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by rick
Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:10 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 3408

Re: Ospreys 2019

Yes! Fantastic! The youtube stream is brilliant, with 2 hours rewind. I was intrigued to know if ospreys stand up to lay their egg like chickens do but no - she just fluffed up a bit for a few mins while Aran was preening right next to her and there it was. Well done!!! and, of course, for the first...
by rick
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:03 pm
Forum: Incubating, Hatching, Rearing Chicks & Growers
Topic: To hatch or not to hatch...
Replies: 5
Views: 501

Re: To hatch or not to hatch...

I shouldn't comment Icemaiden, (but happen to be online!) having only reared chicks when I was able to select ones that I was pretty sure were hens - but - knowing what I know now and knowing that you know that surplus cockerels have to accept practicalities - Just 6 eggs (if they come in sixes). Th...
by rick
Fri Apr 12, 2019 10:17 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Back to Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Back to Japan

:) They have to rake the gravel every morning before they get their mash. They are practically a wild population that forages in the woodland margins across the whole upper shrine site. I'm not sure how much they actually use their coops and, presumably, they are often visited by nine tailed kitsune...
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:23 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Ospreys 2019
Replies: 30
Views: 3408

Re: Ospreys 2019

That is so odd and funny! Good insulation - nothing like a stick - clump of moss? I could just hear - "That's nice dear! Do you think we need any more though?! (I'll just put it out the way over here)"
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Back to Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Re: Back to Japan

They are messengers for the sun goddess Omikami Amaterasu (Cock-a-doodle-doooooo!)
OMG! Is whale sushi a thing! It probably exists but seeing as last time we walked miles and miles for every meal until Carol was tentatively comfortable with a somewhat vaguely vegetarian option, then - who knows!
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 11:03 pm
Forum: Chicken Houses, Runs & Equipment
Topic: A new house
Replies: 18
Views: 1415

Re: A new house

I bought a scaffold board recently and considering the amount of plank in it it was pretty cheap (£15 for 5.2m or something like that.) It could be set into a square shallow hole as a box with half of its width above ground. Just a thought. Its always surprising how much it takes to make a box thoug...
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:59 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: barely conscious hen

Have you ever read The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupéry? Its a mad and extraordinary tale but the the Fox in the story, by allowing itself to 'tamed', 'loved' by the Prince gains those things but loses its independence forever and becomes the responsibility of the Prince forever however dis...
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: barely conscious hen

Well yes, so far as if you look at the other way round in those situations where you come across a wild bird in a bad way - obviously going to hide under a bush if it can and die within 24 hours - there is no moral duty to catch it and put it out of its misery In fact you probably would fail in catc...
by rick
Tue Apr 09, 2019 1:12 am
Forum: The Dustbath
Topic: Back to Japan
Replies: 9
Views: 1020

Back to Japan

So we are going back on Sunday and its pretty exciting to say the least! Ive realised since that this was the coop (one of many) for the sacred chickens at Ise but there was a bird flu thing going on and they were all being kept undercover until it passed ise coop.jpeg We wont be going to Ise this t...
by rick
Mon Apr 08, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: Chicken's Health
Topic: barely conscious hen
Replies: 14
Views: 833

Re: barely conscious hen

Hopefully she has made a miraculous recovery Chickenfan but if not you need to go to the vet, sign the piece of paper and then leave and trust that they know what they are doing. We all know you love your birds - you were absolutely right when I was being compulsive and inexperienced when I took on ...

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