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  1. HarrisonFamily

    Free Ranging

    Hi - we rescued 3 girls at the weekend, they were from a free range farm so in good condition and we have named them "H", "E" and "N" We have 2 existing hens (Chi and Ken ) who happily free range and will return to the WIR as soon as call them and shake the corn . I am assuming the 3 new ones are used to free ranging all day so not sure when I should let them out or how to get them back in again easily. Any advice would be much appreciated Thank you
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    Free Ranging

    I let them out - they roamed around for 30 minutes - spot of sunbathing and then returned to the WIR on their own where I gave them some meal worms - so thank you - Photo of H & N sunbathing...
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    Free Ranging

    Thank you - I have kept them in 10 days in the run - and they are looking for treats when I come in - so I will let them out soon - with the dog safely out the way !!
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    Free Ranging

    Unfortunately, I cannot let them free range all day otherwise my dog would have to be in all the time - my dog would love a chicken or two for lunch !!! So I will keep them in then let them out last an hour before bed and hope they head home Thanks for the help
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    Free Ranging

    Thank you - my other 2 do come quickly but I was worried that the others are used to free ranging all day they may never want to go back - I will try next week and see what happens !!
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    How to make budgies take bath

    We have 2 budgies that are at least 10 years old and they have never had a bath either ..They are outside in an aviary so probably have a shower occasionally !!!
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    Water softeners, what's your experience?

    We had a water softener for about 8 years (big salt blocks) - we all drank it no problems and were advised only not to use for making up baby bottles...really helped with my sons eczema - in fact we knew when to change the blocks as his eczema would flare up....unfortunately, it has now broken and never got round to replacing. Definitely easier to keep things clean when it worked and used a lot less shampoo- again live in Kent with really hard water xx
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    The Recipe Thread

    Here is one of my favourite easy Vegan recipes --Sweet potato & black bean quinoa chilli - just chop everything and throw in the slow cooker 1 Large sweet Potato, 1 red onion, 3 garlic gloves, 1 red pepper, 1 can black beans, 2 tbsp tomato puree, 1 tin tomatoes, 1/2 cup quinoa, 1 1/2 tbsp of chilli powder, 2tsp cumin, 2tsp paprika, 1tsp coriander This was my first every vegetarian meal I tried - and loved it.
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    Japanese Space Toilets

    I cannot use a public toilet where you cannot reach the door to slam it shut - it doesn't matter if it has a lock I hate the thought of someone walking in ....I read a very bizarre thread on mumsnet years ago about people who couldn't use any toliet unless they were naked which was very entertaining reading !!!
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    Daftest pet name?

    I had a friend who had a cat called "Dog" and a dog called "Cat" 🤣....I love giving the animals long names - we have a guinea pig called Galadriel and a hen called Hermoine - I just love hearing the 2 year olds I look after trying to say the names....
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    Desperately Seeking Trousers!

    I always end up getting my jeans/trousers from charity shops there always seems to loads from different shops - so I get all the styles/ brands in one place as I hate shopping !!
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    Dental Implants

    Hi I haven't posted for a while but have always found you lovely Omlet people so helpful for all matters and not just chickens... My husband (nearly 50) has been told that he has to lose 8 teeth and either have dentures or implants... For Implants he has been quoted £14000 ....we don't know anyone who has had implants and struggling to find reviews apart from all the actual dentists site ...can anyone offer any wise advice... Also we stumbled across a website saying in budapest the price is signifucantally cheaper and te gurantee 15 years longer so if anyone has flown out there to have implants we would love to know what you think, Thank you and hope you are all well Helen
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    Dental Implants

    Thank you for the replies ....they are planning on removing teeth, putting some temporary ones in ..leaving and putting more in after 6 months ... I think we are going to look at a few places over here but the thought of it makes me feel ill....I blame years of him living on pepsi and coke before I met him !!!!!
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    Online wiils

    Hi - we needed a will in place quickly - so for now we used an online company that phone you up go through everything and then set it up ....unfortunately, I was very disappointed as the advice was valid advice, recommending additional things such as power of attorney etc , but ended up more like a sales call (Luckily I am quite good at saying no or it would have been very expensive !! )- the end result was I have created my will quickly as required and not that expensive but when time allows will visit a solicitor and ensure everything is in place correctly
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    Please let me know what you think ? - I have heard great things but do idea what it is and never had time to do a course ...If my phone lets me I will install the app and have a go over Easter.
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    Unexpected advantage of the Rocky Peck toy

    The first morning they were quiet I was scared to look in the WIR as I thought a fox must be the only reason they were quiet - its worked for 2 weeks so far ...worth every penny !!!
  17. I bought the rocky peck toy to help with the integration of 3 new girls with my one remaining rescue girl - it worked as a great distraction. Normally when I take the food in at night I get woken as the sun rises by the girls complaining at having no breakfast... After leaving rocky full of food it keeps the girls busy until I want to get out of bed ....which makes me and my neighbours happy.....just hoping it continues .
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    Children standing in Shopping Trolleys

    I completely agree - I childmind and I can quite often take three 3 year olds and a 2 year old to the super market - they all walk, they take it in turns to put things in the trolley, find numbers and if the aisle is empty we occasionally run to the end ...if its not too busy they even take turns to scan items at the self check out - they love it and are then rewarded with cake in the cafe - again they all sit nicely, say thank you for the cakes to the cafe workers... I would never dream of doing it when supermarket is really busy or for a full shop but they love it. It is dangerous and have read of parents trying to sue supermarkets when their child has fallen out I am sure supermarkets have tried to stop it but also sure staff are abused for asking... Parents are scared to say NO...Schools don't stand a chance ....but I won't start ranting about that !!!!
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    claustrophobic Hen

    No she has never gone in the cube even before the one went broody...guess she just loves her freedom too much and likes being out. Thank you I will leave her where she is happy.
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    claustrophobic Hen

    Hi, I got 3 ex bats earlier this year t o go along with my old 2 existing girls - both the old girls died over the summer. At the moment 1 girl -Anastasia - is broody and will return to the cube and nest box at ever opportunity, 1 girl - Annabelle -goes in at night and out in the morning And Annabeth perches every night on a branch in the run - even in the wind and the rain she prefers to go out side - we have lifted several times in the dark and placed her in the cube and she staggers out and returns to her perch, we even shut the door once and the next morning she rushed out to the branch... I have only ever received 2 eggs a day - down to one now - I am guessing the broody one has stopped laying and one has never laid.... Would you just leave her ? - she just seems happier outside. Thanks Helen
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    Children and the great outdoors

    I childmind and all the children I care for spend loads of time outside doing everything what you would expect and they always want to go out - we spend hours in the garden, beach, woods and park. My own children are early teenagers and still love to go outside especially camping but also equally spend time on screens - my daughter messages her friends alot (but none live local and she would love a friend to actually go out with ) and spends lots of time listening to music and watching films. My son watches absolute rubbish on you tube and plays a variety of games - he used to go out more but bullying stopped this. They both have long school days (7.30 - 4.30) and then homework so I have learnt that if this is how they want to relax let them - they still play sport. I think the main problem is their friends are dotted all over the place , so their phones are lifelines to chat- when I was young we all just went to the same local village school and knew everyone so we would just hang out and chat. This summer I was extremely happy to see in the local woods someone made a couple of rope swings and every evening groups of teenagers have been going up there and having great fun - these teenagers have been even cycling from nearby villages, I can hear them from my house - they have been climbing and swinging and laughing alot. They sounded like they were having so much fun so I even tried a rope swing out when taking the dog for a walk ...it was fun until the branch seat snapped !!! But on a very sad note the saddest thing I have ever heard was this - a friend of mine was trying to get her son to come to the beach when on holiday - he has mild autism with sensory problems so it was never a fun place for him but his reply was "Mum if I wanted to go to the beach or anywhere else in the world I can look at photos on line so I don't really ever need to go outdoors" Things change but the I feel the love of the great outdoors will still be there but there may also be a screen taking a photo or 2 ....
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    Favourite British Band

    Love U2
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    New Rescue Chicken..

    Hi - a couple of weeks ago we got 3 girls from BHWT - Anastasia, Angelina and little Annabeth -I had 2 old girls - one was an original rescue chicken. On arrival Anastasia was in such good condition it was hard to tell the difference between her and my original Madam Cholet, Angelina is also now looking very good ...Annabeth on arrival was the smallest and had lots of bald patches - I kept them separated for 10 days and intro's went well but poor annabeth got stuck under the feeder some how and got pecked alot on one leg...since them she is now perching constantly on the highest branch ...I have given her her own food bowl up there and she must be sneeking down for a drink but I think she is sleeping up there (not unless she is sneeking in the cube after dark). Even if I seperate the 2 originals again she is happy just to stay up there. I have a large walk in run that can separated in half by a door. Would you just leave annabeth or lift her into the cube at night ? The others are all quite happy ... Any advice would be appreciated (My plan is when they all the new ones look the same I can just call them Ann )
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    New Rescue Chicken..

    Today things changed...I looked in the nesting box this morning and both old girls were cuddled up together...I thought it was because one of the others had laid an egg so they thought they would sit on it...(they haven't laid for months) - so I removed the egg. I returned this afternoon and Madam Cholet had died in the nesting box ...no idea why but I think we have had her 5 \ 6 years and she was from BNWT... Annabeth has now started coming down from her perch...
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    Fifths Disease/Slapped Cheek Syndrome

    It is one of the illnessess you may never even know your child had as it is quite often just a red cheek and slight temperature the government guidelines say they do not even need to be taken out of school....https://www.gov.uk/government/uploads/system/uploads/attachment_data/file/522337/Guidance_on_infection_control_in_schools.pdf However, as an adult the symptons are very different and I ended up in bed unable to move for a week !!!!! Happy Easter Bank Holiday