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  1. Non chicken-keeping folk can be very unthinking sometimes. I love the fact you said you could say anything to Gemma and she always replied; its a perfect tribute.
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  2. Oh this is so sad it’s brought tears to my eyes. I’m so sorry to hear you’ve had to say goodbye to Gemma but I’m glad she had a lovely last day, that it was quick and somewhere she felt safe and that you were there to give her a stroke. xxx
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  3. Thank you @Cat tails and @Daphne She did mean a lot and she was very special. Gemma would often sit on my lap, and no matter what I asked her, she would always reply. She was born strong and survived her crop operation that she needed after eating chicken bedding. Although expensive at the time, it saved her life and I'm glad that I paid out for it - even though the Head that I worked for then, said it would have been cheaper to put her out for the fox.
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  4. I'm sorry to hear it, Luvachicken, she obviously meant a lot to you. What a lucky girl she was having you to look after her. RIP Gemma.
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  5. It’s always hard to let go, but it sounds like a good goodbye.
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  6. Any updates, MH? As my mum always says 'don't leave us in suspenders'!!!!!
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  7. This page has a calculator https://www.flytesofancy.co.uk/hardwood-woodchip-for-poultry-runs-handy-bag.html
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  8. Hi all thanks for your comments. Sandy is Pheobe's 3rd friend so I think she is just a robust chicken! Had a few scares over the years but lucky to have a vet who also has chickens and is always willing to try something. They make me smile everyday whether relaxing or up to mischief!
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  9. Blimey - things are never easy are they?! What a stressful 24 hours that was! After the chick above hatched - we waited. Of the other two eggs one had already pipped 5 hours previously and the other pipped as the first was hatching (around lunchtime on Wednesday). By bedtime on Wednesday still nothing from the other two and they hadn’t rocked much at all or cheeped. We went to bed fearing the worst. Obviously I hardly slept and when I went down to check in the middle of the night, still nothing. But then when I got up yesterday morning, the one that had pipped at lunch time was half way through unzipping!! It took a couple of hours but eventually hatched unaided and seemed perfectly healthy blundering around the incubator. Once it was out I quickly whipped the first chick out of the incubator (literally took seconds - it had been in there fluffing up for around 24hrs and I assumed the remaining egg wasn’t going to hatch) and took it to the brooder box. By the time I got back to the incubator - maybe 5 minutes at the absolute most - the chick that had just hatched was dead!! It was lying with its head on the midddle bit of the incubator above the water holder. Absolutely gutted!!! No idea what happened but it’s head was really floppy as if it’s neck was broken. Could not believe it. Anyway - as I took the dead chick out I noticed a tiny bit of movement from the last egg which by this point had pipped well over 24 hours ago. So I made sure the humidity was OK and left it there. It made a slightly bigger hole so you could see it’s beak breathing but that was it. I didn’t think it would make it so I just left it and went out for the afternoon fully expecting it to be dead when I got home. It wasn’t though! I got home at about 6pm and it was still cheeping away but hadn’t moved to get out of the shell at all. Now over 36hrs from pipping. So I did what I know is a bad idea and got it out of the shell. It’s navel hadn’t fully healed and did bleed a bit, in fact I thought it would die straight away (I thought it would die if I left it in the shell too though so I thought it was worth a try) - but now nearly 24hrs later it’s still with us and is bouncing around the brooder box with its sibling and 2 same age maran bantam chicks that I managed to source and buy (the wonder of Facebook groups) to keep the first chick company. I’m not sure it’s legs are quite right but it’s getting around and eating and drinking so we’ll give it a chance. Pics to follow…. Phew 🤯
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  10. - Feed (grower pellets to start with, layer pellets once they start coming into lay) - treats (no they don't need it, but hey we like to treat our selves too!) - Feeders (and sadly the Omlet ones are pretty useless - Drinkers (again, Omlet ones are just tooooo big) - Something for in the nest box (no hay/straw. I use woodchips) - Something on the run floor (forget grass, it won't last! Put the whole thing on paving slabs and fill the run with wood chips or aubiose if your run is absolutely dry) - A plan for worming chickens. (some do a worm count first, others worm every three months or so. And no, Verm-X isn't a wormer...) - Cat carrier (If you need to take a chicken to the vet, it's much more handy than a box) - comfy chair and a cup of tea (to watch the chickens!) I probably forgot something... But their will be others along shortly!
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  11. I saw my lovely Gemma go to chicken heaven last night. She had had a lovely day, even if it was a bit hot, with all the treats that Peggy hasn't wanted to eat. I had noticed she had her beak open, but it was pretty hot, and the others had their beaks open too. In the evening I went to get the eggs and she was still panting, which I thought was strange because all the others were fine. Her comb looked a bit dark too. The next minute, she had a fit, which made her land in a comfy hollow, where I stroked her gently and she went to sleep. She almost made it to her 9th birthday. Sweet dreams, my dear little, chatty Gemma xx
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  12. No I’m on the other side of the country. Rivers will exit here, but by then are so wide and branched, it shouldn’t be a risk anymore. They did have to evacuate a whole hospital in Venlo, which is on the rivers edge.
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