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  1. Look @Columbian, you clearly follow a very different view on Covid to most of ours. That’s fine and your choice. But please don’t come here and try and cause a scene. The people in this topic are clearly not your audience, as most of us are vaccinated out of free will and follow our local rules and guidelines. And that is our choice. Please respect that too. I advice you to find a different platform to discuss your views with more likeminded people. Otherwise maybe just keep it to chicken related topics.
    5 points
  2. Still here but not on forum for some time! All a bit hectic here - renovations have started and I nearly have 3 walls to the new sewing room. Needs a roof though! Kitchen extension under way so hoping for January. Seems we have had family on and off since March and I am definitely nevereverever going to run a B&B! I need a holiday afterwards! I haven't done much at all this year - I have finished my daughter's wedding quilt but it needs binding (her 1st anniversary today!) but will be having the deferred celebration place in a couple of weeks - I need to get my act together. I too haven't been feeling creative this year. Seems a blur of veg (not brilliant but some late successes) and ducks and loads of tea making for builders! Trying to get my act together, but I will miss out this time. Thankies for thinking about me though - I didn't get any notifications! I notice the forum has changed around again. Or maybe my memory is failing - not difficult as I had a head start when I was young! Shame about customs - even if it is a gift? I can understand purchases, but a present shouldn't be charged. Postage is daylight robbery now, worse for overseas. Nice to see some of you still enthusiastic and it will be lovely to see how you get on.
    5 points
  3. To my dearest Omlet friends, I am writing this as a confession to the crime I have commited this evening. I made my gift and whilst out bought a couple of treats to go with it .....one I have never tried before ....I put it with the gift but then all day kept thinking about it and wondering how good it tasted. Then tonight the crime occured ....I very carefully packaged the gift .....and went to wrap it but the chocolate gift kept falling out, I could hear it crying out "Eat Me.....Eat Me....Eat Me" it was fighting to keep out the box, calling my name, begging me to taste just one.... So I apologize and hope you enjoy the gift but there may be a little extra treat missing.....I cannot lie I don't even feel that guilty as it tasted so good.........
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  4. I read that and for some reason thought chainsaw 😆
    3 points
  5. I stand by what I said so no I wont re read my comment. Like you Julie Hartley Brewer I am entitled to my opinion. We will never be free of Covid whilst some people refuse vaccine. I've had 3 vaccines and would rather take my chance with that than covid.
    3 points
  6. Had my booster fairly early as had first one in Dec. OH vaccinated as we are volunteers for elderly and vaccine Marshall's and I still do NHS nursing as locum despite being retired. I am sorry I have no time for anti vaxxers and people who just cant be bothered to wear a mask. On the tube people sit spreading their bacteria. ES' s girlfriend is a teacher double vaccinated and has picked up covid from a child at school. Many of the parents are immigrants who dont for whatever reason get vaccinated. Watching with interest to see what happens at my old work where the HCA an East European from Romania refuses vaccine. Shes had covid . We will see. Interesting how all anti vax people still expect a bed in ITU when they get it. Will get off my soap box now. Stay safe. Xx
    3 points
  7. @Columbian I would be interested to read studies showing that wearing face coverings has no effect on virus transmission, and also that wearing face coverings has impaired child development. Please would you post the links? Also please be aware that I don’t think anyone on this forum has (or would) criticise anyone for not wearing a face covering when they are medically exempt. @Luvachicken Whilst I agree fully with your opinions on the public wearing face coverings, this is different to a lot of the fully protective masks worn by healthcare professionals in certain settings. A lot of these are fully fitted masks which along with other PPE do actually stop viruses getting in and out. You are right though that the whole point of us wearing face coverings is to try to prevent any virus we may have getting out. They do this by preventing moisture droplets getting into the air as that’s how we transmit the majority of virus particles. (Note I’m saying majority not all). @Blackrocksrock I have totally the same thought when I follow someone who is vaping or smoking - it really makes me realise how I’m breathing air that was inside them and I find it quite disturbing!
    3 points
  8. Hahaha come and live on this side of the pond! No Christmas ads till after December 5th, curtesy of Sinterklaas.
    3 points
  9. Thanks all. She was very special in all her little quirky ways. Never thought I would be a cat-in-a-urn person. But apparently I was.
    3 points
  10. Well done ...I am feeling a little guilty and a little sick 🤣
    2 points
  11. They can have an outdoor area as long as it’s netted. I’ve bought a 20m by 12m piece of bird mesh so that’s what I’m doing this time. This is copied directly from the DEFRA website Poultry keepers must now do the following: house or net all poultry and captive birds to keep them separate from wild birds cleanse and disinfect clothing, footwear, equipment and vehicles before and after contact with poultry and captive birds – if practical, use disposable protective clothing reduce the movement of people, vehicles or equipment to and from areas where poultry and captive birds are kept, to minimise contamination from manure, slurry and other products, and use effective vermin control thoroughly cleanse and disinfect housing on a continuous basis keep fresh disinfectant at the right concentration at all farm and poultry housing entry and exit points minimise direct and indirect contact between poultry and captive birds and wild birds, including making sure all feed and water is not accessible to wild birds
    2 points
  12. Just started the next part of my gift is was a messy affair ......
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  13. TBH I wouldn't risk it. Congratulations though....wishing you and 'bump' well!
    2 points
  14. You can always dress up a puppy as a chicken… 😂
    2 points
  15. I’m so glad that this recipe is still being used. I haven’t made if for over a year since my son moved out to America. It’s his favourite cake. I’ve already made my Christmas cake but would make a lighter alternative for the two of us. I can still remember that original cake from the Three Counties show, I don’t think mine have ever been as good 😂 Wow over 11 years ago I posted the recipe for the first time. I knew I was getting on a bit but!!
    2 points
  16. I think an urgent trip to the vet is in order here Mike. Hopefully it is just an abscess and it can be drained.
    2 points
  17. We are down south and still wear our masks, although I agree with you that lots of people aren't. I don't know why people aren't wearing them but I feel proud when I wear mine. Hopefully, we will get our boosters on Wednesday at a drop in clinic.
    2 points
  18. Was up in the loft yesterday and found two hornets nests in there. I was actually trying to find out why the air recirculation system from the fire wasn't working; mice or rats had eaten through the ducting! When we arrived here hornets nested in the chimney above the cooker. It's an old chimney so very wide, but it had two huge nests in it which blocked the extractor fan. Main problem was the hornets trying to get to the nest. Seems they don't have a route as such, just directional sense, so trying to reach the nest via the kitchen was a regular occurrence and we were swatting up to 20 a day. We only have one TNN left. She's 9 years old now and hasn't feathered up very well after her moult. It's turned cold here and she was suffering, so we decided to bring her in overnight to sleep in a cage in 'sick bay' (bathroom). Well yesterday evening she disappeared! After a thorough search of the house and a lot of calling with no reply she was finally found; settled down on the desk between the laptop and the printer, looking decidedly comfortable there as well.
    2 points
  19. Hopefully you have all received a message to tell you who your swappee is. If you haven't received one, please tell me as soon as possible, so it can be sorted out. I also still need some addresses please. Time to get busy !!! 🎄
    2 points
  20. Yay, eggs are on the way !!!
    1 point
  21. Eggies in the not too distant future perhaps?😀
    1 point
  22. Usually until spring. It was the 1st April this year 😔
    1 point
  23. For those struggling with Christmas present ideas Oxfam have chicken gift cards where you can 'buy' and 'donate' a chicken to a family! ATM they are on sale at £9 until Sunday.
    1 point
  24. @DaphneYou type an @ and then the name. It should go “blue” and offer you all users starting with those letters. You don’t get an email, but it does show a notification in the forum.
    1 point
  25. What a sensible YS! I hope he is OK and none of the rest of you succumb. Good news on the booster too, Ursula123. Am I right in thinking if I @Ursula123 you, you get an automatic alert? How do I make this happen please, as I think its more than just typing?
    1 point
  26. You are right. I forget that. (Thank you for reminding me x)
    1 point
  27. Indeed, that is the case, having your full quota of jabs does lessen your chances of going into hospital or dying. The woman in charge of the NHS said the best thing any of us can do to help ourselves and NHS this winter is to get vaccinated.
    1 point
  28. To be fair Mama Coop full price Omlet coops are out of a lot of people’s price range!
    1 point
  29. Congratulations !!!! When are you due ? I would perhaps give runny eggs a miss for the next 9 months, just to be safe x
    1 point
  30. Wow, you have all been busy. DS asked me if I could make something I usually make so he can send them to friends in Australia. He will have to get in the queue
    1 point
  31. If you’re right someone might be paying a lot of import duty 😳
    1 point
  32. It occurred to me sometime after my reply, that they may simply like looking out at the view and whatever is happening in it?
    1 point
  33. It might be that they’re there because they prefer to see out but if it was blowing a hooly and driving rain (or snow) up that way it might be a different story. Great photo of them all peering at you!
    1 point
  34. Either male or female are equally lovely and rather than something poo why not try a shelter for the same thing a mixed breed which is basically what these fancy bred ones are too. There are so many of them looking for homes - both puppies and older doggies. I always had labradors and the last one we had was a 10 year old rescue ex breeding *****. She was so lovely with the cat and thought her name was "Leave it" when out near the chickens LOL!. Good luck with whatever you decide and would love to see some photos!
    1 point
  35. I grew up with a female dog and she was amazing, gentle and well behaved we rescued a male dog and he is the same - I don't think it matters but I would never have trusted either dog with chickens. Both my dogs were rescue and Heinz 57 so I cannot recommend a breed but I can say find a good puppy class \ dog class first - training of dog and owner and socialising is so important.
    1 point
  36. lol. With my first lot of hens I was worried sick they would be lying in run legs in the air with rhubarb leaf poisoning. they survived. They are definately devious turn your back and something you value will be mullered to an inch of its life.
    1 point
  37. Never had dogs, but I think it is very much down to the individual dog. But puppies are great anyway!
    1 point
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  39. Refuse to look at them until December
    1 point
  40. Sadly I know exactly how you feel.
    1 point
  41. That is so very sad Luv! It’s always the nice ones that leave us sooner. You definitely did everything you could, plus some. ❤️
    1 point
  42. But what about fruit trees? We have a company in the Netherlands that does fruit tree hedges, from very slow growing fruit trees. https://www.minitree.nl/categorie/fruithaag Surely someone in the UK should offer something similar.
    1 point
  43. Oh poor Dottie that’s horrid 🙁 If you can keep her fed and warm and he pain killer is working hopefully her little body might be able to fight it off.
    1 point
  44. So very sorry to read this, beautiful cat and it breaks your heart when they have to go over the rainbow bridge. Hugs
    1 point
  45. So sorry to read this - such a beautiful cat xx
    1 point
  46. Really sorry to hear this, CT. This is the hardest part of owning a pet but she has obviously had a wonderful life with you - sending virtual hugs.
    1 point
  47. So very sad. I know how much it hurts to lose a pet you have loved for such a long time. Sending you lots of hugs, and sweet dreams to iPoes xxx
    1 point
  48. I think having your forum name on whatever it is, makes it more special. To be honest, I probably prefer my forum name to my real name
    1 point
  49. I might have already started, but now have a whole range of different ideas…
    1 point
  50. Are you certain it’s her feet? Could she have injured a leg? One of mine has really struggled with a moult this year - she’s been so miserable and subdued for weeks and is only just coming out of it.
    1 point
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