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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 7:51pm (Mar 22nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    A while ago now me and Lyle acquired some new pets, of the lotsa-legs variety!

    They are our two much-loved Madagascan Hissing Cockroaches; called Zelda (mine) and Humdibar (Lyle's). They are called Hissing Cockroaches because when disturbed or threatened they push air out through the pores in their body and produce a surprisingly loud hissing noise.

    They are lovely pets, surprisingly easy to handle and have a simple diet of veg, fruits and dried cat food. Their tank has lots of places to hide (including a lego house!) and is kept warm with a heatmat. They are about three inches long now, and we can expect them to grow another inch or two.

    The pics are TERRIBLE quality because i forgot to bring my camera to Keele again so am having to rely on my poor webcam. I'll try get some better shots in the day sometime, but hopefully these will do for now...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 7:53pm (Mar 22nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Also say hi to our newest arrival, Choc Chip our tiny little rescue snail. He is really tiny, smaller than my little finger nail. He's currently living in a small-ish sized tank (30cm length x 10 cm width x 25cm high) and we just keep losing him in there because he is so tiny!

    It's a very very bad quality pic of him because he's too tiny for the camera to focus on, but you can get an idea of his size comparing him to the fingernails also in the pic!
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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 8:23pm (Mar 22nd 2010)
     
    I think you could charge addmission to your zoo and make a bit towards those milk shakes!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 8:25pm (Mar 22nd 2010)
     
    Red The Cockroaches sound well cool I love those type of creatures i had stick insects once and giant snails they fascinated me just watching them move about but the snails were forever having babies so we would remove the eggs and freeze them which would kill them.
    We did hatch one out though it was amazing they grow so fast!!!!!!!! thanks for sharing your photos its very interesting. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 8:52pm (Mar 22nd 2010)
     
    Id Choc chip a particular sort of snail, or just one that you rescued from the road, like a frog??
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 9:08pm (Mar 22nd 2010)
     
    Choc chip is cute but I don't think I'd want roaches! I am fascintaed though. How long do they live? Were they captive bred? Do they smell?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 22nd, 2010 11:04pm (Mar 22nd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKI think you could charge addmission to your zoo and make a bit towards those milk shakes!

    All good practise for if we ever manage to open up our own animal sanctuary / park :smile:

    I've had stick insects before Lee when i was a real tiny tot, but mostly i just remember them having babies and them escaping and covering the walls in the house!!! :tongue:

    CC, Choc Chip is a Cepaea nemoralis snail ( http://www.freewebs.com/worldofsnails/britishsnails.htm ~ second one down) and is the smallest little mite ever, bless him. And yes he is a rescued snail, scooped him up slightly trodden from the path in the park.

    Kate, a lot of the info differs, but the guy we bought them from said hissers live to be about 5 years old. Yes, they were captive bred. And no they don't smell. Their poops are like very small hamster poos but with no odour, and their tank only needs cleaning once a month or so.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2010 8:36am (Mar 23rd 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So tired.....!

    Morning pics though :smile:
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    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2010 9:28am (Mar 23rd 2010)
     
    Intersting pets, You may have more than me now?!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2010 3:19pm (Mar 23rd 2010)
     
    I love the Cockroaches Red they are wicked i want one!!! Do they fly ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2010 6:15pm (Mar 23rd 2010)
     
    Only if someone buys 'em a ticket...:)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 23rd, 2010 7:11pm (Mar 23rd 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No they can't fly Lee, they don't have any wings at all.

    Posted By: saraIntersting pets, You may have more than me now?!

    I dunno Sara, we lost three pets this year...

    edited the first post too to include a better pic of the hissers' house!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2010 8:19am (Mar 24th 2010)
     
    Ive lost two hens this year. Going to get more,
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 24th, 2010 11:33pm (Mar 24th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Make that four pets we've lost now... :sad:

    Just an update on Choc Chip, little fella is doing really well. He is PLOUGHING his way through the cuttlefish so shows that he was in need of some calcium. He's left a deep groove in the cuttlefish where he's eaten though it! Hopefully that'll help the little guy grow a bit bigger.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2010 10:10am (Mar 25th 2010)
     
    My stick insects seem to have reached the end of their lives, I am down to two, though I have loads of babies growing fast.
    Got some big plastic sweet bottles form the shop to make into houses for them. I want to give them to the local children. Planning to make sure I hand over to a responsible adult.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2010 7:20pm (Mar 25th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Aw that's very sad Ollie, but at least you have the babies!

    Zelda is currently just sat on my laptop screen (they have special sticky hairs on their feet so can climb up smooth glass), she has been a very good model tonight so have some more pics.

    She is refusing to come down...
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    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2010 9:11pm (Mar 25th 2010)
     
    O my gosh how big is that. wow. never seen one that big before.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMar 25th, 2010 10:39pm (Mar 25th 2010)
     
    That was my thought exactly Sara!!
    • CommentAuthorTrevs Mum
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 10:56am (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    er gulp that is humungous Red, I wonder if she can feel the warmth from the screen. Our pussy cat likes to sit right up close on a cushion against the compuetr screen.

    RED WROTE: She is refusing to come down...
    that sounds like a cat up a tree heh heh.
    Zelda, great name!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 6:13pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Red They Are Massive!!!!!!!!!! I love them!!!!! I want one !!!!! so far that is a Rat,A budgie and a cockroach!!!!!!!!!!!!!:bigsmile: :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 8:12pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    I had no idea they were that large, Red. Love the name Zelda too.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 8:46pm (Mar 26th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks for the comments everyone! Oh yes, she is so lovely. Thanks, I thought she suited the name Zelda - unusual and pretty!

    Yes, hopefully they will both grow an inch or two bigger as well, not that i'm really bothered by their size at all. Lee, you definitely should get some at some point. They are easy to keep, don't bite or have any method of attack, don't need cleaning too often or smell, and are very easy and pleasant to handle. I really love them and even Lyle, who was afraid of them at first, has fallen in love!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 8:51pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    Ware would i get them Red ??
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 8:58pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Are there any exotic pet shops nearby where you live, ones that sell snakes and tarantulas etc? If there are and they seem to be a good pet shop, you can ask at any if they can get Hissing Cockroaches in stock, or if they can give you the contact details of a known breeder (that's what we did)

    Where do you live?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 9:02pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     
    I live Nr Brighton sussex and yes there are a few pet shops like that red i will have a look next week.Thank you :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 26th, 2010 9:03pm (Mar 26th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Glad to help, good luck finding some! :cheer:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2010 2:26pm (Mar 27th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Gonna have to get some new pics of Choc Chip at some point, he has doubled in size already :laugh:

    Little fella is in his pot at the moment bless him!
    • CommentAuthorsara
    • CommentTimeMar 27th, 2010 11:37pm (Mar 27th 2010)
     
    choc chip? Who's that?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2010 4:07pm (Mar 28th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This is Choc Chip! :bigsmile:

    He was the size of my little finger nail when we got him.
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2010 6:38pm (Mar 28th 2010)
     
    Ha Red don,t they grow at an alarming rate!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMar 28th, 2010 8:24pm (Mar 28th 2010)
     
    No idea...how big will he grow, Red? He's lovely!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMar 30th, 2010 8:11pm (Mar 30th 2010)
     
    Wow you have some exciting new friends Red, The hissers look real spooky, and interesting.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeApr 2nd, 2010 8:13pm (Apr 2nd 2010)
     
    I have just spent the last 30 mins or so eating my tea with Hencam on in full Stereo listening to the wonderful sound of the Blackbirds screaming around the hencam garden very relaxing indeed :yes:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 5th, 2010 1:15pm (Apr 5th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: chief chickenNo idea...how big will he grow, Red? He's lovely!

    Think he only grows 2-4cm CC, he's a real tiddler! :p Hoping he might grow that little bit bigger though if he has unlimited access to calcium...

    Hope Choc and the hissers are doing okay, they're in my dad's care whilst I am in Lancaster this week!

    My dad absolutely loves Zelda and Humdi though, he wants a roach of his own :laugh:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2010 1:43am (Apr 9th 2010)
     
    I got some exciting news Red and have been itching to tell you all, but need to take some photos first. Hopefully I will get time to do it tomorrow.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2010 7:22pm (Apr 9th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooohhhhh you can't do that to me!!! What is it?!?!?!? :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2010 7:42pm (Apr 9th 2010)
     
    It's a giraffe. She's keeping it in a matchbox so the cats don't get it...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2010 9:13pm (Apr 9th 2010)
     
    :heart:Ha Ha love it CC you do come up with the cutest ideas.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeApr 9th, 2010 9:17pm (Apr 9th 2010)
     
    Got it all posted Red under Bill and Ben sorry to keep you waiting. I just love your new pets. They had some hissers when I went to get Bill and Ben but they were all hiding as I couldn't see them ha ha thinking about it they might have sold them all I spos !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2010 10:00pm (Apr 19th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Here are the really good pics my dad took of the hissers which he never got round to uploading ^__^
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2010 7:09am (Apr 20th 2010)
     
    They are lovely Red very shiny!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2010 9:25pm (Apr 20th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lee! And here are some (poor quality!) pics of how our little guy is doing too!
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    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2010 7:35am (Apr 21st 2010)
     
    He is doing great red cute little fella or could be a girl i suppose.
    I must get some of the hissing cockroaches i like them a lot!!! thanks for sharing the photos red.:bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 26th, 2010 11:19am (Apr 26th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, you definitely should get some!

    Thanks! He has grown a lot, will probably be getting up to full size soon, bless him!
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 8:30am (May 7th 2010)
     
    Red, just looked at this thread for the first time and all credit to you for liking cockroaches.

    :001_smile::001_smile::001_smile:

    I lived in Kenya and enemy no. 1 there, according to my Ma who used to wage a daily war against them, was cockroaches.

    Even now, when abroad, if I see a cockroach I have to give it a wide berth.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 11:20pm (May 7th 2010)
     
    I used to live in a place with cockroaches.
    One got down my neck and I screamed. I was heavily pregnant and hubby thought I was in labour!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 7th, 2010 11:23pm (May 7th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha, thanks Shobhna! :laugh:

    Did those cockroaches have wings and move fast?? The only reason I can cope with Humdi and Zelzel (and love them so much) is because they can't fly and move quite slowly......well, apart from Zelda who does scuttle occasionally :D
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 12:37pm (May 8th 2010)
     
    Ordinary British cockroaches don't like light, they can run very fast and squeeze through minute spaces.
    I once went into the cellar kitchen of a small hotel in the evening to make a cuppa.
    I snapped on the lights and the floor was a mass of cockroaches! Not all of them scuttled off and I was wearing a long skirt...
    I saw on thre notice board a note to the morning cook -
    "Sorry about the eggs, Else. Give them scrambled for breakfast"
    Needless to say I avoided the scrambled eggs.
    As I left I asked the housekeeper for that note, I still have it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 8th, 2010 2:25pm (May 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ooooh gross Ollie! Yeah we saw those at BugWorld, and I must say I wasn't too keen on them!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2010 9:31pm (May 9th 2010) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We have another new critter!

    Shelby the snail :smile: We found her today with a damaged shell. There is a hole in the top point and all of the surface of the shell has been eroded, a sign that she hasn't had enough calcium, so she has been brought back to stay with Choc Chip. Even though he has grown a lot the size difference is still brilliant!!

    Choc's shell width is about 2cm, whereas Shelby's is about 6cm in width :laugh:

    Shelby is a damn hungry fella! She has eaten sooo much. We've added extra cuttlefish, because extra calcium could help her mend her shell. If not we may have to glue plastic over the injury.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2010 9:34pm (May 9th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Choc is peeping his little head through a hole in the lettuce that Shelby created, saying hello :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 9th, 2010 11:22pm (May 9th 2010)
     
    Funny stick insects, which are very lethargic in the day, at dusk they stuck out their legs and started that funny swaying dance. Now they have all gone into the shrubbery for supper/breakfast.
    The other lot in the aquarium are clinging to the roof with others cling onto them... ad infinitum... a lovely lace pattern. Tried to take photo but it doesn't come out really.
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeMay 10th, 2010 8:13am (May 10th 2010) edited
     
    Red, the cockroaches in Kenya move pretty darned quick. They are usually about an inch and a half. dark reddish brown colour and in the rainy season we used to get the ones that fly as well. When Ma and Pa lived in Kakamega, near Lake Victoria, they used to have different sort of cockroaches there...accorindg to my Mum they were 4 inches long, I think she is making it up but all the cockroaches that my Mum waged a war agains moved very fast when they saw her. :biggrin::biggrin:

    I think, for me the sight of a cockroach is enough to stop me in my tracks and rethink my next move.:001_unsure:

    I am used to most bugs because of what you get out there but have yet to make myself feel kindly towards a cockroach. I tell myself that every single soul...be it a cockroach or a humanoid, has a right to be and yet I find it hard to cope with cockroaches, mind you, I find it hard to cope with some humanoids too. :lol:
    I normally just get out of their way but if I lived in the Tropics then I think I'd be waging a war against them, just like my Mum did.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2010 4:28pm (May 12th 2010) edited
     
    Well Red I have my new home to pick up this Saturday well its not new its an ebay special.
    Then i need to find my new critters do you no what they will be you should do your the one that gave me the bug!!!! this will be there new home it comes with all that stuff inside but won,t need all this.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 12th, 2010 8:32pm (May 12th 2010)
     
    oh well done Lee, that looks just like the vivarium that I have. I am real pleased with it and it is so easy to keep clean. Mine had that polystyrene stuff in the back but I threw it away as I didn't like it much also I was worried in case Bill or Ben ate some of it.
    I bet you can not wait to get your Hissers that is just so exciting I feel excited about them as well .... don't forget to add some photos asap !!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeMay 13th, 2010 3:39am (May 13th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So awesome Lee!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 9:46pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    You still getting your Vivarium tomorrow Lee? Will you be getting the hissers as well ??
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 9:55pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    Yes I am picking it up tomorrow will bring it home and get it all set up in the right place and get the hissers next week i don,t know where i will get them just yet though.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 10:00pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    Ohh that is so exciting. I seem to remember you saying you were going to have an aviary in your garden as well,
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 10:08pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    Yes in the photo,s i have posted of my garden the left hand shed will be turned into an aviary but that will be towards the end of the year or beginning of next.
    My garden has all been re turfed this week it looks great i will post the latest pictures tomorrow!!! :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 10:18pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    It is always nice to have something to plan and think about in the pipeline. I have been busy with my garden sorting out the veg plot. I got spuds planted then carrots parsnips, swede and beetroot seeds in. I also have some butternut squash plants under a little polythene tent to protect them from the frost. I will put out my runner beans tomorrow as I need the space in the green house to get some more things started off.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 10:23pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    How about some photo,s NN you cannot beat seeing it gives us all inspiration!!!!!!!!!
    My dad has a double size allotment and he loves it and grows everything you can think of and i get to eat it all!!!!!!!!! for a few free range eggs of course!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 10:27pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    Not a lot exciting to see at the moment Lee It is just bare earth untill the seeds come through. I used to have an allotment when my kids were small. I often wonder how the heck I got through every thing. You can not beat fresh grown Veg.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 14th, 2010 11:10pm (May 14th 2010)
     
    There was a programme on tv today which had Giant Weta. They are something like the hissers but with cricket like legs. Quite colourful too.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2010 8:22pm (May 15th 2010)
     
    :willy_nilly: Cor can you imagine them escaping and twanging about the house with their cricket type legs, I think my language would be quite colourful as well.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2010 8:47pm (May 15th 2010)
     
    Even me, the non-gardener, was out doing my bit today. Hubby cut the grass at the back, the neighbour had cut the front grass yesterday (its very small with no divide between us - we sort of take it in turns unofficially!) So I have the job of weeding and cutting the little round hedges - about 10 of them. It always makes me smile that I'm trimming my bush on the front lawn! hee hee!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeMay 15th, 2010 10:36pm (May 15th 2010)
     
    Kate Really!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!:rollonfloorlaughing:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2010 11:17am (May 16th 2010)
     
    Cutting the front bushes will never be the same now! I'll have a smile on my face that will mystify the neighbours...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2010 11:30am (May 16th 2010)
     
    Its good to know we can get amusement from such simple tasks!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 16th, 2010 5:19pm (May 16th 2010)
     
    Not as much amusement as the neighbours...:D
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2010 8:08pm (May 24th 2010)
     
    :lol: Ohh Kate that is just so funny you made me laugh so much
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:10pm (Jun 7th 2010) edited
     
    Well here it is all set up and ready for my Hisser's can,t wait!!!photo,s are not the best as it is my phone my daughter has gone on a school trip and taken my camera.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:15pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Do you know I was just wondering about the hissers Lee !!!! The vivarium looks real nice they should be well at home in there. I like the stand you have for it as well. Have you tracked down a place to get them from yet ?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:19pm (Jun 7th 2010) edited
     
    Oh yes NN they will be in there new home on Wednesday!!!!!!!!!!!!!! and my daughter will be back and i can take some better picture,s then to show you.The stand was an ebay special NN it is a designer stand which i fell in love with and it was in Brighton in a very wealthy part of town and it only cost me £20!!!!!!!!!!! but cost her £250!!!!!!!!!! 4 years ago.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:23pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Yippeee, goody goody gum drops and then it will just be a couple of weeks till you get your new hennies. I look forward to seeing the pictures.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:35pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    I had an email from the Dorset co-ordinator last week that they are doing a rescue over there and did i want to go to Dorset to get my Hens i said my apologizes and said no as it is at least a 3 hour round trip for me and that i would wait till the end of June because the cage ban is happening in 2012 the farmers are hanging on to there Hens a bit longer so they do not have to replace there Hens twice before the ban only once.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:46pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Yes it is a long way but you haven't long to wait now. Hoow are the others getting on?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 9:56pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Really good now thank you NN Babs has taken a long time to accept Shirley the speckled one but she is there now and Amber has laid her first egg today as well!!! the new Hens are attacking Clover Rabbit a lot though at the moment as she is out when they are out they are taking great lumps of fur out of her poor thing but my others did this for a while and then calmed down What she don,t know is i have another 3 coming!!!!!!! i think she might leave home!!!
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:00pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Oh poor bunny you might have to make her a little corner to herself to begin with
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:05pm (Jun 7th 2010) edited
     
    Yes i do feel sorry for her will have to let them on to there garden at different times.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 7th, 2010 10:48pm (Jun 7th 2010)
     
    Can you give her a hidey hole to shelter from them if she wants to? Or are rabbits not smart enough to understand that?!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 12:47am (Jun 8th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Awesome Lee, love it!

    Cleaned Sid's old viv out properly the other day, and my god I didn't realise how big it was - hadn't seen it since he passed away, it had been left in the outside storage area, and it's a lot bigger than I remembered.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 7:11am (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Red Was Sid your Snake ?
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 7:15am (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Kate yes she likes to go in the right hand shed as this is where she used to live it now houses bikes and bits so i leave this open and she pops in and out of there the chickens do not go in there.Clovers problem is she thinks she is a chicken she go,s in there run she eats there layers pellets she eats there mixed corn all she needs to do now is lay an egg!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 8th, 2010 10:30pm (Jun 8th 2010)
     
    Oh that's sweet Lee. I hope the hens accept her as one of the brood!!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2010 6:16pm (Jun 10th 2010) edited
     
    Here are my new friends And i absolutely love them !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i will get some better pictures in the next week or so got to give them time to settle in.
    When i held one in my hand they really stick to you tight they have like glue on there feet almost!!!!!!! its incredible.Thank you red for introducing me to them.
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    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2010 8:16pm (Jun 10th 2010)
     
    Well done on your new critters Lee, they will soon settle in as they have a fine new home. They are nice and shiney. How interesting that they stick to you like that. What do they eat ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2010 8:48pm (Jun 10th 2010)
     
    Lee!:gasp:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2010 9:04pm (Jun 10th 2010)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lee, Sid was my GAL.

    The hissers are so awesome!!! Are there some males in there, can I see? I know, sometimes they can be flipping hard to get off!

    Have you been hissed at yet? :P
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 10th, 2010 10:52pm (Jun 10th 2010)
     
    Will they breed Lee?!
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 11th, 2010 7:45am (Jun 11th 2010)
     
    There are 3 males and 2 females and yes when they stick on you Red i was afraid of pulling there legs off!!!!!!! but they do come off eventually the hissing is an amazing sound i like touching them just to here it and they are so silky smooth on there shells.

    Kate yes i do believe they will breed if the vivarium is at the right temperature.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 2:18am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    I showed them to Grandad North Lee and they really made him shudder !!!! He decided he was glad there was just snails in our viv !!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 2:49am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Yes, i've been pursued by stag beetles recently (persecution complex? Me?) and they give me the willies a bit too...
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 3:21am (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    I havent seen a stag beetle for years CC, fascinating things although they do look a tad scary when you first come across one.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 1:47pm (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Every evening that I've been out this week, there's been stag beetles after me.
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 7:25pm (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    NN they are very scary to look at almost prehistoric looking!!!!!

    And i saw my first Stag beetle last week now they are scary very strange looking things and the way they fly around is scary i was in my local looking out the window at it so i was safe!!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 13th, 2010 10:06pm (Jun 13th 2010)
     
    Hubby found a beetle in the house last week. He hit it 4 times with a shoe, then flushed it down the loo. An hour later my son went to the loo and there was the beetle swimming around. Son flushed it. Thats why I always catch them in a glass and evict them.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2010 2:29am (Jun 14th 2010)
     
    The maybugs are flying at the moment too...I put the porch light on to look for Bits, and a maybug the size of a Messerschmitt flew at me! Well, at the light really, but it all added to my persecution complex!:)
    • CommentAuthorleevaux
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2010 7:38am (Jun 14th 2010)
     
    CC perhaps it was a Maybug i saw the other day then big clumsy fat flying thing can stag beetles fly ?
    • CommentAuthorShobhna
    • CommentTimeJun 14th, 2010 9:17am (Jun 14th 2010)
     
    Look what I found...
    http://dududiaries.wildlifedirect.org/category/beetles/

    I was googling 'tinternet to see if I could find photos of the beetles I have seen in Kenya that are pretty big and usually fly at you (well, the ight source really)
    I thought CC might like to see them. :bigsmile::bigsmile: