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Tulip

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  1. I was given 2 free serama eggs by our CCL egg supplier a couple of years ago. "Have them for free" he said "I can't get them to hatch in the incy". Well we put them under our broody Barnevelder(!) with half a dozen CCLs and they both hatched! They were both boys and we still have one (he's in my avatar as a chick) the other went to auction. He now has three girlfriends who take it in turns to hog the nestbox and we accidentally had a partially-formed chick in a hidden egg last week (these chickens are CRAFTY!) So my tip would be: you might have more luck under a broody than in the incy - even in the middle of winter!!
  2. Thanks lovelies. Yes Plum, 'daft' sums him right up Will get some violet when can get to petshop (would the vets have it?) As if I didn't have my hands full with Daisy on Metacam and refusing to walk after slipping over yesterday!
  3. Our boy Keema is going through a big moult - thankfully in stages. He's done his tail which is now growing back.... now it's his neck. His neck is a bit raw as he has lots of new feathers coming through... but seems to be asking one of the girls to peck at them. He'll literally go and stand next to her and bend his neck down and wait. And then she'll tug at one of the feathers. He'll squeak a bit when she does it as if it hurts, but he's definitely asking her to do it. She doesn't peck at anywhere or anyone else - she ranks bang in the middle of the pecking order - and although she's on-and-off broody she doesn't appear to be doing it for nesting material. Anyone had this happen before? Do I need to locate some purple spray? I haven't looked yet but I doubt there'll be a bumper bit in her size
  4. I have realised that I have far too many UFOs laying around.. A crocheted White shrug for me, a crocheted jumper for the baby-in-progress, a knitted hat also for the bump (due November - perfect for a wool lover ) and an attic24 ripple blanket which was originally for my little angel - she was due this month so it's a cotton blankie which means Bump won't need it for a while anyway. Oh and I'm behind in my Art of Crochet squares as I received 8 issues in the space of 2 weeks! (the joys of being a subscriber...) Hmph. Got some finishing to do.
  5. We're going away for a couple of nights today so having to leave the pophole open and I have visions of Keema marching his girls out of the coop at 4am and finally tipping the neighbours over the edge
  6. Janty I have a Belkin rubberised cover for the back and sides, and a clear screen protector. The number of times this phone has fallen off the table/sofa and survived intact is untrue!
  7. Will definitely be thinking of you - good luck!
  8. I've not been around much and had no idea you were going through this - I'm so sorry. But sounds like you're definitely on the way to bouncing back and I wish you all the luck in the world xxx
  9. I love bamboo yarns but am currently making myself a baby blanket in a wool/acrylic mix (63% wool) that I found at a good price. I panic about 100% acrylic stuff in case god forbid there's a house fire and it melts Definitely Ravelry for free patterns As for colour..... go bright, I will be! x
  10. Heehee that is EXCELLENT, what a fab idea!
  11. Haha sorry Cathy! At least you got the gist of it!
  12. Marvellous. I asked my sister if she needed any (she's a paeds renal nurse, they have lots of transplant patients) but as they're on dialysis they usually have permacaths instead.
  13. We have nine at the mo: The originals: 1 Light Sussex 1 Buff Orp 1 Barnevelder Our 2009 hatchlings: 2 alleged cream legbars - but they must be some kind of cross as they're MASSIVE. 1 White Serama male. The new girls: 3 Serama females. All four serama are currently living in the house while hubby builds them a brand new run with hot n cold running water!!
  14. I may have accidentally ordered more kiddie-print fabric . I'm hooked! Looks like I'll be hawking more of them round any hospital that'll take em! xx
  15. What a fool... I've fixed the link!
  16. Lou-lou I've made these.... ....just got to nip out to buy some ribbon. Can you PM me your address please? Ta xx
  17. Thanks everyone. He came back from the vets last night after four goes in the nebuliser, a shot of metacam, sinus flushing and two crop feeds. He looked so sorry for himself so slept in my bedroom on his fave blanket. This morning I got a few seeds and a few carrot gratings down him but wasn't convinced he'd still be going when I got in from work. Left him in the bedroom as it's warmer upstairs with all his favourite treats. Braced myself for the worst when I got home, only to find him on the landing - little trail of poo behind him - trying to work out how to get down the stairs!! He's wolfed down a load of corn and carrot and given Lily a good seeing-to! He's still poorly - vocally very quiet and back of comb very blue but definitely interested in life again The poos were definitely dodgy due to not eating - thanks for looking that up for me redwing xx - so they're now improving a little. I've managed to get tomorrow off to spoil him rotten, then they're going on the Flube-laced pellet-only diet for a week. The girls are SO pleased to have him back! They were little monsters yesterday without him to keep them in line Thank you all for your concern - I'll post a pic of him recovered soon xx
  18. Cheers all. Back to the chook doctor this morning. His sinuses are blocked again and he has a sore throat. He's staying with them for the day and will go in the nebuliser a few times for antibiotics, get his sinuses flushed out and get some high-energy food into him. they agree he's probably got a dicky ticker, so if he's struggling to get oxygen due to his blocked nose it'll put added pressure on his heart. Bless, the girls are so confused without him.
  19. Thanks Tasha. I've tried to syringe him a little yoghurt but don't want to overstress him. I'm wondering if it's poisoning due to the green poo - could I possibly have accidentally dropped a fragment of potato peel on Sunday? He's always had a bit of a weak chest and a wheeze, so I don't want to rule out non-respiratory problems...
  20. Thanks Allison - he's living inside at the mo anyway following his Myco infection at new year
  21. Help please! Keema's been quiet (no crowing) for a couple of days. Noticed in sunday he moved his head sideways a couple of times - looked like he was dancing. I thought "Must worm them soon" but he didn't do it again so thought nowt of it. Last night he was lethargic but eating. I got home tonight and instead of on the perch with the girls he's in the nestbox. I thought he'd be dead, but no, he was sitting on the day's eggs looking sorry for himself. Comb points are dark (think he has a dodgy heart anyway). He doesn't have the energy to flutter into or out of their indoor run, nor to get on the perch. No interest in food but managed to get a few seeds and a lot of water down him. Poos are runny green - like mashed spinach - and white. He will not take any flube-laced pellet porridge and is now perching on wall of nestbox occasionally struggling to hold his head up. Hubby's away and I don't know what to do :(
  22. Fairly... but he's only really found his voice since being inside - and I've never shared an enclosed space with a big cockerel!
  23. Jules - yes, he's inside at the moment following his myco treatment so DH brought him up to bed to wake me up yesterday morning!! He is redesigning the WIRs to mke them more sheltered as a result of Kee's slightly weak chest, I think the bantie house and run will be equipped with hot and cold running water at this rate Anyhoo, Keema and his girls are staying in for the winter, in this here makeshift run: Excuse the random towels and duvet covers - we were playing on the Wii last night and didn't want to scare the new girls with sudden movements! And yeah... they are tiny.. but Holly and Lily are class C, the biggest. And Daisy's a B, but towards the upper end I think. The guy we got them from had a Class A cockerel - he was soooo weeny! Keema's huge in comparison. Here are yesterdays eggs beside a 54g effort from Poppy the Legbar We now have nine chickens. OMG

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