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  1. Pesky Foxes

    Perhaps the fox didn't like eggs, but was too polite to say so?
  2. Private Car Parking Fine

    I've moved this to the Nesting Box for you! I would Google the name of the company, and see if there are any discussions groups about this on (for example) Money Saving Expert forum. It used to be the case that these companies would send threatening letters but never follow through, but that has changed lately and they can and will pursue it. There should be information in the letter of how to make an appeal to an independent body, but of course you run the risk of having to pay the full fine if they don't grant the appeal, rather than the discounted figure. I doubt if they have to refer to the NHS Trust, the company probably pays them a flat rate for running the scheme and keeps any profits. Last time this happened to me (at a hotel, not a hospital) I gave up and paid the fine because the whole thing was making me so cross and stressed, I decided it was simpler to pay it and forget it.
  3. Feather Plucking

    I think once it's an established habit, it is very hard to break. I used the anti-peck spray for six weeks earlier this year, and apart from making me very grumpy, it made no bloomin' difference as far as I could see! Like yours, mine have a large run, treats hung up to jump for, a dust bath and regular free-ranging. The hens seem healthy and happy - although it can't be very nice having your feathers pulled out, there is no actual bleeding or damage to their skin, and I'm afraid I have just given up.
  4. Also very sorry to hear about your wife, Keith. Thank you for offering the Eglus to a beginner, I'm sure they will have hours of pleasure from the chickens as you and Trish did.
  5. Any Sailors Out There?

    I did the Level 1 RYA Dinghy Sailing course many, many years ago ... never did any more. Then my friends bought a 28 foot Jaguar a couple of years ago, and we usually go out on it when I visit them. I love it, I don't really understand what I'm doing but my friend's partner shouts which rope to pull, or tells me what to steer for, and I really enjoy it - it's so peaceful once you've got the sails up and the engine off. We had an absolutely brilliant day last Bank Holiday weekend, perfect weather and we just sailed up the river and back. I'm hoping there will be many more trips, they are really pleased that I enjoy it as much as they do.
  6. Recipe for a nice salad dressing please

    I don't like the taste of most lettuce, as you say it is bitter. If I get any I usually buy Little Gem, as they keep well in the fridge and I only have a few leaves, but I'm just as happy to have a salad without the green stuff. Give me a big plate of tomato, beetroot, celery, spring onion, cucumber etc and hold the grass. And don't get me started on the way even a simple sandwich in a cafe is 'garnished' with a few bits of wilting greenery! Home made coleslaw, dressed with yoghurt and mayonnaise, might be a good alternative - otherwise, I tend to buy the vinegar-and-oil type of dressing, rather than make it myself.
  7. Elderly cat woes

    'Barry' is now Bertie, he has settled really well, he is going out in the garden now and presented me with a dead great-tit last week ... Vet gave him a clean bill of health, he just needs the second half of his vaccinations and I can settle back and enjoy him. Unfortunately the microchip cat flap isn't working as I'd hoped, his chip has migrated to his shoulder (I can feel it under the skin) so that might be the problem, for the moment I've taken the batteries out of the cat-flap so it can just be used normally. I would love a tracker device to know where he goes, although he's quite a homeboy - don't like the idea of putting a collar on them though. Here's a gratuitous pic, to show how well he's settled in now
  8. Hellooooo.Don'tsupposeanyofyourememberme .. but

    Hello Mrs Tilytinkle I recognised you at once from your very distinctive style! Lovely to see you back. Whereabouts are you moving to? I love my hens, but I think if I ever gave up it would be hard to start again; so your husband is probably right that after seven years, it's time to part with the Cube. (And you can always look for another one, once you've moved .... shhhhh! ) Hope you find a buyer, they are usually popular. I hope you'll continue to visit the forum, owning chickens isn't a prerequisite, you know!
  9. 10 year anniversary!

    Happy Heniversary - and it's lovely to see some former (I won't say 'old'!) forum members back on here! I haven't been counting, but I must be into my 12th year of hen-keeping ... which means it is 11 years since I bought eggs from a shop. I've learned a lot during that time, both about chickens and other things - and my house has a few Omlet must-haves, none of which has disappointed me because they came so highly recommended. Here's to many more years of happy hen-keeping.
  10. Over here in the UK we don't call them 'Easter Eggers' but I'm assuming you mean hybrids that lay blue or green eggs? It depends what they have been crossed with I suppose, but generally they are standard sized hens, i.e. not bantams and not large fowl. Six should be absolutely fine in a Cube. How big is the run - is it the standard one that comes with the Cube? Allow around 1m square per hen.
  11. The joys of being a 60 year old

    Happy birthday - what a fabulous cake! Enjoy the benefits. I already get free prescriptions due to a long-term medical condition, but apparently I won't qualify for a Freedom pass until I am 66.5, same as my pension age. Boo.
  12. Our dear friend Docsquid

    So sorry to hear it, I never met her but remember her posting on here and her involvement in some of the Omlet meet-ups. Her energy and enthusiasm for life was evident. Thanks for letting us know, Egluntyne.
  13. Welcome to the New Omlet Forum!

    Now, now Cat tails ... don't tease the poor word censor, he's hunched over his computer day and night picking up these naughty phrases. It's tempting though ....
  14. Elderly cat woes

    hi Scarlett - in fact, I ended up feeding Claudette on Waitrose basic catfood because it seemed the only one that settled her tummy, and she was not eating enough biscuits to keep her weight up. However, before that I was buying Royal Canin Sensible biscuits (I think it's pronounced the French way, but who knows!) and they were definitely better for her digestion.
  15. Elderly cat woes

    Haha, great name suggestions, thanks! He is 4-5 years old, and yes he's a rescue cat, I've never had any other sort. Apparently he was abandoned when his owners moved away, they had not bothered to have him neutered and so he was getting into fights and his coat was getting very matted living outdoors. Hard to imagine as he's a real softie, and clearly loves being pampered! He's already allowing me to groom him, and has settled in really well. He won't be going outside for a bit, but I'm going to get a microchip catflap when the time comes. As he's a bit tubby (due to having been living in a small space) and quite vocal, my friend suggested 'Pavarotti' but I don't think that's his name.

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