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Keeping hens and ducks chat. Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day.

edited 7 April at 4:05AM in Greenfingered MoneySaving
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  • edwinkedwink Forumite
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    edited 6 July 2019 at 4:03AM
    How is everyone and your feathered friends? All harmony in the camp I hope.

    Pingu and Hoppy are doing ok here and are still being supervised whilst out and about. They are currently spending a lot of time out of the coop as we are busy outside blocking one of the tall hedges, the one the fox leapt through when my hubby chased him/her out. There is chain link fencing there at the moment so we are adding additional support and height by fixing 6ft 6 wooden fencing to the front of it so slightly higher than it was before. Hopefully this will be safer for Pingu and Hoppy and also save us from having to maintain the front of this hedge every year leaving just the top exposed which is currently 7ft.5 high. How the fox jumped through it and above the chain link fencing I'll never know but he/she did, with difficulty I might add because the hedge is so dense but he/she got through it all the same. It's a very time consuming job because we are recycling the old fencing that was taken down from the other side and adapting it so it now sits higher than it once did. We managed to attach 3 long sections yesterday and reached the area where the fox leapt through the hedge which I'm very pleased about. We blocked it securely after the fox leapt through it but the fencing we are attaching now is permanently blocking the area. I'll add some pics later to show you what I am waffling about.

    Who spotted the hen in the picture with the pile of leaves? and who managed to count the correct amount of hens in the wooded area picture?. The first picture is not too hard but the other one with all the hens in is not easy so I'm interested to know who got that one right.

    Right enough of my waffle, I'm ready for a cuppa and it's time to get back to the fencing.

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    edwinkedwink Forumite
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    edited 10 July 2019 at 4:29PM
    Hi all

    I have come to realise that the fencers that recently erected over 200ft of fencing for us absolutely deserve what they charged us. As some will know on here hubby and I are using some of the old fencing that was taken down not only so it is reused elsewhere but we are currently blocking a very dense hedge with it. The hedge you may remember that the fox climbed through when hubby chased him out one day. Anyway as our land slopes it has not made it easy for us to fix this fencing up at all, in fact we have nearly given up on the job several times already. So far we have fitted 4 sections at the top end of the hedge which took us 2 days to do but had difficulty getting that straight so have abandoned that end in favour of doing the other end that does not slope. Today we have spent the best part of 5 hours fitting 3 lots at the other end of the hedge and we are very happy with how that has turned out and thankfully it has motivated us more as it went so well today.

    The hedge we are blocking is around 100ft in length and we have probably fitted around 40ft of fencing so far although I am guessing that we might tackle the top section again as that didn't go too well last week.

    I am sure the fencers that were previously here would have had the job done and dusted by now. It would have probably taken them a couple of days I guess to complete the whole lot. So at £280 a day for both of them it may well have been £560 well spent. But, instead we are doing the job in between other jobs that need doing and it could be another week before we are finally finished. I suppose once it is all done we will be happy with ourselves that we saved all of that money by tackling the job ourselves. At the moment though it is feeling like an absolute chore and is taking us ages but I suppose we are getting there. I dread trying to match the fencing up height wise when we finally meet up with the first lot we erected that we are both not happy with.

    We reckon we will have it done by the middle of next week or just after that as I won't be able to continue to do it myself whilst hubby is at work. So progress is being made albeit very slowly :o

    We are planning on getting 20 rescue hens around September time :D and before then just keep adding to the security we have in place already. Still can not believe that after 10 years with all the security we had that the fox took his/hers chance and got in. Security was very high anyway knowing that foxes were about and adding to that security almost appears over the top but we don't what the same to happen again, ever.

    All for now

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    Wow, edwink - it just goes to show, doesn't it, what hard work that kind of thing is - but your security is going to be absolutely tip top when you do get your next hens. And you're getting 20!!! They don't know how lucky they are :)



    I was in my village again the other day, the ducklings are getting quite big - though something's got a couple of them, even though the duck house is on an island in the middle of the pond :( The koi carp in the same pond are still swimming just underneath the ducklings, its amazing to see :)
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  • MysteryMeMysteryMe Forumite
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    Doubt it will be right but are there 12 hens in the pic?
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    MysteryMe wrote: »
    Doubt it will be right but are there 12 hens in the pic?

    Well done, that's pretty close :T

    Anyone else want to have a go before I give out the answer?

    I'll post the pic again for those that maybe missed it.

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  • edwinkedwink Forumite
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    edwink wrote: »
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    How many hens are in the above picture?
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    edwink wrote: »
    How many hens are in the above picture?
    I make it ten :D in fact, until I pressed the quote button, I could only see nine :rotfl: it's a whizz of a picture, edwink :rotfl:
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  • Cheery_DaffCheery_Daff Forumite
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    I'm going with 11 :D

    Really pleased you're getting some more hens edwink! :j :j And 20, gosh! :j :j Lucky, lucky hens :) Very impressed with all your fencing efforts too :j

    All good with our ladies here. We are having rather an egg hunt round here at the minute, as our ladies have abandoned their habitual egg-laying spots and are experimenting with new ones. Mr Cheery found about 15 eggs in the back of an outbuilding not so long ago, and another 10 in a bush, and yesterday I spotted Beaky hightailing it to a long bit of grass behind the house - followed at a discrete distance and when she'd finished, found 4 eggs in a little cluster...

    This morning when I opened the house there were 2 eggs in there, but Beaky shot out like she'd been clearly saving up her egg (do they do that? Mine apparently do!) and ran off to her favoured spot, and I also watched Bessie clucking her way to the top of what we call Chicken Mountain (a kind of bank of overgrown grass) so I'll have to go and investigate there in a bit.

    All five of them currently menacing Mr Cheery while he prepares the strimmer - one perching on the handle, one standing on the line he's trying to feed in :rotfl: Don't worry - he won't be starting it til he's well away from them, and the strimmer is the one garden implement they don't follow round! They do like pecking the strimmed grass off his trousers when he's finished though :rotfl:
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    I keep changing my mind, but going for 11 too. Great pic.

    Love all the updates from you and Cheery. We do have enough space in what we call "the extra Garden" an area bought by a previous owner that runs behind next door's garden and extends from ours, but we spend several weeks away each summer and have no one to look after hens, (Mr MM was not too keen anyway:( but might have been talked round if it had been practical).
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