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  1. Awww thank you all. I'm so touched by your replies. Its so odd going into the garden and not having my trainers pecked or indeed opening the back door and having to shoo them off the door mat before I could step outside.However I think you are all right. I am going to take some time out but I absolutely wont part with the cube or eglu. In fact I may well move the guinea pigs into the cube run and gain a green house. I haven't been here for ages. Its so lovely seeing old friends from years ago 🥰🥰 Interesting also hearing from folks who no longer have chooks but are still Omleteers I always enjoyed hanging out on the forum, think I might find the time to hang out a bit more. Axx
  2. Well for the first time in 12 years I have no hens. My last 2 passed away yesterday. Wee ex commercial hens. Both had abdominal masses and I'd probably kept them for longer than I should have because I didn't want to let them go. Not sure what to do now. I think I'll possibly reclaim the garden for a while and decide later what to do about hens. Ideally Id like to move to a more rural location with a wee bit of land and an outbuilding so the chooks have somewhere warm and dry in the winter. But that wont be soon. Here's a couple of photos of some of my faves over the years.
  3. Hi! Haven't posted for a long time! My oldest son Jonathan will be moving to Sheffield in a month or so to study at the University. He is so careful about the eggs he eats and almost never eats shop bought eggs! So we were wondering if any forum members live close to the uni and might sell him a few eggs from time to time! I hope you, your families and your hens are all well!
  4. Totally agree that you shouldnt send your child to school until 48 hrs after symptoms sem to have cleared up. At the school I work in children are dropping like flies due in part I am sure to parents sending their kids back to school too early. If someone's immune system is a wee bit vulnerable this virus could floor them. Horrible. Ax
  5. Thank you for all your suggestions. In the end he was so disorganised that he almost didnt get anything done. However he managed to chose a gorgeous frame and printed a picture of them from his camera. Well received Hope everyone on forum is well, not around so much these days! Ax
  6. Really like that idea! Will pass that on to him Thanks! All other suggestions welcome! Ax
  7. Help! My sons friend, 20s & beautiful is leaving to stay in London for employment purposes. He wants to give her a leaving present but not a clue what. It hasnt to be a birthday type present, ie perfume, jewellery, bag etc or too practical. Simply something to remember him by. Ideas very appreciated! Ax
  8. Hi Cinnamon! Wow this is fantastic! Congratulations on realising your dream! What a project! Wishing you a cool head, warm sunshine, heaps of enthusiasm oh and the patience of Job! Cant wait to hear how you get on. Many of us dream but few have the courage or determination to make it a reality. Well done! Axx
  9. Well, great excitement! Have spoken to the lovely Anthony of Cotswold Chickens and yes he has some araucanas, either lavander or black and as D/M says a lovely hybrid called Blue Angel which also lays blue eggs. Maybe a weekend in the Cotswolds in the next few weeks? He is going to look at courier prices for me as well. Thank you for your help in this D/M soooo appreciated Ax Plz excuse if this reads like an advert for Cotswold Chickens, totally unintentional. Ax
  10. Hi !and thanks again for your replies mullethunter, hatching eggs would be lovely but I absolutely couldnt cope with cockerels. Its really hard to sex araucanas until they are a bit older than others and I would become far too attached to them........... Thank you D/M I'll phone him this morning Ah gavcloak, too right. If I I'm unsuccsessful in my araucana quest, I will be first in line for the next Scottish rehoming. Best wishes. Ax
  11. Well, rather disappointed to have received no replies from either the Araucana breed club or Anthony at Cotswold Chickens. Thinking there must be a world araucana shortage Atm out of 5 hens only one is laying , 3 are persistently broody and my little poot is way beyond laying. Only 1 Scots dumpy lays anything like regularly. What should I do.................def got room for 2 banties .............. or maybe 2 more ex batts.......what would you choose? Ax
  12. Hi Lewis! Thanks for your reply! Yes purchased all my hens from Dorinda except for the ex batts of course! Fabulous set up and hens so well looked after. Will be a great miss in Peebles I'm sure. Have contacted the araucana club but no replies so far Ah well, I'll see what tomorrow brings. Ax
  13. Very naughty ANH, Wear it with pride! Might just have to find some myself
  14. In fact , just for a laugh have a look at this http://qz.com/716915/donald-trumps-visit-to-scotland-inspired-some-very-creative-british-profanity/ Apologies for material not directly relevant to thread and for offending anyone who likes this odious man.
  15. Hey, can we leave this and just slag off Donald Trump instead, much more fun and less likely to offend anyone, if mods allow
  16. Very nearly did this for some rescue yorkies, but in the end, didnt need to. I have emailed Anthony and I I am excitedly awaiting his reply! Will keep you posted. Funny how the loss of some hens is harder than others. Ax
  17. Hi D/M thanks for your reply Sadly no araucana breeders up here that I can find. I contacted Dorinda who sold me my original pure breeds including my araucana but she is now living in France but hopefully she might still have some contacts in Scotland. I love the sound of your Blue Angels!!! I will certainly email Anthony for info. I was wondering if there might be a wee space in a courier van already coming up here Thanks for this info Ax
  18. My very healthy but elderly araucana managed to get into the field behind the house the other day and was, we suspect taken by dog or fox. She was 8yrs old still laying and had never had a days illness in her life. We do miss her and her eggs and are busy trying to source replacement hens without much success. Would prefer banties but would be happy with any araucana. If you know of anyone who has some for sale could you let me know. Thank you in advance Ax
  19. I am devastated at the result. not going to offend anyone but cant wait for Scottish referendum. Will def vote for independence this time and hopefully be part of the EU again. Dreadful to think that the young have been dragged out of Europe by the old who clearly have an axe to grind. Apologies in advance if I have caused offence. Ax
  20. Hello Redsunset. I'm so sorry to hear of this. You must be devastated. I cant really add anything useful but just wanted to pass on that I feel for you I hope you get the results soon of the hens pm's . Has your vets suggested anything you can do as a preventative in the meantime? I think I would be tempted to contact the seller of the hens you brought in just in case she/he admits to having disease in her flock, although I guess the likliehood of them admitting it is pretty slim. I guess it is also possible that the birds you brought in picked up the virus/bacteria whilst on the auction site, in which case the sellers wouldnt have known about it. I hope things settle soon for you with no more losses. Ax
  21. Cinnamon, is the "fluffy" also good for stairs? Ax
  22. Yesterday my 7 yr old sablepoot bantie laid her first egg of the year too! . A pretty little white egg so lovely. So all my ladies are back in lay and with the exception of my broody pekins they range in ages from 5 to 7 years. Well done my girls! Ax
  23. Thank you Chucky & Cinnamon for replies, thinking I might just have to aquire one Off to hunt for special offers
  24. Good old Pom, laid her first beautiful blue egg of the year, last week, on my daughter's 18th birthday One amazing hen & one lovely girl
  25. Hi Chucky, just wondering how you are getting on with this? Is it any good for stairs? Ax

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