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  • starnac
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    Oh Edwink what a story!! Thankfully we've never had issues like that. Although we do have a labrador who thinks her job is to keep an eye on them and round them up if she feels they are wandering too far away. We hear some clucking and flapping but they seem to just sigh and allow themselves to be herded back to where they should be. 
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  • edwink
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    starnac said:
    Oh Edwink what a story!! Thankfully we've never had issues like that. Although we do have a labrador who thinks her job is to keep an eye on them and round them up if she feels they are wandering too far away. We hear some clucking and flapping but they seem to just sigh and allow themselves to be herded back to where they should be. 

     Aww, that's a sweet little story too Starnac. I can just see her doing that, bless her. She obviously thinks they are hers 🤣🤣🤣

    Edwink x
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  • sammyjammy
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    @edwink what a lovely story about your white hen - just what we needed to cheer us up.  I stayed at a place in France once where they had lots of hens free ranging around, they roosted (is that what its called for hens?) in a tree, come sunset they would all walk towards the tree and climb the ladder!  It was lovely.

    @Cheery_Daff I'm so sorry you have had such a tough time, you gave your hens a wonderful life and you and Mr Cheery should treasure that.  You had me snivelling too as I lost one of my cats a couple of days ago, he was semi feral and would disappear for days at a time in the summer, someone found him dead curled up in their compost heap and kindly took him to the vets where they checked his chip.  Will always feel guilty about him but he chose the life he had and I hope he was happy, he suffered a trauma as a kitten and I was never able to even stroke him, I just hope he didn't suffer too much.
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  • edwink
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    @edwink what a lovely story about your white hen - just what we needed to cheer us up.  I stayed at a place in France once where they had lots of hens free ranging around, they roosted (is that what its called for hens?) in a tree, come sunset they would all walk towards the tree and climb the ladder!  It was lovely.

    Hi sammyjammy

    Sorry for the delay in responding to your message but I'm just getting over Covid, the blooming thing. I spent almost 3 years avoiding it as did Mr Edwink because we live a bit like Hermits so managed to avoid it. We had to go into our nearest town to sort our mobile phones out and a week later Mr Edwink gets it first and then I tested positive. 

    So glad you liked the story about Chelsea our white hen and glad it cheered you both up. I hope you are both ok.

    Love the story of the hens roosting in the tree (yes, it is roosting, you are right). Hens will always take themselves off to bed at sunset because they can't see in the dark. I have always found it fascinating when one by one they start walking up to their run and sometimes two by two try and climb the ladder and squabble about who gets the best roosting spot. Honestly, you should see them not to mention hear them. 

    I've taken some nice pics today so hopefully, I'll have the energy when my Covid tiredness wears off to get them on here. 

    Take care

    Edwink x
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  • Nelliegrace
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    Same here @edwink, we have avoided Covid for over three years, had all of the jabs, and then DH brought it home last week. He was better in a couple of days. I have just finished the antivirals. I hope it is Covid’s last fling before passing into history. 
  • edwink
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    Same here @edwink, we have avoided Covid for over three years, had all of the jabs, and then DH brought it home last week. He was better in a couple of days. I have just finished the antivirals. I hope it is Covid’s last fling before passing into history. 
    Hi Nelliegrace

    Oh no you two as well. I also hope it is Covid's last fling. In a funny way, I am almost pleased I have had it now because, with my other health conditions, I was pretty scared of how I would react if I got Covid. We have both now tested negative I'm pleased to say but I have been left with awful muscle pain and really bad tiredness at the moment. I guess it is early days yet. Mr Edwink is fine but just a little tired at the moment. How are you both now? I do hope you are both ok.

    Edwink x
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  • starnac
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    Aw what a lovely picture.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell. I've heard of so many people having Covid recently! 
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  • Nelliegrace
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    What a lovely photograph, @edwink
    We survived Covid. DH is better, I have a cough and fatigue still, but it will get better. We still have honey from our beekeeping days and we got lemons yellow stickered at Sainsbury’s.

    17 eggs from the three hens this week which is good as it is all I feel like eating. DH is making a loaf. 
  • edwink
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    starnac said:
    Aw what a lovely picture.

    I'm sorry to hear you've been unwell. I've heard of so many people having Covid recently! 

    She walks through those Forget-me-nots most days and never squashes them so they were still standing for the picture. 

    I've heard the same too here in Hertfordshire. But, luckily it mostly seems pretty mild. Ours wasn't too bad but Mr Edwink slept for 3 days at the start and the poor man coughed continually until it started moving. I had a nasty nasty headache for 2 days that wouldn't go with painkillers and my legs felt like heavy concrete so I had to keep sitting down. 

    Fingers crossed it moves away and stays away x

    What a lovely photograph, @edwink
    We survived Covid. DH is better, I have a cough and fatigue still, but it will get better. We still have honey from our beekeeping days and we got lemons yellow stickered at Sainsbury’s.

    17 eggs from the three hens this week which is good as it is all I feel like eating. DH is making a loaf. 
    That was my favourite picture once she stayed still. She just kept moving her head probably because there was no food involved. 

    Glad you survived Covid ok. Like you, I've still got the tiredness at the moment but it will go, hopefully soon anyway.

    I didn't know you used to keep bees. How sensible to have kept honey back so you still have some now. And, yellow stickered lemons can't be bad.  My girls have stopped laying now although we've had the odd egg but ex-battery hens at nearly 5.5 years old I don't mind because they have given us plenty of eggs over their time with us, bless them.

    Edwink x
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