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  1. It turns out it’s a very cute perch for all the great tits and blue tits in my garden!
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  3. Cut to: three years later. I've passed and finished! The final scores are out and I will be graduating with a distinction (74% average). So I may not be Stephen Hawking, but I am definitely better than the teachers who called me stupid thought. And to make it taste even sweeter: My first year tutor on this degree told me I could 'probably' get a merit, but a distinction would be 'too much of a stretch'. HA!
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  4. Update on chicks!! 🐣 So we only hatched 4 chicks and unfortunately after 3 days our little early hatcher died…..I’m unsure what happened but I think it was killed. Wether that was by mother hen or somehow another chicken got close to the run and pecked it through the mesh, I really don’t know but I found it with blood in its mouth. But nearly 3 weeks on and on a much brighter note, we have 3 beautiful growing very quickly little chicks! And mama hen has now left the confines on her small run and is venturing out with all the other chickens and goats! And they are all lovely with the chicks 🥰 Although I don’t think any of them would dare mess with Marge 🤣 Here’s some pictures….look how big my first hatch of Appenzellers are! They are nearly 13 weeks old and I’ve just sold one of the 3 boys. Picture is of all 3 boys just before the one went to his new home
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  5. 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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  6. Have made this unicorn as a gift for a former student who will be getting her diploma tomorrow. She made me a little crochet chicken when I left the school last year!
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  7. Great idea - count me in as long as I don't have to cook it THEN send it 😉
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  8. Finally got my second vaccine today!
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  9. Seriously, look at this boy! He is sooo pretty!
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  10. 7 weeks might be a tad young to go out. They probably will have some trouble going up the stairs. They don’t need heat and such anymore, but will have some trouble realising the house is where you sleep and getting up the ladder. So do be prepared having to crawl into the run to fish them out and put them into the house at night.
    2 points
  11. 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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  12. On the basis many foods are flavoured, not actually made of the ingredient, I have often wondered why cat food isn't mouse or vole flavoured for example! How is Peggy today, Luvachicken?
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  13. We’ve started feeding a mouse on the deck outside our patio doors (I am aware we may regret it 🙈) and on Sunday night there was a frog sitting there too. The mouse went right up to the frog nose-to-nose as if saying ‘What are you?’
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  14. She is still here, but the sweetcorn is not a hit now, nor are the maggots. I have managed to find her some more dandelion leaves and she ate them quite hungrily. I think eating makes her tired, so I will see what I can tempt her with in an hour or so, after she's had a bit more sleep. It's so annoying having to go to work as I don't think she has eaten anything this morning.
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  15. Most of us on here Rachel84 are happy to have debate and hear from different points of view as long as everyone remains courteous - you’re certainly entitled to your opinion. My concerns with further relaxation of restrictions are that in some places (such as Cornwall where I live), NHS services and hospitals are struggling already. They always do in the summer here as our numbers of people increase massively during the tourist season, so even a relatively modest increase in hospitalisations due to Covid will put those services under serious strain. I also think that if wearing a face covering genuinely does protect those around you, and to some degree yourself, that should continue to be mandatory indoors in public areas for the time being. It seems to me that it’s an easy way to reduce transmission. I would suggest that people working in retail etc could stop wearing them as it must be unpleasant to have to wear them all day, but people using the shop (or other place) should continue to wear them.
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  16. Peggy has eaten quite a few maggots and most of a strawberry, then she ate a few pellets and some sunflower hearts. It's the most she's eaten in days. I'm really hoping she has turned a corner as she still sounds very snuffly. I'm just wondering how many maggots is an acceptable amount ?
    2 points
  17. Much the same really. She does sound quite snuffly. She has now had 3 tiny bits of medicine altogether. She has been asleep on my lap for the last hour. I've put her back in the broody cage in our dining room now and she is calling for her friends. I'm sure she will soon settle down. She has eaten a little bit - probably enough for a sparrow - but better than nothing. Hoping tomorrow for a real change. Thanks for asking @mullethunter x
    2 points
  18. We've had a couple of years of similar behaviour. We take the offender out, let the other in and close the pop-hole so she can't be disturbed. Fortunately we have retired and haven't neighbours if they start while (on very rare occasions) we are out. Worth adding we have 3 nest boxes for 3 bantams and they all want the same one!
    2 points
  19. All is going very well with the chicks! Little early hatcher is growing and doing very well 🥰 Gave the other 6 eggs to my broody hen for her to hatch herself and so far she’s done amazingly! 2 more have hatched with her and another had just pipped. Got 3 left with nothing yet but it’s still early. So then decided to give her the little one. She accepted it straight away!! Here are some pictures to gush over 😅🥰 One in my hand is the little one. Doesn’t actually look that little when its next to his siblings. p.s please excuse my nail polish 😅 only just spent £25 on them last week and already I’ve chipped them 🙈 don’t tell my husband! 🤣
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  20. It seems just insane. Boris began his announcement by saying how cases were increasing, hospitalisations (although nowhere near as fast) are increasing and we can expect to see more deaths. Then Chris Whitty and Patrick Vallance went on to explain the numbers and show their graphs and said how we are on the upslope of a new wave with cases currently doubling every 9 days. But in the same announcement Boris is saying that he thinks this is the right time to remove restrictions (because if we wait until the autumn / start of winter it would be worse)! At the end he said ‘don’t get the impression the pandemic is over’ and I thought well, listening to your scientists no one would but listening to you they might!!! I know we can’t live under these restrictions for ever, but no one is suggesting we should. Can’t we just at least wait until all adults have been double jabbed + 3 weeks?! I do also realise that even that won’t make us immune to the disease but it does seem to be mostly stopping serious illness and hospitalisation. Boris said it will be up to people to make informed choices to protect themselves and others - he tried that last March and how did that work out????
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  21. Change of plan! The chick that’s hatched is doing great so far. Really fluffed up and strong. Already walking (wobbling) all over the place. I’ve made it a home out of a large cardboard box and I’ve put the brooder heat plate in there. It’s got food and water too. And I can keep my eye on it in there. Now the other 6 I’ve decided to move under my broody hen for her to hatch them. She’s been very good so far and very determined. Gave her the eggs and took out the rubber ones. She checked every egg and made a lovely little kinda purring noise then sat straight on them 🥰. So far it’s going well and I’ll check on her in a couple hours. Then…once they’ve hatched I’ll slip this little one under her late at night. She’ll never know 🤣. I’ll get a picture in a min, this little chick is definitely a chick and looks great but is teany tiny 😍
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  22. Ooh we have what we call ‘the ill person blanket’ in our family crocheted like that by my great gran!
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  23. I candled on Thursday - day 7. Three are definitely developing - I could see the embryos moving around I think the other three aren’t - I think I have one clear (infertile), one blood ring (only developed for a few hours), and one quit (developed for a few days). I’ve left those three in until tomorrow (day 10) when I’ll check again and Chuck them out if they’re definitely no good. I’m dry hatching so not adding any water to the incubator. According to my sensor the humidity is running at between 30 and 35 and on day 7 the air cells looked an OK size so fingers crossed. From what I’ve read, 3 out of 7 isn’t that far off average for eggs though the post so fingers crossed the growing 3 all hatch.
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  24. I would stop turning now (you’re stop on day 18 anyway), up the humidity and cross your fingers! I reckon you’d know if it was a quail egg - they’re a LOT smaller than a bantam hen egg. I reckon you’re right and the hen must’ve started the incubation off because that really is early. I don’t know whether you can give a hen 1 chick and then a load of others 3 days later. Do you have a brooder you could use instead?
    2 points
  25. So yesterday, I didn't worm them but they didn't get any treats either and they were relatively quiet. Filled up the food containers with the Marriages pellets last night ready for this morning and I didn't hear a peep out of them. Whether they were excited about the new food or what I don't know, but so far, I have been impressed with how quiet they have been.
    2 points
  26. Here is @Jen346present. She said her gift is gorgeous.
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  27. Some of you mentioned that you might like to do a recipe swap for the August Bank holiday. It will be very similar to the Christmas swap we have, but shouldn't take as long, and just needs a recipe you think someone might like to try. All recipes will need to arrive before the 27th August so that we all have them ready to open on the Bank Holiday Monday. I'm sure it is obvious, but there isn't any post on Bank Holidays. You will need to PM me your names and addresses by 8th August if you would like to join in. On the list so far is me, Luvachicken Cat tails Soapdragon Mullethunter HarrisonFamily
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  28. Bunny rescue weeks have started again!
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  29. Luvachicken I’m so sorry to hear that Peggy is gone but you really did try everything for her and well done for giving her the kindest way out. If a chicken can feel cared for she certainly would have done. She’s OK now. Beantree sorry to hear about Minnie too - what a super chicken she must’ve been - I hope my Wyandottes go on that long!
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  30. You went above and beyond! Some people don’t even understand about “regular” pets. It’s nice when someone recognises grief, whatever form it has and whatever package that lost being was in.
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  31. Well Flubenvet doesn’t work against tapeworm. I know that praziquantel does the job, but officially Flubenvet is the only licensed treatment for chickens in the UK. this website does describe some other off-license treatments: http://www.poultrydvm.com/condition/tapeworms But they also mention that transmission through slugs/snails, beetles and such is the case. So maybe no free ranging for a while.
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  32. Take it slow and let them get used to you properly. If you rush it, it will only make them more weary of you. And not all chickens will get used to being handled. My Gerda still screams her head off every time I touch her. It’s so bad that neighbours come to see if I’m being strangled. 🙄
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  33. 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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  34. 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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  35. Well done, that sounds traumatic, but I know in the same circs I would have done the same as you. My philosophy is that a try at life is probably better than not bothering, but if it becomes clear I made a mistake, then I will cull, I find it easier whilst they are chicks. However, we are going to be positive. Come on small bird!
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  36. Peggy is still hanging in there. She doesn't seem to be "coughing" so much. She has been cleaning some of her feathers. The broccoli is her favourite along with some crickets. Keeping them in the fridge for a bit really calms then down - unfortunately, if you keep them in there for too long, they die - but Peggy doesn't mind. I found a cricket had made it into my lounge - he certainly hopped a long way. We bought her some cat food tonight. She didn't seem that bothered by it earlier, so might try again tomorrow.
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  37. Some of my Pekins have taken 7 days to stop being broody. Unfortunately, you will have to start the broody cage again. I hate putting them in the cage, but it has to be done. If they really need to lay an egg, they will lay it in the broody cage. Don't let them trick you into thinking that because they laid an egg, they are no longer broody, they are masters of deception.
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  38. The thing that got my Polly eating when she’d been stung was scrambled egg - basically just an egg cooked in the microwave and scrambled halfway through - I didn’t add any milk (or salt and pepper!). So pleased that she seems to be feeling better.
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  39. Not saying it will work, but when mine are poorly and not eating I mix weetabix, chicken mash, or bashed up pellets, with cold water and hand feed.
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  40. The eggs are moving!!!!
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  41. I have a frog.so surprised and pleased to read other stories of greenhouse dwellers.i bought a bigger plastic style greenhouse and within a week I got a frog move in. Last year I had small tomato shelters on palates, a frog was underneath.that was yellow/green,this one is dark brown. I don't see it every day but do say good morning when I water the plants.😁
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  42. If it was me - if I had enough baytril for at least 5 days worth and I thought it was the same as before then I would have her in the henspital so I could keep an eye on how much she was eating and drinking and give her the baytril. Fingers crossed she gets better quickly.
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  43. If you upload photos to the Omlet webshop, you can “earn” money with it.
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  44. CT- Lovely, as always! So clever!
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  45. Sorry just been rushed off my feet with everything. Midnight is still with us, Tuesday 6th July. She went down really badly a week ago and I thought she was going to die in our arms but she didn’t. She still isn’t fully recovered but we also were given a decongestant normally used on cows and pigs and it has released the blocked up mucus. Sadly her sister Bonnie and Annie also got the disease. Annie never really got it as bad but Bonnie is suffering badly. So we are still putting tylan in the water and cleaning up snotty nostrils with diluted vertrx and also a couple of warm drops of it at night in their mouths and also the decongestant. It is a battle and at the moment Bonnie isn’t eating much so has a near enough empty crop and not passing much through where as Midnight has a doughy crop today so have been researching that as well. I have been massaging it and giving her a couple of syringes of ACV in water. I did find a remedy recipe on a site and not sure whether to try it. Cinnamon, ginger and cayenne pepper mixed in with lemon juice. I tasted it and I thought it was too spicy 🤷‍♀️. I’m guessing it is really the acidity that is working on the crop. So the journey through this continues 🐔 The new ladies are still symptom free and enjoying creating havoc 🤣🤣 . Dont know about you all but some decent warm and dry weather would help at least me feel better and I would hope help the girls as well xxx
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  46. Andyroo - this is TOTALLY amazing news! WELL DONE YOU ! You must have such a sense of achievement .I, too, was bullied at school (no one knew about Asperger's in the late 70's) and am only just now (at the grand old age of 56 with a diagnosis) feeling any sense of self worth. Enjoy that wine - you are brilliant.........here's to the next stage of your life 🍹.
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  47. We've had two incidents with New England predators. The first a hawk was able to get two of our chicks by the neck through the edge whilst they were feeding and kill them. Our solution to this is to get a fake owl and put it near by - hopefully to ward off other birds of prey. The second we got home to find the back door had somehow come off - we think from a persistant bear which then got two of our chicks. A solution for this is to bungee the back door - we have a tarp hanging over the back to give under the coop some shade and to add an extra layer of water proofing. This being said, we know of two people who have had their coops destroyed a total of three times from bear attacks so the omlet is performing relatively well.
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  48. Very well done! What next I wonder? I hope you are having a proper celebration, I think its always good to celebrate achievements, particularly at the moment when there is so much doom and gloom about.
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  49. Interesting. My vet says it’s just about the worst thing to feed a chicken. But good news she’s perking up. I would put her back on layer pellets as seed alone can also start to ferment in a crop.
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  50. I bought a new sewing machine at the start of the year after getting my Mums ancient one working in the first lockdown and I have loved making these - the chicken holds an easter egg - both were made from pictures off the internet - so I was so happy that they actually stood up as I had to draw my own pattern.
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