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  1. Thank you for your kind messages, I think only fellow hen owners can relate to how we bond with them as pets. Summer had a special bond with my other half, she would follow him everywhere and she had a liking for particular foods, each week she would eat 3 cucumbers and she loved them. She also loved sunflower hearts, but didn't particularly like chicken pellets! She would come up on the patio and stand outside the doors of the conservatory if the gate to the lawn was left open!
  2. We lost our last hen to a fox yesterday in the middle of the day, feeling totally devastated right now. She was 10yrs old and a beautiful Welsummer hen and had just started laying again recently. We had 12 hens at one point but found it so hard everytime we lost one that we decided some time ago that we weren't going to get any more. A couple of years ago our Cream Legbar died and it was a difficult decision to just keep one hen as we know they are a flock animal. However our whole flock had myco some years ago, so we knew we couldn't introduce any more hens. As she was on her own we had been letting her free range for a few hours each day when the weather was okay. In the 10yrs of keeping hens we've probably only seen 2 foxes so I guess we had got a bit complacent. She had a few places around the garden where she would make a nice dust bowl and just sit there for ages. My other half went to check on her and she was dead and covered in blood. We had heard nothing, seen nothing. We thought maybe a cat had got her and then I remembered we have a camera on the back of the house so I checked that and there on the footage was a fox, bold as brass, came over an 8ft high fence, ran right over to the run, saw she wasn't there, scouted the surrounding area, found her, took her across the garden and killed her. Didn't even go off with her, just left her 😥
  3. She actually seemed to buck up after her trip to the vets and was walking around and eating and drinking yesterday. However this morning she is pretty much back to where she was. I don't know if it's too early for the antibiotics to be working but she obviously isn't right and I'm not sure she is going to get through this
  4. Thanks for your reply. Chloe actually managed to stand up yesterday and was still with us this morning so we decided to take her to the vet to see if there was anything he could do. He listened to her chest, checked her all over and wasn't sure what was wrong, although he did say she seemed to have lost weight and it was possibly a long term condition but might be something simple, I guess it's hard for even a vet to know with hens? So he gave her some antibiotics and some metacam and we have to go back in 3 days if she is still with us and go from there
  5. We only have 2 hens now, a Welsummer and a Cream Legbar. They are both 7yrs old and the Welsummer is still laying, while the Cream Legbar stopped last year. Chloe, the Cream Legbar, has gradually been slowing down this year, hasn't appeared to be ill, just very slow, like an old lady, but we have been keeping an eye on her. This morning she can't even get up so other half has been lifting her up and making sure she gets some water and we have put her in a shady part of the garden. I don't think she is going to make it and apart from being upset about her I am also worried what to do if we are left with just one hen. We decided some time ago not to get any more hens but I know they are flock animals, so to possibly just have one wouldn't be right. However, much as I would be okay about rehoming our Welsummer, about 6yrs ago our whole flock of hens got myco. They were all treated, some we lost, most were okay after treatment, but I understand they are now regarded as a 'closed flock' so we couldn't add any more hens if we wanted to. So we are obviously unsure as to what to do, any advice appreciated
  6. I was lucky, when I bought mine last year from JL as they came with an offer of a free set of saucepans, although it took about a month before they arrived. Also most of my old saucepans did actually work on the hob, which was good as I had a nice collection of expensive saucepans and didn't want to have to replace them. I do still get the odd occasion though when I forget, like at Christmas when I borrowed someone's steamer and couldn't understand why the water wouldn't heat up
  7. I have one too and also love it. It's so quick to heat up, so responsive and so easy to clean. I use that Hob Brite once a week to clean mine and it takes about a minute to get it as clean as new
  8. We have a real tree every year and I use the same decorations every year, so pretty boring, but this is ours
  9. I don't think I'd be happy with a washing machine that took 4hrs to do a wash either! We have a 3yr old Bosch Washer/Dryer and it has a good variety of programmes, from a 15min quick wash through to a 90 degree cotton wash. I generally use 40 for most things, but for towels and bedding I have a 60min power wash that is 60 degrees. Mine also has a delay thing on it and will apparently wash and dry a whole load, but I've yet to work out after all this time how to set it to do that
  10. I use the all in one method now as I have some of Mary Berry's books and she seems to recommend it all the time. The recipe does have extra baking powder in and I find my cakes taste lovely. I don't bake with butter but always use Stork, although I use butter for my buttercream filling
  11. Today I finished a cake for our granddaughter's 7th Birthday. When I said I would make it I don't think I had realised quite how difficult it would be. I've never done a tiered cake like this before and this one has 3 tiers of chocolate madeira cake, each one with 3 layers in it and a small top layer of just rolled fondant. I've never done model figures before either and got the scale wrong, so when I went to put the princess in the window she wouldn't fit so I had to break her neck off so I could push her in the window It is far from perfect, but for a first attempt I'm quite pleased with it. Just need to learn a fair bit more
  12. Once again a very good episode. I did think the guy was a bit cheeky bringing in shop bought fondant, I read all the time how easy it is to make yourself, although of course I've never tried to make my own and I know they are up against the clock all the time. They repeated Series 1 on the Really channel today and I was watching a few of the episodes from that series. It was quite funny as Mary Berry looked so much older back in 2010 than she does now and Paul Hollywood wasn't as harsh with his comments as he is now. I was hoping they would be showing all the previous series but I can't find out any more about it
  13. I've been waiting for this series for ages and really enjoyed it. I have actually bought some of the freeze dried raspberry powder from Waitrose, there was an article about it in the Daily Mail last week. I think one of the contestants in last years series used some too apparently. Have to say I bake a lot, I've baked 3 chocolate madeira cakes this week, last week I baked bread twice and also made some ice cream cone cupcakes with caramel sponge and nutella icing which were lovely
  14. Apparently slugs and snails do have homing instincts and you need to throw them at least 20 to 30 metres away for them not to come back Those really huge ones with the orange flange, yeah seen a load of them If I had my way I would just bag them up and put them in the bin but my OH say's I am being cruel

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