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  1. 5 points
    Buy the biggest run you can afford for the space you have. Plan to cover it as that will sometimes be necessary if we get an Avian Flu outbreak. A couple of years ago we had to keep them in the run 24/7 from December until April. Best to think ahead even if the eventuality seems remote at the time.
  2. 5 points
    Run within a run! There is a badger here so I'm more concerned that he would make light work of the wire (half inch weld mesh). It's had more adaptions using pallets inside since then to make it more windproof - need to make it a little more waterproof.
  3. 4 points
    Hello, remember me? Just thought I would say Hi from sunny France, where we relocated to almost 4 years ago now. The renovations at La Ferme Sauvage are still ongoing - we spent 2 years in a caravan but now have the luxury of a proper bedroom, running water.....................and soon we will be cracking out The Cube & chickening ourselves up once more, I hope. It is Fox central here, so we will have to build a Fort Knox pen to keep the little sods out, as well as making it wild Boar proof...should be interesting While he builds, I crochet....a new skill that has helped my anxiety & general wellbeing an awful lot. I was asked to post a photo of a blanket I made for our new bedroom, so here you go. I know a few of you follow us & our adventures in The Dordogne on Facebook (Hi Christian!) , & it anyone else is interested in what we are up to, here is a link to our Blog page there. https://www.facebook.com/fermesauvage/ A bientot, Sarah x
  4. 4 points
    You can use a broody cage, like a wire dog crate. Prop it up on some bricks, so it’s off the ground. Pop her in for 3 days and 3 nights and it should sort her out. Do provide her with plenty food and water and keep it her in sight of the others. If possible inside the run itself.
  5. 4 points
    This just tickled my giggle button
  6. 4 points
    To my total delight we now have at least two hedgehogs feeding in our garden. There may even be three tho' we've only seen two at any one time there does seem to be a marked size difference between all of them, hence our thoughts on there being 3. We have some hoggy food which we have been putting out - more ordered on the Tesco delivery for Friday - and a big bowl of water. Am beyond happy - I love these gorgeous little animals and was quite upset to have to take a baby one to St Tiggywinkles last Autumn.
  7. 3 points
    Here's one to cheer us up:
  8. 3 points
    Specially for you Valkyrie - one of the galumphers, though she's not galumphing here - and she's no longer this clean and sparkly - she now looks more like a rug that's been bog snorkeling
  9. 3 points
    Even if the cat toys don't last too long at least the cats have had huge fun with them and you have also had the fun of watching them! Happy Christmas, Cats!
  10. 3 points
    I did this one a little while ago and really want to draw more chickens! I keep getting distracted by other animals though - new camera on its way so I will use my girls (and William) as inspiration again soon I think......
  11. 3 points
    Hot in Japan so they made a temporary baby bath in a cool bag. He looks so content.
  12. 3 points
    Finally finished the crocodile stitch on my blanket. It has taken forever and two whole balls of wool. Hoping that slight puckering will stretch out as the blanket progresses
  13. 3 points
    Wintery for me too. 7 inches here but in the drifts, otherwise 5 inches. Most of the snow was blown away overnight so easier to trudge around - beautiful though. I love sparkly snow when the sun shines on it.
  14. 3 points
    Our three Light Sussex bantams were Korma, Kiev and Casserole. We also had an adorable, tiny dwarf Russian hamster called Fang and two Chinese hamsters called Wun Tun and Hoi Sin. I am desperate to call our next hamster Richard Hammond!
  15. 2 points
    Our boys have these chopsticks, tho they generally give up and go for a fork! Your grandson will be at a massive advantage being able to fluently speak both languages! An aside; I've listed a few items on the local Gumtree and the curse of spelling strikes again. Someone has listed a 'pitcher'. It's a lovely pitcher - of tulips!!!!
  16. 2 points
    I have a similar one: Fizz the Fraud who looks so ill that you bring her inside and get an appointment with the vet. By the time we get there, she's fine. Then there's Fudge. Fudge won't go to bed without some hanky panky and demands I squiffle her back and pat her on the floofy bits. When I was away she demanded the same from OH - he said it was very embarrassing! She wasn't well in the photo - but getting better with a few days of antibiotics - she was on the table in the dining room so she could see outside - mostly she did roadkill and sunbathed and then she was digging and throwing her food around! FIL was visiting and he insisted she stayed on the table, so I had to put up a tent so that our food wouldn't get dirty but he could see her!
  17. 2 points
    Merel is broody, so she needs to wait outside of the run till the others have laid. (And Gerda is being a right cow, taking forever!!!) So she does what she always does and tries to roost on me...
  18. 2 points
    Well I found out via sky news 🙄 that the company is furloughing most of us. Received my email 2 days later so I’m off officially until the 1st of June... and then only working 12 days that month.....so.... my allotment will be looking fabulous!! 😂😂 I’ve been going down every day this week so far...weeding and planting seeds in the greenhouse. It’s been really nice. I’ll need to eat the veg as I’ll be so poor come summer 🙄
  19. 2 points
    Update after two winters with the Cube. I have a storm proof green house(12m2) where I first dug up some of the ground (excuse my English but I hope it's understandable), so when I go inside it is a bit deeper so I could build up a thicker layer of wooden chip and straw. It has been a really great solution, especially if the sun decides to come out so it gets a little bit warmer some days. My girls seems to like it. Next season I will try to turn the straw regularly to see if it can get a little bit warmer on chilly days. So as long as I don't decide to have more chickens this works great.
  20. 2 points
    She’s the spit of my Duck 😍 (almost had a VERY inappropriate spelling mistake there 😂). I’m currently using the smaller trig than that in the recovery run for Shirley (see photo in ‘Another Dog Attack’ thread). In my permanent WIR I have that size trug inside an old car tyre. It takes up a lot of space but they love to perch around the tyre and it’s nice and heavy.
  21. 2 points
    I went to Paris yesterday with my daughter. I took a couple of snaps of how the work is progressing on Notre Dame and also my favourite picture of the day near Sacre Couer.
  22. 2 points
    Haha... BUSTED!!!! I give mine a handful of mixed seeds between them when I let them out of the run, there's no corn (fat and sugar) in it and no oily seeds like sunflower. Our local feed merchant sells it as 'Poultry Tonic Seed Mix'. It looks like this one
  23. 2 points
    That's how I feel - I have been on here for almost 11 years now and although have only met a couple of people, everyone on here is an extended part of my family. My children are on their way back from Australia today and hopefully arrive on time tomorrow. They have also been in the smoke so it has been quite scary. I feel really sorry for all the people suffering in Australia, and all the animals too, Patricia I'm glad your family is safe xx
  24. 2 points
    Oh my goodness those buttocks 😂 and please move the twig 😂 he's amazing well done. Very tasteful tree Cats Tails!
  25. 2 points
    How do you do meringues in a microwave? Ive almost completely stopped using cling film now but covering apple to make apple sauce in the microwave is one of the two things I do still use it for (the other is covering the bowl whilst my pizza dough rises - I’m very childish and have to have it perfectly right with no creases so I can use it as a drum 🤣). The only time I’ve done veggies in the microwave was when we had no kitchen (I use a steamer on the hob) and I put a plate on the bowl.
  26. 2 points
    Canada for me, but in truth just a forest anywhere would do. I’ve decided I want to live in a proper forest one day.
  27. 2 points
    Same here - we used to have to go to town to collect parcels, but they now go 5 minutes up the road to a little village stores - brilliant. And then we have lunch there too! They have 2 tables and the lady bakes her own cakes which I confirm are absolutely delicious!
  28. 2 points
  29. 2 points
    Booked myself a holiday for the Autumn break. Told the lady I wanted forest. And definitely not a group trip or round trip! I like being on my own. So off go Germany on the motorcycle for a week.
  30. 2 points
    Because Luvachicken hasn’t said it yet I will - you could get some pekins - they have fluffy feet 😊
  31. 2 points
    Slow progress today: The Cube is now nearly all grey though & looks like an Anderson Shelter! As you can see I had the building inspector in. Meet 5 year old rescued Dachshund called Otto. He had a right nosy & made the other dog 🐶 Buckley jealous (as he’d never fit!) so much barking & merriment.... I’m going to a specialist paint 🎨 shop for some advice before putting a base coat of green on & yet to source a cheap enough & nice coloured base coat green: I’m then going to make acetate stencils to create the effect & they should deal with the curved okay.....
  32. 2 points
    Thank you all - her Omlet Family She is currently interviewing with the BBC, Telegraph and Metro; I will post links when they are available. Lewis follows her on facebook, and I know there's a whole thread there with the official statements from the uni as well. She and her group are to be commended for their actions, and drawing in other groups to increase the sphere of influence. It is beyond the pale that the uni considered it OK to allow this guy to continue to work in the gym (where people normally feel quite vulnerable in their attire) and even sent on an expenses paid training trip, without any proper disciplinary procedure or suspension pending investigation. It makes my blood boil!
  33. 2 points
    I'm almost sixty and for a birthday treat my daughter took me to Bath for the day. We visited the Abbey, the Baths museum and had brunch in the Pump Rooms. She is very energetic and I think we walked around the city centre three times plus a walk along the river. We saw all the sights. It was such a great day and I'm knackered. Fave photos coming up...
  34. 2 points
    Well without too much ado we packed up this morning and left Daventry behind. Both went separate ways - OH via Solihull I guess to get onto the M5. I went the scenic route and got on the M5 at Tewksbury. A good run and I arrived just after he had collected the keys from the estate agent in Wellington and then to the house. Couldn't resist a walk round first! But only the garden. We unloaded the cars and then wandered around. We found deer poopies and fox yukkies. The sheep are in the lower field and 4 are in the field next to us. Alphonso Pheasant was miffed at being disturbed. I have to do a bit of cleaning here, the old lady eyes misses some icky things. But I have a week to plan. 2 bedrooms done. Kitchen and bathrooms tomorrow. Internet is up and running (hey priorities right!) of sorts. But better than nothing so far. The mattress is up and ready for bed. DD made us some takeaway dinners for today (noodles and veg - she whipped it up last night) and although it was cold, we ate it outside on a bench. Our lady has left cushions for us to sit on the benches with so that was nice. A bit drizzley, sunny, warm and windy sometimes but lovely now. Unfortunately she hasn't left the key to the padlocks for the garage - and left the light on in there and we can't get to it! Luckily OH has a dremel and will be zzzzing the padlocks and replacing them with new ones tomorrow. And we have tons of apples! There are plum trees but quite poor, but the apples are laden! We also found blackberries that are yummy and sweet and lots of elderberries. No sign of sloes but perhaps it was a rubbish year for those considering they are related to plums. But hey ho. Next is to sort out where the chickens and the greenhouse are going. I think the funny little building was perhaps a pig sty at one time. There is a fishing net hanging in there at the moment! Oooh that reminds me, the pond has waterlilies and we have seen some huge dragonflies, as well as blue, speckled wood, gatekeeper, peacock - and the blooming cabbage white flutterbies. Will pop some pics on later after some yummies. DD made cinnamon fairy cakes for us to eat on the way - she even took the paper cups off so we didn't have to fiddle with them while we were driving. Needless to say OH scoffed all of his and I munched them for dessert. I did give him the last one though.
  35. 2 points
    You made it to Harry Potter world? We tried to book but they were solid until Easter! We went to The Cotswold Wild Life Park instead and had to go back to the sloth's enclosure 4 times during the day as YS wanted to see if they had moved - doh! They hadn't - personally I think they were stuffed!
  36. 2 points
    Just a self indulgent thread (although please put your own on too 😊) of photo’s of chooks in the snow. Only three of my 9 were brave enough to touch the white stuff, and here they are...
  37. 2 points
    Thanks! this was almost commissioned as my lovely colleague has told me at least 3 times that her first born still loves the lion I made for his birth. Hint hint...
  38. 2 points
    We've just got home. It was such a quick but refreshing trip. It's so different to London. The town is Montreuil-sur-Mer, a bit east of Le Touquet. It was once a citadel and is just what you imagine France to be like. We were so excited to find it. We have a favourite restaurant which I accept sounds so pretentious but when you go in random people say Bon Soir and when you leave random people wish you well. The people who live there are very nice and proud of their town. We bought bread and cheese and pork for breakfast and ate out in the snow from the back of our van. Best breakfast ever. Soapdragon, it was just a whim! The plan was to be frugal in the new year but we've failed spectacularly.
  39. 2 points
    I don't often post pictures of my little bit of London. We're in an outer suburb which was dubbed Metroland in the 1930s due to the Metropolitan Line tube. I love my house, the people we bought it from were an old couple who had watched it being built. They lived in Chelsea and would travel out to the 'countryside' to see their new house. Anyway this is the walled garden of what used to be a Manor House built in 1500s. The area also has Battle of Britain bunker which is fascinating and has a new museum. This area is developing and discovering it's history which got a bit lost to be honest. It's nice.
  40. 2 points
    My daughter has one. Victorian. It’s costing her a fortune in repointing! I tell her it’ll be worth it, but I’m not sure she believes me at the moment.
  41. 2 points
    Best it ends in tiers......sorry!
  42. 2 points
    OK, so I think that we will have to start at the beginning here: Under the trees is good - they need partial shade Put the eglu and run inside the netted enclosure Do NOT assume that the netted enclosure is safe from predators, nor that the chickens can't escape The eglu run will be fox proof PROVIDED it is not on uneven or soft ground, you should peg down the skirt. The eglu run will need to have a clear, waterproof covering, their food and water should be inside this run and protected from the elements Put the birds in the eglu run BEFORE it starts to get dark, they will go into the housing as darkness falls, then you need to close the door and lock it Don't let them out into the netted area until it is properly daylight. If it is dark in the winter and you are out all day, then they will need to stay in the safe run If you want a larger and safe roaming area, then think about a walk in run - there is a section on this forum with photos and ideas for one. Have good read of the forum, there is a lot of good solid advice on here fro a beginner, particularly in the FAQ section - it pays to read up Enjoy your chicken keeping, but above all, research and be prepared
  43. 2 points
    He is a buff orp, although with a slightly weird comb, the white legs indicate he isn't a dotte, though they are quite similar in many ways. He certainly does have chunky legs! Perhaps the leg scales do look a bit raised, but that could be that he is pressing forward, its hard to see. It may just be the photos or the weather, but his feathers don't look in tip top condition, the neck hackles look a bit thin and almost wet and the saddle/tail feathers look a bit ragged. It may just be that he needs a bit of tlc with good quality feed, or that he is getting on a bit. He shouldn't be staggering. That could indicate something physical in the foot/leg or possibly a heart issue (which is common given their size). Orps do have lovely temperaments, particularly the boys, I hope you enjoy him
  44. 2 points
    Finally got my new wheels today! After 6 years I was due a pink update!
  45. 2 points
    It is 10 years since we got our first two chickens. They were two Omlet girls. Henry Penny was so friendly I always think she taught me so much about keeping chickens. I had planned on marking the occasion by getting some more girls but the cold weather followed by snow means that I have not had a chance to sort out the WIR and cube. Once the weather warms up I shall get on with sorting it out. It is also proving more tricky to find new chooks as the places I have used in the past don't exist anymore. I would like to thank all the Omleteers. Over the years you have been with me for some very happy occasions and some not so happy ones. You have answered so many questions about chickens and life! I have also been encouraged to buy things that I never knew I needed. To the next ten years ..... Chrissie
  46. 2 points
    It's very addictive! Last night I was watching it hanging about over the Channel and whoosh - it hit land and went racing northwards! Lol cheers!
  47. 2 points
    My son is a solicitor who specialises in wills and probate, estate planning etc. I asked him what he thought, and the polite version of his reply is that he would strongly advise you to see a solicitor.
  48. 2 points
    Believe it or not I have actually done this Someone was flying my Harris' Hawk around another falcon (a Kestrel) which I knew was a bad idea but they wouldn't listen and Frantiska went for the other bird, I grabbed her mid air like a chicken and I'm not sure who was more confused, me or her
  49. 2 points
    B*gger! I thought you'd forgotten about me!
  50. 2 points
    Wahahahaah same here! You could follow my cookie crumbs!
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