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Nicola O

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  1. Hi Guys. Just got in 6 Cobb eggs and my broody snapped out of it yesterday . Does anyone in my area have a spare incubator I can borrow/hire/rent (happy to pay) in case I can't get her interested again?
  2. Definitely I haven't been able to get hold of your Nutriment man yet (have been really busy the last few weeks and it did slip my mind) but will keep trying him as a lot of you seem to really rate Nutriment. I've also found a company in Basildon called Paws Pantry - I wonder if any of you in Omlet Land have tried them?
  3. Hi again - thought I would re-visit this with an update. About 4 weeks ago I took the plunge and switched Rosie to raw and it helped immediately with the poo's, as she now only goes twice, perhaps three times a day. We are still using the crate which she is more than happy to be in. She sleeps in it every night, but only has a couple of days a week in it when I'm at work so she has a couple of days to freely wander about the room. Apart from one odd accident she has been completely clean. She's currently eating Natures Menu and is looking better already. Her coat has improved and there is virtually no shedding now, and she has lost weight. It seems odd that she had such a small amount of kibble but was still quite chubby (though when she saw the vet when she had the runs she said that Rosie's intestines felt inflamed so perhaps it was bloating, not fat) and now eats more in raw food but is losing weight and is actually developing a waist (wish I could get one of them ) so I suppose it goes to show that the raw is suiting her better. All in all, very happy with the way things are going
  4. Hi. The crate I was given is a very large one so she does have tons of room in it, I meant more like wandering around the room She had a couple of spells in it today when I had to pop out - I gave her a couple of kibbles after she went in, and another before letting her out. I want her to be happy and comfortable in it, but she must be used to a crate already as she was not at all worried about being shut in it.
  5. Oh dear, we had been doing so well.......... In the last week of back to basics toilet training there had only been one indoor poo...but this morning I got up at 4am to let them out and there was two poo's, then got up at 7.30am and there was another one!!. I was fortunate to be gifted a large crate from freecycle, but had not set it up as we were doing so well, but now it's in the kitchen and Rosie has had a couple of 2 or 3 mins shut in it, and she seems quite happy and settled in it. I'm popping out for about 20 mins shortly so she can have a little bit longer in it. I'm happy for her to be in it overnight but what about during the day when I'm at work? I've never kept a dog in a crate before and worried that she wont be able to get up, stretch her legs and have a drink etc.
  6. Hi guys. I have been thinking of a raw diet (and was following the other post on here about it closely) as so may of you obviously rate it very highly. I did discuss it with my vet who thought it would be too rich for her and set off the projectile poo-ing again, but I gather from your comments that most vets don't seem to like it. I think I will give it a try, her coat is also poor (she moults constantly) so it should also help with that as well. If I introduce it very gradually into her diet......... Quickcluck - if you could give me the number I would appreciate it Dogmother - Cyrus looks beautiful, a real picture of health The training has been going well, only one accidental poo in three days so I think the kibble reinforcement is helping her to get the message.
  7. Hi all. I agree a cage seems to be the way to go so I will ask on freecycle/freegle, as the only friends with dogs don't have cages either. I hope the kibble treats are working, as today there was nothing when I got up and when I got in from work (though it may just be a coincidence as I've only been doing it for a couple of days). I'm really taking rosie back to basics, and going out in the garden every 1/2 hour, waiting for 'something' from her, give treat and back in. In a couple of days we'll go out every hour and slowly extend the time between toilet breaks.
  8. Hi LB. No. tummy/bowels are normal, I think what you have said is right - she has 'forgotten' to be clean. I was up this morning at 4am for a wee myself, so took the opportunity to let the dogs out to give her a chance to go, but after waiting in the garden for 20 mins - nothing . But fortunately nothing when I got up again later. I think a crate is a good idea but unfortunately don't have the funds for one at the moment.
  9. After her last bout of diarhea (spl?) I was told to put her on the old favourite of chicken and rice until it cleared up, but she continued being bad for several more days and only returned to normal when I put her back onto the Wainrights. And strangely, she is never 'ill' when she has the runs - she's as happy, lively, and still has the same huge appetite as normal. She's a bit of a puzzle, but we love her.....
  10. Meant to say also, that I agree she does seem to go a lot - a lot more than any other dog I've got/had but with her food intolerance/IBS I'm worried about changing her food again as it would probably set of a bout of the runs again.
  11. Hi. We did go to the vet as she had about 3 bouts of the runs (really bad ) and had loads of tests. She's had vit B (or was it B12) injection, antibiotics and anti-inflamatories in case of infection, stool samples checked, several blood test for all sorts of medical conditions and all came back negative so vet concluded it must be a food intolerance or IBS. She has been on Wainrights grain-free for quite some time and has not had the runs since she started it - apart from when I tried to change her diet to something else (on other peoples recommendations) and back came the raging trots, so really want to keep her on the Wainrights as it does seem to 'agree' with her. She has the appropriate amount for her weight and is mot overweight, but does seem to be permanently hungry and would eat till she explodes given the opportunity.
  12. Oh great and wise ones, I'm in need of some advice.... Approx 9 months ago I adopted Rosie, a 5 year old ex-breeding Scottie. A gorgeous, sweet natured girl who has settled in with us (me and two other small doggies) so well. She had lived all her life in a kennel so I new some serious house training would be required. This was surprisingly easy and she was completely clean within 3 - 4 weeks But recently, the last month at the most, she seems to have lost her ability to be clean (and I'm talking about no. 2's ) She still goes in the garden but, to give you an example, there was 2 deposits in the kitchen when I got up, she did nothing before I left for work (not surprising) and there was another when I got in from work, and she went again in the garden !! I'm doing the usual things of staying out in the garden and giving lots of praise when she does go (which is what I did before) but it is just not working this time. My next thought is to keep some of her kibble in my pocket and give her a couple when she goes in the garden as she is VERY food oriented, and see if this is more exciting for her than simple praise. I've had several rescue dogs over the years and most needed toilet training so some extent but this time it seems so difficult. Any advice or tips would be VERY gratefully received. Thank you, and sorry for the long post and having to talk 'poo'.
  13. from this........ to this..... to this...... SSSOOOOOOO yummy
  14. No, never tried yoghurt. I have the Yonanas one. I find 1 banana is enough per person plus a handful of blackberries, raspberries etc (whatever takes your fancy). I cut the bananas into thirds before freezing and put 1 piece through then a small amount of other fruit, then the next piece followed by other fruit etc, as this gives a much better blend between the fruit. I have a large blackberry bush in the garden so they are all picked and frozen, and I buy other soft fruit whenever I see it in the reduced section and put it straight in the freezer until needed
  15. Angie, don't panic , as technically it's not ice cream. It has no milk or cream or anything like that - it's just frozen fruit pulverized to make it like ice cream. And fruit is good for you so there is no guilt (that's what I tell myself)
  16. Yes, have one and love it. It is, as biker chick says, mainly bananas, but if you add a fruit or two with a strong enough flavour it's lovely. My favourite is to add a handful of blackberries - scrummy. You can also do frozen mango instead of banana, and that on it's own (without any other fruit) is so refreshing.
  17. Oh don't worry, Freda is ALWAYS on a lead as she has no recall whatsoever. Even after years of 'training', If she gets off she is GONE, and she may be old and a bit arthritic but boy can she move if she realises she is off lead. I have a 10m long training line so when we go over the field she has more freedom but cannot get away. She will stay on a short lead for a while though so she cannot over-do it.
  18. Thanks for the info, Dogmother. I have not heard back from the dog warden yet but I expect she's very busy. I am please to report that Freda seems practically back to normal, no longer limping and she only flinches very slightly if I press on her shoulder. She came out for her first walk since it happened on Monday night - just a gentle 10 min stroll round the block as I didn't want to 'over work' the leg. She did enjoy herself as she has hated the last couple of nights when I took the other two out but not her. Thank you everyone for you kind thoughts for Freda and I'll report back as and when I hear anything from the dog warden.
  19. She is a little better, not limping as much on her front leg but her shoulder is still tender . She can't jump up onto the sofa, but she did get up the stairs which she wouldn't do last night. Sent a long e-mail to the dog warden via the environmental health e-mail contact, and had a reply from EH saying there is nothing they would do as this is not what the dog warden is for. what !?! A few minutes later one came from the dog warden saying that she was more than happy to go and speak to them, and she would also check if they are council/housing ass. tenants coz if they are they would be asked to sign a contract stating they will keep the dog under control. She is going to send me an incident report to fill in for her so a file can be kept in case their dog does this again. I have made it clear that I am not gunning for the dog, just want the idiot owner to have a 'talking to', so he understands that he cannot let his dog walk without a lead - oh, and perhaps she could tell them how luck they have been, that they are not getting a huge vet bill through the door .
  20. Thank you for your kind words, I've told Freda you are asking after her . Last night she was limping on both back legs and front left, but the back legs went back to normal fairly quickly. She is still limping slightly on the front (the shoulder when the cut is) and it is tender if I touch it, but she made it up the stairs just now which she wouldn't even attempt last night (I carried her down though as I wasn't taking any chances). I am going to e-mail the local dog-warden today. The chap may have been telling the truth that the dog has never done it before - equally he could be lying through his teeth and the dog is already known to the dog warden. I don't know if it is worth reporting to the police as they do not see a dog on dog attack as an offence.
  21. I've calmed down a bit now. Checked her over again and found a cut on her shoulder. I think I'll put a bit germalene (spl?) on it as it does seem to be a shallow cut rather than a bite/puncture, and I'll keep a very close eye on her (obviously), she gets very stressed at the vets so don't really want to take her in unless she really needs it. She's had some dinner (pinched some of the cats wet food as she normally has dry) isn't limping as bad now, but has curled up in the corner of the room looking very sorry for herself and does growl at my other two if they come near her - can't blame her though, she probably just wants to be left alone now. His house is on a walkway with path/pavement in front, but turn the corner and your on a road, though a quiet one. But over the other side of the grass 'field' in front of his house there is a duel carriageway.
  22. Don't usually post much but I am SO ANGRY I need to vent. Just been on a lovely evening walk with my three small dogs - all on leads. Went to pass a young man with staffie so moved off the path onto a large grass area to avoid them only to see that staffie is NOT ON LEAD, runs straight up to mine ad sets on Feda. Cue lots of dog fighting noise, me screaming at and kicking staffie to get it off. Does man come over to get his dog off - does he heck (that's the polite word), just stands there until the dog has run off a few feet then goes to get her, saying 'sorry, she's never done that before, I'm just as surprised as you'. I'm not surprised mate, I'M ANGRY. Freda does not seem to be bitten but is a bit battered as she was knocked off her feet a few times and trampled on - but she is 16 yrs old and arthritic and now limping. The only 'good' thing (if you can call it that) is that it happened right outside his house, so if she needs the vet, I know where the bill is going. Sorry for the long post, rant over.
  23. Hi Mimi. Unfortunately I don't have any baby Boris's. I was going to hatch his babies last year but with all the rain the garden (and the area where the broody coop is) kept flooding. I was planning to sort some sort of drainage for the garden this spring and then get back to hatching again. Perhaps when I do this I'll see about keeping a boy, it all depends on their temperment, and how loud they cock-a -doodle. Nicola Mimi - you must think me a right eejit - of course I have his little girlies. I was thinking of last year when I wasn't able to hatch, but completely forgot that I hatched his babies the year before - the little Pekin crosses. You must have wondered what I was talking about, after all you know all about them as you nearly had Boris's son. I obviously wasn't thinking straight when I posted that Nicola
  24. Hi Mimi. Unfortunately I don't have any baby Boris's. I was going to hatch his babies last year but with all the rain the garden (and the area where the broody coop is) kept flooding. I was planning to sort some sort of drainage for the garden this spring and then get back to hatching again. Perhaps when I do this I'll see about keeping a boy, it all depends on their temperment, and how loud they cock-a -doodle. Nicola
  25. Hi Olly, I do blame myself, but certainly do not blame Rosie - as you said, it was only instinct. Rosie is a rescue Sottie (so she's got the terrier instinct to boot), I've had her about three months and she does get excited when I see to the chickens, so have always kept her inside when Boris is popped in and out of the coop/shed - just this time she managed to sneak out. Only one of his girls is laying at the moment, but I don't have a broody or incubater. Nicola.

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