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  1. hi lily - we have almost given up, things went from bad to worse and poor Harry is a bit scuffed up. So for now they are separated again. I think they may have to live the single life - they are out in runs every day where they can see each other and their mum and dad, and touch noses with mum and dad but not each other, and that seems to be quite calm. It seems to me that the only alternative is to get them a friend each, but I really dont want 6 rabbits (only planned on 2)!
  2. has anyone seen this?? we are going to try when the egg count gets a bit higher... click
  3. Today is my first visit back since last year I think.... sometimes real life just gets in the way! But its great to see so many familiar names still. And yes I agree with the 'ask for advice-give advice-see those you advised give advice' theory! Not sure I've got that much to say (or necessarily ask) about chickens anymore, but I still love seeing pics of people's set ups.
  4. hi all - ages since I've been here... but have a bunny bonding issue and hope someone can help. we have mum and dad bunnies who are a beautiful pair; then their 2 sons, Harry and Niall who are now a year old. they were only finally neutered 2 weeks ago, but have been living in separate hutches at night and adjacent runs during the day for the last 6 months with the odd s"Ooops, word censored!" between the bars but generally pretty ok. so today was the day to try and bond them back together. there was intense fur flying for a few minutes, we had a squeezy water bottle on hand for distraction, and they have spent most of the day ignoring each other. Niall is much more confident and seems pretty happy, Harry is hiding in one of the boxes we put in for distraction and looks scared. what do we do tonight?? leave them in the outdoor run together so as not to interrupt the process, or put them back in their hutches (one above the other). thanks in advance if you can advise. bringing them indoors is not an option!
  5. Lady Gaga died in the night... freed from battery hell June 19 2011; so she had 4.5 months of chicken heaven with the sun on her back. she was a bit quiet yesterday and I had to pick her up to put her in the run last night and she was as light as a feather, so must have been fading for a while. RIP little chook.
  6. newcountrygirl - we are in a similar situation, IE not having an 'ordinary' house. it sounds as if you, like us, have the kind of house that someone has to fall in love with.... we had a 2nd viewing today (potential private buyers) - they do love it; but are not in any financial position to move. so we are continuing with the decluttering, finishing off the dodgy bits that we live with, and aiming to put on the market with a posh estate agent in the spring. just a question - does your agent have London/out of area links? because I dont think ours will sell to a local and yours sounds as if it could be the same.
  7. really if you put it on the market in July and you have had 5 or 6 viewings, I think you're doing ok; I wouldnt drop the price again just yet. is renting an option? we're putting our house on the market in spring, and like previous posters have said, the chickens are really (I'm afraid) going to be the least of my worries. maybe your eventual buyer would like to keep them?? good luck and fingers crossed.
  8. well we left deepest darkest south London for the countryside, but we wont be going back to anything like London, so hoping we'll cope. frantically ebaying/amazoning stuff at the moment, boot fairs planned, decorating etc to be done, it's exhausting already!
  9. still need to take more photos.... sexes still not identified but they are so cute! youngest is calling them Harry and Niall out of the 1 Direction boys, but I am sticking with Gremlin and Koala. Arthur is back in with them all, and they are a very happy little bunny family.
  10. Hi all - havent been here for ages, so I hope everyone is well. Life has been hectic. Mostly because we have come to a life-changing decision, which is to move house... We are planning to escape rural bliss and move to a local town - giving up the big house, the huge garden, the direct access to the beach so that we can buy something a bit smaller and cheaper but with the potential for a granny annexe. Cant do that here for various reasons, so a move is the only way to go. I know many people long to do it the other way round but we are quite excited about the prospect of a new start - although I am NOT looking forward to moving 12 chickens, 5 quail, 4 rabbits, 3 cats, 1 hamster, 1 dog and 2 children, not to mention the accumulation of 13 years' worth of household detritus! Someone tell me I will survive all this??
  11. I thought she had post-birth back problems, and was only allowed to wear flatties for a while? if that's true, she wont be doing herself any favours... I really dont know how anyone can walk in shoes like that, anything over an inch and I'm teetering maybe its why she never smiles? too worried about falling over?
  12. hurrah! havent seen her to speak to, but saw Sam and owner trotting along the main road this afternoon while I was driving, so he has obviously survived! huge relief.
  13. neighbours like that are treasures - hope you can reward them with some yummy eggs!
  14. ooooo! kittens! (walks away from thread, I dont need any more kitties)
  15. they very often advertise on the basis of what the coop (house) can hold. what REALLY matters is the amount of outside space they have, and you are right - 1 sq.m per chicken is the minimum. you can get away with more chickens in a smaller coop AS LONG AS you have the minimum and ideally more space in their run. for example, I have 12 chickens in a cube (which is supposed to be ok for 10 girls) - but we have a 12'x12' walk in run plus 12sq m of electric fenced area they are in from dawn to dusk every day.
  16. need to take more photos, but the babies are doing really well - eating grass, running around a lot. they look quite different to each other - Gremlin is the absolute mirror image of mum Ruby in terms of colour, but he/she's a funny looking little thing. very short ears which stick out sideways; a very broad head; and a nose that looks totally flattened - resembles a guinea pig!! the other one -no official name yet - is a paler shade of grey with touches of apricot (from dad Arthur) on the nose, inside the ears, belly and tail, and looks much more like a proper rabbit than Gremlin does!
  17. oh those beautiful ginger kitties! but no, we have 3 at the moment and that's enough.
  18. blood count is back to normal, and today - after 5 days of fish and rice - had to take a poo sample to the vet. it had to be as fresh as possible, and I got it there within 25 minutes of 'production' now waiting for results. collecting it was NOT easy as it had to go into one of those little tubes they give you for blood/wee samples. if you have ever tried scooping a large dog's poo into a tube with a very narrow opening you will appreciate that this is not the most enjoyable of tasks...
  19. Salem threw up a furball on youngest's bed yesterday... she was not happy but I laughed
  20. been to the GP today - she said "well I dont know much about feet!" but we have to go and get both feet x-rayed to rule out unusual bony growth, and will get a referral to a podiatrist in due course. I think the x-rays will not be worth much as the lumps are in the same place on both feet (not bunion position, about half way down the outer side of the foot) so hoping the podiatrist might be more use.
  21. I've heard that it is a really good year for spiders; and if my garden/house is anything to go by its true! (WHY do they have to build webs where I will walk through them?? such a waste of their efforts, but they particularly seem to like the path by the house which I HAVE to walk down to get in the garden; and then the bit on the way into the WIR which again I cant avoid - such a waste of all their hard work). it also seems to be a particularly good year for slugs - we have HUNDREDS every morning. spiders I quite like; but slugs?
  22. I've always treated them as annuals, just because although they can sometimes make a comeback they are never as good as they were before. I had a huge, beautiful pot this year of pale purple ones which went a bit stringy, so I chopped them down - tho they have made an effort the flowers are much smaller and much more spread out, so they will go into the chickens for a bit of destruction I think.
  23. oh what a shame! did they rip because the wind got under/behind them, or where the fixings are? not sure about beading, sounds as if it might be an awful pain.

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