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    Help - cat not eating

    He's a little bit more subdued this morning than he was last night. I think he might be a bit sore. Can't be too poorly though - was still hassling me for chicken while I was making my lunch!
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    Poorly Bantam

    Look for Miller30 MrH - she was able to sex my young pekins when I was unsure
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    Broody crate questions - HELP!

    During the last 2 days Penny has been normal chicken during the day. At bedtime though she's gone into the nest rather than perching. Doesn't look flat and broody, but I've shoved her and Amy out to sleep on the perch in the run just in case. Is this necessary?
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    Help - cat not eating

    Dentistry went fine and Smudgie has eaten absolutely loads since he got home. Looking a little bit sorry for himself now though. Think the painkiller might be wearing off a bit
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    What have you cooked today?

    New season British lamb chops with home grown new potatoes, runner beans and mint sauce. Strawberries for afters. Yum.
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    Growing up!

    4 weeks further on, time to show off my little cheepers (who aren't cheering any more!) again. Now at 18 weeks. Bernie and Shelley at 18 weeks Treat time!
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    anyone tell me the sex ?

    Looks like a little lady Pekin to me - not that different to my two 18 week old littl'uns
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    Help - cat not eating

    Thanks Olly. The vet said they would ring us if anything went wrong and we haven't heard from them so no news is definitely good news. Should be picking him up this afternoon - no doubt starving!!
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    Go Up Doors

    Thanks WitchHazel that's really useful to know. That might work for me - ideally I'd like Omlet to make full height side doors though (if anyone is listening!) - thanks for the photo's. And my girls definitely WOULD do that to my grass
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    Poorly Bantam

    Good luck Mr H
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    Raining on and off here all morning. I'm loving the hot summer but it is nice to have some variety and that the plants and lawn (or what's left of it - grass hungry girls!) are getting properly watered. Also MUCH cooler.
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    Help - cat not eating

    The answer to this is the reason his teeth are so bad in the first place. He won't eat dry food at all - only wet food. The vet told us to give him raw meat as that should help clean his teeth, but that makes him an absolute nightmare whenever we're in the kitchen because he thinks he should ALWAYS have meat! At his age I'm not sure it's worth the battle trying to get him on kibble.
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    Being nosey - summer holidays.

    I used to travel a lot when I was younger - mostly on my own - and I've been all over the place. I occasionally miss all that but generally am happy with the more settled life I have now. OH and I tend to go away for the odd long weekend fishing in late summer to somewhere on the south coast, and then will sometimes go for a weeks surfing in the Canaries over the winter - usually only if the summer here's been rubbish and we're desperate for some better weather. We're going to southern Ireland to fish for a week this September. I've done a stint as a secondary school teacher, but now neither OH or I have education based jobs and I really appreciate being able to take leave at any time. Having said all that OH isn't generally that keen on going away in general, and now I've got the chooks it'll be more difficult (there is a hen hotel near(ish) to us but to put the cats in a cattery and the girls in a hotel will add a lot to the price of a week away), so we may well only do UK weekends from now on.
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    Anyone know about hedgehogs? 2015 UPDATE

    Good idea - I'll try Tiggywinkles or similar in the morning
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    Help - cat not eating

    Smudge is going to the vet tomorrow to have his teeth cleaned. General anaesthetic so no food now and have to keep him in. Not easy and he's currently trying to scratch his way out through the patio door!
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    Broody crate questions - HELP!

    Thanks Dogmother. Having had her three days and nights, Penny has been out with the others all day, has had the longest dust bath ever, and so far looks normal. I guess bed time will be the real test!
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    Our new ex-colony cage birds *pics*

    They look like a characterful bunch! Definitely going to re-home some caged girls when I move to a bigger house. Better start working on OH
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    Latest chicken photos

    They're so clean!!
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    Week 1, so far so good.

    Really sorry to hear this. Onwards and upwards though and as others have said don't let it put you off.
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    Dust bath

    I poo pick the bits I can reach most days. It's pretty successful in the Wyandottes end, less so in the Pekins bit but their poo tends to be small and dry so not too bad. I guess due to this the flies haven't been bad at all. Or it may be because Bernadette eats them all
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    Dust bath

    Mine have big plant saucers with a mix of dusty beach sand, old compost and diatom powder. The pekins love to dust bath in them but the Wyandottes prefer a dry bit they've dug out in the floor of the run. All four of them eat bits of it
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    Broody crate questions - HELP!

    It'll be 3 days and nights in prison for Penny this evening. Do you think I should let her out inti the garden tomorrow afternoon?
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    The Weather Thread # 8

    Hottest day yet I reckon! Cream teas in the garden with the girls is the way to go I think!
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    Broody crate questions - HELP!

    How long did it last in the end non-chicken? Penny has been in the broody cage for 2 nights and days now and is showing no signs of coming out of it...