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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 6:59pm (Oct 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So today was an absolute nightmare!!!

    My parents arrived and picked us up. We grabbed some lunch then set out on what should have been a 25 minute drive to Pear Tree Poultry, the breeders.

    However fifteen minutes into the journey we hit gridlock traffic. At first we thought it was because a set of temporary traffic lights weren't working (both sides were on red), so we were sat there about twenty minutes. However the traffic continued a further twenty minutes past them!

     photo adventure3_zpsvoihmddm.jpg

    The yellow cars mean there is slow-moving traffic, and the red cars mean the traffic is at a standstill...oh dear! And look at our ETA - the breeders close at 4pm!!!

     photo adventure5_zpss1wutscb.jpg

    We turned around and headed for the motorway, but as we were approaching it we saw it was the busiest road I have ever seen...cars as far as they eye could see and absolutely none of them moving!!

    At this point we were all 99.9% certain we'd never get there in time, and my dad actually pulled over in a small village whilst we tried to work out what to do, and we all ranted about rotten luck. My dad was absolutely gutted as he's spent hours and hours and hours this weekend building everything, only for it not to happen :sad: We thought we would have to repeat the adventure next weekend, which would completely wreck the plans for mine and my mum's birthdays.

    But then, as we had nothing else to do, we decided to try a route alongside the first one - if it was busy we'd call it quits, if it was not quite heaving we'd go for it! So we turned around AGAIN and tried a final route, which should get us there six minutes before the place shut! Unfortunately then this happened :sarcastic:

     photo adventure1_zpswfhe853r.jpg

     photo adventure2_zpsbptjxun9.jpg

    And then this

     photo adventure6_zpspslvdo55.jpg

    And then this!!

     photo adventure4_zpssaplsgu0.jpg

    But we persevered and, as we were due to arrive at 4.26pm, Lyle phoned the breeders up - and they said they would stay open an extra half an hour for us!!

    Eventually, at 4.20pm and after 2 hours and 20 minutes in the car we arrived at Pear Tree Poultry :cheerleader:

    More to come...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 7:06pm (Oct 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    As soon as we climbed out the car we were all wowed by Pear Tree Poultry's set ups. Not only did the birds look stunning, but they all had wonderful runs, lots of space and perches! The staff were extremely forgiving of the fact we had kept them open, and very friendly and helpful.

     photo adventure9_zpsgakqs6ed.jpg

    I was in chicken heaven! :rolling:

     photo adventure10_zpsytof5ie5.jpg

    Sooo many chickens!!

     photo adventure12_zpszwylinqj.jpg

    The breeds we picked for the new hencam girls are..... *drum roll* ......

    1 Brahma (I think Lemon Pyle)
    1 Lavender Pekin
    1 Millefleur Pekin
    1 Amber Star
    1 Gold Appenzeller
    1 Silver Appenzeller

    Not only did we get to pick the breeds we wanted, we also got to pick the individual birds = SO cool! :)

    And we got every breed and colour I'd mentioned to my dad :bigsmile:

    The names might get changed, but so far it was decided we have: Lesley (sp? - the Brahma), Maude (Lavender Pekin) Mabel (Millefleur Pekin), Ariel (sp? - Amber Star), Erika (Gold Appenzeller), Renee (Silver) :bigsmile:

    HI GIRLS!! (Erika and Renee)

     photo adventure8_zpsvlezeyvd.jpg

    I am currently uploading a video that will walk you around all the chickens, so you can see their set-ups and all the different chickens, and my dad is going to take and post photos as soon as they get home. He's gonna try set up a cam ASAP :smile:

    Lot of driving for my dad today, and he has a cold, AND he's knackered from coop building!! Worth it though ;)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 7:21pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Video is UP! :smile:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 7:22pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    I feel your dad's pain - I have a dreadful sore throat and feel miserable, just having 5mins sit down before I wash up from tea and go clean bathrooms. (Boo!). Hope your dad gets some brownie points for getting the chickens. Did you find out what caused the traffic problems?

    Eric's and Renee are lovely!! The spots on Renee's neck (just above her wing) look like little hearts!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 7:47pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    This is absolutely fantastico !
    What a day it has been, and major snags that you overcame so successfully.
    Neil deserves some spoiling now. He may even take a sicky, but that w/could be thought of as cheating.....
    A shot of whiskey and an early night should do the trick.
    Oh, I forgot -there are chooks to introduce to their new home.
    I'd be up all night watching them ....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 8:25pm (Oct 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My parents have arrived home safe and sound, and my dad sent me this photo of the new girls tucked up in the wagon for the night :)

     photo bedchickens_zpsz0ubpnln.jpg

    Clockwise from top: Ariel the Amber Star, Renee the Appenzeller, Erika the Appenzeller, Lesley the GIGANTIC BRAHMA! and then you can just see Mabel and Maude's little Pekin bottoms :tooth:
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 8:32pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    Oh..I'm so excited to see them in their new home!!! :yay_jump: You made great selections on your new hens, they are all beautiful.:clap:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 9:07pm (Oct 11th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks Lynn! They really are beautiful. The Appenzellers are exquisite, all the Pekins were full of character and the patterning on Mabel is crazy! The Brahmas already seemed quite calm and mellow...my dad just sent me this :rolling:

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 9:09pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hopefully get a cam set up tomorrow - maybe at night not morning though - but the two I tried on Saturday didn't work?!

    I think it might be the Windows 10 upgrade - hopefully there's a way around this.

    I'm working in Leeds tomorrow so have to set off early so no time to mess with configurations and cameras...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeOct 11th, 2015 9:43pm (Oct 11th 2015)
     
    It's going to be wonderful to have the hencam back up and running again. Thank you so much for all your hard work, Neil. :cloud9:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:02pm (Oct 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad sent me some wonderful photos of the new girls enjoying their new home this morning. They all look so good in there and the coop / run look amazing!

    Mabel coming out for the first time with Leslie close behind!

     photo newgirls9_zpscbmkrghq.jpg

    Leslie on the ramp, Maude and Mabel!

     photo newgirls7_zpsqe2kgyoa.jpg

    The colour and splodges on Mabel are absolutely beautiful, so intricate!

     photo newgirls8_zpswakgfz4m.jpg

    These three look like they're wearing flares :bigsmile:

     photo newgirls6_zpsulgqz9nv.jpg

    Renee makes an appearance with Erika in the background!

     photo newgirls5_zpsy1hehkps.jpg
    Everyone gets some grub and water :)

     photo newgirls2_zpsuu15xqsi.jpg

    Ariel comes to join the others...I think she feels left out because the others look so fancy!!

     photo newgirls1_zpsjovsqjcr.jpg

    LESLIE IS SOOO HUGE!

     photo newgirls3_zpsfjwuznxv.jpg

    Look how WONDERFUL it looks!! You can really tell how much bigger it is than the last run here :smile:

     photo newgirls4_zps0q45vooe.jpg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:07pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Video :)

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:07pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hey guys, I just wanted to say (and to make sure everyone and Scarlet and Lyle was aware too) that none of this would have been possible without Scarlet (& Lyle!) - myself and Helen were saying it wouldn't have happened without them on the drive home - from Scarlet pushing us in the first place (I received an email saying "It's about time you got some new chickens") - to spending hours researching breeds that could live together and look stunning, finding the Chicken Wagon as a perfect fit for our needs, then finding breeders with the hens we wanted, and sending me more info than I could possibly ever need!

    And Lyle who basically saved a seemingly impossible situation (discussions in the car were mentioning turning back home and giving up this week - something that was filling me with dread as the pure-breeds we wanted were in limited supply and not stocked at all in winter) - and Scarlet who took charge brilliantly at the breeders, picking the hens, and remembering what breeds we actually wanted (I still can't remember what we have) - and finally, helping naming them!

    So, a massive thank-you to Scarlet and Lyle, it really would not have happened without you guys - which is kind of nice because it all started with your three pet hens Scarlet. :) xxxx
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:09pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    my dad says Erika is absolutely crazy, which is perfect as she's the one I named :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 4:17pm (Oct 12th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: neilHey guys, I just wanted to say (and to make sure everyone and Scarlet and Lyle was aware too) that none of this would have been possible without Scarlet (& Lyle!) - myself and Helen were saying it wouldn't have happened without them on the drive home - from Scarlet pushing us in the first place (I received an email saying "It's about time you got some new chickens") - to spending hours researching breeds that could live together and look stunning, finding the Chicken Wagon as a perfect fit for our needs, then finding breeders with the hens we wanted, and sending me more info than I could possibly ever need!

    And Lyle who basically saved a seemingly impossible situation (discussions in the car were mentioning turning back home and giving up this week - something that was filling me with dread as the pure-breeds we wanted were in limited supply and not stocked at all in winter) - and Scarlet who took charge brilliantly at the breeders, picking the hens, and remembering what breeds we actually wanted (I still can't remember what we have) - and finally, helping naming them!

    So, a massive thank-you to Scarlet and Lyle, it really would not have happened without you guys - which is kind of nice because it all started with your three pet hens Scarletxxxx

    Thank you so much man! :)

    It was all worth it though as the flock go really well with each other; they all compliment each other perfectly and the run looks brilliant! I can't wait until they have perches / branches and stuff in there too :bigsmile:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 6:44pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     
    Congratulations on achieving this project within such a small time scale.
    Many thanks to all concerned, including those providing financial support too.

    The chooks are amazing. I didn't realise there is such diversity!

    Now, who will be first to work the swing?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 12th, 2015 7:19pm (Oct 12th 2015)
     
    I thought for a moment that Ariel was going to have a go!

    You've all done a fantastic job, particularly since Neil was feeling like the walking dead, bless 'im! They're a lovely flock and they seem to all get along well too, which is good to see. Well done! :flowers:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 7:40am (Oct 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The new test cam is online! Hopefully you can see something during the day - there's no 'inside' cam yet unfortunately.

    I'm in Leeds again today so won't get to see the girls up :( Please let me know what they get up to!

    There's no sound too - the original mic has been affected by moisture so I've ordered a replacement. Again, I need some time to be able to set it all up...

    I should mention a big thank you though to the donators too - CC, Kate, LynnW - thank you.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 10:55am (Oct 13th 2015)
     
    Welcome back to the cam. :woohoo:
    Now I'm in my little heaven. Watching Webcams is my hobby. A darned sight more interesting than most tv progs.

    Strangely, all the videos played for me. That hasn't happened before on hencam!
    The trip to Pear Tree was horrendous but what a fairy tale place that is. Magical.
    :thanks:
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 2:28pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We liked Pear Tree Poultry so much as the hens had lots of room and perches etc on different levels... something I wanted to utilise in ours as soon as I get some free time - however it looks like I need to get a move on with this sooner rather than later!



    And look at these fluffy appenzeller spitzhauben bums!



    Arrrgh!!

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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 2:40pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     
    Ooo, scary! Were those your last words before you got et by a hen, Neil? :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 5:01pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Posted By: ollie in UKThe chooks are amazing. I didn't realise there is such diversity!


    Thanks Ollie! :bigsmile: My dad said he wanted some fancy looking hens and, if possible, some impressive rare-ish breeds, but all the while keeping them easy enough to tell apart on cam...so I found some really unique looking breeds (that came in different colours), researched if they adapted well to life in a run with birds of other sizes, and then searched for a good breeder that sold them!!

    My dad says he's bought some wood in to make the girls some perches, which will be awesome, and he asked me for dust bath ideas. We settled on this, hopefully...shouldn't be too much work and it looks nice :smile:

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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 7:26pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     
    Well done everyone! It all looks amazing - the wagon and the coop are really great. I admit I wasn't a fan when I first saw it, but now it's there and home to the hens I love it! Big thanks to all of you and appreciation of your efforts. A great family effort.

    Can I ask a favour? Could we have a 'this is ..." name and photo list? I can tell Erika and Renee (my favourites I think!) but can't remember the others at the moment.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 8:12pm (Oct 13th 2015) edited
     
    I'll second that request Kate. I'm confused........................... (.com)
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 8:40pm (Oct 13th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I only have the photos my dad has used, but this one could come in handy as they're in a line! So from left to right:

     photo newgirls4_zps0q45vooe.jpg

    Renee (Appenzeller, has speckles and a crest)
    Mabel (Pekin, very small, light brown with speckles and feathered feet)
    Leslie [I'll include a photo of her face too] (Brahma, HUGE, bigger than all the others, lighter than Mabel, doesn't have splodges but some feathers do have black outlines, has feathered feet)
    Maude (Pekin, silver but looks white, very small, feathered feet)
    Ariel [in the hen house - will add another photo of her] (Amber Star, second largest, plain white-ish-coffee colour, plain)

    Front of Leslie: (with Mabel and then Maude - see how Maude could look like Ariel there, but she's too tiny?)
     photo newgirls6_zpsulgqz9nv.jpg

    Ariel:
     photo newgirls1_zpsjovsqjcr.jpg
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 9:11pm (Oct 13th 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Thanks man, I actually need that too! :face-smile:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 10:21pm (Oct 13th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hahahahaha :bigsmile:

    As Mabel and Leslie are a similar colour, you can see the difference in colour - and especially SIZE! :gasp: - here ;)

     photo hencamsizediff_zpslbmmgobi.jpg

    My dad also sent me this video of him checking on the girls this evening...Leslie and Ariel have chosen to sleep in the nest boxes (oh girls... :sarcastic: ) whilst everyone else choose perches. I can't believe how roomy the wagon looks!!

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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeOct 13th, 2015 10:22pm (Oct 13th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Finally, Lyle tweeted the person he named 'his' chicken (Renee) after. Renee Young is a wrestling personality for WWE, and bless her she actually replied! :bigsmile:

    Renee (the chicken!) is already famous :rolling:

     photo renee_zps8zcyew6q.jpg
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2015 9:54am (Oct 14th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Amazing :) It's totally brilliant that she even replied!

    Hey I swapped the camera for a new one - it should give a better view of things. I was up at 4am with my stupid tickly cough :sick: so as soon as it got light I went round collecting all the pooh from the chicken coop (6 chickens can create quite a lot), emptied the nest boxes (not of eggs, of pooh!), cleaned the water (as someone had perched on it then pooh'd in it!) and finally swapped the camera over, altered the locks on the coop as they didn't close smoothly, then tightened the sliding door runners as the automatic opener sometimes pulled slightly to the side - it's all fixed so should slide up and down properly now.

    I'm still debating on whether to put a camera in the chicken wagon - I think it would be nice to have, but then I don't want to butcher it (drilling a hole for the wires, screw holes for the camera mount etc) - but if I don't, people have nothing to look at when it's dark... thoughts?

    Phew!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeOct 14th, 2015 9:38pm (Oct 14th 2015)
     
    Leslie is huge isn't she!! It would be nice to have a cam inside (as someone who never gets chance to watch in the day) but please don't spoil the coop by drilling it. Can't the wires work their way round via the door or under the green cover with the zuzz fastners (or whatever they're called!)

    I thought there were 6 hens? They don't half poop a lot don't they!!

    I've got a horrible cough too Neil, but I refuse to get out of bed early and have to drag myself out when the alarm goes off. It's giving me an horrendous headache now too. Couldn't have my flu jab yesterday because I felt rough - put it off for a fortnight.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2015 1:07pm (Oct 15th 2015)
     
    Benylin original. I swear by it for coughs. And you'll sleep like a dead thing!
    The girls are hiding behind the wagon!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2015 1:15pm (Oct 15th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah... one of the camera angles definitely needs to be a view from the other side, or maybe across ways behind the wagon.

    Hope your cough gets better soon Kate, I've been taking Sudofed max syrup (slightly more than it says - like 2.5 teaspoons instead of 2 - yeah living on the edge!) and it seems to take a while to take effect but then you realise you haven't coughed for a little while.

    Benylin sounds good CC, especially if it could make me not wake up at 4am - will pick some up.

    Oh, I mentioned this on another thread, but it's maybe worth mentioning here - a cool feature with the youtube live event streaming is they save the footage so you can pause and even go back several hours and skip around viewing bits you missed - pretty cool?! Just mouseover the bottom bit of the cam screen, and click on the red timeline. Then when you want to go back to viewing what's happening now, you just hit the 'live' button next to the play/pause icon.

    I've taken a sneaky look here at work and the Internet is a bit dodgy and it scales it back so it goes blurry. Bleh!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 15th, 2015 3:01pm (Oct 15th 2015) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    One of the videos from the first morning didn't upload properly, so I tried again and here it is:

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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeOct 22nd, 2015 10:15pm (Oct 22nd 2015)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    So to try and stop Mabel from sitting on the water (and messing it up) we've hung it from some string (the water not Mabel!) - if she tries to sit on the water now hopefully she'll gracefully slide off it due to the handle and rope.

    Helen got some apple cider vinegar too which is supposed to be really good for chickens too...