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  1. We tried something different with my sister's dog - particularly in thunderstorms - can't remember if we tried it for fireworks or not.......can't remember where I got the idea, but playing CDs of Mozart's music - especially his choral works visibly calmed her down. It was amazing to watch.......
  2. I've once used a humane trap (the killing sort) as we had a mouse under the stairs and it had chewed through into my bag of dogfood.....I tried everything else first, but nothing else worked (not poison though because of the dogs) and finally bought one of the snapping traps. I baited it, went into the living room and waited with baited breath.... (Hmmm - strange phrase, that!!) About 5 minutes later there was a SNAP! And that was it - all over. In a split second. Cried buckets though - I hate the idea of killing anything! And it was the cutest thing with huge eyes. But unfortunately it was a health hazard, and I couldn't catch it using any of the cage-type traps, so it had to be the traditional way in the end....
  3. Not sure mine actually 'help' in the garden as such - yesterday I raked all of the leaves on the lawn into a nice neat pile ready to throw into the recycling brown bin - Pepper had been watching me with interest.....the moment I laid down the rake to grab my first handful, she moved in and started scratching the pile of leaves all over the lawn again.......
  4. My thoughts exactly - at least they can escape if the need was urgent - a stray dog might be able to get into my garden and I didn't like the idea of the girls not being able to escape in an absolute emergency. Of course if they decide to stretch their wings and explore my neighbours' gardens I may have to think again........
  5. I don't have many earthworms (New Zealand Flatworm has seen to that..... ) but they do chase each other round trying to take slugs off each other! Don't mind them having slugs - fewer to destroy my vegs and salad crops etc!
  6. We must have been very lucky with ours..... the very first night I remember being all stewed up at the thought of them not going to bed and how to get a torch back out again without them escaping etc etc.......so we waited until it was nearly dark then crept out into the garden with our hearts thumping...........not a chicken in sight - they'd just taken themselves in and were already in bed!!
  7. My 3 don't tend to fly up as such - but they do fly along the ground to try to get from A to B more quickly, and once Ginger flew over a bush - about 3 ft in height - but she's never done it since.....and I haven't clipped their wings. My wall and fences are only about 4 1/2 feet high but they still don't seem to want to attempt it. (Now I've said that no doubt one of them will go and prove me wrong later..... ) BTW they're a Bovans Nera, a Rhode Star and a Speckled Star - all medium sized hybrids.....
  8. Hi - I'm sorry I'm not an expert and can't really help, but what kind of hens are they? And how old were they when you got them? (It may help someone else understand what the problem is......)
  9. You can make a richer plain scone by using an egg combined with milk to make up the required liquid amount.......and there are lower fat teabreads etc which use flour and egg and no fat - I regularly make an Irish Whisky Teabread - only I use Scotch Whisky not Irish!!!
  10. Yes we have friends who buried all their dogs and cats in the garden - at a mighty depth of around 6 feet for the dogs, I think,,,,,,but they've had to move... I would hate that, having to leave all my old pets behind like that.....my previous 2 dogs were cremated and then I scattered their ashes together from the top of the crags behind our town, so that they're together forever, and wherever I go in the town, they're there too..... (I'm a daft old sentimental softie!!!! )
  11. Don't think my real chocolate dog would be too chuffed if I commandeered her treat ball for the girls..... Means I'll have to go and buy one like you have - I bought a rabbit treat ball which works well for mixed grain (I put a link on another thread somewhere - can't remember which one though!! ) I seem to remember I found the link on the Pets at Home website....... But I like the idea of putting greens in the larger one.....I usually put greens in one of those wild bird suet cake cage feeder but if I'm out at work the girls would be kept more occupied having to chase around for their food.......
  12. Thanks!! I looked in the FAQ but obviously didn't scroll down far enough!!!
  13. I've been admiring everyone's chicken photos and galleries - how do you do it? Do you have to get your photos hosted by, for example, photobucket to be able to make a gallery? And how do you get the little ladies to stay still???? Whenever I try to photograph all 3 of them together there's always one of them with a blurred head!!!!
  14. I'm afraid, at the risk of being labelled a spoilsport, I think fireworks should be limited to one night a year - or 2 at the very most - 5th plus one designated Saturday if 5th is during the week - and the loudest fireworks should be banned altogether. I've seen far too many heartbreaking notices in the vet's waiting room about dogs that have panicked and run away (even run away from the garden etc) and not been seen since..... I don't think the loud ones are necessary....... I even think it should be even more draconian - large public fireworks only or at least the ones for sale in the shops shouldn't be louder than a much much lower decibel level, and any shops found selling them early, or people letting them off at any time other than the designated dates should be faced with a hefty fine..... I know it sounds a little harsh, but it breaks my heart to think of all the terrified animals.........
  15. Mine go to bed by themselves and then I shut the eglu door once they're settled, and don't let them back out until around 8 in the morning. They seem fine.....
  16. Thanks folks! Just wanted to be on the safe side - being a newbie chicken keeper.....
  17. What about dogs with Foxwatch? Can they be turned on and off? (Foxwatch, that is, not dogs!!! )
  18. I noticed in the book and omlet guide it says that chickens need vaseline rubbed in their combs when it gets cold.....how cold does "cold" mean? A prolonged period of cold weather? Overnight frosts? A specific temperature, e.g. freezing - zero degrees and below? Anyone up in Scotland who can help? (As I'm in Central Scotland and it looks like it might be frosty overnight.....)
  19. http://www.oldmanortwyning.co.uk/bufforpingtons.htm Being really ignorant about geography - not sure if this chap is near you or not? Or near-ish??? But he's very helpful on the phone - I had a good chat before I even started keeping chickens and although I eventually decided against Orpingtons, he was very friendly and helpful, and may even know of someone even closer......
  20. I bought a rabbit treat ball from pets at home (about the size of a tennis ball) to put mixed grain in. It's yellow with pictures of carrots on it!!! (The girls don't mind! As long as it's got food in it, they don't mind what colour it is!!!) http://www.petsathome.com/invt/13937 here's a link - only this one is green rather than yellow!
  21. Mine aren't that keen - I can catch Ginger quite easily but she's off the moment I release my hold on her. Pepper tries to avoid contact (even though she squats she then nimbly dodges out of the way!!!) and Spice - can't get near her yet - oh roll on the day she starts laying!!!
  22. Not sure - but we have a logpile and a woodpile at the end of the garden (all chopped up for the stove, so none long enough to fit across the run but I HAVE found a good length of wood in the house that would (wood.......geddit???? ) probably do.....wonder if hubby will miss it??????
  23. We usually take a corn cob and cut it into 3 separate smaller pieces as we noticed that Ginger and Pepper kept chasing Spice away from the single larger one we put in the run. So now whichever one/s the 2 older ones are pecking at, she always gets a chance too..... And we always cook it first....... not sure if they can eat it raw or not, but we always boil it anyway.....
  24. Mine tend to strike up when they see me in the garden as they're shouting to be let out.........I keep them shut in the eglu overnight to make sure they don't come out and start clucking too early in the morning. But the way I see it, (or what I tell myself is) garden birds make a noise - we have jackdaws aroound here plus sparrows etc - and they can't half make a racket!!! Plus blackbirds alarm calls, and dogs barking.....etc - compared to all that, my girls are pretty quiet!
  25. Pepper was squatting when I first got her; Ginger started squatting about 5 days before her first egg, and Spice........well, we're still waiting, but she is definitely a good few weeks younger. Can't wait for her to start squatting - I've never yet been able to catch her! Flighty little madam!!! I have to do any health checks from peering at her a few feet away!

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