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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 10:26am (Sep 22nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We borrowed my nephew Joe last weekend to help with dismantling and disposing of the old rotten coop.

    Joe and axe



    We thought initially it would be a quick 10 minute job - it ended up taking us nearly 4 hours with a crowbar, sledgehammer and axe to take the coop to bits and burn it...  What didn't help was Helen's plants which took a bit of a burning - hopefully they'll come back in the spring!



    Burn baby burn!



    The space looks a lot bigger without the coop, and it makes you realise there was quite a bit of wasted space before.



    Going, going, gone.



    The only problem we had was the explosions as the stone flags exploded (!) due to the heat, spraying us, my car and our house with red-hot stone and burning wood - perfectly safe!



    I might have some explaining to do.



    Oops 

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 5:55pm (Sep 22nd 2015)
     
    Blimey, Joe's grown since the fireworks night he featured in! You should have saved the bonfire till Guy Fawkes this year...:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 22nd, 2015 10:20pm (Sep 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Probably for the best we didn't - showering guests in flaming hot shrapnel is par for the course on our bonfire nights but I think it could have been even worse than normal! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 23rd, 2015 8:35pm (Sep 23rd 2015)
     
    Oops!! If you can get rid of the black parts you can claim it's retro crazy paving!!

    The old coop was obviously a lot more robust than you thought, but it will be lovely to see a nice shiny new one. Well done for your hard work (and you Joe!)
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 26th, 2015 8:37pm (Sep 26th 2015)
     
    Wow, can't believe how big Joe has gotten! What a lot of work getting the old pen down, I would have come to help, but 7740 miles is just a little bit too far to come.:face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 27th, 2015 4:29pm (Sep 27th 2015) edited
     
    Have you not got a bike, Lynn...? :tooth:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 9:22am (Sep 29th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Lynne, we have a spare room (Scarlet's haha!) you are more than welcome to visit us, it would be fab! :) If you could smuggle some silkie chicks over too...! :laugh:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 3:31pm (Sep 29th 2015)
     
    That's a bike with a basket on the front then... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 3:32pm (Sep 29th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Whittling away at the coop options with Scarlet and Helen...

    There's a couple we have in mind...

    Scarlet likes this the most (but the price! Is it worth the premium?)

    The Green Frog Wagon:


    Although something like this gives the hens some shelter (but we'll have a roof cover on the run)

    The Solway Smart Hen House:


    And lastly, a huge house which would let us have lots of hens, but takes quite a bit of floor space:


    So, what are your thoughts?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 3:35pm (Sep 29th 2015)
     
    Yes, it's lovely!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 4:14pm (Sep 29th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Haha I'm not sure the wagon is worth the extra price...but it is awesome and if not for that I love it :bigsmile:

    I really like the shelter / last one, I think it looks really nice. Does it come with perches or a nest box though? Could you build some?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 8:19pm (Sep 29th 2015)
     
    Not sure about the frog wagon - looks a bit too weird and like it wouldn't last very long. Lots of nooks and crannies to clean - think I'd go with the easiest maintenance! Either of the other 2 - I have no idea what a chicken would like. I think I'll go with CC's comment of completely non-committal "yes it's lovely"! (Not much help are we!)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 8:50pm (Sep 29th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No bloody help at all haha!
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeSep 29th, 2015 9:07pm (Sep 29th 2015)
     
    Neil, did you look at the ones from Amazon.co.uk.com They have a lot of plastic coops.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 10:22am (Sep 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ugh I think all of us are going bleary-eyed looking at, then comparing, then re-looking at all the various options! For a short while before I nearly ordered a wooden coop but that was vetoed by Helen!

    Anyway, kind of exciting news! The decision has sort of been made (ish) kind of...

    I've ordered the galvanised steel run, and a chicken swing (which will look so good/hilarious on camera when the girls 'get into the swing of it'!) and some tarp holder bungees - so Lynn, Kate, and CC have provided the hens with somewhere safe to live protected from foxes etc, as well as the best boredom busting toy/exercise equipment (apparently!) - for this I say thank you, it's really, really appreciated.



    Now there's just the small matter of ordering the house, which I can't do until my last credit-card payment clears (yeah, it's that tight!) - hopefully in the next day or so.

    And what will it be...? It will be the... Green Frog Wagon!! It has lots of really cool features, easy clean, red-mite resistant, environmentally friendly and looks really striking, so thought it would be perfect for the hens and hencam.

    I'll let you know when it's actually ordered!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 10:35am (Sep 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: KatebNot sure about the frog wagon - looks a bit too weird and like it wouldn't last very long. Lots of nooks and crannies to clean - think I'd go with the easiest maintenance! Either of the other 2 - I have no idea what a chicken would like. I think I'll go with CC's comment of completely non-committal "yes it's lovely"! (Not much help are we!)


    Haha :) I did wonder about how practical it would be, but apparently, it's really well designed.

    Cleaning is easy as you can jet-wash it - the nest boxes actually detach so you can really clean and there's a full-height door for getting into it. The eggs roll away from the hens into an easy-collection area under the nest boxes so there's no more naughty egg-eating - that will actually be a godsend as once you get one egg-eating hen they bloody teach the others to do it!

    Also, quite importantly, it has a large house but small footprint, something we needed to consider as we're keeping our hens permanently inside their run. It's also big enough for 6 or 7 large hens or 12 bantams... :hyper_chick:

    And if we move, it can be completely dismantled without damaging the coop - something I wish we could have done with the old rotten coop as it took two people battering, axing and sawing hours to do...

    So yeah, hopefully it's a good choice... fingers crossed!:hyper_chick::hyper_chick::hyper_chick:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 2:52pm (Sep 30th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yaaaaay!!

    The wagon is my favourite! :tooth: I LOVE how it looks, it's spacious and has perches, and has adjustable vents. I'd have badgered you to buy that from the get go if I hadn't thought it was too pricey hehe. Yay!

    I think the problem we've been having is that my mum's incredibly picky with what the plastic house looks like...so not only does it have to be big enough, have nest boxes, perches, vents and be secure (which is hard enough, there aren't many plastic hen houses on the market here at all) - but it also has to live up to her standards aesthetically!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 4:50pm (Sep 30th 2015)
     
    It wasn't non comittal - I would have said it was horrid if I hadn't liked it! I tried to click on it to see where it came from - who makes it?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 4:52pm (Sep 30th 2015)
     
    Found 'em...not cheap, are they??? Our wooden chicken shed was about £200, I think.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeSep 30th, 2015 11:02pm (Sep 30th 2015)
     
    I didn't think it looked that big, but going back for a second look there's nothing to scale it to in the picture! I also thought those clips would be dirt/mite magnets but that just shows why a non-chicken owning donor shouldn't be allowed to choose!! Look forward to seeing it all take shape (can't WAIT to see a chicken on thw swing!!) and am off to google frog wagons!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 9:54am (Oct 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    That's very true Kate, it could have been tiny! It's actually one of the largest we've found, and the company on their site list two numbers of birds that would fit in there - one that's the standard most use, and a second that means the bird have more space...I thought that was really great, and much better than Omlet who claim you can fit 100 birds in a shoe box :rolling:

    Plastic coops are good because there's no cracks for red mite to hide in, cleaning is wonderfully easy and it dries in no time...but it is way, way more expensive!! CC, I bought the last run and house when I was about 14, the one that was just knocked down, and it cost me £350 :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:00am (Oct 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    No Kate, I think you are spot on - just because you own chickens by-proxy doesn't mean you should have no input - I just wanted to explain why we were still erring towards the wagon - I *think* the lugs/overlaps are ok on the outside as mites avoid sunlight - they hide in the dark cracks between wooden slats in coops or underneath perches... That's why a lot of the plastic coops look a bit... strange... all the fastenings etc are on the outside (I suppose for ease of putting it up/taking it down too).

    Found a pic with the wagon and a *big* bird:



    Capacity seems spot-on for what we need (I think it's better than the previous coop we had)

    Poultry Club of Great Britain Guidelines indicate that this house would be suitable for 7 large fowl or 17 bantams. However, we prefer Soil Association Guidelines which require a little more space per bird, and suggest that it is ideal for up to 6 larger birds or 12 bantams.


    There's perches inside too so it uses all the height and 'bulbous' bit...

    And CC, no, they're not cheap at all! But as we had some help from you guys buying the run, thought we should push the boat out a bit for the coop! Hopefully it's going to last and look nice on cam for you guys.

    Scarily, I just maxed out my credit-card and it should be with us tomorrow!

    Still trying to get someone to come out and trim the leylandii and remove 3 from the garden so the run will actually fit in there... :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:11am (Oct 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    One of the things I like about the Green Frog animal houses are that the lock / clippy bits aren't as bulky or obvious than on the Solway one...I liked the Solway, but just couldn't get over the knobbly bits :rolling:

    I also really like that the part that's on the ground is tiny, because all the space is upstairs in the actual wagon part, so it takes up less room in the run...the nest boxes are tacked onto the back, so the bit of floor where the wheels are is just used to walk to the nest box, and then the perches, where they'll sleep, are up in the circular bit! :bigsmile:

    Oh! One more thing - I appreciate they are showing an adult large breed chicken coming out of the wagon...most places use very young birds that aren't full-size so the product appears bigger. I noticed that a lot with Omlet ;)

    ETA - just looked again at Omlet's Cube page, and the hens are either bantams or so young they have no comb development yet! The biggest bird in a photo is a Silkie :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:12am (Oct 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilStill trying to get someone to come out and trim the leylandii and remove 3 from the garden so the run will actually fit in there...


    It is a huge run...you're gonna end up having to move the shed :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:17am (Oct 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hah look at that, me and Scarlet replying saying the same thing at the same time :)

    Argh! It should be with us tomorrow - NEED SOMEONE TO TRIM MY TREES!!!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 10:19am (Oct 1st 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I can't wait - really excited now!! :bigsmile:

    Oh hi dad btw :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 2:38pm (Oct 1st 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Updates updates updates...

    Coop - dispatched and arriving tomorrow!
    Run - dispatched and possibly arriving tomorrow!

    But most importantly... Chicken Swing - dispatched! :tongue:

    And tree guy is coming 'hopefully next week' - so if all goes to plan we can get set up the next weekend, then look at getting chooks either that weekend or the weekend after - how cool would that be?!

    It's starting to feel like it's going to happen...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 6:50pm (Oct 1st 2015)
     
    I'm getting sooooo excited now...can hardly wait till hencam is up and running!!:yay_jump::thumbup:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 1st, 2015 11:24pm (Oct 1st 2015)
     
    Me too Lynn! (Showed hubby the coop - he said you're having gypsy chickens!)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2015 3:06pm (Oct 2nd 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Helen will not be pleased...

    This is how our kitchen looks at the moment (and will do for a couple of weeks until the trees are cut back and we can actually get things ready for the hens!)...



    Oops...


    And I haven't even picked up the run yet! I'm working in Leeds today and the depot is only a few minutes away so I'm going to attempt to get it home in my car (if you know my car you will think this is possibly slightly ridiculous - trying to get a 3m x 2m x 2m chicken run in a smart car may not go well...)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2015 3:10pm (Oct 2nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    And one of those packages in the picture contains a chicken swing!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2015 6:49pm (Oct 2nd 2015)
     
    Helen, this occasion is a perfect demonstration of why God invented TAKEAWAY FOOD!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 2nd, 2015 9:08pm (Oct 2nd 2015)
     
    Can't it go in Red's room til building time, or is Lynn coming to stay?! :whistle:

    Chicken swing - :woohoo:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 4th, 2015 6:03pm (Oct 4th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    You have, like, four spare rooms dad, IF you can be bothered shifting it upstairs to have to bring it back down in a few weeks :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 9:48am (Oct 5th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It weighs 82Kg!!! I'm not going to traipse that up two flights of stairs!

    I'm just going to build it so it can go outside...
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 10:22am (Oct 5th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Had some fun this weekend...

    We received a couple of large packages on Friday, but missed one which was the chicken run we'd ordered - as luck had it I was working from Leeds on Friday afternoon, so I checked how far the depot was from me and it was only 9 minutes away - if I waited until Saturday to pick it up it was a 2 hour round-trip from our home...


    The only possible problem was my car isn't exactly large, and the chicken run would probably be in quite large boxes... But I thought I'd risk it anyway!  I asked at the counter if I could see the boxes first and the guy said "well it's in the large section but I'll bring it out and you can check".  He brought out two massive boxes - one squat square one and one long one which was taller than me!


    I ended up opening the squat box and spreading it's contents around my car anywhere it would fit - down the sides of the seats, in the passenger footwell, crammed along the roof area...  Then the long package was stuffed across the passenger side, which worked quite well.



    Driving home on the motorway was... fun.  I had to hold onto it going round corners but got it home safely and mostly without any drama (although it's got my seats a bit dirty - grrrr!


    The next day I spent a couple of 'enjoyable' hours in the afternoon building the frame:



    The instructions are quite vague, so it's kind of like building a huge metal meccano set with Ikea instructions.



    It slowly started to take shape...



    Finally a confused half hour trying to work out how the doors work (I'd forgotten some of the bits tucked down the side of the seat in my car!), it was done (well, the frame at least) - it's pretty big...



    The next step is finding time to fit the mesh and making sure it's all secure - this is the most time-consuming bit apparently and is incredibly fiddly and will inevitably end up with fingers scratched to ribbons from cut wire mesh..!


    After that is done, all we need is some space to actually put it - hurry up tree people!!!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 4:36pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Pfft 82kg?! That's only sixteen times heavier than Rey (I think...), I could carry that up the stairs easy :rolling:

    It doesn't look as incredibly huge as I was expecting, I think I forgot how big your garden was :P It's actually a really perfect size, it's gonna look incredible! When are the trees getting cut??
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 5:11pm (Oct 5th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hopefully this week - depends on the weather I guess (not looking good so far :\)

    Helen is stood a bit forwards so probably looks a bit bigger in there (it's really quite large in the flesh - the run not Helen!) If you look and line it up a bit it's about as wide as our kitchen - so pretty wide! The roof sticks up above the window eyeline (2m - so I can stand up comfortably without touching the top)...



    If it's dry tonight I might start putting mesh on but it gets dark so early now... I'm stood a bit further back but reckon the slope still wouldn't touch my head...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 6:46pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     
    Can't you put some gloves on when you do the mesh to protect your delicate fingers?!

    It doesn't look very big in the picture but 6' height and kitchen width certainly sounds big! Great to see it taking shape!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 8:21pm (Oct 5th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It's about 6'6" high and in the dark I've laid two folds of mesh across the roof...

    Have to secure it and do the rest of the sides... And join the two seams.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 5th, 2015 10:00pm (Oct 5th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It looks so awesome! I'm really excited for when you're ready for chucks and are setting it all up :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 6th, 2015 11:27am (Oct 6th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    This morning I started joining the seam - got about 3/4 done but I'm using quite thin wire so not sure if I should also add some thicker more secure joins every so often just in case...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 8th, 2015 6:48pm (Oct 8th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I AM EXCITED!!!:crazy:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 9:38am (Oct 9th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ok so this is going to be a very tight schedule, and a lot can go wrong, but here's the plans (get ready for a busy weekend!)

    Today the tree guy is coming, weather permitting, (hurrah!) so that they can clear the additional space the new chicken run needs. This means we can then dig over where it will go, and then move the run to it's final position (it's very heavy).

    Tonight I need to finish adding the wire mesh to the coop, securing the overlaps, fastening the mesh so it won't come loose anywhere, trim the wires so it doesn't rip you to bits if you so much as look at it, fit the rain cover...

    Then on Saturday morning I need to find somewhere that is open that can sell us some turf so I can give the chicken run a layer of grass - it will be nice for the chickens (although they'll quickly wreck it), and it will give the soil underneath time to recover.

    Saturday afternoon I need to build the chicken wagon (INSIDE the run - it won't fit through the door!) and clean out the waterer and feeder etc, basically get it all ready for it's new inhabitants - setting up the cameras will come a bit later I'm afraid, although I'll try get *something* on cam for you guys. I also need some empty cardboard boxes!

    Then on Sunday, the plans are still not set for sure, but we *are* going to go pick Scarlet & Lyle up, then go to the chicken breeders and BUY SOME HENS! Then get them home, let them acclimatise to their new surroundings (and maybe a bit of fighting as the pecking order is sorted)

    It will probably be a bit bare at first - we want to get a small fruit tree in the run, some bits and pieces for the hens to sit on (and the chicken swing of course!) but time will be so tight it may have to wait for a few days.

    It's a lot to do, but fingers crossed...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 7:53pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     
    Posted By: neilSaturday afternoon I need to build the chicken wagon (INSIDE the run - it won't fit through the door!)


    If I hear swearing on Saturday afternoon I'll know what you've forgotten to do... :rolling: Can't wait to see the new girls!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 8:54pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     
    Is this on orders from Helen so that she can have her kitchen back? Hope you get good weather. You'll be glad to go back to work for a rest!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 11:22pm (Oct 9th 2015)
     
    I'm so excited at this rebirth of hencam!
    It has given me a new perspective on life achievements. I had assumed that the interest in hens had expired. How wrong I was...
    We are very low in numbers on here lately, just a very few fiaithfuls. I myself am here only as this is the one group I have followed. (I keep all my internet connections very small.)

    So very pleased the caravan style coop was chosen, so much more elegant than the others. Quite classy!
    I used to work with the local travelling community and found them quite wonderful folks, though some were rogues. Will we have "rogues" amongst our hens? Time will tell. Fun, fun, fun.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 9th, 2015 11:44pm (Oct 9th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey man, you didn't let us know if you were back home so I didn't keep ringing and we're off to bed now - will try tomorrow?

    Basically we're thinking after you've got the hens you can just drop us off at the nearest station and we'll catch a train home :smile: Will save you a lot of time and the hens will get home faster! I really want to come back and see the coop and the girls being released in person, but realistically I'd feel horrifically cruel leaving Lyle to manage a puppy and two excited dogs on his own!!

    I really hope you can get the cam set up so we could watch the girls be introduced when we get home! :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 1:32pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    Ollie!!! We've missed you. How's the hip doing?
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 2:12pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    Oh, I'm always here, reading but maybe not writing.
    Steroids into hip working wonders, having knees done on Monday.

    Can't wait till Neil gets that cam' set up.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 9:25pm (Oct 10th 2015) edited
     
    How has today gone? There seemed to be such an enormous amount to do.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:35pm (Oct 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    It sounds like it's gone well but was a lot of hard work. When I spoke to my dad a few hours ago he was sat on the couch with back ache waiting for a takeaway!! My dad sounded very shocked at how large the wagon was once built :smile:

    Tomorrow is all planned. I've got the list of breeds I've researched and think should suit my dad's needs, whilst also looking good on cam and easy to tell apart!

    We're going to get to the breeder's premises and wander about; I'll point out the different breeds I think would be a good choice, and we'll see what else they have too, and just choose the best we spot!
    I'm charging my camera batter in preparation so I can take pics :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:44pm (Oct 10th 2015)
     
    How fantastic! Seems to have all come together so quickly. Hope you've bought your dad some Radox for a soak in the bath tomorrow!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 10th, 2015 10:56pm (Oct 10th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah, it's awesome...after having no chickens for over a year I realised I'd have to get the ball rolling. The actual run my dad's bought and built, I actually sent it to him to look at last October!! :tooth:

    The fact that the breeder told me they often run out of purebreds by winter certainly helped 'encourage' my dad to get things sorted, too ;)

    I can't wait to see CHICKENS tomorrow, and I'm really excited about watching the cam again!
    :)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 12:28pm (Oct 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Today is off to a less than ideal start...

    When I spoke to my dad last night I asked if he could pick us up early afternoon as it would be easiest for us, but he said that was too late so we agreed 11.30am - 12pm.

    We got up at 7am so we were ready on time, and just as we're getting back off Raiden's walk (11.40am) I get the first text of the day saying they'll be here at 1.15pm...so we could have got more sleep, and now we're stuck trying to keep three dogs awake who are ready to rest, so they're not upset when we leave...
    :face-plain:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 6:59pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens