliver of melon today. He was resting when I put them in but was out of his shell sniffing them down almost before I closed the lid. He has decided that they are both very nice and isn't interested in his cucumber any more. I am glad he is trying new things. I tried to get him a cuttle fish from Asda today but they don't seem to do them so I will have to make a trip up the the pet shop. The one he came with doesnt look very nice in his nice new clean inviroment.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 3rd, 2009 10:38pm (Jun 3rd 2009)
     
    Onion found a strawberry I'd thrown out today. He had a taste, looked as though he was going to call Livia out of the hutch to come and get some...then changed his mind and stuffed the lot!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 8:50am (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    Ha ha ha lol thats so funny, lucky you seen it happen. Fluffy is tucking into a large iceberg lettuce leaf today. I think he has settled in now. All that travelling from pillar to post then having to spend a couple of nights in a car must have unsettled him, what with the jolting about and he may have got chilled. He sure is making up for it now though and is a lot more active.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 3:07pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw cute NN, Sid seems to like cucumber best so far...haven't tried him with strawberries or tomatoes so far :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 4th, 2009 5:36pm (Jun 4th 2009)
     
    They eat all sorts of stuff according to the three sites I was reading up about them. It is nice to try them on a little bit of something different now and then.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2009 10:45am (Jun 16th 2009)
     
    I have just given Fluffies Vivarium a spring clean and make over. He is responding to different things really well now. I am glad to say that he has also started eating new foods. I did think that he would be eating nothing but cucumber forever.
    He has decided that chestnut mushroom is very nice and has really tucked into it with gusto. Salad leaves and iceberg are also on his menu now, he likes strawberry but has only had one so far. I have planted a small strawberry plant in his peat it has some fruits already formed so he will be able to pick his own soon !!
    I am trying him with a small potato this week and have planted some mung bean seeds at the back behind his flower pot. He is investigating every thing at the moment. I try to put something new in every week along along with some of his favourites and it seems to have made life a bit better for him. He certainly wakes up every time I take his viv. lid off and has a look and sniff about.
    I am going to have a look at some new vivariums this week as the one he is in has got scratched badly and it is a job to see him properly through the plastic.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2009 1:28pm (Jun 16th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sid doesn't like mushroom, which was quite disappointing...none of my animals eat mushrooms and yet I think they're gorgeous!! :P Still haven't tried Sid with a strawberry, although he loves lettuce and cucumber too. Apples go down well, and he had a nibble of some pepper when I gave him that...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2009 3:29pm (Jun 16th 2009)
     
    I am surprised he don't like mushroom Fluffy has eaten loads of his. He looks so cute sitting on it like he is from a fairy story. I haven't had any apples for a couple of weeks as they were a bit expensive and didn't look that nice. I will try him with a bit of red pepper next time he needs his food refreshing thanks for that tip. I gave him some banana but he didnt fancy that yet on one of the snail sites it said they adore it. The raspberries are starting to swell and are going pink in the garden. I bet he will like those. I think the hens are eyeing them up as well. I don't mind them having a few but they are my most favourite fruit. So beaks off them please !!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2009 5:39pm (Jun 16th 2009)
     
    So can Fluffy do any tricks yet, NN? Pics!!:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2009 10:07pm (Jun 16th 2009)
     
    I never realised how much interaction you'd get from a snail! He pays you more attention than my rats do to me!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2009 12:56am (Jun 17th 2009)
     
    Ha ha, poor little beastie. I just feel so sorry for him not being wanted and being in such a mucky state when I first got him. He isn't the sort of pet I would have picked but hey he has to have a nice home and be as happy as possible.

    Yes CC he can do this thing with his eye stalks getting them out one at a time it is his form of winking I think.
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      CommentAuthorJonny
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2009 1:59am (Jun 18th 2009)
     
    yOUR A GOOD PERSON NN...yes a good person indeed!.. Glad to know ya!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2009 7:18am (Jun 18th 2009)
     
    Oh thank you you are so kind and I am glad to know you as well.
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      CommentAuthorVictoria
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2009 11:58am (Jul 16th 2009)
     
    I like watching the little chickens next door play Tomato.
    I throw a cherry tomato (the size of a beach ball to a young chicken) over the fence. They walk towards it tentatively, as they think it might bite, then somebody really brave pecks it and runs off with it. Everyone else follows for nearly a minute, trying to grab the tomato...actually, it's basically rugby without the goal. I wonder if I can teach them that bit?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2009 4:28pm (Jul 16th 2009)
     
    I dunno; how high can a chicken kick? :shocked:
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeJul 16th, 2009 5:32pm (Jul 16th 2009)
     
    Mine seem to play that game with strawberries. My neighborough threw some rasberries in the other day and one landed on top of one of th chickens combs so they all chased after it till it managed to shake it off.
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2009 9:30am (Jul 17th 2009)
     
    he he that must have looked very funny, you can just hear the hens calling stop stop come back we want that raspberry!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 17th, 2009 5:54pm (Jul 17th 2009)
     
    Must've been scary - I would have thought the raspberry juice would make it look as though there had been a massacre! :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2009 12:57am (Jul 20th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Mine do it with treats too - the worst is when they're fighting over a slug and it gets ripped in half, with one chicken chasing the other two trailing giblets from their beaks :ack2:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 20th, 2009 3:28am (Jul 20th 2009)
     
    Bleurgh...:beurk:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 12:51am (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    My girls will be real pleased tomorrow as Asda had reduced some bags of salad leaves and cucumbers to five pence each. it will make them a nice mid morning snack.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 2:35pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Do other people's hens eat cucumber then??
    Only animal here that'll eat cucumber is Sid! :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 7:13pm (Jul 29th 2009) edited
     
    Mine really like it I have to cut it into little cubes or slices for them though. Mine also love the seeds out of red peppers they don't eat the pepper but squabble over the seeds.

    Fluffy had stuck himself to the side of his Viv and isn't eating anything at the moment Red,he just sleeps do you think he might not like the cooler weather??
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 7:22pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sid goes through phases of not being hungry and sleeping a lot too. I have finally learnt not to worry too much about it :)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 7:31pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    oh thanks for the info Red, I do worry about him poor little thing as it is hard to see if he is ok or not.
    • CommentAuthorTracyB
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 8:09pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    Mine like cucumber too, I given them yoghurt again today but I don't think they like Morrisons as much as Lidl thick greek yoghurt.... The girls have taste. :-)
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 9:43pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    ohhhhhh yummm I adore the thick greek yoghurt especially with runny honey.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 10:51pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    My rats eat cucumber - its good for hydration.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 10:54pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     
    OOO yes, Greek yoghurt & honey for me too please.....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 29th, 2009 11:48pm (Jul 29th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Why did i read thick GREEN yoghurt then?! :o
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 3:20pm (Jul 30th 2009)
     
    Posted By: RedWhy did i read thick GREEN yoghurt then?!:x


    how bizarre Red so did I, that is interesting what our eyes imagine.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 5:20pm (Jul 30th 2009)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, glad it's not just me TM ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 7:06pm (Jul 30th 2009)
     
    Because my name is Green? Psychic!!:shocked:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJul 30th, 2009 8:31pm (Jul 30th 2009)
     
    :whistle:you use it like body paint then CC ????