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chocolatedog

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  1. A friend used to have an answer phone message like that - I'd ring and hear the phone pic ked up and a voice say "hello?" so I'd say "Hi xxxxx! How are you? Is xxxxx in?" and just as I'd be finishing my sentence there would come.."hello.............you've reached the answerphone of xxxxx and xxxxx....."etc etc Got me every time!! Argh!!!
  2. It all depends who's laid already and who hasn't - some mornings they're all out of the door in a rush, and others (like today) Ginger and Spice are out, but Pepper was left behind sitting on the nest.......I don't have a good view of the door as we have a shade protecting it - and I have absolutely no idea who goes to bed first!
  3. I have to sweep ours up regularly as they fall on the path and then make it slippery and treacherous underfoot when wet..... mind you, when I rake/brush them all up, Pepper dives straight in and starts kicking them all over the place again looking for bugs.......*memo to self to make sure Pepper's in the run before I sweep up......*
  4. Another interesting update - found an egg in the run this evening after school - half buried in the hemcore......and I retrieved 3 eggs from the nest already today, so now I'm thinking she MAY have laid that first day - but just not in the nesting box...... It was very mucky but I think it looks like the other 2 she's laid, rather than like Pepper or Ginger's eggs.......
  5. Whereabouts are they going? My sister works in outdoor education....
  6. My poor dog wasn't enjoying the wind much this morning - it was really strong and some of the gusts were very powerful - she kept hiding behind my legs........
  7. One of the things I read which put me off pure breeds this time round was that some of them are only productive for the first 3 years of life, but may then live until the age of 9........ which as I've only got an eglu I didn't really want to happen as I'd end up with several chickens just to keep layers and then have to buy another eglu and then another etc etc (which I haven't really got the space to do). Plus a lot of pure breeds I was led to believe, stop laying during the winter and I thought it seemed a bit silly to keep hens and then have to buy eggs at the supermarket.......so I went for hybrids, and although Ginger developed a very nasty respiratory infection shortly after moving in, which the vet cured, so far there have been no other problems...touch wood.....and they're still laying nearly every day. Of course they won't live as long, and I may become so addicted I end up buying more anyway but as we're new to chicken keeping I thought this was the best way to go.....
  8. I love that programme!! I think Richard Hammond is the cutest!
  9. Pepper was about 22 weeks when she started laying (I think) and Ginger started a wek after that, so she was around 23-24 weeks....Spice was 15-16 weeks when she arrived with the other 2 so that makes her somewhere more in the region of 26 weeks old just now, which someone (can't remember who) said was more usual than 22 weeks....but then Pepper is a Bovans Nera who is bred to lay in excess of 300 eggs a year so she may have started earlier because of that, whereas Spice is likely to lay more in the region of 240 eggs per year...... still, at least she's now laying so I'm looking forward to seeing her eggs develop their true colour in the next week or so - it was a big egg too - same size as Pepper, and Pepper has been laying for a couple of months!!! No wonder she did a practice run yesterday!!
  10. UPDATE!!!! She's laid!!! We're at full production now!!!
  11. That's now 2 days in a row Spice has disappeared into the nesting box - it'll be interesting to see if she lays today.......do hens sometimes do this before they start laying properly? At what stage should I start to get worried? ( Sorry - horribly paranoid chicken mum here......... )
  12. As I left for work this morning, I happened to glance into the run, and saw that Spice (youngest) was missing - then I saw her head peep round the eglu door from the nesting box......I've been sooooo eggs-cited all day........and I rushed home, looked in the nesting box, and saw.......one Ginger egg and one Pepper egg......I feel soooo disappointed! Do you think she may have laid and it was soft and has been eaten? Or is it quite usual for a hen new to laying to follow her instincts in to the nesting box but without producing anything at first? The other 2 were both pretty obvious before they started laying - they started squatting in front of me, but Spice hasn't yet done that at all so I assumed she wasn't quite ready yet. Can a bird new to laying get egg-bound with the first egg? (Or am I just worrying too much? )
  13. I also found a horrible article from a year ago about broiler birds - it made me feel sick...... so cruel and inhumane..... (type chickens into google images and look for the daily mail one - it has a bigger picture on the left and 6 smaller ones with text underneath each one - for anyone who feels strong enough to look.......I didn't want to just type the link in......) Apologies if it's old news.....it's the first time I've seen it.....
  14. Is it related to a Sonic Screwdriver, like the one Doctor Who uses...?
  15. So very, very sorry to hear about Josie but also for the other 2.......thinking of you.....
  16. Reminds me of the old News at 10 on ITV - anyone else remember the "And finally......" bit at the end? Those were always heart-warming stories.........
  17. That reminds me of some of the kids in the school I did teaching practice in many years ago - plenty of cash, but no attention. Parents bought them things to keep them occupied but didn't show any affection or care.....and more recently one of my piano pupils said "Mummy's going away AGAIN" - and I know they live in a big expensive house, and she has a full-time nanny, but from the tone of voice I could tell exactly what this little girl wanted - her mummy.........
  18. Sorry to say - I think it's actually the animal owner who has the responsibility to keep their pet/livestock from wandering....... even if it's not a legal responsibility, I would say it's a moral responsibility. There are a couple of dog owners in our village who don't have secure gardens to keep their dogs in - and as a result the dogs believe that the adjoining roads are also their territory and come out barking and snarling to defend it. My late elderly neighbour was terrified of the one in the back road and my previous 2 dogs were regularly set upon by a couple of border coliies who thought the adjoining lane and golf course also belonged to them (they've also on occasion bitten children so I've been told...... And dog fouling is also the responsibility of the owner too...... I'd see what the neighbours say about the trellis - hopefully they will say yes.....
  19. I won't risk it either......plus I can't imagine what my neighbours would say in high summer if my girls got up at 4am as it got light and started making a noise....... to be honest they're actually pretty quiet - but they do kick up a fuss if they hear me come out of the kitchen or if I've been out and they hear me open the back gate
  20. Glad to hear it's not just me - thought it was my imagination.........
  21. 3 from the B section? Is that right? It is usually one from each section. I think you need to read through the syllabus and check she's doing everything she should be! Has her teacher given her no guidance? I don't think that sounds right either - as a piano teacher, I enter a lot of pupils for piano exams and usually it's 3 pieces, one from the A list, one from the B list, and one from the C list. (Associated Board.) Then there are the scales and arpeggios, plus some aural tests and sight-reading. I also taught flute for a good few years, and from what I remember it used to be 2 pieces plus an unaccompanied study - and the 2 pieces had to be from different lists.......plus of course, scales etc but no theory - that's always a separate exam.
  22. OMF also stands for Overseas Missionary Fellowship I think - but that's hardly going to be the case here!
  23. It's not just stupidity though - it's the fact that people who have terrified dogs never quite know when their poor animals have to be kept in/sedated etc etc. as the fireworks are not just restricted to one night (or even 2 if 5th falls during the week....) - they are let off willy-nilly, and even folks having their own "responsible" displays, if they're all on different days spanning a week or so (or even spanning much longer in some areas of the country) are adding to those problems......my sister used to have 2 dogs both terrified of fireworks - she could be walking her dogs up to a week or more earlier than Bonfire night, and if the dog heard the bang of a firework, it would just run......... she had the odd occasion the when one or other of the dogs was out all night and she was beside herself with worry - she was just extremely lucky they came home in the end. There are plenty of notices in our vets' waiting room every year attesting to the fact that much loved pet dogs have run away - and not been seen since............ so I think fireworks should be banned except for 2 nights of the year - or one night only if 5th falls at a weekend. (Unless of course, you also include New Year's Eve..... in which case 3, or 2 respectively)

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