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Laura & CTB

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  1. We had the same issue - no prob cat going out the cat flap but it was obviously very scary coming back through it We tied a piece of string round it to the door handle so it was open for a few days and our rescue cats soon got the idea - especially when a few prawns were on offer just inside. Although they would NEVER have even gone outside in less than 20 degrees warmth!
  2. I hate to think of the complete mess mine would be in - covered in vaseline topped off with a layer of aubiose
  3. I was a bit worried about my lot during the gales here but turned on the ir camera inside the cube once they'd gone to bed. I can confirm neither cube or chickens budged an inch!
  4. I used to wait until they were in the temporary bed and then post them into the cube- took two nights of that for them to figure it. I was a bit worried about them waking up and not realising they were 2 feet off the ground though
  5. CTB and I went there earlier in the year for one of their evening dinner do's on the pullman - was fabulous - great food and the staff were so professional and smart looking, they made everyone feel really special. We are definitely going again next summer! Glad you had a lovely afternoon.
  6. All sounds vey exciting - not mad at all I have had my bantam orpies since August, they are now approaching 6 months old and are completely scatty but adorable! Be aware that they are able to fly pretty well due to the fact they weigh next to nothing so make sure you have nice high fences when they get to FR. My littlest bantie is a silver laced but she has a huge personality and is not scared of anything - she torments the cat and has an obsession with chasing after the garden broom when I'm out using it I'm sure you will find them great fun to have around and the chocolates are a gorgeous colour - one of my new LF orpies is a chocolate. Have a great day tomorrow.
  7. I'm getting loads here too at the moment - chicken dandruff!
  8. Wow! all that gear - you have quite a collection Hope you had a great time.
  9. For me, the alarm Lumie is just to wake me up gently ( I haven't ever even heard the alarm because I'm always awake long before it wants to beep at me) so when I'm awake - job done. For SAD therapy you need one of the proper lightboxes which are about 10 thousand lux and you need to use it more or less every day for an hour or so but obviously that will vary from person to person.
  10. How exciting! I'll be watching too.
  11. I have had a light box for about three years now and do find it helps. I keep it on my desk at work and switch on for a couple of hours each morning (I start work at 7am). I dont notice the dull mornings so much and I feel a bit more energetic if that makes sense! I also have the alarm clock that gently wakes you by increasing light for half an hour before the sounder alarm goes off if you still need it to I got mine from Lumie - they have a 30 day trial period.
  12. I called my cat "Spit" due to the copious amounts of the stuff he drools!
  13. Mine have always slept through it all - more than I can say for me
  14. Congratulations on your new additions. I'm never getting more than 4 hens myself
  15. Yes the intros should be fun here - my smallest bantam orp is scared of nothing and quite happily chases the cat out of the garden
  16. I have a cochin who has just renewed her glorious feathers on her feet- she adores digging underneath the hedge - perhaps you could lend her the book
  17. Havent posted for a while as so much has happened here chicken wise....... In May my lovely hybrid warren Tiffany developed peritonitis and was going to the vet every 4 weeks for draining - I allowed this to continue until her quality of life went down hill and so she was pts. At the same time my hybrid white star Stella had a prolapse and so there was no hope for her. Soon after my pure breed black cochin had to be pts due to a bacterial infection - she was only 21 months old. At this point I got three bantam orpies which was a great success as after only two weeks they were all integrated with my cochin Eleanor and hybrid Molly and best of friends (probably due to the sudden changes in the flock) Finally 3 weeks ago my last hybrid Molly had to be pts due to crop problems after 3 days at the vets so last weekend went out and bought 3 LF orpies - Summer, LIghting and Storm. I can never imagine my life without chickens - no matter how heart breaking it can be sometimes!
  18. Oh Valkyrie I agree too - my girls have always been pets and as such I have spent a small fortune on vets fees and cried buckets when they died. I do appreciate not everyone feels this way but I think of all the chicken forums out there this one is probably more geared towards chooks as loving pets rather than an egg producing machine.
  19. Is there any other version? Still have my blue vinyl copy. When I bought my whitestar home within 10 minutes she had done an 8ft vertical take off in the run and only got stopped by the roof so it was a bit nerve wrecking for a while! But like the other girls she soon got used to the fact that the food was on the ground so there was not much point in looking upwards any more. She still used to jump onto the patio table though. If you are worried then maybe best to choose something a bit lumpier
  20. Great about girlies again I had a white star who was a beautful little hen with a great personality and top chicken, sadly had to be pts last month. I have a skyline who lays lovely blue eggs but I'm sure she is part roadrunner as she will not be caught I got my last chooks, two cochins from Mini Meadows - they have loads of breeds to choose from. Have fun whatever you decide. Oh and now I have New York Groove going round my head
  21. One of my cochins has lost all her feet feathers - not a pretty sight, looks like tree trunks underneath
  22. Havent posted on here for ages - mainly because there are others more experienced than me to respond! but have a question: I lost my top chook a couple of weeks ago - she had a prolapse and although I got her to the vet in 20 minutes there were other complications and she had to be pts. Since then my other girls have been behaving very differently - nornally when I open the cube up in the morning they would all come bombing out - now they stay in there for about ten minutes. Also when I put out treats in the afternoon there is not the frenzy there would normally be and some treats are left untouched. I kind of expected this for the first couple of days but it's still going on - can someone tell me if they have experienced this? I would like to know if one day they will get over it or if there is something I can do to help them!
  23. We went to the Falconry Centre at Hagley nr Birmingham and had a fantastic day. It was just CTB and I so we got up close and personal to all the birds. In the afternoon we took a hawk out into the countryside and spent a manic couple of hours in the forest keeping up with it while it hunted! THe best thing I remeber about the day though is driving out to the forest with this harris hawk sat on my lap in the car looking out of the window - you should have seen peoples faces

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