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  1. Had our belated Christmas this last weekend. Military precision getting 6 folk with 6 negative lateral flows. Aunt is 86 but was up for belated do, think like a lot of the oldies shes pigsick of bloody covid, lockdowns, rules, masks anti vaccinator etc etc. Frankly I think we all are. Shes the least worried of us all. Made of strong stuff these old dears. Had a lovely time stuffed ourselves, drank a lot and enjoyed some games of scrabble.
    5 points
  2. Wow!!!! I’ve received some absolutely stunning burnt wood (it probably has a special name but I don’t know it) art and chocolate treats from my (can’t possibly guess who it could be) incredibly talented swapee. Thankyou so much ♥️🥰🎄🤶🏻🎅
    5 points
  3. Wow!! I’m blown away! 3 French hens! beautifully made and so intricate! Thank you so much! the choccy santas are also a good start to the day! Thank you Santa ❤️❤️🎄🎄
    5 points
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  5. Possibly my favourite thing of this year. Me, my nephew and my sister. And Duck 😍
    4 points
  6. Merry Christmas everyone - I have a lovely detailed picture to hang up with 2 very cute love birds on, coffee and chocolates and the 3 wise hens card really made me smile. Thank you so much - I love the Christmas Swap
    4 points
  7. “She’s behind me, isn’t she?”
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  8. Looks like the beginnings of a love story. Until Flo got a rap on the head for sniffing his feet! 😂
    3 points
  9. Here is Cat tails reporting from the future! Nothing changed so don’t get your hopes up! 😂 Happy 2022 anyway!
    3 points
  10. I am embarrassed to say that I read the 'header' of this topic and my immediate thought was 'Oh no, G &T is so much better in a glass'. Although I have to put on record that I've not had G & T so far this Christmas - although there is time yet!!!! Hope you have solved the problem, Luvvie!
    3 points
  11. The annual Christmas puzzle was a lot more interesting this year! 😂
    3 points
  12. Here are my beautiful things. I love them very much but feel a bit sorry for the nibbled gingerbread men. All so very clever and so neat - I might even give making bunting a go, as I did buy some to make but haven't done anything with it yet. Thank you again clever swap person xx
    3 points
  13. A very Merry Christmas to you all! 🎄🎄 Opened my enormous box this morning and found a lovely felt card and a VERY well wrapped festive glass with my name on it! And a lovely little mouse and some chocolate! Thank you so much my secret Santa! Will post pictures later as I’m currently out getting my mom a booster!
    3 points
  14. Merry Christmas all my lovely Omlet friends 🎄🎄🎄🎄 I have been thoroughly spoilt by my swappee, thank you so much !!! I have beautiful bunting, a fabulous chicken wash bag, some half "eaten" felt gingerbread men, Christmas socks, Christmas chocolate and a face mask. All so cleverly made and an awful lot of time used, I imagine, making them all. Thank you again wonderful chicken friend. I will post pictures later xxx
    3 points
  15. Pruned my grape vine today and redid all the ties so it’s secure for the new season. Also tried to tame my fig tree slightly. I’m in really doubting if I should get a tree surgeon in this year to do my pear tree, but that would mean a rather bare tree this summer, and I really like the shade it gives. But it’s also making so many new vertical branches, it’s really looking overgrown. the before and after
    2 points
  16. Humiliating as it is to discover I’m being challenged by bottom chicken, I think you may be right about the pecking order idea, Beantree and Cat Tails. I picked them up a lot more earlier in the autumn, especially as my daughter wanted to come into the run and cuddle them. With avian flu that got more complicated, and the result is they’ve been picked up much less recently. This morning I went firmly in and picked Daisy up and it did feel like there was a standoff going on; although passive when held, she went straight back to threatening to peck me when I put her down. So she has been picked up many times today and the other chickens several times too. I think she may already be starting to reassess - this afternoon I didn’t get any pecking threats. Here’s hoping…
    2 points
  17. Bloody hell! That’s quite something to discover. I’m assuming you’ve double checked the test result? I hope it doesn’t change your family dynamic too much (assuming it was good in the first place). I have a Penelope. Well actually it’s Penny but I always call her Penelope Pit Stop. She’s a 9 year old silver laced Wyandotte bantam and I think nearing the end of her days but she was top chicken for a long time and has a thing for jacket potatoes and selfies. Some photos of your gang would be nice. Hope you’re OK and not too freaked out by your news x
    2 points
  18. Quite unexpectedly Red gave Flo a swift wash of the head! It’s a pity I can’t share videos on here, but it was very very sweet! Think main motivation was that Flo was in the chair Red wanted to sleep in. But it even makes me forgive him for peeing in Flo her cat bed… 😅
    2 points
  19. I think it has to do with how (and if) the individual fibers of a feather knit together or not. If they do, a feather can be a flying feather, if they don’t, it’s more downy.
    2 points
  20. As long as she doesn’t chase him, he doesn’t care. But she is quite persistent.
    2 points
  21. Sorry to hear you are struggling! Young chicks are very vulnerable. What are you feeding them on? Is it medicated crumb? Is your chick still pooping normally? Best to keep her under your electric hen, as she is still very young and won’t be able to keep up her temperature constantly. When in doubt, contact a vet.
    2 points
  22. Schools here will be open again after Christmas holidays, so everyone back to school again. On the one hand I’m happy I don’t have to do online lessons, but on the other hand, I’m finally getting my booster on Saturday.
    2 points
  23. Feeling rather pleased with ourselves in the Bloodnok household. We’ve been researching for ages and, after finally deciding to take the plunge, have now been able to wave goodbye to our old oil-fired boiler and welcome in a brand spanky new air source heat pump, a whole roof’s worth of solar panels and associated inverter and battery. Net result is that our energy performance certificate for the house has changed from a band D to a band B; not bad, I reckon, for a 1930s house. The novelty will obviously wear off soon, but for now we’re having fun with the apps telling us how much leccy we’re generating and how little the heating is using up. Smug moment finished now.
    2 points
  24. Yes I had tunnels last year (looking at the photo there was an extra one joining the tunnels you can see to the Omlet run). They were good in that I could move them around when the grass got trashed, but the poles (like flexible tent poles) weren’t very robust and at least half of them had broken (due to the wind) by the end of flockdown. This year I have more chickens so I've bought a massive piece of garden mesh and used it as a ‘roof’ over the whole of their fenced area.
    2 points
  25. Thank you. We both enjoyed Christmas. I’m staying with my sister for a few days and DDs long term boyfriend ( my nearly son - in - law) is staying with her. So both having a nice break. Just hope she’s looking after my girls! 😂😂😂
    2 points
  26. I was given some beautiful beaded Christmas Bells! They will adorn my Christmas trees and will be part of our traditional decorations for generations. My daughter has already claimed them for herself ( when the time comes,Mum!). The chocolate has been eaten by me already! Thank you Santa!
    2 points
  27. I was just reading European traditions around the world and wondered if they still occur or have been over taken by something else - I know my OMLET friends are all over the place so what traditions happen in your country or family ?? Here in Kent advent all seems to be about the naughty elf - which I hate and told the children I look after he doesn't come here as Cody my dog would eat him along with the tooth fairy -mince pies and carrots are still left for Santa - my children used to love attending the local church for Christmas Eve where all the children who attended got involved with acting out the nativity - it was lovely as it really didn't matter if you had 10 Mary and Josephs and 1 Shepherd- but COVID has shut that down this year again. When my 2 were younger I would only let them open 1 present an hour - they would then play with that one and guess the next as they are now teenagers I am not even sure they will get out of bed !!! My brother whose wife is Czech always has fish and the presents on Christmas eve but his wife buys now, her family still have it swimming in the bath tub ready to eat Christmas eve. Of course the OMLET craft swap is becoming a lovely tradition ....
    2 points
  28. Goodness time flies when having fun - he is still so cute and obviously sees more of you than before - good going for the cafe - it looks fantastic!
    1 point
  29. Still a cutie! He has obviously given you masses of fun, a really happy story, which is so needed in this day and age, here's to many more years!
    1 point
  30. I remember posting some pics of the new enclosure and hutch, but maybe I didn't post any of the girls in situ.; once DEFRA has lifted the current restrictions, I'll have to take some pics. I need to get the gardener to re-turf their new pen. I was going to plant some herb shrubs in there for them to peck at casually once it was done. The result was definitely a bit of a shock to us all - but we had it confirmed with a legal paternity test, so there's no doubt about it. It's quite a weird place to be in mentally as he and I had always had quite a strained relationship and estranged relationship. Apparently he had considered the possibility on a multitude of occasions because he never felt I looked anything like him, which I don't, but I guess we'd all just assumed that was down to the fact I looked so much more like my mother. It has revealed some interesting new bits, though. I have a very close genetic match to a girl with links to the areas that my mother does - and also very close links to a family in Ireland I'd never heard of either, but whom this girl is also related to. So it would rather suggest my biological father was Irish or with very strong connections to Ireland. Time will tell, I guess. I have a few people trying to figure out possible contenders for the bio-father, but based on my own narrowing down of possible candidates, it would rather suggest they're all dead anyway - so I will likely never know.
    1 point
  31. So far I’m fine, sore arm and a bit tired, but it is Sunday after all! 😂
    1 point
  32. As you said, the chick can't climb the steps. But the other important points are you can't keep a chick on its own, it will need company of the same age or stay with the mother. Also keeping it warm and secure, which is a complicated process in itself. In my opinion rearing chicks is far more complicated than incubating and hatching. We have separate rearing units for 6 weeks onwards, which essentially look like a rabbit hutch with a run attached. Before that they stay inside under heat lamps, initially under red light then daylight hours with a dark emitter. Chicks can fall prey to rats, even with the mother, so any run needs small mesh which sits firmly on the ground. You are best separating the mother and chick(s) I think in a separate secure place. I know re-introduction will be difficult. Good inexpensive book to read is by Katie Thear, 'Incubation a Guide to Hatching and Rearing' ISBN 0-9061-3725-X.
    1 point
  33. The first person ever to catch bird flu was a Dutch vet. I think it is rare, but definitely possible. A blood test or PCR can easily show what virus you have. But right now they only use the test for Covid, but some samples are tested for other things over here too. When avian flu first turned up, they were really afraid that it would be easily transmissible from human to human, but luckily it turned out that that doesn’t happen often. But as with Covid, with every new variant of bird flu, it could all change.
    1 point
  34. Tell him tomorrow is another day!
    1 point
  35. When I got my chicks, almost a year ago now, Hazel was always very, very soft. I thought as she got older, her feathers would change and not stay so soft. Yesterday, giving them a cuddle in the sunshine, she really is the softest ball of fluff I have owned. A couple of the others are soft too but she is definitely the softest. What causes them to be so soft I wonder ? (apologies for the word softnesses - not sure it's even a word - but just can't think of the word I need)
    1 point
  36. Flo decided to jump on my kitchen counter, but misjudged and fell off again. She did turn on my water kettle. I’ll show her where the teabags are later!
    1 point
  37. Poor Red he obviously doesn’t mind her too much though. They are both beautiful
    1 point
  38. Sorry to hear you lost your hens. It could many different things. But very sudden deaths could be heart related. It can be very hard to spot an illness in a hen, as they are prey so they’ll do everything to conceal they’re weak. Did you contact the breeder yet?
    1 point
  39. I thought Flo looked quite big on the coffee table until I saw her next to Red when they were eating. Hope she starts to see him as a friend and doesn't pester him too much.
    1 point
  40. Fab picture MH! Looks like that's the start of a life long love of chickens! Really made me smile - thanks for sharing.
    1 point
  41. Thats reassuring to hear. Sounds as if it is a learning curve then! I’ve been looking at the Omlet walk in run and the Flyte so Fancy wooden options. We get such strong winds here I don’t think the Omlet run will be strong enough so I’m leaning towards the wooden one at the moment. I had no idea chicken keeping would be so expensive. I thought the coop was the most expensive thing but now I’m looking at walk in runs I realise that’s not necessary the case.
    1 point
  42. What a total twit I am. It hadn't occurred to me that moving them around would defeat the point. I'd only thought about covering the roof. Thank you so much for pointing that out. I do have 2 nine month old kittens that certainly keep wild birds away from our garden but of course there is still the risk. I'll have a good think about how I can make a permanent area for them somewhere.
    1 point
  43. @Girly that sounds tough on both of you. I hope you both had a wonderful Christmas though and as @Blackrocksrock said fingers crossed that 2022 is a better year xxx
    1 point
  44. That’s a very difficult question to answer because of the number of moving parts, but I can give an outline of the key facts for an idea of how it fits together. The air source heat pump, new water cylinder and all associated general gubbins came to about £15k, which should result in RHI repayments of just over £9k over the next 7 years, hence a net installation cost of about £6k. The solar panels, inverter and battery were done through a scheme with the county council allowing for a bulk purchase agreement for the installers and therefore a lower cost to us. In total, we got 18 panels, a 6kWh battery and all associated stuff for £7.5k, which, compared with other previous quotes, effectively meant getting the battery for free. We were in the position of having an oil-fired boiler that was in perfectly good order but about 20 years old and therefore a bit of a ticking time bomb. We wanted to replace it whilst we had time to do it rather than wait until the decision was forced on us. We were using about 2 tanks of oil a year, and the cheapest I can find oil at the moment means that’d be about £1.3k. Based on the ASHP running costs over December, if the current year was the same weather throughout we’d be looking at almost exactly the same cost if we bought all the leccy from the grid (Octopus Energy). Fairly obviously, the weather won’t be the same, and especially will be far warmer in the summer, at which point we’re unlikely to be needing the ASHP to heat the house at all, so only time will tell how much lower the energy demand will be. That said, we’re also not buying all our leccy from the grid. On the most overcast days we’re still generating at least 1 kWh of solar energy, and when there’s capacity to do so, the battery is recharged during off peak times to be consumed when the leccy price is peak rate. In good sunlight, we can get up to about 6.5kWh, and the ASHP has been consuming a December average of 21kWh per day. Come summer we should be covering all our daily energy from solar and probably exporting a tangible amount back to the grid. We didn’t in fact do all this primarily for financial reasons. We just wanted the figures to be good enough not to be prohibitive. However, our house’s carbon consumption is now about a sixth that of an average property and there are still improvements we can make; we could in theory get low enough to become a carbon sink, effectively generating a negative amount of CO2. Let’s see how things pan out.
    1 point
  45. I am in the midst of my own Xmas tradition, which is to listen to the Festival of 9 carols and lessons from Kings. It reminds me of my first Xmas in my own home, where I was on a kitchen table painting the ceiling (not sure why I thought that was necessary!) and I've pretty much followed it up ever since. The first verse of Once in Royal David's City sung by a young soloist is so haunting.
    1 point
  46. Yes, the Moderna floored me too, MH! As you say, a bit of a shock but I kept telling myself that the worse I was feeling the better it was working. It took me two days to be able to lift my arm beyond elbow height too! Hope you are over it now!
    1 point
  47. Sinterklaas is an actual saint who originally comes from Turkey, but now lives in Spain an visits in November/December on his steamboat. He has a horse who can walk on roofs and his Pieten crawl through the chimney to fill shoes (not stockings). It’s based on the story of a religious person who used to fill shoes of poor girls to give them a dowery.
    1 point
  48. I'm sure that @Cat tailscan scare you with the tails of Sinterklauss and his helper, who was used to terrify children who didn't behave. We eat late. most Europeans have eaten the day before. Ducklette (sold as that) this year, so a young duck, obviously as any older and they will have the texture of leather.
    1 point
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