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  1. I also have a somewhat diminishing flock too having lost two hens last week within four

    days of each other, they both had a prolapse. I`ve had chickens for seven years and had never had

    experience of this, very upsetting. The vet thought both had underlying health problems because they

    were quite thin. I may well not have anymore hens either down to four now.

    Because I dont drive I rely on a chap who runs a pet travel service to take me to the vet and what with the

    vets charge it gets very expensive over £100 for the two visits.



  2. I`ve kept hens for almost five years and have had an eglu cube from the beginning.

    never had red mite until last summer. My vet treated them all with Ivermectin and it cured the problem

    up untill a few weeks ago when they returned. I got some Nettex total mite kill and it did the trick. I am

    at a loss to know why they got red mite as my lot never free range and their WIR has a roof



  3. Well Smudge is almost four months old and I`m sorry to say we are no nearer getting her

    toilet trained as we were when we got her, so fustrating. She is clean during the night never get up

    to any mess so thats good. I`m thinking now of getting someone in for some training as suggested

    by Tasha as dont know what else to do, getting fed up of cleaning carpets every day.

  4. We had to have our much loved springer spaniel PTS on the 11th November and got another

    springer pup just 10 days later because we hated to be without a dog. She is three months old now

    and went out for the first time today. Well the toilet training isn`t going well,it doesnt matter how

    long she spends in the garden she comes back in and goes to the toilet, thought she would go when we

    were out today but no no no!!.


    We havnt had a pup since 1985 as milly our last springer was a rescue dog and was clean when we got her.

    Didnt realise it would be so difficult to begin to get Smudge toilet trained. We have followed all the advice

    we could read up on.



  5. Thanks for the advice....I have bought some and will treat them today. Should be an interesting experience. Luckily I wont waste any eggs as they have stopped laying for the winter.


    Thanks again

    I didnt find it too difficult to treat mine, it does take two of you though. The tame hens were quite

    easy but not so some of the others. I didnt find it easy to find bare skin on the back of their necks


  6. I`ve just finished the first course of Ivermectin on the chooks, got it from the vets.

    It wasn`t easy throwing away all of their eggs for a week though, got to repeat the dose next week

    then another week of egg withdrawal. It seems to be working they dont bite themselves now.

  7. My father in law is a hobby Horologist, I could ask him if he has any general recommendations for you


    If you pm me some details I can also ask him to look in his extensive collection of catalogues and books to see if there are any guideline values

    Thanks for that Tasha, Im going to get the watch back from the jewellers to-morrow.

    Its got the makers name inside and the date , I`ll pm you then

  8. I inherited a very old sterling silver pocket watch which I think belonged to my

    grandfather. It is one hundred and sixty years old so it could have been owned by

    someone before him, and it still keeps good time. As it has been tucked away in a drawer

    for ages I thought I might as well try and sell it. I went into a well known jewellers in

    Northampton and asked them how much it might be worth, I left it with them for a fortnight

    and they got back to me today and offered me a ridiculously small amount for it.

    Does anyone know where I can get a proper valuation for this type of thing, I dont

    want to be ripped off!!



  9. I`ve taken several of my chooks to the vets when they have been very unwell, I said from the

    start of keeping them that I would give them one chance to get better and yes its never cost

    more than £25 a visit. If they dont get better I take them back to be PTS. I`m fortunate that my vets

    practice has three vets that own chickens and they can always tell me whats wrong with them.


    I could never dispatch a bird and wouldnt want to learn how to either.

  10. Ever since I got chickens four years ago I`ve always wanted a white star, well I`ve now got one,

    even though she`s a noisy little blighter she`s great apart from the colour of her eggs. The yolks

    are a very pale cream colour and I dont know why. She eats the same food as the other new ones

    and their eggs are perfect.

  11. Never fancied a cruise but you make it sound so good. You must be exhausted how long were you away for?

    Hope this is the start of a better time for you both. :D

    We were away for a week. and two of the trips were all day ones we had to get up at 6.00am

    the trip left at 8.00am,didnt get back to the ship until 6. We did so much walking during the week

    in a way it was nice to get home for a rest!!!!



  12. I have just got back from my first cruise on Thomson Dream and had a fantastic time.

    I treated my SIL to this trip as we have both had a rough couple of years. We flew to Palma and sailed to Sicily

    Naples, Rome, Corsica, Barcelona and then back to Palma. We had a couple of days when the sea was rough

    but it wasn`t a problem for us. As neither of us had been to these places we did all the trips going.

    The ship was great couldn`t fault anything the food was fabulous as was the entertainment.

    Being in these ports was an eye opener our ship was big 1500 passengers but we saw many bigger

    some having 4500 passengers!

    What I enjoyed so much about this holiday was waking up in a different place every day, I will certainly

    do another cruise, just have to start saving up.



  13. I started off with four girls from Omlet 4 years ago and then six months later added three more.

    Then OH built them a WIR so got three more. Well I used to get fifty plus eggs from them every week

    but sadly after a couple of years I lost a couple and then this year three more have died and now I`m lucky

    if I get two eggs a day from the five thats left. Time goes so quickly and you do get attached to them, if and

    when I get more I dont think I`ll give them names. The oldest girl thats left is 4 and I get an egg from her

    every now and then.



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