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New Addition to the Flock
Tue 15-May-12
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MMM SOUNDS yummy!!! 

Wed 16-May-12
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Hattie said:

With so many new chicken owners around & the price of chicken food so high I thought it was time to remind people that they can use some of their left-overs to supplement the chicken's diet. THIS is an article Fiona wrote way back which is well worth reading (along with it's comments).  chef

This is another article on feeding chickens and I have to admit there is a lot of common sense in it as it explains that chickens have done perfectly well for quite a long time without specially prepared feeds and worrying us about what we feed them maybe more in the interests of business than what they really need. After all why should we feed junk food to our chickens?ponder

Fri 18-May-12
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Mr Bill has some interest in his life and has been joined by Mrs Bill and 6 ducklings. He was purchased to float on a new pond dug as a surprise for OH about 20 years ago, and has been on his own ever since- now he has a family at long last.

 

 

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Fri 18-May-12
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Congratulations, when are we to see proper pictures?

I'll try that again!

Fri 18-May-12
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Some years ago, we bought a plastic duck which had the temperature gauge underneath it, for the swimming pool (in France, this is!).

When the pool service was due, the guy took one look and said

"Monsieur, you 'ave a DUCK in your piscine!" - real franglais. Made us chuckle!

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Fri 18-May-12
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Made me giggle too!

I'll try that again!

Fri 18-May-12
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Very good. I love watching my ducks on the pond. We plan to put a bench by the pond so visitors can enjoy the fun too. I am looking forward to introducing the ducklings to the pond in a few weeks.

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Fri 18-May-12
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Sadly no real ducks in our garden any more- James at 17 years went last year and Jemimah about 2 years before- the pond is filled in now.

It was one of those moments when you ask for birthday suggestions from your OH- as we both struggle now to name something we would like , she said, I would like a female duck decoy to go with the male one (that was bought to float on the pond 20 years ago)  which now sits on a window sill on a rectangular frame to stop it falling over. So duly put in an order, which I hoped to take with me on our holiday as a surprise (as the said birthday was when we were away) but unfortunately it got delayed, so cancelled it until we got back. Placed the order again, and as a laugh ordered the ducklings- well the package arrived - Mrs Bill was in it, but only two ducklings, instead of two packs each with three ducklings, as ordered- so today the other four wayward ducklings, obviously wandered off and disobeyed mother, arrived safely and now we have a family for Mr Bill. He was superseded by the real ducks we had which is why he came indoors.

 

OH has been a duck fanatic since her grandfather first took her to feed the ducks as a four year old, hence the suggestion for the present did not surprise me at all.

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Fri 18-May-12
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Awww sweet! Love it!

Fri 18-May-12
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No mess to clear up!

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Yes and the female duck will be a lot quieter than Jemimah, who could be heard quacking from a mile away.(she was a call duck, used as a decoy duck in the past as they were chosen for the very loud noise they made)

 Are we having fun yet? I am!

Sat 6-Apr-13
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Well, not quite a new addition to the flock, as I had no flock since the fox attack, but seems the appropriate place to give my update...I am once again a chicken owner, went to the auctions at selby mart this morning and am now the very proud owner of....
3 gorgeous bluebells
3 sprightly exchequer leghorns, one of which it seems is a bit of a bully, already
2 rather young welsommers

I couldn't resist the little welsommers, they look only about 12 weeks, nobody wanted them and I got them for £2 each, we had welsommers last year and they lay the most beautiful dark brown eggs. So excited, one of the leghorns has already delivered.

Sat 6-Apr-13
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Wow, an egg already!  eeek  Congrats on the new arrivals Jan, I hope this lot have long safe happy productive lives with you.

We're still intending to be chicken owners, the weather has been holding things up a bit and husband hasn't yet had chance to build the coop/run and prepare the ground we've earmarked.  But in any case we're not planning on acquiring hens until we come back from holiday in June.  (eeek, that's only two months away!! eeekeeek)

learning to love veg…..except celery :-O

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How lovely Jan, I cannot get those sort of breeds here. I have thought of buying fertile eggs and incubating them. My three chicks are doing well and nearly have all their feathers so will be going outside soon. I have two ducks sitting on eggs too!

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Oh, I do want hens!

I'll try that again!

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