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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 morning before I let them out, and was thinking of putting their litter around the garden to start marking their territory. Thanks to any responses in advance
  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 kept on our allotment, which can be very windy. At present I have provided shelter in the smaller original run, so they have somewhere to go in the bad weather- but would ideally like the WIR to be pleasant for them at all times. I have thought about two large pegs, tied onto a strong piece of rope, and secured each side on the run bottom- has anyone got any other ideas?
  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 different personalities just like humans. The house we got her from wasn't the nicest place, it was very dirty, and I didn't get a good vibe from the owner, but could never have left Evie there! She's like my shadow now, and as soon as I get home she welcomes me and starts moaning for food!
  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 sight until they were neutered, which we had to do quite early with Oscar as he was getting frisky! I was so anxious at first! But they always know where home is, and come running back if anything spooks them. I don't think ours stray too far from home, instead Oscar sits on the garden boundaries keeping watch for other cats! Enjoy your kitten whilst young... they grow so quickly!
  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 (any food!) Probably due to his time spent in kennels. We were aware of this and hid/locked anything edible away from him, although he often still managed to find a treat; including entire multi-packs of crisps, that he very carefully opened each packet of- it was a funny sight when we returned from school/work! Of course anything on the work surface was easy pickings for a greyhound, he had numerous dinners, my birthday cake once . And when staying at my grandparents (when we were on holiday,) a whole punnet of kiwi fruits, a catering size tub of butter (my Granny was making my Aunty's wedding cake at the time) which didn't go down well when Grandad was clearing up prize lawn! And a corner of an antique table They didn't fancy having him stay again! Flynn also used to run away frequently- when on walks, he'd be off if he saw anything in the distance; or if you left a gap when opening the door I remember a camping holiday once (he holidayed with us after his stay at the Grandparents!) where my borther and I had Flynn in the tent with us, (my parents in the campervan) Flynn somehow escaped the tent, I woke up in the middle of the night & ran around the campsite searching for him... only to find him chasing rabbits! I eventually got him back when he had a lapse of attention, engrossed in the delights of the bins! I think the main reason our family love greyhounds is their cheeky personalities, although they can be very testing at times!
  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 is chickweed- but not 100% - cooked pasta (unsalted) - they're favourite is a mixture of vegetable s"Ooops, word censored!"s, peelings, stalks etc all boiled up. I add un-peeled potatoes to the cooking mixture for some bulk- I love not throwing the peelings etc in the bin, I think about everything I throw away now! The only thing I've found they weren't too fussed about was porridge, I thought they'd love it on a cold morning
  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
  16. I like the idea of the car tyre dust bath- although I know they will kick the contents everywhere, because this is exactly what they have done with the current cat litter tray filled with soil/sand So you only have to change the Aubroise every few months? Does it take much to fill the run? The run panels don't currently have anything as kickboards- is there anything that is easy to install? I'm not too good at diy!
  17. This is absolutely awful! I really cannot understand what would possess someone to even think about doing something so terrible! I hope they find him.... and leave the police protection for those who actually deserve it- what a waste of money! People need to be accountable for their actions unless there is a VERY good reason; which is highly unlikely in such situations.
  18. We've got 4 chickens, of which 2 are laying, they both have chosen to lay in the corner of the coop on the floor near the roosting bars... I think this might be because the nest box is positioned higher than the roosting bars; and apparently it should be the other way around? I am going to attempt to move the roosting bars higher this weekend.... hopefully this will solve the problem
  19. That's great thank you ANH It's excellent when someone else can offer advice- I have questions for every single thing I do with them I haven't seen the Easibed bedding before, but will have a look for it on here. Does it matter if it gets muddy? We will be putting a roof on it, hopefully corrugated plastic, so most of the rain should be kept out. It is quite exposed on the allotment so I may try to put something on one of the sides for more protection?
  20. Hello, We have recently purchased four chickens (all Light Sussex & Rhode Island Red crosses), who live on our allotment plot, currently in a large(ish) coop and a small run that came with the coop. We are desperate to get a walk in run sorted for them, and have purchased some second hand panels with a view to getting it constructed this weekend. The panels need a little work, just staining and adding some stronger wire, (as currently it is only chicken wire with quite large holes; that I am not confident would keep much out, especially being on an allotment). We are going to make the run 4ft wide, by 16ft long to fit at the end of the plot, with the coop on the outside. Currently we have large paving slabs under the coop and small run to stop anything getting in, and would like to know what to use for the larger run. I obviously would like the base as secure as possible, but also want to ensure the chickens are happy and have something to stratch around in, and that I can clean it down easily. I would like to lay slabs around the edge of the run, both on the inside and out, and hopefully leave a little bare in the centre for the chickens to dig in. Is this safe to leave a bit bare in the middle? Another thought was to lay something under the entire run, like a weed membrane, then put hardwood chips (or something similar) in the entire run, still with the slabs around the edge. I am also concerned about cleaning, how do people clean the run out? I will pick poo etc. but I'm sure it will still need a lot of cleaning from food and poo etc. I can't wait to get it all completed and put some perches etc in for them Any ideas/suggestions would be much appreciated!
  21. Our cat Evie has a bit of a thing for laundry- but luckily it's our own! (Not to sure how happy I'd be finding the neighbours undies in our house! ) I find numerous socks underneath the dining table... most of what she takes is black, I am probably looking into it way too much, but I thought she may think these small black things were her kittens? (She's black too)
  22. Wow the rat palace looks excellent! I'm sure you're rats will love it! I have had lost of rats throughout my childhood.... they really do make fantastic pets! They're so intelligent, I was amazed I could teach mine their names & they came when called! (Far more obedient than our greyhound!) They are vey affectionate too, and I think make wonderful pets for children. My first rat, Ratticous (not very imaginative I know- was young though! Ha) was a male, and he was very affectionate, he was quite happy sitting on my shoulder all evening, or on my lap. He did wee constantly though! But to be honest I didn't notice him smelling more, just had to make sure you wiped up after him! After him, I had 3 sets of 2 girls a time. The girls are certainly more busy, running about my bedroom for the entire evening when I let them out of their cage; they seldom sat with me for long! Although they did slow down when they got older. I continued getting rats for many years, but eventually found it so heartbreaking when they died after only 2 years of life. I got my rats from a small local pet shop, and some from Pets at Home, and my Dad always commented that they were probably too interbred to be healthy. I would have definitely tried small breeders if I'd have thought about it! Hope you and your children enjoy many happy years with your lovely rats!
  23. My ginger tom Oscar dribbles when he's feeling affectionate, he's done it since he was a kitten; it's a little like his suckling still, as he kneads when he's doing it too- soppy thing for a large male cat! My cat Floss (who passed away a few year ago at the age of 22) also used to dribble, but this was probably due to her age. I wouldn't say it was anything to worry about
  24. Our chickens worked this out too! We decided to get an 'automatic' chicken feeder, where they knock small bar type thing & the food comes out. They had this at the farm we brought them from, but for some reason they didn't work out the new one!? So we've reverted to the old feeder whilst waiting for a new one to be delivered with the rain hat. Treats-wise our's love raisins, banana slices, corn on the cob & kale (from the allotment, that has got too big for us to eat... although now we are fast running out of this, so they are getting the lovely small tender leaves too!) I hang the kale up in the run, and cabbages; which they are a bit picky with- they loved the first red cabbage I hung up, but not too keen on the new white one! I am new to this chicken keeping lark, but love it already!

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