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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2008 8:35pm (Jan 25th 2008)
     
    Hi, I am new to posting here, my name is Suzy and I live in New Zealand. We gave our children hens for Christmas and all was going well - 5 hens 5 eggs a day - and then one day when my kids were carrying the chickens in the garden one got dropped and since then she either hasn't laid an egg, or we have had very pale eggs, mishappen ridgy eggs, and one shell-less egg. A couple have been eaten by the hens (found shell fragments), but I think that mostly on the days when there are only 4 eggs this hen hasn't laid. I don't know what to do. They eat pellets and greens (mind you, we changed them from mash to pellets and they rejected the pellets until i softened them with water) and bugs so I think that calcium isn't the issue...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2008 8:52pm (Jan 25th 2008)
     
    Hi Suzy - WELCOME to Hencam! The people more knowledgeable about hen care will be on in awhile and will have suggestions for you. I just wanted to say: Hello and welcome :D
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 25th, 2008 9:37pm (Jan 25th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Hi suzy, great to see you here - welcome to the forum :) First off i have a few questions: Is the hen acting any different from usual, such as a droopy tale, acting quiet, stand-offish? Did she land on her feet when dropped? And also what age is she?

    I've dropped Milly a few times when i've been carrying her and she's always been fine - she flaps her wings and lands perfectly, then carries on grazing :-\

    Sometimes chickens just lay oddly shaped eggs, and shell colour varies due to the chicken's breed and what they eat, so i wouldn't be too worried about that. Shell less eggs are usually nothing to worry about, either, i think every chicken keeper experiences those every now and again :)

    If your chicken is acting depressed, or you think something is seriously wrong, then i'd advise her to be checked out by a vet. But if she's eating okay and acting lively and alert then hopefully she will be okay - she'll probably start laying in her own time, sometimes shock can stop a hen from laying for a few days.

    Hope this helps,
    Scarlet
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 12:37am (Jan 26th 2008)
     
    Welcome to the hencam, Suzie. How long have you had these hens, was it just this passed Christmas, are they older? The older a hen is, the less they lay..my oldest hen doesn't lay many eggs a year now at all, she's about 7 or 8 years old.
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 4:34am (Jan 26th 2008)
     
    thanks for all the advice! Well she wasn't dropped from any great height, maybe 2 feet, and i think she landed on her feet... and we haven't noticed any depressed or bizarre behaviour (in fact we don't know exactly which hen was dropped because this was early on and we hadn't worked out how to tell them apart yet) and they all have nice perky little tails... i just assume that the dropping was the reason for the odd eggs because the timing was right. A few times we have had eggs from the chicken that doesn't lay - they have been very pale and normal looking for 3/4 of the egg and then the top bit is all wrinkly and ridgy... i guess what worries me the most is that we used to get 5 perfect, brown eggs. I read that the hot weather may affect their laying and it has been very hot here over Christmas (up to 34C!!!) but they have lots of shade. The hens are all "point of lays" - so that means about 6 months?? Saying that, the guy that sold them to me was drunk and he has hundreds of "free range hens" all living in huge sheds. Their beaks were cut and some had feathers plucked off the tops of their heads. It has been at least 2 weeks that we have had odd eggs - i guess that is what is what has me awake at night. They have me worried like my own children!!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 4:39am (Jan 26th 2008)
     
    I'm back again - i just went out and checked on my girls and i found an egg in their run (about 18ft by 25ft) on the ground... it is brown with a thick white chakly kind of powder covering it. Is this progress????
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 12:08pm (Jan 26th 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    Hi Suzy :swingin: :winkkiss: welcome to the hen shack
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 9:01pm (Jan 26th 2008)
     
    Weather..too cold or too hot can affect egg production and shell texture. Diet change, disease, infection, antibiotics and nutrition can cause problems too. By the end of the egg laying season the eggs change somewhat in shape and texture, which is normal. If they seem healthy, happy and are still eating, wait a while before you worry too much, Suzy. Hens don't lay all year round. Mine take a break in laying for a month or so when the weather changes in the Fall and Winter. Your hens may be older than the seller lead you to believe.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 26th, 2008 10:18pm (Jan 26th 2008)
     
    Hi Suzy, welcome from me too! I think those hens are lucky you bought them - free range but kept in barns?! Strange man. You're our furthest poster being out in NZ. I always thought your weather was similar to ours, but we don't tend to get 34 degrees - I'm surprised the hens aren't laying the eggs ready boiled!! I'm afraid I can't offer any useful advice as I don't have hens - I'm just an interested bystander. Good luck with your hens.
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2008 1:25am (Jan 27th 2008)
     
    well i'll have to do something about me being the furthest away! my friends Jason and Ronie, and Carol and Daniel have also just got hens... My English friends all tell me the weather here is WAY nicer than in England in that we get clear blue skies during the day from Sept - March (here in Christchurch - this is NOT true of Auckland) and then in winter we still get bright sunshine from 8am - 5pm but it is cold (from 0C in the morning to about 12C during the day). Lets hope that's enough sun for my hens to lay during winter!! Right now we are in full summer so they have no excuses but i'll try not to worry about my non-layer at the moment then.
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2008 1:48am (Jan 27th 2008)
     
    it turns out i am very needy when it comes to hen information! 2 questions: 1) is it better to have an automatic pellet feeder thing or is it better to go and feed the chickens their pellets twice a day? 2) they seem to like scratching around on the ground so when i give them their pellets (assuming an all-day feeder isn't better) should i put it in the bowls or scatter it on the ground?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2008 1:00pm (Jan 27th 2008)
     
    Sounds like a beautiful place. I'm told there's more sheep than people in NZ - looks like chickens are going to start catching up!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2008 1:47pm (Jan 27th 2008)
     
    I found that when I fed mine using a dish, they simply stood in it and turfed all the food out onto the ground anyway. See which they seem to like best.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 27th, 2008 3:09pm (Jan 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We put the chooks pellets in a bowl and they can scrat it out as they please...scattering treats round so they can scratch for them will keep them active and interested, though. It's really up to you and your chooks, and what you all like best :)
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeJan 29th, 2008 9:39am (Jan 29th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I think it depends on what your aim is - as you obviously care a lot about your chickens and see them as pets (or even friends as is the case with Scarlet and Milly :) ) you should probably feed the hens yourself if you can - that way they'll get to know you, and associate you with good things, makes it easier then to handle them if you ever need to take one to a vet or examine it etc. You'll also see them every day when they should be active and interested so any tell-tale signs of illness or anything wrong with the flock will be obvious to spot.

    I like to scatter some food around the coop, especially if there's fresh straw in there - it seems to give the girls a real sense of achievement to dig a bit of corn out of a pile of straw (even when there's a bowl full right next to them!) - keeps them healthy too, and at least then they're in front of the cam not dust-bathing at the back!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2008 8:49am (Jan 30th 2008)
     
    oh yes, they are definately friends! Sir Percy (aka the Scarlett Pimpernel) is my favourite and she squwalks every time she lays an egg (about 11am) so that i come out and get it when it is still warm :) I hang out with them all the time and i have some picnic chairs in and beside their run so that we can hang out (i am not sure i'll be able to continue this in winter though!). Great news today - I think i know who has been having trouble laying - Britany Spears (she was the naughty hen that was always causing trouble so the kids called her Brit), and she seems much better. For the past two days we have had very long, sausage-shaped eggs that are very pale but the shell is quite smooth and normal. Phew!! Thanks for all the feeding advice. I think we will do what you all advise and throw some around and put some pellets in the bowls. I put a paddling pool full of compost (and bugs that i fished out of the worm farm) in their run and they had the best time finding creepy-crawlies and pellets. I think i've made a rod for my back now though because they want hand delivered bugs now! Good thing it is cicadia season and my son loves collecting them.
    And yes, in lambing season I believe we have about 70 million sheep... and 4 million people.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2008 1:51pm (Jan 30th 2008)
     
    Did you have 5 hens for 5 children (one each), or did you just happen to buy 5 hens for your kids? They're going to be well spoilt (the hens, not the kids!) and seem to be developing their own characters.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 30th, 2008 11:07pm (Jan 30th 2008)
     
    Its cool to hear from someone south of the equator who can remind us that it isn't the depths of winter every where. There's hope Lynn!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 3:27am (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    It sure isn't the depths of winter here... it is HOT AS outside!!! We will have a BBQ and eat outside for dinner again i expect. And no, I have 3 kids but we got 5 chickens so everyone has one... Sir Percy, George, Copper, Pepper and Britany Spears. We did get 3 more a couple of weeks after Christmas but they got picked on so we took them back where they came from. Today we got 5 nice eggs :) so Brit seems to be better. Which is good because my dad and the neighbours are going thru MY eggs like they don't have chickens of their own YET!!! I have sold a few to pay for the food - $2.50 for 1/2 dozen. Does anyone else sell eggs to the neighbours to support their hen habit? Pellets here are $23 for 25kg which is about... ummm I don't know in pounds sterling it is is $18 USD
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 5:34am (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    Ach - BBQ! Oooooo!! I have a distant memory of that :P

    Congrats on the 5 eggs Suzy.

    That's an interesting question - DO any of you hen keepers sell your eggs?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 10:02am (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    How long will 25kg of pellets last? Pounds sterling is usually half what it would be in US dollars as its roughly $2 to the £ at the moment. I love the fact that they have 'boy' names when they're girl hens!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 1:50pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We've given them to people before as a 'thankyou' gift, but never sold any :)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 4:39pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    Kate's right Suzy. As you may know, the USA is currently bent on single-handedly destroying the world economy...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 5:05pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    I give the eggs away...it would feel like eating my grandchildren! And no, I'm not a vegan OR a vegetarian...
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 6:32pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    We just give our eggs away, don't know what we will do now that Don is retired tho...the weather is still cold, so we are only getting 3 or 4 eggs a day. I don't know what we'll do when the production goes up to 17 a day again...throw them at the neighbors maybe. :bigsmile:
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 8:49pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    There is a hen somewhere in the USA that is currently laying GREEN eggs, I saw it on the news the other night
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 8:51pm (Jan 31st 2008) edited
     
    Black-Tailed Columbian eggs are pale green and blue..
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      CommentAuthorwazza
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 8:59pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     

    no longer a member

    These were simply BRIGHT GREEN
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJan 31st, 2008 10:27pm (Jan 31st 2008)
     
    You'll have to do lots of baking Lynn to use them all up!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 3:23am (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    trust me, we give them away too. We have 5 hens but we really don't eat eggs... they are $6.70 a dozen here (free-range... the vile battery eggs are $2 a dozen) so we never really ate eggs because it was too expensive. I bought a box every couple of months for when i did baking or if we were having hamburgers (in NZ we put in a fried egg, pickled beetroot and sometimes fried pineapple as well as the normal salad stuff) - so now that we have eggs i don't know what to do with them. Dad eats an egg a day so he takes them, my friends all drop by and hint like mad until they get 1/2 dozen, I give them to my friends from church but otherwise the kids trot down to the corner with their playhouse table and a sign saying FREE RANGE EGGS $2.50 1/2 DOZEN and they sell them and we use the money for the pellets. I don't think the hens mind... and this way my husband can't ever say that they cost us a fortune and were a pain... (i'm working on getting a couple of horses next so the hens are part of my Baby Steps plan) My friend has Aracana (spelling?) hens and they lay green egss that are low in cholestrol. I want some of those hens!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 3:27am (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    i think it is about 4.30am in England and i just had a wee look at the webcam - there is a big dark chicken's bum right in the camera. She is awake because i can see her head and open eye... who would have known they would wake up so darn early in the winter?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 5:25pm (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    If it's her bum in the camera, are you quite sure it's an open eye...? :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 8:59pm (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    My nan always used to say you need "eyes up your ar5e* when you have kids". Perhaps chickens have evolved it one step further!!! *excuse the fowl(sic) language!!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 1st, 2008 10:27pm (Feb 1st 2008)
     
    ha ha, your nana is right, but i saw her fluffy rear AND HER HEAD up the other end of her body... looking around. And it was quite noisy so i think the other hens were awake too. My hens are very happy today - we picked a ton of dandilion leaves and picked a bunch of cicadia shells off the trees at the park this morning and they are feasting!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2008 5:26pm (Feb 2nd 2008)
     
    What are cicadias?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2008 7:21pm (Feb 2nd 2008)
     
    Kind of like grasshoppers. I've never seen one but I bet Janice has :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 2nd, 2008 10:51pm (Feb 2nd 2008)
     
    Like grasshoppers but with shells?! Don't like the sounds of them! Will have to google it and see what they're like.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 12:16am (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    I bet one has hit Janice's car...every other form of wildlife has! :shocked:
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 3:03am (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    wow, i wish i had never seen one! or heard one! they are super loud when they are in their THOUSANDS in the 200yr old trees around the park. They are about 1 1/2 inches long, green gold and brown and for some bizarre reason they stand on the side of a tree and shed their skin. My kid like to collect them by the hundreds, that is how i made the happy discovery that the hens eat the skins/shells. I've picked up a couple of lives ones for the hens and they sure ate them - but no one else in the family is prepared to touch the lives one so i doubt the chickens will get many more.
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 3rd, 2008 11:55am (Feb 3rd 2008)
     
    Wikipedia has a good section on them, with the sound of one kind too, not like I have heard though.
    Hubby and I were in White River,South Africa, the cicadas there were VERY LOUD. When we went to bed hubby asked our host what time do they get turned off?
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 5:52am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    well i just got a shock, i was bending down showing the chickens that they should scratch under where the paddling pool was and one of them tried to eat my earring! I shouldn't be too surprised though because my boy Sebastien came running into the house crying the other day because "i think the chicken pecked my eye out!!" Apparently he was sitting down chillin' with his peeps and the hen decided to see if his eye was tasty. Needless to say Sebastien's eye was still intact but heck, they are brazen! Anyone else had more than the occasional peck on the foot?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 7:10am (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    I've always wondered why my cat has never tried that.
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 4:24pm (Feb 4th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    They will go for shiny things or items that stand out (occasionally eyes unfortunately!) - I think that's why if a hen is injured and has a wound or blood on it, the others will pick on it until it's removed from the flock or dead - I suppose it's how their eyesite works - they pick up on contrast or movement very well - useful for seeing brown bugs moving in brown soil!

    Scarlet has to be careful of her lip ring as Milly likes to try and pull it out! Once Scarlet wore an ear-ring with a feather in it, and Milly was absolutely overjoyed as for once she could preen Scarlet properly in return for the hugs! Apparently Milly was running her beak through the feather like they do when they preen - so sweet!

    On another note, I once had quite a largeish scab on my leg from mountain biking, and was sat in the garden in summer in my shorts. Penny came up and without any warning promptly pecked it off and ate it... It was quite painful but Penny didn't seem to mind!
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 5:06pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Yeah you almost gave Penny a heart attack when you yelled as she pulled the scab off :D
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 8:04pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Yuk! Thanks Neil, glad I've already had my tea!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 4th, 2008 8:18pm (Feb 4th 2008)
     
    Too much information, as they say! :)
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 4:49am (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    that's just NASTY!!! Megane is standing beside me with a very bloodshot eye. She was carrying the chickens back into their run after some free-ranging down the side of the house (where we have lots of bark chips so the bugs are at a max) and one of them pecked her IN the eye. ouch. i dare say she won't be permenantly blinded by it but it wasn't a fun experience. Those hens are being pigs today - just wanting to eat eat eat. i'll give them some more pellets soon but it is written on the sack not to overfeed or they will stop laying. I'll have to give them extra greens instead maybe.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 6:26am (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    I think you need to get your kids safety goggles Suzy.

    The story about Milly preening Scarlet was soooo dear. Thanks Neil. Teary-eyed now. Awww. I just love the idea of Milly's little heart full of joy preening Scarlet.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 4:55pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    I have a strange yellow felt chicken (which Tuppence used to carry around the house when she was a kitten. It's from america, and the label says 'Scary Stories'...and his name (which is on another label) is HEEDLEY PECKED ME IN THE EYE. One eye is normal and the other is screwed up.
    There. That's your bit of useless information for the day...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 6:56pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    Off topic but related to CCs post, Emmett used to carry around a square of blue felt that was attached to a pinky punky as a bow tie. And no, you really don't want to know what pinky punky was. No, you don't. Oh OK then. It was a foam mallett with a red head and yellow handle (and blue bow tie) that was weilded by Timmy Mallett, a really annoying children's TV presenter from the 80s. He used it to hit children on the head with when they got something wrong. Child abuse UK TV style!!!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 8:26pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    Hah - he lives two villages away from here. He was interviewed on the telly last year when Marlow and Henley were crawling with news bods who were convinced (and probably secretly hoping) that we were going to be washed away in the floods. Henley panicked and sandbagged everywhere, Marlow ignored it and...nothing happened. I remember he was still wearing those horrible shirts which look as though he'd thrown up on the front of 'em, but on closer inspection proved to be a dodgy pattern.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 5th, 2008 10:48pm (Feb 5th 2008)
     
    Wouldn't want him as a next door neighbour. You'd need sunglasses when he hung his washing out!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2008 4:33pm (Feb 6th 2008)
     
    I pity the poor unsuspecting epileptics who encounter him by accident. I mean, I'm fond of colour, BUT...!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2008 7:14pm (Feb 6th 2008)
     
    Its an appropriate post for this thread too - some of those shirts looked like they'd had hens dropped on them, or funny eggs. In fact he was funny - funny strange that is!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 6th, 2008 8:03pm (Feb 6th 2008)
     
    Here, Suze; how's the funny egg situation?
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 8:28am (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    oh much better... I have been getting 5 nice brown, hard shelled eggs per day for about a week now. Although i dare say that is about to go out the window because my husband squeezed himself into their house on the weekend (it wasn't that disgusting - we have a chickenwire "floor" on the house so the poop drops thru to hte ground, or at the worst it sits on the wire and dries out so it does not smell... and then every couple of weeks a broom it onto the ground) and build them two perches and a ladder - it is so full of wood in there that i doubt they will know how to get into their nesting boxes! He insists that they need perches before winter comes so they are away from the cold, damp ground (uh huh, the cage floor is actually about 2 feet off the ground anyway)... anyone else got a cage floor? I have to say it works brilliantly. No smell and the house is so easy to keep clean.
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 8:28am (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    neil am **I** supposed to be doing anything to make this thumbnail picture thing work? (please say no...)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 9:59am (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    Send your hubby round to my house - I've got loads of DIY that needs doing. Not that I need a perch or ladder in the house, but it'd keep him busy and stop him bothering the hens. And no, I'm not paying the air fare!!!!!
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      CommentAuthorneil
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 11:34am (Feb 7th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Sorry Suzy I forgot that the whole point was changing your avatar/icon - forgot to make the changes in your account :\

    I had to resize it - hope it's ok!

    I think the problem was that you weren't using the "direct link" code which is the one you need from photobucket as it points straight to the image with no webpage etc.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 5:16pm (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    Kate - you ought to be married to a (retired) builder like me. I said I wanted the shower taken out of the bedroom (an en-suite shower in a cottage where it's twenty steps to the bathroom from the bedroom; what's THAT about??). That was on a Tuesday. Wednesday, it was done. A Wednesday seventeen years later...
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 7:00pm (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    Why is it these hubbs are so slow at seeing to their own folks?
    Mine tooktwo years to put a wardrobe in the back bedroom and it still hasn't the end on! Thirty plus years....

    There is a saying,
    The cobbler's children have no shoes.
    The baker's children have no bread.
    etc.,
    There is a modern addition - The midwife's children have no mother.
    Meaning she is always too busy catching other women's babies.
    I had it on a poster I made for my study. My daughter had added onto it that really touched me, she said that part was not true....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 8:40pm (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    The piano tuner's piano needs tuning... :shamed:
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 7th, 2008 10:04pm (Feb 7th 2008)
     
    That's it CC. Brilliant.
    Now come on the rest of you !!!! Let's hear your contributions....
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2008 12:15am (Feb 8th 2008)
     
    The information analyst's children need analysing?! Doesn't quite work for me. Unless ...hmmm ... DIANE!!! You busy?!!!!!!! Fancy analysing some Brummie kids?!
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2008 2:59am (Feb 8th 2008)
     
    well the same hammer-happy husband also built me a fence across the front of the property a year ago. we were one paling short. we are still one paling short. There is a hole in the living room ceiling where we took out the log burner (and chimney pipe) 18 months ago and i'd better not continue because he might one day see this. He is a database analyst and computer programmer and do i have my computer programme that i need for my work? no! And i'm a French teacher and do my kids speak french? NO! (actually they understand it because Dominic is french canadian and we talk in french all the time at home - but they respond to us in English. It is my one big failing in life, sigh.)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2008 10:40am (Feb 8th 2008)
     
    I think it all goes to prove that what we get paid for day to day has no place in our private lives!!! My husband builds Land Rovers - have we got one? No! My son replaces windscreens in cars, have we got one? Well, yes actually. When ours was broken he did it for us the next day. Perhaps our children are better at using their knowledge than we are (or they're just not as jaded yet!)
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 8th, 2008 10:54am (Feb 8th 2008)
     
    I knew a family with a French Mum and English Dad. Children were so bilingual that they would speak in the language of the parent they were looking at, even changing mid-sentence. Don't know what that did to the grammar!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 5:28am (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    The other job related thing I like is people whose names match their profession - like a therapist I know whose last name is McQuirk and another one named Mohn (pronounced moan.) :P
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 1:03pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    My piano teacher is Miss Sharp...
    • CommentAuthoroli in UK
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 1:32pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    My daughter married a man called Hobbs.
    At the reception someone refered to her as Dawn Hobbs - but said Doorknobs! She used this as her 'handle' when on cb radio.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 1:56pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    Excellent! :)
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 3:55pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    The man in charge of estates (including washrooms etc) at the hospital where I used to work was called Mr Crapper.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 6:40pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    Listen! I can hear Diane bristling!!!
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 8:45pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    Ooo, hadn't even thought of that!! :)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 10th, 2008 9:03pm (Feb 10th 2008)
     
    No, but I bet she does...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 12:10am (Feb 11th 2008) edited
     
    Actually, if its genealogical I'm cool with it. Anyway, his ancestor's name came first and then he unfortunately, perhaps unwisely, stupidly even, attached it to the name of his invention - otherwise called the toilet.

    These are all great names.

    My maiden name was Ashman - which is English. Any of you know an Ashman? They'd be related to me. The family story is that its an old word for pirate. I think that might just have been a way to attempt and avoid the obvious link to Trashman...
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      CommentAuthorsuzy
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 9:14am (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    well, our last name is Lallemant - which is spelt wrong, it should be L'allemand but the Cure at the church wasn't the greatest speller... in fact for a few of the kids he did spell it right but we come from the line of people that got it spelt wrong - anyhow, Dom's ancestor was Jean Strasbourg and he was German. He moved to Quebec and bcause he was the only German in town they called him Jean The German (l'allemand)... after a few years it stuck and the cure wrote it whenever his kids were born or died etc. So i'm a French teacher called Suzy the German. Nice. Dominic said it was AWFUL growing up with that name when everyone understood what it ment (here no one understand it, and they can't say it either). My French husband is Dom the German.
    It is BUCKETING down with rain here tonight - and the chickens are standing outside in it. Not the brightest of birds it seems... and i bought a spiral nozzle to feed them! Anyone got one? They peck on the button thing and a few pellets drop to the ground (3-4)... they eat them and then peck again. Fabulous. And only $13.50 NZ.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 3:06pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    My maiden name was Adams, which means son of Adam, and my married name is Burke (I can hear CC thinking up jokes as I type!) which is a really common Irish name, but in English means 'fortified hill'. How boring!! L'allemand is a really 'musical' sounding name, but I'd have to ask how to spell it too!
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 3:12pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    HI KATE! We are on at the same moment in time! :D :D I really ought to get my arse out of bed this early more often.
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 6:16pm (Feb 11th 2008)
     
    Sorry Diane, I missed you! I thought I should get on with some work so closed it down after that post. There was hardly anyone in the office today so I was able to get away with it! ;)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeFeb 11th, 2008 7:09pm (Feb 11th 2008) edited
     
    I'm pleased to see Diane using English terminology! :)
    An allemande is a German-style dance. My nan's maiden name was Pharaoh, which gave us delusions of grandeur. However, it transpires that when a lot of Normans came over, after a bit of nastiness in 1066, the commonest name was Farrier (Smith) and the nearest most vicars (who registered the brats) could get to it in spelling was Pharoah. Ah well, bang goes another dream...I suppose being of French extraction is less exotic than Egyptian. Call me Cleo...
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 6:57am (Feb 12th 2008) edited
     
    Awww CC - you KNOW that was just for you :kissing:

    My Danish (of which I am 1/4) family name is Faber (Smith.) Crickey does that make us relatives??? Cleopatra Chicken. Not bad...

    No Ashman's over there then. Or Ashperson's as my Dad would say.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeFeb 12th, 2008 6:57am (Feb 12th 2008)
     
    Oh good. I thought you hung up on me Kate :P
    • CommentAuthorwinster99
    • CommentTimeMay 24th, 2008 2:28pm (May 24th 2008)
     
    ? what?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2008 12:42am (May 31st 2008)
     
    Back in February - I was referring to Kate's 6:16 pm post Winster.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeMay 31st, 2008 5:58pm (May 31st 2008)
     
    D'you think Winster's a slow reader...?