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AndyRoo last won the day on September 22 2019

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  • Birthday 12/12/1981

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  1. I used to wait until my birthday on the 12th, but found that it was more of an annoyance to have them up just for a few weeks, so now they go up for the whole of December, and I pack them away on New Year's Day. Here's our humble tree: We also have some Nutcrackers and garlands by our fireplace, and a wreath on the front door, but that's as much as we do decorating wise. I'm not sure we have any traditions... maybe if we adopt kids we'll end up making some.
  2. Hello, welcome to the forums. So, in my opinion, the answer to your questions: Personally, I would say, yes, put down some paving slabs first - it'll help stop the ground becoming a complete mess, and it's easier to clean when you change the substrate IMHO. Not specifically, but it can potentially help with fox-proofing. Foxes tend to dig right up close to a fence if they want to go under it, so having a solid slab of paving where they want to dig will deter them. It also means they can't burry up from underneath (not that they do that really, but a rabbit might). Rodents aren't really going to be deterred by paving slabs as they can squeeze between the gaps in the wire run anyhow in my experience. No experience with them, but I feel like just an open space protected by a net (preferably electrified) would be just as good and less costly. Hope that helps, Andy
  3. I'm not having this problem, but do you have your web browser set up to delete all cookies every month or so? That might explain it: if it's deleting the Omlet login cookie, then it probably forgets the password along with it. Just a suggestion based on what little I understand of modern technology!
  4. Can this service be used by domestic owners too DM?
  5. I used to live in Colorado, and although I never went that far into the Rockies - they are BEAUTIFUL. Absolutely amazing. Maybe I could put Colorado on to my list.
  6. Some friends of mine lived in Sydney for a few years and loved it - but they tell me it's very, very warm! I love Cornwall too. I could imagine myself retiring there... or completely at the other end of the country, at a small holding in the Highlands or something. Wherever I go, I'd like it to be somewhere with a lot of scenery. And friendly people, ideally.
  7. For me: Norway, Canada, India, or Japan, probably. Japan may actually become a possibility for us as the company my husband works for is doing a lot of business out there at the moment, and the far-east is becoming the largest growth area. The problem there is that we can't adopt and our marriage wouldn't be recognised... so if we did go, I wouldn't want it to be for long. Same story in India - though I think the heat would probably kill me eventually. lol We're ultimately going to end up living in the EU, probably France or Germany. Sadly, the UK just doesn't feel like home anymore - nor does it feel that safe anymore! I do love France and Germany, so that's not so bad - but I'd like to live somewhere with a bit of scenery and a few hills as opposed to just a city.
  8. I think hypothetically this can be done, but I assume the inside corner of T or L would be unsupported by a pole, so I'm not sure how robust it would be.
  9. I'm probably completely wrong, but there's something in the face that makes me want to say 'boy'. But I admit I have absolutely no idea why!
  10. Well, fortunately she seems to have perked up a bit today. I've had to order a new tarp, though - the wind has been rough and I just noticed it's ripped a huge hole in the current one! *facepalm* I have the new ground sanitiser arriving tomorrow along with some vitamins.
  11. They looked like regular earthworms to me. I do use a ground sanitiser but I realised it didn't specifically mention treatment for worms - so I've just bought some of the Nettex stuff which specifically mentions them. I'm going to use some of that just in case. The two things are probably unconnected, but I'm feeling a bit panicked because I don't want a poorly hen. I did wonder that myself when we bought it, but I thought I'd give it a go. I still planned to worm them twice a year with Flubenvet anyway.
  12. Thanks MH. I've bought a different ground sanitiser to usual, so I am going to try spreading that everywhere too. I hope she's ok. I can't see anything obviously wrong with her, I can just tell she isn't quite right. Unless maybe she is just really, really tired for some reason.
  13. Hi guys, I was just doing my usual big clear-out of the run and for the first time ever I noticed there were some worms in the chippings. This made me worried that the hens may have worms - or might end up catching them. Naturally I cleaned them all out and thoroughly cleaned the slabs underneath, but is there anything I can put down on the ground that will kills any remaining worms and their eggs that won't hurt the hens? I literally just wormed the hens 2 months ago with Flubenvet - can I do it again so soon? Should I wait? Is there something else I can use? I've also just switched their feed to the Verm-X brand, so I want to make sure I don't overdo their medication. I checked their droppings and I can't see any evidence that they have worms in those... but obviously I can't check every individual poo! This was when I noticed that one of our girls was being sulky in a corner on her own and I watched her for a few minutes and realised she was just standing there with her eyes shut not moving. I've gone over and checked her out and I can't see any sign of eye problems; she's not sneezing, she has no discharge or anything. Her vent is clean - I can see no evidence of mites on her or in the Cube. She was just being really lethargic and quiet and sleepy. When I picked her up she squawked and became very alert, letting me know she wanted to be put down, but then she went back to being quiet again. I'm just worried the two things might be connected. Any advice or ideas would be welcomed! Cheers, Andy

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