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    • CommentAuthorzz9zzzalpha
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2012 1:00pm (Sep 25th 2012) edited
     
    I know the whole of the UK is wet at the moment:weather_rain: but I'm wondering about our Hens, they just stand in the Rain! They really don't seem to mind getting wet, they shelter occasionally but I'm concerned for their health. It cant be good for them to get wet so much, after all they're not ducks! I think we should keep them in the pen when the weather is so bad but Karen says it will upset them as the as they're so used to being let out to roam all day. What do you think?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 25th, 2012 6:13pm (Sep 25th 2012)
     
    Ours just stand under the ivy looking grumpy (the ivy drips on them) rather than go in their house. I've never understood why. Occasionally they go on an outing into the rabbit hutch and stand looking out, while the rabbits go in the henhouse or stand under the ivy, which drips...:face-smile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2012 1:25pm (Sep 26th 2012)
     
    I'm away in Teeside with my midwifery friends for the week.

    One of us set off to home on Isle of Wight yesterday but had to come back for the night as all the roads South were flooded.

    Today seems better.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2012 3:12pm (Sep 26th 2012)
     
    Don't get washed away, Ollie! Bit of a contrast to your recent holiday, innit?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2012 10:56pm (Sep 26th 2012)
     
    There are some terrible pictures on the news of the flooding - I don't recall it being this bad prior to a couple of years ago, now it seems to be becoming the norm. Not good.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2012 7:38pm (Sep 27th 2012)
     
    You must be getting our rain..we've had 1 day of light rain since the first of July..Washington is known for rainy weather, but it's not here this Fall...everything is dead or dying here. I can't keep everything watered. We have a lot of forest fires around here, the smell of smoke has been awful!:face-sad:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2012 10:00pm (Sep 30th 2012)
     
    When Spring first sprung over here we had a heatwave - very unseasonal but very much enjoyed. There was lots on the news about our reservoirs drying up, we were put on hosepipe bans (and neighbours were encouraged to 'tell' on anyone they saw watering the garden / filling a paddling pool / etc). I suspect those same reservoirs are full to bursting now. The gardens don't need watering and our paddling pool has been out just twice this year. I wish we could send you some rain Lynn for the sake of your wildlife and environment.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2012 3:42pm (Oct 1st 2012)
     
    Posted By: Katebwe had a heatwave - very unseasonal but very much enjoyed.

    Speak for yourself! :rolling::cuss::fire::kettle::rolling:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2012 11:37pm (Oct 1st 2012)
     
    Hmm, maybe I should've added "...enjoyed by the majority"! Don't worry CC, winter is coming, and the summer season has near enough been eradicated from our memories!
    :weather_rain:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2012 2:39pm (Oct 2nd 2012)
     
    I know, I shouldn't whinge; I've had a splendid summer!:face-smile::hyper_chick::weather_storm::weather_rain:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2012 7:21pm (Oct 2nd 2012)
     
    We had a very short rain last night..very short, like 5 minutes now there is no rain predicted for the next 10 days.:face-sad: Today at least the smoke from the forest fires burning in the mountains,is blowing in the other direction.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2012 11:38pm (Oct 2nd 2012)
     
    It sounds awful Lynn. I have tried not to complain about the rain this year simply because our reservoirs and rivers were so low, but it seems to have gone too far the other way and the crops and wildlife have suffered. Its been a really bad year for the bees which has had an impact on this year's crops and possibly next year too.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 3rd, 2012 2:12am (Oct 3rd 2012)
     
    We have had a problem with the bees around here too, Kate..there seems to be some type of virus going around that is killing them. We will be in deep doo doo too next year too.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2012 10:12pm (Oct 8th 2012)
     
    Oh dear Lynn, it doesn't sound good for next year does it. Let's hope the weather is better for them and they can increase their hives.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2012 6:49am (Oct 9th 2012)
     
    They are saying that we could get rain by this Friday..cross your fingers for us..we NEED rain sooooo badly. We are just burning up around here.
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2012 1:15am (Oct 14th 2012)
     
    I do hope you get the rain you so badly need Lynn.
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2012 3:29pm (Oct 14th 2012)
     
    We did finally get rain Friday and yesterday. We have another system coming today too. It washed all the smoke from the forest fires out of the air, at least on this side of the mountain. :yay_jump:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2012 4:32pm (Oct 14th 2012)
     
    I'm glad for you Lynn; have you been having to put water out for the wildlife too?
    • CommentAuthornanny north
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2012 6:31pm (Oct 14th 2012)
     
    Oh how wonderful for you Lynn and what a blessing to be able to smell lovely clean air again
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2012 8:31pm (Oct 15th 2012)
     
    Yes, CC we always put water out for the wild creatures too. They had a hard Summer this year.
    The air finally does smell fresh and clean!