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    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2008 6:26pm (Apr 10th 2008)
     
    Now Vicki, that really made me laugh!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2008 6:33pm (Apr 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    About 18 - 20 weeks, Kate, but it can be later...oh right! Sorry :rolling:

    Well, now you have some useless information about chicken's noses, and to answer your proper question: They do smell sometimes. Broody poos stink, and runny poos (sorry diane!) also smell horrible. But if you clean their house out regularly and turn over the soil in the run / garden then they don't really smell at all.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2008 6:34pm (Apr 10th 2008)
     
    Thanks Red - great info as usual. Can you post the link to that site that helps you choose which hen suits you best so's I can pass it on to her? I've lost it.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2008 6:43pm (Apr 10th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks - and here's the link!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 10th, 2008 6:47pm (Apr 10th 2008)
     
    Thanks!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2008 1:02pm (Apr 14th 2008)
     
    The chicks keep spreading their wings out.:)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 14th, 2008 8:29pm (Apr 14th 2008)
     
    My friend said thanks for the link. She thinks the hens are all gorgeous so will probably let her hubby have some!
    • CommentAuthorFred
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2008 9:55am (Apr 15th 2008) edited
     
    Just a quick up date now that the residents of the Highland Hen Hoose (HHH) have been in situ for 10 days. We have have two lovely large eggs each day and I've been informed by the breeder that the rest will start to lay any time between 18 to 24 weeks of age. we look forward to that. It still a race to see who actully finds the eggs, Elaine is in the front at this stage, being she works at night and is in during lunch time when the eggs are laid.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2008 4:59pm (Apr 15th 2008)
     
    Thanks for the update Fred! Sounds wonderful.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 15th, 2008 5:21pm (Apr 15th 2008)
     
    I'm so jealous; still no eggs from Livia... :(
    • CommentAuthorFred
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 9:33am (Apr 16th 2008) edited
     
    Having now had the girls in situ for almost two weeks and seeing some of your comments on keeping hens, its now time to get off the fence and take the plunge, go out there and get yourself some hens of your own. I can't tell you the rewarding feeling that you will get from keeping them. You only have to start with three hens and they don't take up much room in the garden. If you are handy with a hammer and saw you can even build your own coop its great fun. so come on hencammers.:cheer:
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 1:00pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    I will get my hens as soon as possible.:)
    • CommentAuthorFred
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 1:54pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    Thats great news Ace good luck. If you go to backyardchickens.com you find info on building coops
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 1:55pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    Thanks Fred. I will go on it now.:)
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 4:25pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    Do cats and chickens go well together ?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 8:16pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    Mine do. Onion's had the occasional smack from the cats, and Tuppence has had the occasional peck, so everybody knows where everybody else's tolerance levels are. Or aren't...
    • CommentAuthorjimr1603
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 8:20pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    Our cat was too old to play with chickens, and lives inside next door anyway. Some of the neighbours cats were seen off by the hens several times. Domesticated cats are too tame and too well fed to seriously attack a hen in a flock.
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 8:35pm (Apr 16th 2008)
     
    my jemima is vveerryy tame hmm maybe thats why shes never caught any wriggling things
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 16th, 2008 10:37pm (Apr 16th 2008) edited
     
    My granddaughter's mommy keeps asking me when I'm getting chickens but I really don't think I can be bothered yet. I think I'll save it for a project to do another year and just enjoy everyone else's chooks!
    • CommentAuthorFred
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2008 11:47am (Apr 17th 2008)
     
    We have come up with one name so far that is my wife has named one of them. Bella, this one seems to be at the bottom of the pecking order as when my wife (Sandra) go's in at night to secure the coop it is always out side waiting for her, and when she approches Bella bend down on to her stomache and opens her wings out and is quite happy to be picked up and placed in to the coop.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2008 3:08pm (Apr 17th 2008)
     
    Bella sounds like a tame hen.:)
    • CommentAuthorMaryFM
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2008 4:24pm (Apr 17th 2008)
     
    Bella has a soft spot for your wife, birds and animals always know who is kind hearted/
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 17th, 2008 8:03pm (Apr 17th 2008)
     
    She sounds lovely - and very clever. If your wife takes titbits out I wonder who she'll give them to first. Hmmm!!!! So, one name down, 5 to go!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 6:09am (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    Bella sounds like a very sweet chicken, Fred. I'll bet she's now a favorite hen. :bigsmile: I have a few special hens like that too...and I always give them first crack at the treats that I bring out to them at evening feeding time. ( yes, I'm a bad mom, I play favorite with my special girls. )
    • CommentAuthorFred
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 10:05am (Apr 18th 2008) edited
     
    We have come up with another three names and in honour of one of the hencam founder members and hen cammers here they are. Scarlet, Red, and CC (sorry Neil I couldnt use yours in case of a causing an gender complex:cry:) if anyone else would like to put forward names for the last two feel free.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 11:27am (Apr 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh gee, thanks Fred! That's so special to have a hen named after me :bigsmile: , i'm glad they're all doing okay! Any chance of some more photos? *smiles winningly* :P

    Bella thinks you're roosters! That's good, it means that she already accepts you as 'one of the gang' :D Does she kind of dance her way into a crouching position and hold her wings out to the side a little? Libby used to do that to EVERYBODY and it made it a lot easier to pick her up, although she was pretty tame anyway, and both Tilly and Milly do it from time to time...

    Is Bella one of the chooks laying eggs then? When they squat down i read it means that they are already laying, or they're about to start laying very soon!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 6:11pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    :shamed: I am truly honoured. I would like to say that I will adjust my behaviour from now on to be a good example to the chickens.
    But that would be a lie...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 7:21pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Does CC have a crazy hair, Fred?! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 7:35pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    :rasta:!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 7:37pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    Cool hairdoo!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 8:32pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    So you've got a Rhode Island Red called ... Red!!! Brilliant!! (They are RIRs aren't they?) You'd best name the naughtiest one CC - it'll be the most appropriate!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeApr 18th, 2008 9:07pm (Apr 18th 2008)
     
    Lol Kate!:D
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2008 5:51pm (Apr 19th 2008)
     
    Are you casting nasturtiums on my behaviour? I resemble that remark...:rasta:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 19th, 2008 7:32pm (Apr 19th 2008)
     
    Well, from the photos Fred posted none of them had perms, so its got to go on behaviour!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 3:12pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    :fierce::fingersear::updown:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 3:37pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Enough said!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 5:02pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    :updown::fingersear::fierce:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 5:07pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Hey you too ! Argueing again !!!
    Smack your legs...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 5:12pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Ooo, yes please! Sorry, mum...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 8:10pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Sorry mum, but she started it!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 9:21pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sounds like me and my dad arguing... :-\
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 10:23pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    What, on computer instead of in real life, you mean? :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 10:54pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Just tell him he'll miss you when you go to uni!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 20th, 2008 10:54pm (Apr 20th 2008)
     
    Er, that's Red, not CC!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 3:59pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    :rolling:

    No, in real life CC...we do talk away from the computer occassionally, but most of the time it's to argue :D :fingersear:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 6:27pm (Apr 21st 2008)
     
    Ah, the parent-child relationship. Nothing like it!
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeApr 21st, 2008 9:06pm (Apr 21st 2008) edited
     
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 6:02pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    howd you get that working ???????????? ooeerr are you good with computerss
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 6:07pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    I just typed:
    <img src=http://www.hencam.co.uk/hencam_forum/extensions/Vanillacons/smilies/happy/peace.gif>
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      CommentAuthorTori
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 6:15pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    hehe youre goood
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeApr 22nd, 2008 6:17pm (Apr 22nd 2008)
     
    thanks Vicki!
    :bigsmile: