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  1. Thanks Cat tails. They won't find them...or even if they do, nothing will happen. I can feel my blood starting to boil again.
  2. I need to check. I've been out all morning, so DH and the chap we share the allotment with, have been dealing with it all. Of they haven't reported it, I will be doing so.
  3. Vandals broke into our allotment last night, ripping open the chicken shed door, damaging the electric fencing unit so that it wasn't working. Luckily, they didn't take any of the chooks. However, the RUDEWORDERS left the chooks wandering about, and my oldest home-hatched girl, Norman, was taken by a non-human predatorr from outside our allotment area boundary (outside the electric fence) . The pile of feathers indicates it wasn't human. We're assuming that the creature that took poor Normy was used to the electric fence being on, so didn't actually attempt to enter the allotment. If it had, we'd have lost all of them. I'm so angry at the mindless little RUDEWORDs that did this. They turned over lots of sheds, no one seems to have had anything taken. And my lovely little Normy has gone. I am, of couse, concerned that they will be back - equipped to transport. RUDEWORD RUDEWORD RUDEWORD
  4. It's really frustrating when buyers don't read the listing. Maybe she was on a smartphone, where the descriptuion doesn't come up - you have to look for the description link and then click it? I sell a lot on Ebay. I've found that (for me) the best thing to do is to ignore the fact that the info is in the listing, assume good intentions, and just answer the question "Hello, thank you for the question. The skirt is 36 inches long. For fit, I would say it.... " etc. I also make the question visible to everyone. (so avoiding the temptation of putting "as it says in the listing..."). Of course I still complain to my poor DH about the stupid questions. I had one listing, for some log cabin doors, which had detailed info on sizes, what was included, pictures, links to the manufacturers page on those doors, etc. I had lots of questions about all sorts of aspects, it was driving me mad. 3 people asked me about the size - even though I posted the questions/responses as visible to everyone. I was quite cross that day, but still answered each question warmly. One woman asked me lots of questions in 3 separate sets - but then she bought the item (it was BiN and auction, and no one had yet bid). I could have hugged her, she saved me from several more days of answering questions. And she was lovely when she turned up to collect. [sorry, didn't mean to go off tangent there]
  5. I'm so sorry to hear about this Vicky, It is just the dementia talking. I appreciate that knowing that doesn't make it any easier when you are right in the middle of it. Your post reminded me of a lovely book which I think came across last time you posted about your mum. It's called "Take Care Son". it's available to buy, but i remember seeing it online.... ..here's a link for anyone interested http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2623800/The-saddest-goodbye-Endless-words-written-dementia-But-ANY-match-poignancy-cartoonist-Tony-Husbands-account-watching-steal-away-father.html
  6. Sorry to hear this Chickabee.
  7. Poppy spent most of the day sitting under shrubs, or by the Pampas. I opened up the old run for her and put fresh flooring etc down, so she could go in if she wanted to. She didn't. I spent some time on the grass with her sharing some grapes and feeding her a bit of tuna. At bedtime she took herself to bed in the Go. We don't want her staying out on her own, so I brought her in to the house and put her in the dog crate with the door open. She stomped out, through the open kitchen door, and went back to the Go. We decided to bring her back in to the house anyway. This morning, she did go and have a look at the old run, but hasn't gone in yet. We're going to bring a companion over from the allotment today to keep Poppy company. They can stay out together tonight. It's one of her hatchmates, but after 3 years I doubt they'll recognise each other.
  8. The older style (slightly shorter) Omlet netting is electrifiable (we use it at our allotment), the newer (taller) stuff isn't. EDITED TO ADD: The newer (non electrifiable) stuff has posts which look like this at the bottom: The shorter, electrifiable netting has a completely different bottom.
  9. Sorry to hear that. Do you have any Nutridrops? They are fantastic for reviving chooks.
  10. Morning all We brought Poppy in last night, gave her some Nutridrops and some water with Avipro. She sat quietly in the crate, and was still sitting quietly this morning. I gave her some more NUtridrops, opened the crate door and the kitchen door, and encouraged her out, and she went into the garden for a little wander round. She's shut in the Go at the moment and has taken herself upstairs. She was on the point of going broody before the fox attack, and I suspect that the urge to go broody is still kicking in I don't know if it's that, or if she just wants to sit quietly! I'll leave her in peace for a bit, and then encouageher out into the grden again a bit later.
  11. Thanks for the offer Chickabee, that's really kind of you. Because she is still very stressed (and the Vet says may yet succumb to stress induced pneumonia), we're not going to introduce a companion immediately. We are lucky that we have a number of her hatchmates from 2012 in the Harem at the allotment, and I have one of those in mind to be her new friend. We'll play it by ear and (re) introduce them as soon as it seems safe to do so. We're also setting eggs on Saturday, so it's likely I'll keep some of the resulting Girls to bring the Garden flock back up to a better number. I swept all the flooring and feathers out of the run this afternoon. Horrible, horrible job. I decided I'd rather get it done today than have it hanging over me and having to deal with it later. (Even with that mindset, I still ran out of steam before I cleaned out the Cube and the floor underneath!). Thanks again everyone.
  12. Thanks everyone. Olly, we have a pop hole on a timer which lets the girls out of the walk in run into the garden, so that's how the fox got in. We've always known it's a risk, but it's worked well for us and the neighbours and the girls - up to now of course. It could just as easily have happened if we'd let them out ourselves. Thanks for the tips on what to do, it's really helpful. I gave Poppy some NUtridrops as soon as we brought her in, and thenwater with Avipro. She's also eaten some fish and some yoghurt, and some corn, and she's now drinking water with Avipro in from a drinker. She was in a state of shock for some time, but snapped out of it a little while ago. I've popped her in the spare Go-up in the garden (she was getting stressed at being kept in the dog crate), by the back door so I can see her and she can see me. She was on the verge of going broody, and she's currently sitting on the nestbox. I think I'll bring her in overnight - partly because of your advice Clare, but also in case Foxy decides to come back. He wouldn't be able to get to her, but he might scare her possibly to death. Now that she is out of the immediate shock I've been able to give her a proper examination, rather than the gentle quick once over when she was huddled up. I can see that she has some teeth marks on her back (although no blood or wounds) so she needs antibiotics. I've made an appointment for the vet this afternoon. I'll keep her in the Go on her own for a bit, then I'll bring one of our allotment girls home to keep her company. We're putting eggs in the incubator this weekend anyway, so I guess I'll be able to offer some of them a permanent home here. When Poppy goes back into the main run, I'll disable the auto opening of the pop hole (at least for a few months). When the Fox visits, he'll get used to it being closed. The one thing I do feel guilty about is that the Foxwatch is sitting in my kitchen. We were rearranging the fruit bed that it normally goes in, and cut the wire. It's in the kitchen waiting to be fixed. There's no guarantee it would have worked, but I suspect it has been very effective in the past. Thanks again for your kind words, thoughts and hugs. I really needed them.
  13. Foxed this morning The Girls raised the alarm at 5.15am, just before foxy got in to their run. We were out there by 5.17, but s/he'd already killed 3 chickens and mortally wounded another. Her injuries were too severe to be treated, so DH had to cull her. We have one survivor, my most favourite Girl, who is currently in a dog crate in the kitchen. Cube was not in any way at fault. We have it attached to a walk in run, and the walk in run has an automatic pop hole opener. Ironically, if the girls had been out in the garden they would have had a much better chance of surviving - they could have scattered, flown up high, had more hiding places. I know that foxes are always a risk. I debated whether or not to watch the garden cam footage as I expected to see Fox sitting waiting for the opener to open. In the end I decided it was better to know what happened, and it wasn't like that, which is a relief. (I don't kow why I should feel relief at that, I just do). It was so quick, less than 2 minutes between fox entering the run and leaving it because we got to the back door. He didn't manage to take any of them away. My poor, lovely girls. I'm mourning the loss of each one of them,their quirky individual characters. They were such poppets and were so very loved. Poppy, the survivor, has had some fish and a bit of corn, and is drinking AviPro-laced water from a syringe. I've given her a quick look over and can't see any obvious wounds. I'll inspect her more throughly a bit later.
  14. Was the cake car Honda? I thought it was something else...what;s the brand that used to be a bit of a joke but was then taken over by Volkswagen....? Wasn't it them? (Having a brain gap at the mo) Edited to add: Remembered. SKODA
  15. Ooh, I still sing that (A finger of fudge). And the "Will it be Chips..."... still sing that. We also say "Daddy or chips?" when we have to make a decision.
  16. Smash adverts, of course. They still make me chuckle today. I also really like the Cadbury's Dairy Milk one with the Logistics Manager sitting in his office on hold, and then lipsynching to "Yes sir I can boogie". I don't know why I like it so much, I just do! And the older maltesers ones, like the man sucking up a malteser on a straw for his girlfriend.
  17. Ithought that too, I'm, so glad I am not alone.
  18. Jud said that all the time in the books. However, it didn't seem so often (when reading the book) because there were a lot of pages in between each interreaction. TV naturally concertinas up the action.
  19. I always throught it was "Soupdragon"?? "Swanee Whistle" Is the proper name for the whistley thing.
  20. There were two actors who played Dwight Enys, I seem to recall.... ..but a quick google tells me that the first Dr Enys, Richard Morant, is the one I remember best, and that's the face I picture when I read the books.
  21. Really enjoying it. Loved the books, loved the original series SPOILER ALERT(although I really hated that they changed the story so that Ross married Demelza because she was pregnant) Hope the new series stays true to the book. Wasn't at all sure about the choice of actors when I heard about it, but they all seem really well cast. Looking forward to seeing Robin Ellis popping up soon.
  22. Ooh, that's made for snapping pics of hens then! That's really great.

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