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    Cat tree

    Mr ‘I don’t want chickens’ has noticed that out bantams like to perch on anything above ground level in the garden. We have two that can fly up onto things 6ft o from a standing start and higher with a run up. He’s talking about buying a cat tree with flat ‘shelves’ for them to use in the garden to keep them off the fences and trees. They like to hide in the lower branches of the bay tree but are getting more adventurous and going higher Aren’t most commercially available cat trees for indoor use and made of sisal covered cardboard?
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    Cat tree

    I don’r Want to clip their wings. I like the idea that they can fly to get away from predators. Their little legs and comedy running style won’t save them
  3. https://www.bracknellnews.co.uk/news/17508586.the-british-hen-welfare-trust-will-be-holding-a-hen-rehoming-day-in-crowthorne/
  4. They are still looking for homes for 72 ex battery hens. In Crowthorne
  5. We have two budgies. Neither bath and both are really healthy. They get sprayed occasionally when they have a shrieking competition and get too loud. They both hate water. They have deep sand on the floor of the cage and don’t dustbath either. Personally I wouldn’t worry
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    First eggs

    Our little bantams have finally laid some eggs. Didn’t realise how tiny they would be
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    First eggs

    The kids are having one each for breakfast in the morning 🍳. They are really excited. My son hates egg whites so he’ll be pleased as I always make him finish the whole egg
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    What have you all been making...part two...

    Making lap blankets for a charity. It’s working up fast. Started yesterday and 3 balls of wool gone already. Can’t decide if I like the colours but I have enough to make a blanket so it is what it is. Bit too much dirty grey
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    Take one whole free range chicken

    We cook s chicken every week (sorry @AndyRoo! ) We spatchcock it and cook it over vegetables and stock. It is easy to cut the cooked bird into 4 portions. We usually carve one breast for a roast dinner with lots of veg, the other goes into sandwiches. One leg portion shredded into a curry with potatoes, chickpeas, lentils or sweet potato depending on what we have available. The other goes into a jambalaya or risotto. The veg and stock either become gravy or the basis of a soup. Our plates are mainly veg for most meals so we are fairly frugal with the bit of meat we do eat
  10. As some of you know I have a lot going on atm and as a result my emotions are all over the place. I need to be busy so i’ve decided to channel some of this nervous energy and negativity into something positive. i’ve found some crochet stitches that I can, literally, do with my eyes shut and I’m going to make lap blankets to donate to charity. Can I ask what size you blankets you think would be good to use in a hospital chair. Too big an it will be heavy and a trip hazard but it needs to be big enough to be useful and warm. I’m short and plump so what works for me probably won’t work for others. The charity suggest bigger than 1m2 but that’s not much of a cover for an adult
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    Travel pillow recommendations

    What all our a mini memory foam pillow. You can get some that are similar to the tempur pillow. I have the original version. Don’t know if the latest are the same shape. Something like this? https://www.amazon.co.uk/Orthopaedic-travel-comfortable-thermo-active-viscoelastic/dp/B06W9HS1R2/ref=asc_df_B06W9HS1R2/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=205166379524&hvpos=1o6&hvnetw=g&hvrand=2765654486964286756&hvpone=&hvptwo=&hvqmt=&hvdev=m&hvdvcmdl=&hvlocint=&hvlocphy=9045755&hvtargid=pla-376064899179&psc=1
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    Hernia

    Hope they can do something to ease the pain @Ursula123. I had investigations for severe stomach pain a few years ago and it turned out to be a small hernia, I was told that most women who’ve had children have done degree of hernia and never know as most never cause pain. I do remember how painful it was at the time. Mine did settle down and rarely gives me problems now just acid reflux and heartburn from time to time. Take it easy and I hope you feel better soon
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    Pecking block

    Not getting at anyone. Just being silly 😉
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    Chickens strike back

    https://bbc.in/2EX37mV
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    Chickens strike back

    Ideal numbers for your average back yard flock 😂
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    Pecking block

    Isn’t that cannibalism? 😂
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    Chickens strike back

    And this http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/20170110-despite-what-you-might-think-chickens-are-not-stupid
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    Private Neurologist booked for a week from today. Hubby is paying as he’s worried about how rough I’ve been and how dismissive A&E were of the ongoing problems when I went there with my face paralysed. Now with my voice gone completely too with no warning, he wants answers. My voice was working for one sentence, croaky for the next and gone by the third. Not back yet. Fits the autoimmune disease that they tested for. Just need it back as the kids are taking advantage and saying I can’t hear you whenever I try to ask them to do anything or tell them off. Bet they’d hear do you want chocolate though! Sorry about the typing. Siri can’t hear me either so can’t get the dictate function on the phone to work 🤪
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    In the kitchen

    @Daphne The beef dish sounds delicious and so do the the veggie ones @patsylabrador Roast squash drizzled with chilli oil and crispy bits of onion and chorizo is one meal guaranteed to get my son down from the Xbox in record time. The other one is a pumpkin, chorizo, garlic and sage soup
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    Photos - can you help?

    @Luvachicken grabbed each of the girls and checked their crops. Nothing yet but they aren’y laying and are still fussy about what they eat. I know they’ll get less picky when they lay. Will talk to hubby about changing it out as we have to put slabs down to stop the flipping rat who has worked out where the girls moved to and started tunnelling in. We had hoped to wait until the run had moved but with losing my brother and so much time tied up in sorting everything out the run is staying put for now
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    In the kitchen

    Unlike other dried pulses, lentils and split peas do not needsoaking/precooking. (Beans have to be soaked and precooked as they can make you ill otherwise..) You need sort through them and discard any stones and grit these sometimes makes it into the pack. Rinse them well. Cook in 1.5 cups of water for every cup of peas. Boil for a min of 45 mins. Salt towards the end of cooking time. You can add directly to soups/casseroles as long as you add enough liquid and cook for long enough. Have you ever had pea and ham soup? That is made with dried peas. They don’t taste fresh peas or lentils.
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    In the kitchen

    Have no voice and just wanted soft comfort food. Not sick - just this autoimmune/neurological rubbish again. Made vegan mac and cheese with nutritional yeast in a oat milk white sauce with cayenne and garlic. Not looking amazing but was pleasantly surprised. Have been a bit skeptical about nutritional yeast until now. Had more flavour than the bland ready meal versions and was less greasy. I would normally have topped it with breadcrumbs and bacon bits then popped it under the grill and make it look better but wasn’t up to eating a crunchy topping today. Add a few chives though,
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    **Thread of little facts & things**....3

    The pheasant came back today and landed on the lawn. He helped himself to the corn I’d scattered for the chickens. They were not happy but there wasn’t a lot 6 little fluff ball bantams could do to scare a pheasant so they came to the back door to protest to me. Sadly my phone was upstairs so no photo
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    hybrid hens lifespan?

    Ours managed 4.5 before the fox got them. They were still laying just less frequently and they took a bit longer to recover from moults but were still healthy.
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    Photos - can you help?

    Wondering if that’s what we have atm. Is it chopped straw/hemp that pings like cheap pine disinfectant? Worried now

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