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  1. Wow Soapdragon you are doing very well! Well done for dropping your pain meds down, fabulous! As soon as you can do an emergency stop you can drive, unless you’ve been told otherwise for whatever reason of course. OH had 6 weeks post op on first hip (NHS) and several apps (private) on second hip. Both physios worked through the exercise booklet and speeding OH through it as it is designed for an older patient. Look after yourself, you are doing so well 😀👍.
  2. My oldest chicken goes to bed first, she’s entitled to as she’s 9 but she’s not the bottom chicken. The last 2 to go in varies between 3 of them!
  3. Oooo, how exciting getting your first chickens! Just to add, I don’t whistle for my chickens, I shake their tin with corn in and when they come in they get a handful of corn. You can start this in the first few days after you get them, not sure if you are planning on letting them free range but what I mean is when they are in the run you can whistle/ shake a tin and then give them their treat. That way they will begin their training and get used to you and associate you with loveliness! Have fun 🐔🐥🐔
  4. I’ve definitely had 1 chicken lay 2 eggs in a day a couple of times, it was when they were young. Not sure if that helps.
  5. Thank you Soapdragon and Patricia. I’m so pleased you are doing so well, Soapdragon,it is a big op and you are doing really well. Keep up those lovely exercises and before you know where you are you’ll be back to normal only if anything like my husband better and stronger with your new hip! Your garden ideas are great, I really like the idea of salvias, verbena and lavender. It sounds lovely. Thank you too Patrica, the chickens aren’t allowed out as far as this (my first lot of 4, 10 years ago were,but I learnt and they now have part of the garden which is fenced off. They do love under the trees in the picture as well.) I really like the scented idea too, Will get looking into whether to grow the plants from seeds or buy baby plants. In the past I’ve been victim of buying 1 of this and 1 of that, but must now be better behaved at the garden centres!
  6. Thanks DM, I have a dog, I wasn’t planning on getting one just to get rid of a cat 🤣. This lot of chickens are rather an odd lot and quite disparate with no chief which doesn’t help things. With the cat, they all scatter here there and everywhere! I really cannot see any likelihood of them retaliating. Previous chickens have had a right giggle at cats that come into the garden and have normally charged cats. I really cannot see that happening with this lot unfortunately. Water pistol is a good idea, though it’s normally run over the fence when it sees me!
  7. I let my chickens free range, and I’m inside but keep an eye and ear on them. The last week or so we’ve had an uninvited cat who has decided to annoy them. I don’t know where this cat has come from. Previously and years ago a cat came along and the girls stood up to it. However, this one comes along and scares them! Today, it scattered the lot and until I went out there was having a great time annoying them. I can’t stay outside the whole time whilst they are free ranging so at present they are going to stay in. Hopefully the cat might forget about them???!! In the meantime, I’m going to worm them as they’ll be in. Any suggestions? I could get my dog to chase it out, but then there’s the chickens to worry about, she’s really good with them walking around but if they go into no brain I’m scared, full fly around mode goodness knows what might happen!
  8. I have an oval shaped border on chalk which drains well and is in full sun whenever it is sunny. Any suggestions what to plant. I’m giving it a much needed makeover! I like sweet peas so hope to have 3 lots going on but anything else for all year round colour/design recommendations much appreciated. Chickens in the background!
  9. Well Done Soapdragon!! Yes, both of my husband’s hip replacements.. the first 24 hours post op were grim! Hip no 1 was morphine, then hip no 2 was build up of pain meds which actually caused stomach problems so I think for OH morphine was better. Thereafter each 24 hours in that first week, he improved a lot 😀. Have they told you about putting a moisturiser on, to help it? We also used arnica pillules to help with the bruising. Down to 1 crutch, fabulous , yes they were ditched quite quickly post op too. Rest is important as the exercises. Well done on shower etc, brilliant! Fantastic to hear you are doing so well 😀😀😀.
  10. Has anyone else ever had no Head Girl with their chickens? I have 7 chickens and out of that, 2 bossy ones and Matilda my lovely skyline who is nearly 9 years old who is in charge of anyone under the weather. They aren’t as happy as they could be as really as there is no leader! The 2 bossy ones look out for everything but do spend a lot of time squawking!
  11. This onion idea is interesting. What’s the stuff in the little jar? How do you eat them? I have lots of onions and this looks a good idea.Thank you.
  12. Rather late to all this, but my OH has had both hips replaced, he was 49 on the first one and then second one done last April when he was 51. Thinking of you atm, hoping it has all gone well and all I can say is get on and do the exercises. OH recovered v quickly, your age and attitude will do you well. Hoping your pain is ok and thinking of you.
  13. Thanks DM, she’s got baked eggshells. Apart from that and not laying for the last couple of days, she’s the same bossy chicken as ever! Thank you too MC, I’m secretly enjoying it, she has to be 1 of the stroppiest chickens I’ve ever owned! I love the rest of them, but she is something else!
  14. My legbar has decided to moult! Tbh, serves her right as she is a bossy old wotsit! Never had one moult this late or there again has she got the timing right as we we coming into Spring?!
  15. I wouldn’t leave them for 2 nights, we very occasionally leave ours for 1 but not 2. There’s egg collecting to do and I do feel they need to be checked on. If I ever get stuck or had an ill chicken, I wouldn’t leave them at all.

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