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Chortle Chook

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About Chortle Chook

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  • Birthday 04/24/1960
  1. Ghosts in the house

    Reminds me of your avatar, Valkyrie
  2. Ghosts in the house

    Despite the warm weather this has really put the shivers up me
  3. Ghosts in the house

    I certainly think that as Shakespear's Hamlet said "There are more things in Heaven and on Earth, Horatio Than are dreamt of in your philosophy" Whether they are spirits or just strong impressions imprinted in places I can't decide. What seems clear is that unhappiness seems to imprint itself more than joy which is a tad depressing in itself.
  4. They're here

    Aren't they pretty girls! I love the way they are all so different. Do you buy that tonic or do you make it up yourself?
  5. Wondering who tweets and any words of wisdom

    I love Facebook but have never seen the need for Twitter. I find myself wondering how on earth people have the time for all that 'following' . . . but then I realise I can spend loads of time on Facebook and it has taken over almost completely from my Omlet fixation
  6. They're here

    What lovely breeds you have chosen! Looking forward to the pictures even if it will make me green. Love their names.
  7. What would make you give up keeping chickens

    Well that's me sorted . . . I've agreed to have another Poland so perhaps not giving up any time soon after all
  8. What would make you give up keeping chickens

    I do hope your operation is not as big as you think, Margaret, and that all goes really smoothly. We'll be thinking of you. I keep thinking that the wise thing would be to not get new chickens as the old ones toddle off this earth and am now down to 6, but whether I really can bite that bullet I don't know. I have been so put off by the fact that it is easier round here to get treatment for a pet hammy than a chicken. I long for a sort of 'Yorkshire Vet' situation where if I spot one not looking well I can pop round to the vet and get her some decent treatment, but I guess I am in a rural area where chickens are still very much considered as a disposable commodity I have lost another one today (she was old at 7 but . . . ) and thinking about it, I can't imagine my garden without chickens. I think it would seem very barren after all the bustling that is always going on in it. And who would eat the left over sweet corn?
  9. Just wondering what would make people on this forum give up keeping chickens. There have been a few posts recently about early morning noise. Mine make little noise in the early mornings (and I even have a cockerel all be it a very old one aged 9) so that wouldn't be the issue for me even though I would sometimes like not to have to get up quickly on a weekend in the summer to make sure my girls get maximum fun before it gets hot. For me it is the poor veterinary advice. I've found it really difficult to get decent care over the 6 years I've been keeping chickens. On the one hand I've had a vet suggest I keep a rather sleepy chicken on a drip for a week at a referral centre when she (the chicken, not the vet) had lice in her crest that a good powdering got rid of and on the other I've had a vet refuse to stock baytril antibiotic because "it is expensive and has a short shelf life". I've also had one tell me that a chicken I had definitely had Mareks when it turned out to be a cancerous growth.
  10. Early morning noise again!!!

    I agree - though the letter may sound somewhat condescending, I think the environmental health officer has shown sense and done his best to show 'due diligence' while not exactly up-holding the complaint. I think this year, because of the warm winter, the rat problem has been quite bad. On Crocus you can get a Squirrel-proof seed feeder and I can vouch for it being anti rat too. It has a sort of metal thing that comes down over the food if anything tries to climb down from above. It is on offer too at the mo. One customer has reviewed it and says it does not work but that could be because they have not hung it up correctly. There is no point hanging it where the squirrel (or rat) can lean over to it.
  11. Did you know, today is "International Respect for Chickens" day. My chickens have all had sweet corn to celebrate. Have yours celebrated at all?
  12. Need washing machine advice

    Thanks everyone for your advice I couldn't afford a Miele (my mother though has had her's for 30 years - must be a record ) so OH and I went to the High Wycombe John Lewis and got the smallest Bosch. I had been all for getting an Indesit but the rep called it 'in de sh*t' so I thought better of it So far the wee Bosch is doing brilliantly at getting through the washing backlog and I'm very pleased with it
  13. Need washing machine advice

    My dear old washing machine has just given up the ghost and I'm in dire need of your advice on what washing machine to get now. Feeling bamboozled by all the different makes many of which I've never even heard of I only need something small as there is just me and my OH and the odd bit of dog bedding to cope with and my kitchen is a wee galley kitchen. I'll have paid off the mortgage in a couple of years at which point I'm promising myself a kitchen re-fit or a house move (a sort of 'Love it or List it' thing going on between me and my OH) so really I only need something to last me for a few years and at the moment I don't have loads to spend on it. I've heard of Miele but they seem to cost a mini fortune . Do any of you have any recommendations?
  14. Yep Mabel is a Mark. The Poland males can mature quite late. A punky hair do however, in place of a neat bob, is a sure sign of a boy. However he would be fine with your two girls - eggs are fine too until they are sat on by the hen as they don't start developing till then (otherwise the clutch would all hatch at different times and the hen would not be able to look after her young). I had a lovely male Poland which I took back to the breeder - That was about 3 years ago and I still regret doing so. I expect that he got sold off as the unwanted part of a trio and I often wonder about it. He was such a very sweet natured boy, and unlike Pekins or Silkies he had a nice crow - not a strangled cat noise or high pitched squeak but a real crow.
  15. Snowdrops !!!!

    What beautiful photos!! Thanks for sharing them I'm getting a little bed of snow drops year by year round the foot of one of those large Australian leaf plants. Nothing like your photos but to my delight they seem (touch wood) to be chicken proof and the result is rather pretty.