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  1. ajm200

    The Fox is back 😕

    We’ve had our girls from the 2nd and already a fox 🦊 is back. Was clearing the back fence where the greenhouse will be moved to before it’s metamorphosis into my love new run and the fence stank of dog wee. We back onto a very steep bank that goes down to a main road. We have never owned a do due to my daughters dust and pet hair allergy, There is no way that a dog walker let a dog pee on our fence as it would take quite an effort to get through the council’s neglected gorse and bramble patch to get up the 60+ degree incline that they claim is left to encourage nature. There is a multi-acre forest and big marshland/heath across the road 🙄 so it is just cost cutting that encourages rats. Have tentative agreement to electrical wiring along the top of the fence. Does anyone have this in an urban area? Did you have to get any planning permission, etc. Hubby is only agreeing as our daughter was blinded for four months this year by toxo in her eyes; her sight was saved by an incredible team from the Royal Marsden, Great Ormands Street, the children’s hospital in Liverpool and our local Frimley Park. We are so lucky to have our NHS,, We had an amazing A&E Dr who wouldn’t take no for a answer and an amazing eye consultant who still can’t believe she can see. As a result, hubby hates cats, sorry cat lovers, and wants to stop all the cats using our garden as a loo.
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    The Fox is back 😕

    Sorry must have written that on a day when my eyes were pretty bad. Surprised you made sense of it
  3. As I’m not driving at the moment I have been checking out local options for chicken food. Previously we used Marriages or Allen and Paige from the nearest Tackshop but that is over 3 miles away. Our local pet shop, within walking distance, is stocking Copdock Mill feeds but I’ve never heard of the brand. Do any of you use it and would you recommend it? it would be easy to cycle down there on my trike to get supplies rather than be reliant on hubby who travels for work. Also would like to avoid delivery charges Thank in advance Used a cheaper brand once with my old girls and their egg quality went down which is why I’m asking 😊
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  5. After lunch he just happened to mention that the chickens like grapes. Asked “How did you find that out? They’ve only had chicken food so far.” He replied “I gave them a couple of leftover old grapes”. I frowned and said “From the brand-new box?” He muttered something and wandered off. Later he mentioned they like apples too. Supposedly they got a bit that accidentally fell in the floor as he was eating it 🤔. Crumbly things apples 😂. Hr just asked if I think they’ll be awake at 5am when he’s off to the airport. Seems he bought bacon for a sandwich and wondered if they’d like the scraps. Told him they are not having meat scraps and he looked disappointed. Think he’s a secret fan 😉.
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    Do I own up?

    There is an annoying tapping noise that is really bothering hubby. I just remembered+that I left a trowel, scoop and rake hanging on hooks on the side of the house when I cleaned the chickens out. The wind is getting up and making them tap. Do I own uo and get dressed after midnight to put them away or wait till morning, get up before him to let the chickens out, make the problem disappear, and act dumb? 🤔 my conscience is bothering me but i’m snug in bed. It’s a dilemma
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    Bitzas/cross breeds

    Maybe this place? https://m.facebook.com/TheSuffolkChickenCompany/?locale2=en_GB tbry seem to do the standard meadowsweet hybrids, some that lay blue and green eggs and pure breeds too
  8. Our white chicken has taken to crouching down as she would for a cockerel then ‘jumping’ up off the ground before landing back on the same spot. She did it several times on the grass yesterday and and I thought she might be trying to catch some sort of insect but she did it more frequently today. It’s like the little ‘popcorn’ jumps rabbits do. Checked her over and can see nothing wrong. Is it just a funny five minutes?
  9. That was my concern but the new cube had a single tray which must be quite awkward to manoeuvre and empty
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    It’s a bigger mess now. We just need some sort of direction and stability.
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    Chicken jumping

    Our last white one, a hybrid, literally died of fright at around 40 weeks. We assume a fox was near by. She was always noisy and anxious. Was hoping this one would be calmer
  12. Only the size. Our rabbits weren’t/aren’t keen on getting wet so avoid going into their well covered run in bad weather. They have a double height 5ft enclosed hutch and a 10x5 outdoor run but still got arthritic 😔. I think they need a lot of space to move properly
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    Alternative Presenters

    Top of the pops and Timmy Mallett.. both have been off the telly for over a decade 😳. I feel old now.
  14. I don’t. 😊 Their ‘treats’ from me are just a tablespoon of course poultry meal with about a teaspoon of grated carrot or broccoli/cabbage stem on top in tiny bits. It’s different as the main feed is pellets. The children are well trained not to feed them junk too. Just hubby to get the msg. Treats are given at dusk after they have filled up for the night. Think hubby has been giving mainly fruit. He’ll soon stop when he gets to scrub the coir mat they are standing on
  15. They’ve dropped him in it in his absence. He’s away on a business trip and they haven’t had any ‘human food’ treats. After a couple of hours of ‘neglect’ they’ve been tapping on the patio door to get attention and beg for treats. I’ve been out there a lot but using the kitchen door. Hubby always uses the patio door they are tapping on I’ve never fed them at the door. Busted!! 😂 That’s brilliant!
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    Went on my favourite walk today.

    Once you get away from the main tourist areas it’s quite relaxing. A winter walk helps as it can be a bit of a chilly place to be after the shelter of the more built up areas
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    Went on my favourite walk today.

    Love walking along the river. Used to work at IBM and train at their building near the London Eye. Never made it as far as the city farm though
  18. Sounds like my hubby last time we had chickens. If he was outside he was usually carrying one but he didn’t like them then either. He took us back to the poultry breeder a few weeks after we got 3 hybrids to get more simply because he needed more eggs to give away to colleagues. He worked in a team of 4 but we suddenly had 9 hybrids 🤔
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    Do I own up?

    I went out and tidied up. It was freezing!
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    Omlet auto door reviews

    No 😊. If had a door closer it would only be used if we were away or I was desperate to lie-in. We leave the door open in summer. We’ve had girls announcing eggs at 5amwith the door shut. There is a lot of light visiabke around a MK1 cube door even if it’s shut. Ours currently faces a security light and I see a lot of light when I get the newbie out for enforced cuddles
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    Washing up question

    We have to use a mild dishwashing liquid without all the strong additives as we have a child who has ridiculously sensitive skin. We couldn’t use washing powder for years and discovered eco-balls that work surprisingly well. We use method liquid and it doesn’t foam well. I use the hand washing sink (it came with the kitchen) to rinse stuff Off the plates under running water and then wash with method. method isn’t very foamy and supposedly has no nasties (until the next newspapers panic!) so we don’t rinse after washing
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    Burns Night.... but not.

    That’s that sort of rhyme that my late Dad would have come up with. He taught me so many ‘naughty’ rhymes from his childhood. Not really rude but shocking enough to make a kid giggle
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Found out why my viision is rubbish and doubled a lot of the time, why my balance is often non-existent and why I often look and feel like I’ve had a minor stroke. It’s something called Myasthenia. This thing has cost me a degree and a job but I hadn’t heard of it before. Anyone got it and able to pm me to say what life with it is really like long term? Not looking for sympathy. Not that kind of person. I want to know how to fight and win 😊 Love Camden Market. Used to live £4 and less than a hr from London. Not a huge fan of the city but miss Camden and Southwark markets and the deer in Richmond Park. We have deer in the forest over the road but in 18 years I’ve only spotted one.
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    Omlet auto door reviews

    Haven’t heard the Pekins make a sound yet except in fright.
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    We always rewax our own coats. Had one done professionally one and regretted it. We camp in Devon at a campsite on the top of a hill near Exmoor with it’s own rain cloud. Lovely seasonal crowd and sense of community that doesn’t exist in the commuter town we call home but dismal weather. Walked to the bar once in my newly ‘professially’ waxed coat and looked like I was entering the wet t-shirt competition 😳. Now we buy a quality wash in wax and a spray and double treat our coats