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  1. OH got a call from our surgery yesterday at 3. 40pm as they had a spare dose and were ringing round. This is his second dose only 5 weeks after his first jab. Having been really rough with the first dose he has sailed through this one with only a sore arm (although it is, apparently, VERY sore and, from the amount of moaning, groaning and arm rubbing, may well fall off!)
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  2. It's a good job you said about this @Patricia W as the guy who served me couldn't find it in the cabinet. Luckily I spotted the name and told him they had changed it to Power Drops - at least he will know for next time. Just a shame that the price had gone up from £9.99 to £13.75 - he blamed Brexit 🙄 Peggy continues to do well and, all be it small, she has gained 6g today - that's definitely a step in the right direction.
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  3. Ahh thank you so much for all of your replies. It does make me feel a little better that it sounds like we what we could with her. Soapdragon I think we will probably get some more hens…..it’s very strange not having to go out and shut the door at night and my daughter was absolutely heartbroken when we had to say goodbye to Binky. I think she was very proud at school not to have the usual dog/cat/rabbit as a pet, as all the teachers were always very interested. When the vet brought Binky back out to me on Sunday, they had done some footprints for my daughter, which she was so hap
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  4. Hmmm, maybe, but it is not party day yet My Mum made us our own Wombles with their own bags so we are going to pick him up at the weekend and he can come to school with me. I've just been listening to some Womble songs - just such a wonderful childhood reminder.
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  5. Hello all, I had to share because the girls laid the smallest egg I've ever had... it's about the same size a quail's egg! I wonder what caused that... Anyway, that aside, Morehens has struck again and to replace our recent losses, I've picked up some new girls. All hybrids, so I have a couple of blue-eggers, a lovely laced bird, and a partridge leghorn! So cute... they seem so small compared with the other girls now. Bless 'em!
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  6. @Beantree yep counted it at zero. I haven’t helped the egg and amazingly it pipped at 11pm last night and by 2am it was out 🥰👍 hatched end of day 23! We have 8 all together now! Last one wasn’t moving when I last candled. When I move the two newbies into the brooder I’ll candle the last egg again and see what’s happening. Amazingly after all this with buyer an incubator etc my one hybrid hen has just done broody for the first time 😅🙈 can’t make it up Just some pictures of my lovely little fluffy chicks for you all to gush over 🥰
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  7. Just for the laughs I have asked my friends to ensure that my headstone reads: 'Finally, it has happened to me, right in front of my face, and I just can't deny it.' And if the technology has moved on sufficiently by that point, I'd like a button installed so people can press it and it plays the song too.
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  8. Hey Everyone, I found out today that she is a girl. So I am happy to say I don’t have another rooster 🤣!
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  9. Well, it's official: I am all vaccinated as of yesterday, both doses. Pleased to report that I've had literally no side effect whatsoever. Still waiting for my superpower to develop... or possibly a tail to help with my balance!
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  10. Clever little Nellie laid her first egg yesterday I thought she might lay soon because she crouched the other day. She was also very busy going in and out of the house yesterday. I always find it so amazing that they know an egg is coming and then know where to lay it as well. I have totally forgotten what to do next, it's a while since I last had chicks - they are all still on growers pellets. Do I leave them on those for now until they are all laying ? I'm sure I read before that they don't need layers pellets until they are laying but what about Nellie ?
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  11. @Cat tails Chicks are doing great! Just over a week old and growing soo fast!! Started to get their Elvis hair do’s now 😍
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  12. So, on the list are Me @Cat tails @AndyRoo @HarrisonFamily @EllieG and @Jen346 I don't think I've forgotten anyone. One of us will have to send abroad, as does Cat tails, so I'm hoping nobody minds 😊 Please can you start to PM me your addresses ? Thank you x
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  13. Well done on getting your job @soapdragon We'll let you off for now but Christmas is on it's way
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  14. We have always interred our hamsters in a small cardboard box which, until recently, the boys have decorated and written message on. They are wrapped in some paper tissue and laid on some of the sawdust and bedding from their cage and I always pop in some food too. Sounds silly, feels right!
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  15. I feel old now, I am old enough to be your mum😕
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  16. Peggy is doing great thanks @Cat tails She has gained weight - in fact she put the most on this week - and is back to her normal self. I was a bit worried about Dottie though because she developed a snuffle and sounded a bit snotty, although she was absolutely fine in all other ways. I gave them all the new nutridrops I got them for a few days and that seems to have sorted it. Dottie really enjoyed the nutridrops and literally downed her portion in seconds. It was the quickest bit of medication I have ever done. They also all moved outside last week and have learnt whe
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  17. I have had one hatch with a little ‘belly button’ like that. It sorted itself out after a few days. So glad so many have hatched - that’s a great result, well done!
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  18. A little more news on Dotty. She is fine and has decided not to co-operate any more with having her meds. She generally sits on my daughter’s lap and I swear she would purr if she was a cat- but not tonight! Luckily it’s the last dose today - I wonder if she’ll think she’s won the battle.Lol! She did lay a small egg yesterday without problems so l’m really pleased. Thank you for all your comments.
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  19. Thanks everyone I knew I could rely on you all! Not sure what is happening with the box below though as I can't seem to get rid of it - I am having a very non techie day today. I want my velum and ink back! Edited to add . have just tried secret garden and it sounds amazing! Thanks Andy
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  20. I think by far your best bet is to deal with the neighbours, not try to deal with the chickens as they are not rational, logical, consistent beings (its OK, I realise what you may be going to say about the neighbours!) Its also not fair that you should have to spend money to keep the birds out. Just imagine the chicken were dogs, none of us would put up with that. In your situation, I imagine most of us would have increasingly stern words with the neighbours, and resort to the council/by laws and solicitor's letters as necessary. Just so you know, its neither difficult nor expensive to kee
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  21. I'd be very inclined to tell your neighbour that you are about to put some kind of chemical treatment on your land (get creative - make it something pretty nasty that you'll be 'using' fairly regularly!) and suggest that he keeps his chickens on his land to avoid any 'repercussions'. Tell him that, having warned him about this, you cannot be responsible if his chickens come onto your land and keel over; suggest he fences securely!!!! The sheer cheek of some people!
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  22. We had 5 potentially frosty mornings and now the fleeces are off again. Maincrop potatoes (Desiree) were not very affected by the first frost, but the Agata earlies are now about 3 weeks late. The first frost hit the fig trees and the Kiwi, but before the flowers appeared so we should be OK. Last year we lost a bumper crop of Kiwi's, firstly to the 9 weeks drought that caused the leaves to drop and sunburned the fruit. The 25% remaining were lost to an early frost and turned to mush. Good news is our tomatoes are going great. The difference to last year is the result of a video showing to
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  23. If I had a headstone, it might say: Uploading to the cloud But I to have a nature burial. No residu or burning for me. Found this picture from Charlie Mackesy very moving too.
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  24. Was reading this with my wife and she said what a lovely forum thank you @Cat tails @mullethunter @Beantree for your advice and support. @Cat tails @mullethunter nice to hear from you and thank you again for your support. Super reassuring to hear that as long as food and water are covered we are okay @Cat tails We have 3 Pekin Bantams 😀 My wife now reckons the newly introduced hen (Dotty) might be younger than the others as she is smaller and perhaps her comb has yet to grow). @Beantree So interesting about the drafts, I had not seen that elsewhere, makes a lot of sense. Will pop u
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  25. She is definitely better, thanks 😊 She has been doing more chicken things - pecking, digging and cleaning her feathers - and not so much sitting hunched in the same place. There was even some food in her crop today. She now weighs 520g which has stayed constant over the last couple of days - just need to hope she puts the weight back on. Peggy is pretty good at taking the medicine so that does make it a lot easier.
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  26. Hi all - just an update. The eglu run fitted fine onto the new WIR. I bought a connector kit but in the end just used some of it to fill some obvious gaps. The good news is that it meant that we can keep the seperating doors no problem! Photos attached
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  27. I would pop them in the Go Up when you get them, with the door open into the run, so that they might know where to go to bed later once they have come out. Make sure they have plenty of food and water. Leave them to investigate their new home - they will come out eventually. You will need to leave them to get to know where their surroundings are for about a week - then you can let them potter round the garden. Obviously spend time in their run and handle them when you can. You won't get much done when you first start watching them - make sure you have lots of cups of t
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  28. My second jab booked next week! Then I gather we oldies are having a booster in the autumn. Fine by me. Anything to get back to normal
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  29. Nutridrops are now called Power Drops. I’m waiting for the human version. Magic stuff!
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  30. The expired nutri drops should be OK (2019) but possibly may have lost some of their efficacy. Worth a try if you cannot get any more till Monday. Poor Peggy - hope she perks up. Keep us posted.
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  31. Noooo clue... bu then again, I don’t know what’s in half of my food either.
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  32. They have now a good store of Calcium in their bones which will take a long time to deplete: that's where the egg shells come from. So phasing in the layers pellets is the best way to go as they can stop eating with a sudden change of feed. The layers give them plenty of Calcium to replenish that store but importantly it is balanced with phosphorous (8:1) which allows the calcium transfer mechanism to work. Perhaps people don't realise that the Calcium for the egg shells doesn't get there directly from the feed. It's a complex process that can easily go wrong as the calcium from the feed goes
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  33. Hopefully everyone has had a PM from either myself or Mr Luvachicken. Please let me know if you have not received a PM. Now to decide what to make.
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  34. Thanks for the ideas. I'm so sorry about your chick. I hope mine gets better 😞
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  35. You might need to help them realise the coop is their bed for the first few nights. Some chickens realise it very quickly, some might take some days. Best to pick them up in the dark and put them in the coop, if they don’t do this themselves.
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  36. My Womble t-shirt arrived yesterday - and very good it looks too (hubby bought it for me) All ready for our party next week. The children all made posters of a decade that they chose. Some of their work is amazing especially when they are only 10. I didn't spot any Wombles though
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  37. 80's is easy - just jeans and neon socks and beads or if you want to be something different I went as a shower from karate kid film - now that made a fun day !!!!
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  38. Just so sweet. A good success story.
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  39. Sorry to hear you have been struggling. But really I would go back to the breeder. Chickens shouldn’t die within the week. Also do go back to the vet. A good one will offer a follow up against a reasonable price. maybe he can do an ear swab and see if it is actually bacterial and not mites or even allergy. There is no way for us to say what antibiotics or other treatments might work. We are not vets and haven’t seen the hen.
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  40. Well if they are fighting over (laying) space, maybe you need to offer them more. How big is your run for your 8 chickens? Also double up on your feeding station and water containers might help keep the peace.
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  41. I never seem to have the same Spring as the UK and after a series of poor, cool and wet Springs, this year is a cracker. After a very warm, sunny and dry March, we have had the 'typical' April, all showers and changeable, but mild. Hence everything in the garden is absolutely lovely and bursting with life. The hillsides are also remarkable, after the terrible forest fires of a few years ago. We always get purple heather and a bit of yellow broom in March/April, but this year the broom has gone mad, interspersed with gorse, with all the extra light and lack of competition I expect. It is q
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  42. Glad you like them. They did a really nice song decades ago called Nocturne which they entered into Eurovision if I remember correctly.
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  43. We have foxes visit us day and night every day. We only let our hens out when we are in the garden with them and, even then, it has been known for one to come over the fence. I understand your annoyance. What you’re proposing to do is a ‘hard release’ if you catch your fox. This is covered by the Animal Welfare Act 2006 and condemned by DEFRA and other groups. This is because you would be dumping an animal in an environment where it had no bearings and may not find food, water or may be in another animal’s territory. Some charities do release foxes but they do ‘soft releases
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  44. I really like this Soapdragon - I think it would be lovely to see a bit of personality on gravestones showing the person that is under them. Perhaps more people would take a wonder and visit these deceased if it was a more interesting walk. The village I live in has the grave of a blacksmith and his gravestone is famous 'locally' anyway and it reads: My sledge and hammer lies declin'dMy bellows too have lost their windMy fire's extinct my coals decay'dAnd in my dust my vice is laidMy days are spent my glass is runMy nails are drove my work is done And I just love this. Thought Pi
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  46. 😂 I actually don’t plan on having a grave stone, but might do something similar on the card.
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  47. Hi Girly. My 8 year old Wyandotte had a prolapse a couple of weeks ago. I tried and failed to get it to stay back in - it would go in but wouldn’t stay for more than a couple of seconds. I kept it as clean as I could but really couldn’t get it to stay in so after about 24 hrs (during which time she laid a slightly larger than normal egg which made it neither better nor worse) I took her to the vet. He put it back in and it has stayed. She was completely back to normal as if nothing had happened within about half a day! That was 9 days ago. She hasn’t laid an egg since then - I guess that
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  48. Nellie just makes me laugh - she is just like a living duster. Hazel has the softest feathers of them all closely followed by Dottie's. Peggy is still so sweet and Nancy is just Nancy but a curious, odd, fluff ball. Nancy will sit on your lap for ages. She cuddles against my tummy on one side and snuggles into my hand on the other. Yes, my DD said the same - I told Nellie not to listen to her As for their faces, they are usually more pale, but when I pick them up they go very red - maybe they are just embarrassed by their chicken mum. They have grown a lot and
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  49. I think I’d phone the Omlet Office and ask them. They are very helpful
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