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  1. Super roosters?! I don't think we roosters on this forum offer much competition, eh Richard? I'd better stop there or we'll be entering hen-pecking territory... David
  2. My 2p... topics tend to drift, it's hard to get away from it. The whole idea is to share information so almost by definition topics will tend to 'spread out' as information gets added to a thread. How much people are happy with this depends on the members of the community and of course what the owners of the group / site are comfortable with. Sarah's question about our username is a digression that might interest/amuse some but equally could irriate others. I'm sure others will have seen posts on newsgroups where the subject has been tweaked, eg by adding [OT] to indicate an off-topic post. Replies then stay under the same thread but people who aren't interested / don't have time to follow digressions or chat can more easily ignore such posts without missing out on any further 'on topic' info. Maybe we could use something like that that here? Eg In posting a reply there's a Subject box, I've put [OT] on this one, but I don't think this field currently gets displayed(?). Re old threads - personally I'd prefer to see it left as it is, archive at most, but certainly don't delete. People are constantly joining and often they'll be after information that will have been discussed before and may be happy to lurk and search for it. I'd guess that this user 'self-service' aspect is partly why Omlet started the forum. David
  3. Yup - you've got it! If your chucks were called Hob"Ooops, word censored!" and Gingernut then I'd be worried!
  4. Kate reminded me - bread crumbs. They go mad for them. We put their treats on to a bird feeding plate on a plant pot - a kinda chicken table They stand and wait to see what's going to be served but for crumbs they lose all decorum and barge each other out of the way to get at them!! We tie green leafy stuff like spinach together with a rubber band and then hang it from the bird table, they seem to enjoy pecking at it (and twanging the rubber band too!). Have you tried cutting the broccoli/cauliflower stems in half cos ours really like pecking at the cores? David
  5. One here... we keep a note of time, weight and location (before Betty realised the eglu was the way to go). Current score: Betty 41 - 0 Petunia. Largest 66g Smallest 40g Typical 58g David
  6. No, but I used to be able to see Sellafield from the IOM. I only said it /might/ explain it! OK... FWIW it's just that there are a few luminous plastic sheep in our guest room that only become obvious to those staying once the light goes out and the glowing starts And I thought most here might choose a chicken related tag so... mmm... Biscuits... oh well! David
  7. Yup, it sure does Well played... and on a Sat evening too! David
  8. Hi James Dunno if this'll help you track it down... but although I'm getting the same thing on trying to upload an image and I couldn't get the 2nd option, "Upload Avatar from a URL" working either, the 3rd option, ie linking to an off-site image, seems to work ok. (May be something to do with write permission of incoming files? But I'm just guessing, so please don't hold me to that! ) Richard - so if you can upload your avatar elsewhere, I've stuck one on my website for now, you can get it working. David
  9. glowingsheep... yeah I'm gonna sort out an avatar, that might explain it! I wouldn't worry - my parents used to drive round the Isle of Man with an old tin bath in the boot of the car and Mum, coal shovel in hand, ready to leap out at the sight of any good horse s*** for the roses!!
  10. glowingsheep

    Age!

    Good question! And nicely timed too cos this time next week I wouldn't be able to answer 37 any more. Ros is 30. Oh and Betty & Petunia are about 24 weeks. David
  11. Favourites: - cooked potato - stalk of broccoli and cauliflower, they peck at these for ages - raisins - apple cores - tomato, esp cherry ones Dislikes - parsnip - lettuce leaves (no, really)
  12. Our grass has always been poor and what with the wet weather + clay soil, worm casts, chickens eating it (minimal scratching though - they prefer the bark/soil under the bushes) and us trampling on it moving the eglu around every 2-3 days, it ain't looking pretty. We are hoping to see the legendary chicken-dropping effect kick-in some time. However... Stupid question time - reading Biscuits' "poo throw" remark made me wonder whether people generally tend to remove droppings from the grass or just leave them and/or rake them down? We tend to scoop most of them up for the compost, working on the assumptions that our small lawn would accumulate too many and become an obstacle course(!) and that we're not going to get them all in any case. Is this a good plan do you think?
  13. We started with a slow herding approach but they quickly learned to take themselves to bed. When we go out it only usually takes a quick shake of the peanut to get them scuttling up to and into the run. The 'taking no chances' / we're-feeling-guilty-for-locking-them-up approach is to lob some corn down the run - Betty then can't get in fast enough. This had worked flawlessly up til yesterday when Petunia cracked us up by somehow managing to miss the entrance to the run ending up stood on the outside alongside Betty watching her hoover up the corn. Not a happy chicken!
  14. We started with a slow herding approach but they quickly learned to take themselves to bed. When we go out it only usually takes a quick shake of the peanut to get them scuttling up to and into the run. The 'taking no chances' / we're-feeling-guilty-for-locking-them-up approach is to lob some corn down the run - Betty then can't get in fast enough. This had worked flawlessly up til yesterday when Petunia cracked us up by somehow managing to miss the entrance to the run ending up stood on the outside alongside Betty watching her hoover up the corn. She wasn't a happy chicken!
  15. Ours are Petunia and Betty. Petunia, often now 'tuni for short, came easily as she is basically an aged-aunt type: big and fluffy, paddles about and likes flowers... although 'likes' in this case is likes to eat them. Betty was much harder. We had a range of names lined up before they arrived: Penelope seemed to go well with Petunia; Ethel and Mildred after my Grandmother's friends; and we disagreed over Henny and Penny. But our Gingernut was too lively and a bit mad for an old ladies' name. A friend suggested "if she's ginger and mad then how about Lulu?" Our favourite was Smoo cos we ordered the Eglu and chickens from the car park of Smoo cave on the North coast of Scotland while on holiday! But it didn't fit her. Betty seems to suit her perfectly. David

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