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About NouveauChick

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  1. Thank you for all the advice! I'm going to go for it on Friday! I'll be out in the garden most of the day, and will keep calling them back at regular intervals- I know I'll be worrying all day, and for weeks to come I'm sure I was worried about the length of time, after hearing that people recommend 6 weeks- that would definitely be too long for our two! Aunty e- oh blimey! I suppose cats just do whatever they want to do in the end! Fingers crossed for this time Thank you all once more
  2. Hello all! We have just brought our first house, and all unpacked/settled in now... just need to get the cats sorted! We've been moved in for over two weeks now, and I am hoping to let our two cats out on Friday (I thought the long weekend at home would be a good time!) They are both very settled in the house, but are itching to get out.... not to mention driving me slightly mad thundering through the house! Does anyone have any tips on if this is a long enough time to have kept them in for, or any other tips on ensuring they come back? I'm not planning on feeding them in the morni
  3. Thank you for all your ideas- I'll definitely look for some of those brackets, they sound perfect. We only really walk along one side of the run, because the other side has asparagus beds all along (which Dad protects like the crown jewels!) I'll hopefully get this done over the Christmas break- fingers crossed it doesn't get any colder!
  4. Hello- We recently constructed a WIR, it's 12ft long, 4ft wide and about 7ft tall, it sits on paving slabs (with small gaps inbetween each- about the saize used for grouting) and a homemade anti-dig skirt type thing. # Over the Winter I would like to attempt to make the run more weatherproof, by putting some clear tarps up, and maybe a roof- but I'm a little worried about the entire run falling over in the wind. It is attached to the original small run (by screws) which is in turn attached to the coop- but I would like to secure it to the ground if possible? The chickens are k
  5. We have chickens on our allotment in Suffolk- don't know where to find the policy though, but our Parish Council is Great Cornard Parish Council if that's helpful. There are about 8 other plots with chickens on
  6. I agree with other posts that it should not be used on cats! We used to use Frontline Plus, but our cats kept getting fleas still- so we now use Advantage- touch wood it's been great so far!
  7. Glad he's progressing! We got two kittens, from different people a few weeks apart; Oscar who we got first was always brave and self-assured. Evie was very, very shy at first, and wouldn't let us anywhere near her, she hissed and spat and run for cover if we tried But immediately got on with Oscar, and they are inseparable to this day. It took a week or so before I managed to stroke Evie, she eventually got used to us, but wasn't happy if anyone else come in our house, however this too is better now, although even after two years she is very wary of some people! I suppose they all have d
  8. I notice your cat isn't allowed them- just wondered if you knew if it was true that grapes/raisins are posionous to cats? I have just written in another thread about our greyhound (sadly deceased now) who would eat most things if he got the chance- including kiwi fruits, butter, crisps, decomposing animals whilst on walks which he also loved to roll around in, especially after a bath!
  9. Oh Seagazer that's awful! How can people think that it is acceptable to throw a deceased pet in the rubbish .... I can't even put a bird (that the cats frequently bring in) in the bin- I'm fast running out of space in the garden in which I can dig for fear of finding a grave! My cats have never got used to collers, they are micro-chipped though. If you do get a collar, make sure it's one of the easy 'snap' ones in case they get caught when climbing. We started letting ours out after their jabs were completed, they are wary at first and wouldn't go far. We didn't let them out of our sigh
  10. My parent's have a greyhound called Leo, he is their second.... but won't be the last I'm sure They are lovely dogs, very affectionate and funny... but also hard work at times! They certainly won't do anything they don't want to will they! We got Leo as a 10 week old puppy from a racing kennels, it was lovely having him from so young. We had rescued another male called Flynn (sadly passed away now), becauce he had broken one of his back legs when training, poor thing - but he had a much happier life with us than he would of racing! Flynn was very naughty he was OBSESSED with food
  11. We have a skinny chicken too- not that you can see by looking at her, just when I pick her up I can feel the breast bone quite prominently. She is a light sussex-cross-rhode island red, I have been worried about her, as all the others feel much plumper.... I thought it may be because she was the first to start laying, and as yet only 1 other is laying? They all eat loads! Haven't felt her crop though- how would I do this?
  12. We've got 4 chickens in a WIR on our allotment, I noticed some small burrows yesterday around the run, the opening was small (about the size of a 50p piece) I think they are mice holes, as not sure anything else could fit. The run is pretty secure, with concrete slabs, and an anti-dig skirt around the bottom (dirt in the middle), and weldmesh all around. Although I'm sure the tiny mice can fit in somewhere. The pellets are left out all the time, (in a feeder like the Blenham one sold on here) toehr than eating the food, will the mice cause any other issues?
  13. Our girls will eat almost anything! They especially love: - swiss chard - corn on the cob (we had a crop on the allotment that didn't taste very sweet for our palates, but the chickens didn't mind!) Now that's all gone I give tinned sweetcorn. - sprouting broccoli leaves & bits that have gone to seed - spinach - raisins, plums, apples, grapes & numerous other fruits (I don't throw ones that are passed their best now, just cut any really bad bits out & pass them on ) - mixed corn - live mealworms, and dried - a selection of weeds from the allotment, I think one of them
  14. Our chickens LOVE mealworms! Especially the live ones, that you get from pet shops..... although I do feel rather mean
  15. I agree with all other comments, I think cats are far more intimidated by chickens than vice-versa. After all a chicken is quite a large bird compared to ones a cat usually comes into contact with. My brother told me that he'd seen a chicken peck a cat's eye out on a farm he was working at! How horrible, suppose most cats are enough sense to stay away! I's definitely be-friend the cat, and offer some food and shelter

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