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Chortle Chook

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  1. Sometimes I really do wonder how ducks have survived as a species. My little call ducks are such nice little beings. Nicer really than my chickens who can be quite vicious. My ducks' rounded bills mean that their pecks don't hurt even on the palm of my hand, and the worst my little drakes seem to do is to grab the bottom of my jeans and make funny quacky noises.
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    Ducks are nicer beings than Chickens

    Oh that's truly horrible. Perhaps I'll revise my view
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    WELCOME NEW MEMBERS. INTRODUCE YOURSELF HERE

    Welcome Stepnout. In Canada you just might find the Omlet harsh weather cube cover helpful
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    My hens are a pain in the neck!

    I am glad Robin is better again. Prolapses are grim especially when it gets hot and flies come out. Over the years I've kept chickens I have come to the conclusion that they are one of the hardest to keep pets I've had. Fancy rats and hammies and even dogs you just keep clean and well fed on the correct food and take them out and have fun with them. Chickens seem to get all sorts of nasties however clean they are kept and regardless of whether or not I fork out on the most expensive Garvo food.
  5. I've been feeding my chickens Garvo or Matador but neither are supplied locally and I am spending a fortune in delivery charges. My local country store stocks 'Alan Page' layers pellets. Does anyone know if these are any good? I give my chooks extra greens and sometimes rice or pasta, so I am hoping that they won't miss out if I swap them off of Garvo. What do you think? Can I do a straight swap or would it be like giving a dog a new dry food and I should mix the new with the old brand for a bit?
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    Ghosts in the house

    Perhaps I should have kept this for Halloween, but how about a thread about ghosts Omleteers have had in their homes. We have a ghost in this Vicotrian house. She (her name, I have found out from others in the village, is Mary) will insist on smoking in my bedroom and study (neither I nor my OH nor any of my friends smoke). However I reckon that it is as much her house as mine and that she has as much right to be here as I do and so I talk to her, explain why I'm changing anything or if an upheaval is coming and when I smell her cigarettes I ask her to please keep her smoking to the garden (Apparently she died here, not in Victorian times, but in the 1970s of lung cancer ) I've lived with a a poltergeist in my parent's house when I was a child but that was rather nasty. A hair brush was thrown across my parents' room from the window side to the door on the other side, when I opened it; a towel was slung at the door in my Gran's bathroom when I opened that, and the back door slammed on the day we left the house (which was a totally windless day) so hard that all the glass fell out. Mary by contrast seems rather kind.
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    Ghosts in the house

    Reminds me of your avatar, Valkyrie
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    Ghosts in the house

    Despite the warm weather this has really put the shivers up me
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    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.
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    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?
  11. 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.
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    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
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    They're here

    What lovely breeds you have chosen! Looking forward to the pictures even if it will make me green. Love their names.
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    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
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    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?
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    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.
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    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?
  18. Did you know, today is "International Respect for Chickens" day. My chickens have all had sweet corn to celebrate. Have yours celebrated at all?
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    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
  20. 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.
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    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.
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    Warmest Coat Recommendations please ?

    Take a look at Land's End. Mine comes from there and I've had it for years. It still looks good, no feathers escaped, it can go in the washing machine, colour does not fade and you can see the various warmth ratings against each model. At the time I bought it (a good 5 years ago) I looked at North Face, but boy were they expensive, and not as clearly marked for how warm they were either. I think with them you are paying quite a lot for a brand name
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    Men and chickens

    My OH curses the chickens rather a lot but if I suggest they should go he is immediately 'on their side' and he is the one cutting up little bits of pasta or spinach leaves in the kitchen for them. The idea of him unwrapping that tie did make me snigger however
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    Men and chickens

    Just seen this chicken tie which really made me laugh. My poor OH would have a fit - he has enough with the chickens running around. Not sure I can resist the temptation
  25. Simple , straight question - are your chickens pets or livestock?

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