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  1. I have 6 and a half cats.....ok 7. Never bothered the chickens, prob more wary as odd one will chase them! No
  2. Thanks luvachicken! All good here. Am being vigilant re broody ladies as have at least five! Four cross brahma in big shed and one old slw Wyandotte under the willows next to netted fence.....where she thinks I can't see Her? Ha! Took dogs to. Alert me as so well hidden. I'd love babies but as on downsize mode I just have to let the ladies down much to their disgust. Feel so bad but......
  3. I've had one fly over 6ft trellis panels to lay in a wooden barrel flower pot (daily) one lay in old hanging basket on the ground, ones who laid in an Ali Baba terracotta pot which was laying on its side (last year a chook hatched babies in said pot!) Currently have 3 hens who lay at base of a New Zealand flax at top of my driveway. ...that's just some of the ones I remember!!
  4. Favorelles are lovely, have two and they are so nosy and lovely birds! Are right up in your face when outside incase you have any bread/goodies in hand. One did go broody this year briefly but on the whole they are lovely characters and yes docile as low in the pecking order under smaller breeds
  5. Lol.....see the link was to my morehens disease! .....a slippery slope and I slid down it faster than a toboggan in an Olympic run!
  6. Hello, how is everyone? Not been on here for yonks! Life gets busy.... Still have 'morehens' as in far to many but waayy less than I used to ! Got a bit carried away and would listen to no one lol. Sold about 12 recently (all lovely pure breed hand reared to just across the valley from me plus a coop) as so need to downsize to a sensible number in my little 1/4 acre garden as not fair on them and the 12 went to a huge lush grassy acre that I can barely see across the valley, so fab new home with visiting rights Am down to about 32 now which is still a lot, but keeping the rest as some old girls living out their retirement and some middle aged and a few youngsters. Took my wee leopard print thuringian in last week as saw her with sticky closed eyes hunched under a cherry tree, cat box, wee bit deneguard biotics and thought she'd had it. After 48 hours bit of corn and washed her wee face. Next day, bright eyed wanting out......been fine ever since so pleased as she's like a wee toy and so pretty. Sold my brinsea incys as decided no more hatching much as I loved it, I don't have the ground. Had total fun with them and will miss the wee faces behind the plastic but had to be sensible (for once lol!!)
  7. Hello, long time no scribble! Hope everyone's chooks are doing well and surviving what has been a pretty mild winter so far? All the chooks are well up here, from the big fowl to my five little banties (which I adore and not too muddy this winter for them.....yet!) Today I found the first broody of the year sat in coop on clutch of eggs.....well I'll have to disappoint her as far to early for this nonsense as too cold!
  8. Esp when so long since you've used it, that it wants you to sign in and you can't rem if you've written the password down.......doh
  9. I'd take pics but it's so much work downloading to photo bucket that it takes forever and never have the time. If it was direct from iPad no prob but photo bucket takes an age as downloads all your prior pics till you find the one you want!
  10. Used to get chickens wandering in a few years back if I left door open. Found 4 one time surveying the contents of fridge as I'd left the door open! Another five mins and the cheese and ham would have been removed. Never leave kitchen door open now as Lhasa decided killing chickens was fun and encouraged the little Bichon to join her. Dogs go out a diff door now, and cats keep a wide berth as chook army too big.....
  11. Luvachicken, that's what I'm worried about! Mud balls in fluffy little feet! I rem when I had the brahmas, the big huge boy got bumble and despite vet/treating it wasn't sorted and travelled up his joint so wasn't a good outcome. The brahma girl was ok until that nasty disease I had got hold of her. I swore then no more fluffy feet........but I forgot Perkins have fluffy feet! They are just coming up to 4 weeks old so still indoors in a rabbit hutch. Supposed to be a mix of porcelain and Millie fleur but so far look like neither. Will wait till they fully feather out to see what like? One little black/white spangled and one I call leopard print thuringian in with them. Don't know why I like the tiny little Thuringians but just do as they are so cute. Two chamois now among the big girls outside and they are so totty! No idea of sex but don't care, they are staying. Next to the big huge lavender orp boy they look like wee budgies..... Beautiful day and went out with hose this eve to do the gravel and lasted 15 mins as not a breath of wind. Came in full of welts scratching for Scotland, yup, blooming midgies who think I'm caviar on legs.....
  12. No, I sure ain't looking forward to winter! It's the time where I'd happily give my chickens away Nov - March! A fair weather highlander and totally hate the mucking out of coops/shed then as they go to bed so early! Once the brighter days finally return peace is restored. What was I thinking hatching four little Perkins with fluffy feet! Still indoors for a few weeks yet, then well see how they do in rain and a 'bit of mud' All chooks well again, tho my hybrids are getting to be old ladies now at 3 and a half so I expect a few casualties by spring. 2 big boys, lav orp plus a speckled Sussex. Have a feeling the two chamois Thuringians are boys but they are so totty and cute they'd not do anyone any damage. Two more Thuringians chicks with the four Perkins so see what's a boy/girl much later Hope everyone's chooks are well and despite the rain wind this am, flat calm tonight and the dreaded midgies were out!
  13. Been awol for a whiley? No reason but just busy with chooks and work! All chooks are fine . Wee two Thuringians are out with the big guns now, first intro wasn't good as one squared up to a maran who squashed it flat to gravel with one claw! Back to run an tried again a week after and all fine? Have one box of mixed Thuringians and mostly Perkins (a first for me) to intro in 3 weeks? Then winter!! Current Thuringians are sleeping outside! One on run, one in trees,
  14. Hello, hope everyone is doing well. Not been on here for ages as thought I'd be depressing everyone with my tales of woe re chook keeping! Anyway all is well now and healthy, and even a couple of baby chicks between two mums running around I wasn't supposed to, but they are happy and healthy so far Two baby Thuringians might have been hatched indoors I think......
  15. Thanks Mars, have rosa rugosa. Had loads of this at this old house when I bought it 22 years ago. Stripped 3/4 of it out but still have some which is chook prof and has a lovely scented flower but a horror to clip due to thorns every year! Buxus are good too,tho they have flattened a couple sitting on them in large pots! ....mine are hooligans! I
  16. Thanks cat tails, but I've tried lavender in the past and can't get it to last more than one season? Maybe too far north? Another chook passed this am, one of the lovely barred rocks I only bought last November, didn't see that one coming.
  17. P.s. Any ideas for shrubs the chooks won't touch? So far I've found grisilinnia, escalonia, and rhodedendrons are fine plus fushia tree types. Paeonie ok as is astilbe if protected from trampling on until grown. Have spirea, wild rose plus red berberis, iris, and large hebe. Any others? My spelling may be wrong for previous ones.
  18. I do still love my mob of chooks, still have a lot. I know I had far to many before I will actually finally admit!! Case of OCD in obsessive chook disorder. I still hear a gurgle in large shed but can never tell who from as I'm pretty hard of hearing. I know fine well I shouldn't have any cockerels due to this illness and a ton of Broodies but seeing how the only batch of littlies I hatched and put out this year are doing fine, I've taken a chance. Still don't like the look of my remaining appenzeller girl but hoping. Spent a fortune on plants the last few days, so will be busy with that lot in my own wee section of garden as so limited with what I can plant in the 2/3rds that is the chooks. Luckily I had loads of large shrubs and trees before I ever got them as it would be murder to establish now. Wee bit drizzly today but ok to start weeding in. Not had proper rain now for a few weeks so good to see things take off and dry out. No weeds in chook section, or grass! Got rid of petrol mowers and bought a small electric one. Hope every one has a good weekend.
  19. Chortle chook, yes you need another Poland! Like you I've asked myself the same question this year and despite an awful chook disease I cannot imagine the garden without them, even if I only had 2!! The garden could...but I can't. ...
  20. The littlies aren't so little anymore as now 17 weeks tomorrow. Now all little hens (maybe couple of boys?) They have been loving this amazing warm, sometimes hot dry spell and forever filling up the water drinkers. Chooks for the most part all well, tho sadly lost the last of my first ever 6 tonight (my bluebelle was dead in nest box at tea time) . She was four and a half and did see gunk inside beak and purple tinge to comb so wondering if the ILT is still prevalent? Bit disheartening if so. Have to say I'm not as enthusiastic about chicken keeping as I was this time last year. If illness had been treatable then yes, but as not then I am still wary. Takes the enjoyment out of it wondering if it's dormant now or not. Eight boys were gone last Saturday and when I say gone, I mean they are no longer. Not nice but for girls sake I had to. Did keep the big pillow of lavender feathers mr orp, plus a speckled Sussex. Think I have a young cuckoo maran boy and maybe a lav leghorn boy but happy to let them be for now. Still have a ton of Broodies driving me mad! Am concentrating on the garden this year as not hatching (tho have lots of helpers eagerly awaiting goodies) as a spade is a magnet to a chook........treasure being dug up
  21. The lav leghorn didn't make it sadly. She was the last one to be a casualty. Took her indoors for her last few hours, you just know. Anyway the rest have been enjoying the beautiful sunny dry weather and have the littlies at 15 weeks now in amongst the main flock and seem perfectly healthy and happy. They do roam around in their own wee gang and sleep in a heap under trees in the sun. Have 3 speckled Sussex in a row of three nest boxes and get very stony glares when I lift lid! Feel like they should be knitting or something to pass the time! Am so happy the chooks are all well and the garden has dried up, and more dry weather to come. Love this time of year as its still daylight at 10.45pm at night and coop cleaning is a doddle....
  22. Mullethunter, think in a suburban garden you are ok re the crows etc. It's when very open and exposed land and on a direct flight path to their nests that they become opportunistic as may/June are when they are feeding their young. Crows don't like closed in gardens with lots of foliage as no fast escape path. Though don't take that for granted either! 9 Broodies here driving me mad! 2 speck Sussex, 3 buff orp, 1 favorelles, 1 SLW cross Wyandotte, and two cross brahmas!...... Dry forecast coming up so will try the deneguard tomorrow for five days. My lav leghorn still looks terrible, mopping about and picking food here and there. Don't know what to do as been like this for weeks now since the ILT? Do I leave her be and give her a chance? She escapes in to my bit of garden daily and hangs about with my 14 week old Marans/leghorns who seem to be ok, so hasn't infected them or they would have shown signs by now. Think I'll give her a chance....
  23. Chooks doing ok, finally but thought I saw a wee bit in corner of an eye (gunk) lunchtime. Was at vets tonight getting dogs microchipped and mentioned that mild myco can follow an ILT outbreak and was it ok to get a deneguard bottle for five days? Vet I had tonight agreed so five days dosage for water. Need to tip all wateres out and make them use just one. Worth a shot I thought. Gave away all my babies last Saturday and lady I have them to had a devastating attack just that morning as lost 14 newly laying hens to Crows! She was understandably devastated. Open croft with sea views and no trees. Took down 14 chicks that day .(in her greenhouse until older having a ball) Crows/Ravens are protected so nothing she can do. Saw the bodies and some disembowelled,some partially eaten inside, some not a mark! Awful. My only hatch this year are all doing fine at 14 weeks so hope it continues. No crows as too many trees, over 40 almost in full leaf now. Will have to take some boys to vet sadly as too many per girl ratio as some looking a bit bedraggled Missing having baby chicks this summer.....but happy to fore go for now........
  24. ......my whole flipping former nice garden......only my wee poem would have more Scottish words for not the faint of heart!......

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