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Chatty Chicken

Chatty Chicken (7/19)



  1. I have 3 chicks( with mother hen ) who will be 5 weeks old when we go away for a fortnight. My lovely neighbour will be looking after the chooks as usual, but I always make it as easy as possible for her- I have 2 30 litre tripod drinkers that each last 2+ weeks when full, so all my neighbour has to do is top up the food, chuck in some treats and collect eggs. At the moment Muppet and chicks are using a plastic fountain drinker and it gets on my nerves. Though it holds plenty of water, the 'moat' is getting clogged with debris and needs cleaning on a daily basis, not something I'd expect my neighbour to do- and it's a fiddle to refill as well, I wouldn't relax if she had to refill it while we were away. I was thinking if I were to provide them with a step ( their bantam 'mum' needs one anyway) do you think 5 week old chicks would be ok with one of the tripod drinkers? Would you be worried about them taking an impromptu dip? I thought I could put a cylinder of wire mesh either vertically around the central/deepest part or lay it just under the water surface so they couldn't fall in? What do you think? This is the drinker I have. http://www.regencypoultry.com/drinkers/PlasticDrinkers/plastic_leg_drinker.htm
  2. Honestly it's one of the friendliest places on the web I'm on there every day even when I haven't got a holiday planned- I'm addicted ( I'm ali-s on there, say 'hi' if you see me )
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    Hope for the best, prepare for the worst, and expect nothing. No idea where it comes from or who said it, but I must repeat it on a weekly basis
  4. Great, now you can start the fun of planning . We are off to Orlando in August- not looking forward to the humidity but at least we'll have guaranteed heat Have you joined thedibb.co.uk yet? have a look on there before you buy your park tickets - and do shop around, there can be quite a price difference between suppliers.
  5. I haven't been on here much lately and it was a shock to read this. Thoughts and condolences to her friends and family.
  6. Didn't bother posting before, as the last lot of eggs Muppet sat on ended up DIS , so I literally wasn't going to count my chickens before they hatched this time . I gave her two GoldtopX silkie, 2 Cream Legbar x Silkie and one Silkie egg to sit on, the 2 legbars xs and the silkie have hatched- the legbar Xs look like proper legbar chicks,I wasn't expecting that with having a Silkie as the dad , can't wait to see what they grow into ( hopefully hens ) The Goldtop Xs are doing nothing - got a feeling they are going to be DIS again but will give it a bit longer. So now I've got to sort out a sectioned off part of the run for them - not at all prepared as I wasn't expecting them to hatch
  7. I used to live in Leominster, and my parents are still there. It is a busy, interesting little town but like many places, we tend not to appreciate what is on our doorstep. I do love Herefordshire though, I feel very lucky to live here.
  8. OH has just come in from playing football complaining of a 'pulled hamstring'- he's not even limping but is apparently going to be out of action for a good while
  9. Aw, she's gorgeous. Love the 'hair do', DS had similar when he was a baby, we used to call him Fuzzypeg
  10. I have one. Apparently I'm hard because I don't dole out the sympathy 24/7 , he's been dying of so many things over the years it's unbelievable- when I point out that he's still alive after predicting his demise 4 years ago I get the 'hard' quip, we are frequently told he' won't be around for much longer' - to which I reply ' you're right there, I'm going to finish you off myself if you keep on' He doesn't look on the internet though, too scared of finding out what he's got ( hypochondria ! ) and I have to nag him to see a doctor when he does need to go , he prefers to ask my advice and then ignore it, but if a friend gives him the same remedy for some minor complaint then he carries on as though they are the worlds greatest healer . Caught him rummaging in the first aid tin yesterday because he had 'cut his hand open' - translation, the cat had scratched him When I asked why he wanted a plaster he said ' to stop the bleeding', there followed the umpteenth explanation from me that plasters do not stop bleeding, they keep the wound clean and to go hold it under the tap then press on it- he was absolutely amazed that the bleeding stopped without needing to bind it in a metre of bandage - it's only taken me 22 yrs to get the message across
  11. I've been twice in October/November , great time of year to go weather wise and apart from half term week the parks are less busy. Hurricane season runs from June- November ( I think) but hurricanes rarely affect Orlando- it's inland so the parks would be closed maybe for a day and then all back to normal. Have you had a look at the dibb yet? Introduce yourself and say you've come from Omlet so abwsco and I can recognise you
  12. abwsco bet me to it- I'm a dibb addict, essential for planning a Florida holiday, the dibb is to Florida what omlet is to chickens
  13. Dollars travellers cheques can be spent like cash and are probably the safest way to take money. We take a mixture of cash and pre paid card - Fairfx or Caxton are good, you can use them to pay for goods like a debit card or just withdraw cash from an ATM. I don't like using credit cards, too easy to overspend and I always feel a bit anxious as they don't use chip and pin in the states, just sign like we used to years ago. Just to add, I've recently ordered currency for our next trip from Travelfx- excellent service and good rate, Fairfx usually give a good rate as well.

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