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Posted by: k9crystal - 03-08-2017, 08:47 AM - Forum: Test Messages (deleted weekly) - Replies (7)

Happy birthday Happy panda

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  Where is...........?
Posted by: april - 27-07-2017, 03:25 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (7)

Where is Squizzers and where is Aunt Sally - neither of them have showed their faces on here for months and I for one miss them both Confused

Lass, Choccy and CDD are just naughty girls - they're missing nearly all the time as well - what are your excuses ladies !!!

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  Colour chart for eggs
Posted by: zenith - 26-07-2017, 05:08 PM - Forum: Poultry Links - Replies (1)

What  chicken lays what coloured egg and amount. Please click here 

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  new birds
Posted by: k9crystal - 24-07-2017, 09:07 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (11)

Having bought a few new ladies the other week i went back on Friday for a few more..
well a few ended up 16!! This was the conversation when i got home. Mrk9 working in the drive as i arrive home so he could see all the boxes.4 big ones in the back and a ginormous one on the back seat.
Mrk9 "how many this time?"
me " well err i got a bit giddy and one or two more than i intended somehow ended up boxed and in the car my sweet"
Mrk9 " So how many ?"
Me " cant think off top off me head, i need to have a count up"
Mrk9 " oh no, those are big boxes and there are 5 of them....20 !!!"
Me" well I have 5 sussex hybrid,4 amber link,2 copper maran hybrid,1 white star and 4 silver laced wyandotte that i didnt intend getting but they are just lovely and as they have had tails pecked and they are the last 4 she gave me a really good deal on them"
Mrk9 " that is 16 birds!"
me " yes i know,but its not 20 is it my love"
I ran away to sort birdies out before he could comment further.
He is away again this weekend !! Big Grin

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  Bantams and hens together?
Posted by: PickyP - 10-07-2017, 06:11 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

Can I keep bantams and chickens in the same enclosure, and will they need separate houses?

Thank you

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  Horrible holiday return
Posted by: april - 09-07-2017, 09:42 PM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (30)

Just back from a lovely holiday in Croatia completely spoilt by the fact that I had my first ever serious fox attack on the first evening my lovely neighbours were looking after my birds for me (not their fault in any way) and they have gone above and beyond in what you would expect neighbours to do.  Sadly lost 10 precious birds including a couple of really old Shetlands that I bred myself.  I am so upset both for my and my two sets of neighbours who kept the bad news from me on my holiday and cared for and saved my lovely old Shetland Fella who was really traumatised and one of his ladies also.  These are not neighbours who own chickens themselves - they just got together and sorted out what should be done (including photographing each dead bird so I knew who I had lost) and bagging them up and disposing of them for me.  They kept the birds confined in doors for the whole 10 days I was away in case the fox came back and were truly amazing.  Honestly, I am gutted but without these lovely neighbours it would have been so much worse.

I'll leave the dust to settle for a week or two before I decide about re-stocking - this will give the remaining 14 time to settle down and get used to life back out doors.  No idea how the fox got in (or out) so this makes it even more of a problem.  It doesn't appear he got away with any food so hopefully he won't return.

20 years without an attack and it happens when I'm aboard an EasyJet flight to Dubrovnik - how's your luck ??

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  hopefully ikkle pattie paws.
Posted by: k9crystal - 03-07-2017, 11:45 AM - Forum: Creature Comforts - Replies (7)

Gypsy may be in whelp. A friend wants a bushing dog as he has a fox problem,a few days after booking a pup Gyppy came into season and so hopefully She will be having her last litter to Tanner.
So that will be terrier number 8 here then,dont like odd numbers Big Grin

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  Lincolnshire hens
Posted by: PickyP - 03-07-2017, 10:28 AM - Forum: General Chicken Chat - Replies (3)

Sorry if this sort of post is not allowed.

I am nearly ready for my hens and am thinking of some pure breeds this time. I know I'll get fewer eggs but I like the idea of all different coloured hens and eggs. I am in Lincolnshire, halfway between Grantham and Sleaford. Any ideas where I can go and look at some hens please?

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  Which fencing?
Posted by: PickyP - 27-06-2017, 11:07 AM - Forum: Housing & Nest Boxes - Replies (3)

After not having had any chickens for the last 4 or 5 years following too many wipeouts from Mr F, I have finally got the go ahead from OH to get some more chickens if we can build some security. 

We had previously used double layers of electric fencing but Mr F was determined and eventually found his way in. I have got the frame of a marquee which is enormous 6m x 10m and 2.5m high and I would like to clad it with something but it is proving to be so expensive. Does anybody have any ideas?

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  Who is hatching this year?
Posted by: scotsfran - 20-06-2017, 10:36 PM - Forum: Incubation & Hatching - Replies (12)

Just wondered who is hatching this year? I'm being 'good' and not hatching any - I have enough hens and too many eggs but I'll miss having the wee chicks. Would love to see any pics if anyone else is hatching Smile

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