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The Dogmother

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  1. I have had to dot paving slabs down the garden as the 'grass'... mud.... is far too wet and slippy to walk on.
  2. Ooo, enjoy Just wondered what the noise was outside - really windy hail squall hammering on the windows!
  3. Cleaned out the chooks in the rain and did a spot clean at the front of one run where the rain had got in; all that strapping down and bricks on the runs last night paid off - less flapping of tarps and all sound and dry today. Chooks were ranting to get out earlier, so they had a play while I cleaned them out, then scurried back under cover when the rain started again. Walked the dogs in the rain, and we quite enjoyed it until the homeward stretch was into the wind and rain.
  4. It is raining AGAIN, and getting windy... I so wanted to get the dogs out for a good run before it started. Just off out to clean out the chooks, then put them back in and might just tog up and get out for a walk.
  5. Well, after a very stormy night, it is still and not raining this morning, but very dark and damp. It's weird not having the crashing wind noise.
  6. I have a large and 'robust' diesel 4x4, but then I need it. I couldn't have an electric car as I can almost never park near my house for charging!
  7. It has escalated somewhat in the last hour; all the lashings down outside are as good as they can be. I have closed the bedroom window (yes, it IS that bad) and am going to light the stove and snuggle down.
  8. I am off out to check on all security and lashings down
  9. It has rained constantly here for the last 24 hours - the River Cherwell and the canal, which runs alongside it are both very high, so I hope that the flood alleviation works hold up. I am so glad to live up a hill! It is starting to blow up a bit now, but nowhere as bad as last weekend.
  10. It sounds as if there may be something more amiss than just a moult, but we can't be sure just going on descriptions. Quills coming through the skin, especially in bald areas and round the vent will indicate that she is growing new feathers; you can see some on the photo below, and here. Syringe feeding is easy - video here - but you must take it slowly as they don't have a gag reflex, so could aspirate the liquid. Are you in the UK, if so roughly where are you located? It may be that an experienced Omleteer is near you and can take a look. I would suggest that you find a poultry-savvy vet in your area and take her in to be checked out.
  11. I would dose her with a stronger solution of the poultry tonic, by syringe is fine, and see how she goes. If she is trying to grow new feathers - does she have quills coming through? - then that takes a lot of energy and nutrients and they can look very low.
  12. Could be - you'd be surprised how many are near town centres now that the weather is colder. There was a young red deer careening around Banbury town centre once, no idea where it came from; some folks and I herded it into an empty shop unit where they were doing work, closed the door and turned off the lights while one of the guys got his van - we loaded it into that and he dropped it up to Crouch Hill.
  13. How did it go Lovely? Sending lots of healing thoughts your way.
  14. But WHY at the weekend when I want to be out and about???? I don't care what it does in the week.
  15. Yes, all very sketchy but there has been an escalation in cases on mainland Europe, so it'd be best to be watchful. The peak time for infection is during actual migration, but we still need to be on alert.
  16. 😝 Been bright and breezy here, but very cold. Had some flurries of snow too. I noticed this morning that a house round the corner has had its chimney stack come down...... it has smashed holes in the slate roof front and back, the phone wire is hanging on the ground and there's brick stuff on the pavement outside 😨
  17. ...... and absolutely NO cleaning up for a visit; I certainly don't stand on ceremony!
  18. We have had some very heavy squalls today, but it remained mild - it has now turned very cold and there was wet snow on my car when I came out of circuit training.
  19. I saw that too - article here
  20. That all sounds lovely Val - M&M and I will have to make a trip down there!
  21. Are your runs covered? They ought to have dry runs to escape the weather during the day and somewhere to put their feed. Clear tarps or similar and Aubiose on the floor and they will be clean, fresh and snug for ages between cleanings out.
  22. Well, it has been pretty windy again through the night and is raining now too. Nowhere as bad as yesterday, but could do without it. Out with the dogs in a minute, to survey the damage.
  23. True, and they could easily die of shock without any injuries. A good zap or 2 form the fence might help, but I think your birds need to be in a secure compound, which is annoying as none of this is your fault. In the UK, if it repeatedly escapes and causes damage, then the owners are liable for any costs and will be admonished by the dog warden (or police, depending on the damage injury).
  24. A new neighbour has one of those greenhouses which is like a plastic-covered gazebo - we've been taking bets as to how long it would last..... a couple of times, the cover has ended up over their fence, but this morning there was no sign of the structure at all!

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