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    • edwink
    • By edwink 7th Jul 15, 4:07 PM
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    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day
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    • 7th Jul 15, 4:07 PM
    Keeping hens and ducks chat!! Hens & ducks names & how many eggs do you get per day 7th Jul 15 at 4:07 PM
    As a hen and cockerel keeper myself I thought it would be interesting to ask what you name your hens and cockerels. And also ask how many eggs you are getting every day!! I know the egg laying changes when hens moult but just thought it would be interesting to see how many eggs you get. I have hens that are named Bluebell (typical name I think!!!), Muesli, cornflake and scarecrow plus some others. I am getting around 4 to 6 eggs a day at the moment!! Had a delicious egg salad for supper last night OMG it was lovely!!!

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    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 11th Jul 19, 12:04 PM
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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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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 3:38 PM
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    I make it ten
    Originally posted by Karmacat

    I'm going with 11
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff

    I keep changing my mind, but going for 11 too
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    Thanks for being good sports with hen pic . There are 11 hens in that picture

    Edwink x
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 3:54 PM
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    I make it ten in fact, until I pressed the quote button, I could only see nine it's a whizz of a picture, edwink
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    It's not easy to spot them because of all the fallen leaves that are a similar colour to the hens except for the white hen of course. It was one of their favourite areas to forage in and I love that pic of them.

    Loved the story of the Koi Carp and the ducks Karmacat. There is a river running the length of the town near us and it's full of fish, geese and ducks. They had an island in the middle which was a safe place to sleep but I don't think that island is there anymore. We very rarely go in to the town, in fact we have not been anywhere near there since way before Christmas. I'll have to ask a friend about the island but I'm almost certain there is a statue there instead now and if that is the case that's not good for the ducks. I am glad that the village pond near you has an island for them as it is always a lot safer for the ducks at night. Do they have areas where you can sit and watch them?. I'm guessing there is as ponds are always a nice village attraction. We don't have a village pond here unfortunately which is a shame.

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 4:23 PM
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    Really pleased you're getting some more hens edwink! And 20, gosh! Lucky, lucky hens Very impressed with all your fencing efforts too
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    I've sat and thought about it so much Cheery. Guess I was scared of the fox getting in again so I couldn't decide if to get anymore at one time. Hubby says I'm being daft because of all the new fencing and the additional security measures we are adding to the security we all ready had in place. I guess it was just the shock of it happening after 10 years and them being out and about on their own, wandering anywhere they felt like. Can't believe the fox managed to get in and can't believe the blooming damage he/she caused to the fences. Talking of the fox, several of our neighbours have seen a fox walking around and have said that it is limping badly. Hubby reckons that's possibly the fox that kept getting in and has injured a limb or two in doing so. If that is the fox it sounds as though he/she wont be trying to get back in anytime soon. I hate the thought of it being injured though . Yes I am a big softie especially after what that brut did to my feathered friends.

    Loved your story of the egg hunt Cheery. OMG your hens do exactly as mine have done over the years. Must be a hen thing then Cheery. They are such peculiar little things aren't they?. Sounds like it is time for an omelette or two in your house with all those eggs you've found.

    When we cleared the Jasmine plant that was growing over the top of our coop we found 2 piles of hens eggs on the roof. Seriously, we just couldn't believe it. The roof is around 10ft high and made of chicken wire but how the hen(s) got up there I'll never know. It could well of been two different hens but I've no idea.

    Love all your hen stories Cheery because they always make me smile. You really are embracing your life with them and seem to enjoy their company even though they are a blooming pest sometimes You have found out for yourself now but I bet you wouldn't change them for the world would you?. Funny little things they are

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 4:57 PM
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    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).
    Originally posted by maddiemay
    Aww that's a shame maddiemay as you seem quite keen on getting some. It's difficult when only one of you would like to get some but the other is not interested in doing so.

    We are fortunate in that we have a hen sitter that we pay to come in and care for ours. She is a retired friend and is happy to drive over and look after them for us. We don't go away a lot and as a rule if we do it might only be for a few days at a time but it is always reassuring to know that she is so reliable.

    It is so nice of you to join in with our thread and I'm glad you are enjoying our updates. We have a few posters now that don't have hens but join in which I think is so lovely. Thank you to all of you because you all help tick this thread along nicely

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 11th Jul 19, 6:04 PM
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    Edwink, can I ask about your hen sitter? Mr Cheery is REALLY reluctant to leave ours with anyone and so we haven't both been away at the same time since we got them over 10 months ago

    We know someone who does dog sitting, and who would come in and feed them, but obviously they'd have to be shut in their run all day and that's what he doesn't like. We could possibly get someone we know to come and stay (although we've not yet found anyone to do that) but then I'm not sure he'd trust anyone to put them back in early enough in the evening

    At this rate I can't see us ever being able to go on holiday ever again Mind you we haven't actually been on holiday for 4 years anyway, but still

    So does your sitter just pop in, or stay, or what?
    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 8:13 PM
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    Edwink, can I ask about your hen sitter? Mr Cheery is REALLY reluctant to leave ours with anyone and so we haven't both been away at the same time since we got them over 10 months ago

    We know someone who does dog sitting, and who would come in and feed them, but obviously they'd have to be shut in their run all day and that's what he doesn't like. We could possibly get someone we know to come and stay (although we've not yet found anyone to do that) but then I'm not sure he'd trust anyone to put them back in early enough in the evening

    At this rate I can't see us ever being able to go on holiday ever again Mind you we haven't actually been on holiday for 4 years anyway, but still

    So does your sitter just pop in, or stay, or what?
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    Hi Cheery

    Our lovely hen sitter stayed at ours for the first few visits and then after that she felt confident enough to go back home. Her routine would be that she comes in the morning, gets them all out, feeds them, changes their water and makes sure they are all well, then goes home. In the evening before it gets dark she comes back, gives them their supper and whilst they are eating that she gives them a fresh layer of bedding for the night and changes all the water containers and when they have finished eating she locks them up.

    We have never allowed them out of the coop if we are away Cheery and always feel that it is just a couple of days or so that they are in there. Our coup is 24ft x 16ft so quite a good size and normally plenty of room for any amount we have kept here over the years. We hang all sorts up for them from the roof of the coop like sweetcorn, lettuce, cabbage and broccoli which would keep them entertained.

    It was much safer for them that we kept them in the coop whilst away and normally just a few times or so a year. Lots of hens are kept in coops all the time and they are fine but I know you and I allow ours to free range because that is the life we prefer for them. They are very lucky hens Cheery considering the horrible lives they had before being rehomed. I am sure yours would not mind being kept in the coop for a while as long as they have food every day, fresh water and of course some treats. If you do decide to go away if you can I would maybe put a bucket of male urine somewhere near your coop and hang a piece of clothing that Mr Cheery has worn for a few days on the coop just as a safe guard against predators and to hopefully give you peace of mind whilst you are away.

    Our hen sitter texts us to let us know they are all tucked up in the evening and texts us again in the morning to say they are all out and well. Bless her she is so good. We do pay her but we also always leave her a gift or two on our kitchen table from the girls so she see's it as soon as she lets herself in. I often think she is happier with the gifts than with the money

    I hope all my waffle is some help to you Cheery. Oh another thing (more waffle ). I obviously showed her where everything was kept for them before the very first time she looked after them but I also wrote everything down for her in step by step instructions so she wouldn't have to worry so she just followed my list which she did say was most helpful on for her first few visits and gave her confidence.

    Let me know if you need anymore advice Cheery and remember we all need a break away from time to time don't we? . We would let ours out of their coop as soon as we got home and it's was as if we had not been away, honestly they were fine. Maybe spend one night away somewhere at a friends or with family and build up the days away from there as that will give you more confidence with leaving them with a hen sitter.

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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 11th Jul 19, 8:43 PM
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    Thanks edwink, that's useful. I'm sure they'd be fine in the coop too, although ours is rather smaller than yours (about 12ft by 6ft I think), but then we do only have 5 hens!

    We did actually go away for the night recently, but we were both I'll, and as we were meant to be camping, and only 40 mins drive from home, we gave up and came home again we were meant to be away this weekend too but that's been cancelled too. We'll make it one day!

    Meant to say we tried to give ours some tinned sweetcorn the other day, after you said yours were always so enthusiastic. Were they interested? NO. They picked up a few pieces then put them back down again and ignored them we'll eat it ourselves next time!

    Funny little creatures!
    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 11th Jul 19, 9:10 PM
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    Loved the story of the Koi Carp and the ducks Karmacat. ... I am glad that the village pond near you has an island for them as it is always a lot safer for the ducks at night. Do they have areas where you can sit and watch them?. I'm guessing there is as ponds are always a nice village attraction. We don't have a village pond here unfortunately which is a shame.
    Originally posted by edwink
    Yes, there's a little seating area just off the pavement, and a lane at one side. Most of the pond is actually people's back gardens, which is weird but very green. There's a heron that pops in from time to time as well. The ducks sit in a variety of places: a ramp into the water (unused), the aerators (used twice a day!), the pond filter (a big metal grille) ... they're fascinating. At my own house, its just LBB (Little Brown Birds ) making beelines for the big plant saucer, 18" across, that acts as a bird bath.
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 11:01 PM
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    Yes, there's a little seating area just off the pavement, and a lane at one side. Most of the pond is actually people's back gardens, which is weird but very green. There's a heron that pops in from time to time as well. The ducks sit in a variety of places: a ramp into the water (unused), the aerators (used twice a day!), the pond filter (a big metal grille) ... they're fascinating. At my own house, its just LBB (Little Brown Birds ) making beelines for the big plant saucer, 18" across, that acts as a bird bath.
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    Sounds lovely Karmacat. I'm now trying to work out how it is part of peoples back gardens. I'm trying to picture it but it's difficult to do.

    We have a local heron down by the canal, you can easily spot him when driving past. He just stands there looking all grand and absolutely beautiful. When he flies off it is surprising how big his wing span is. One landed by our old smaller pond once and I didn't notice he was there when I opened the gate and when he saw me he took off and boy did he make me jump. He was much bigger close up than I expected him to be.

    How sweet calling the birds that visit your garden LBB (Little Brown Birds). Think I should call our visiting birds that too now . We love watching them having a bath flicking water everywhere and find them fascinating to watch. We have little Goldfinches, a pair of Bullfinches, Blue tits, Great tits, long tailed tits, a single Jay, Robins, Wrens, Dunnocks and occasionally a beautiful Woodpecker visits. Hubby makes sure there is plenty of food for all of them all because we grow all our veg organically so need them to visit to get rid of all the insects for us Mind you they didn't do a very good job looking after our kale last year because that was absolutely covered in bugs, maybe I should have a quiet word with them about that

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 11th Jul 19, 11:31 PM
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    Thanks edwink, that's useful. I'm sure they'd be fine in the coop too, although ours is rather smaller than yours (about 12ft by 6ft I think), but then we do only have 5 hens!

    Meant to say we tried to give ours some tinned sweetcorn the other day, after you said yours were always so enthusiastic. Were they interested? NO. They picked up a few pieces then put them back down again and ignored them we'll eat it ourselves next time! Funny little creatures!
    Originally posted by Cheery Daff
    We've had 30 hens and ducks all together in our coop Cheery whilst we've been away. Think they might have got a bit fed up with each other if it was for a week or two but for a few days they were absolutely fine. As you say although your coop is smaller you only have 5 hens so yours is plenty big enough if you go away. Another thing you can do is to scatter some bedding on the ground for them and throw on a few handfuls of crushed mealworms if they like them. If you crush them in to tiny pieces it will take them ages to gobble all the pieces up and keep them more than occupied.

    My god Cheery how can your hens not like sweetcorn?. They are having a laugh I'm sure of it because I've never heard of hens not liking it. What a fussy lot you have How about peas, have you tried those?

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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 12th Jul 19, 8:28 AM
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    Sounds lovely Karmacat. I'm now trying to work out how it is part of peoples back gardens. I'm trying to picture it but it's difficult to do.
    Originally posted by edwink
    It's unusual, isn't it - if you're standing on the pavement with the pond right by you, the far side is people's back gardens - instead of a fence at the end of their garden, they have a pond! No privacy at all there - but its a very rich bit of the village, and they have plenty of privacy at the other side, believe me


    We have a local heron down by the canal, you can easily spot him when driving past. He just stands there looking all grand and absolutely beautiful. When he flies off it is surprising how big his wing span is. One landed by our old smaller pond once and I didn't notice he was there when I opened the gate and when he saw me he took off and boy did he make me jump. He was much bigger close up than I expected him to be.
    I've never been up close - wow!

    How sweet calling the birds that visit your garden LBB (Little Brown Birds). Think I should call our visiting birds that too now . We love watching them having a bath flicking water everywhere and find them fascinating to watch. We have little Goldfinches, a pair of Bullfinches, Blue tits, Great tits, long tailed tits, a single Jay, Robins, Wrens, Dunnocks and occasionally a beautiful Woodpecker visits. Hubby makes sure there is plenty of food for all of them all because we grow all our veg organically so need them to visit to get rid of all the insects for us Mind you they didn't do a very good job looking after our kale last year because that was absolutely covered in bugs, maybe I should have a quiet word with them about that

    Edwink
    I nicked the LBB thing from my sister, I love it You do well with yours, I don't think I have quite that many. We have a rookery nearby, and there's also a little nature reserve (the flood plain of a local stream) I can always see a few birds of prey hovering there. Its a good variety. Sorry for the slight hijack beyond hens and ducks!
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 12th Jul 19, 5:02 PM
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    I nicked the LBB thing from my sister, I love it You do well with yours, I don't think I have quite that many. We have a rookery nearby, and there's also a little nature reserve (the flood plain of a local stream) I can always see a few birds of prey hovering there. Its a good variety. Sorry for the slight hijack beyond hens and ducks!
    Originally posted by Karmacat
    It's not a slight hijack at all because they are all our feathered friends at the end of the day. Some really tiny ones granted but all birds welcome on here no matter what size they are. Oh and discussions about my fences and Cheery going on holiday

    So back to fences Got another 4 panels up today yay!! This week that's 7 done lower down the row that are straight and 4 at the top, the first 2 are perfectly straight and the other 2 are rather wonky looking . We will take a look at those 2 again next week and alter them but that's probably easier said than done. That leaves just one more panel that needs to be altered to fit and still need another post in behind one of the panels.

    Then it's on to the very top chainlink fence which is slightly wobbly but to be honest we keep that wobbly for a purpose. The reason is a fox will not attempt to climb it as it has always been unstable. It's not about to fall down or anything but you can push in back and forth a little but it is so secure on either side there is no way it will come down. We are going to replace a couple of the posts along that row as they are showing signs of wear now so would need sorting in a year or two anyway. Also in that section we still need to fit dense netting above older fencing to 2 sides each about 60ft in length. There is chainlink and a lower fence with chicken wire above so both areas will have dense netting fitted above to give additional security. Can't really put a time for completion on those jobs because it depends on how easy or difficult we find unravelling the huge roll of netting as we are fixing it up. Probably take the best part of next week when hubby is home from work.

    Will update soon

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    • edwink
    • By edwink 14th Jul 19, 7:38 PM
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    Sorry but this post is sad news
    Hi Everyone

    I am sorry to let you all know that our dearest Pingu passed away this afternoon. She was not quite herself the past couple of days and seemed a bit slow but still Pingu if that makes sense. She had been slowing down this past year anyway but as said last couple of days was slow and it was more noticeable. Being an Indian Runner she didn't waddle but walked and we noticed her walking definitely slowed down especially this week. She was an old girl anyway and went through that trauma of the fox attack 4 months ago. I guess she did very well for her age and in her prime was very healthy and incredibly fast on her feet. Never ever seen a duck move as fast as she did.


    You were so loved Pingu. RIP


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    • Cheery Daff
    • By Cheery Daff 14th Jul 19, 9:02 PM
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    Aw edwink I'm so sorry, how very very sad she had an excellent life with you xxx

    How are you doing, and Mr Edwink, and Hoppy? Xx
    • maddiemay
    • By maddiemay 14th Jul 19, 9:07 PM
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    So sorry to read of Pingu, you will miss her greatly. x
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    • Karmacat
    • By Karmacat 15th Jul 19, 1:36 PM
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    So sorry to hear that Pingu's gone, edwink She had a good long life with you, and she had a peaceful end, too, remember that. Thinking of you all x
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    • edwink
    • By edwink 15th Jul 19, 3:10 PM
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    Thank you everyone for your kind words. It's so nice knowing you are all here on our hens and ducks friendly chat thread. It really does make such a difference. We are ok Cheery thank you just sad more than anything.

    Hoppy is fine and has enjoyed 2 lots of swimming in the pond so far today and is now preening herself on our lawn by the house. We've put obstacles on the lawn to stop any birds of prey like Kites swooping down at her because she is now on her own. This little duck is and has always been in a world of her own and obviously previously she had Pingu to look out for her and I have to say Pingu did that very well. She would spend some of her time chasing Pigeons and Magpies away from the LBB feeders as she was just like a little guard dog, bless her. Hoppy is totally different and would share her food with every wild bird there is out there so we need to keep an extra eye on her now. Hoppy always tucked herself in to one of the flower beds and Pingu would always sit in front or to the side of her which was always reassuring when it came to the bigger wild birds.

    I'm pleased to say that Hoppy doesn't seem too lost on her own today because that was our main worry to be honest. Maybe it has not sunk in yet with her that Pingu has gone, who knows.

    Thanks again everyone

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    • MysteryMe
    • By MysteryMe 16th Jul 19, 9:48 PM
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    Very sorry to read about Pingu, a beautiful duck who was lucky to have such caring owners. I hope Hoppy does not start to miss her too much.
    • edwink
    • By edwink 16th Jul 19, 11:14 PM
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    Very sorry to read about Pingu, a beautiful duck who was lucky to have such caring owners. I hope Hoppy does not start to miss her too much.
    Originally posted by MysteryMe
    Aww thank you so much and yes she truly was a beautiful duck. We are hoping Hoppy will be ok and are doing all we can to keep her company during the day. We feel awful that she is on her own during the night but she is so safe in her comfortable hotel, bless her. She has always been a bit of a loner to be honest so we are hoping that fact will help her being on her own now. She has been on the lawn for most of the day except when we have taken her up to the pond for a swim. We've sat with her on the lawn whilst she has been eating lettuce today and chatted away to her to keep her company. We both go down to her level and just look at her and tell her she is not on her own. I know we are a pair of softies but we knew the day would come when we had only one duck and dreaded the thought of one of them being on their own. She is very tame so can sit very close to her on the lawn which helps to keep her occupied.

    Pingu spent all her time with Ebony one of our Cayuga ducks that died following the fox attack in March, they were like Bonnie and Clyde running around together getting up to all sorts of mischief. When there was just Pingu and Hoppy left Pingu took charge of Hoppy straight away and mothered her. Hoppy has always appeared the baby out of all the ducks even though she was the same age as Twister & Dorcus. Dorcus was later nicknamed Optrex because she kept getting sore eyes . Hoppys real name is Zillah but we changed it to Hoppy because she has a limp as is so clumsy and had a 2nd injury to her leg. She is now known as Hoppy Nine Lives because she survived the fox attack, bless her .

    Quite a few of the ducks were named after the characters in Larkrise to Candleford in case anyone was wondering

    Edwink
    Last edited by edwink; 17-07-2019 at 7:16 AM.
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