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chrissy



Joined: 20 Feb 2005
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Location: Pangbourne
PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 05 8:17 pm    Post subject:  Reply with quote    

They're lovely Gertie. I wonder who's happier. You for rescuing them or them for being saved?


Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 05 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wait till they've regrown their plumage!...My ex battery's were really friendly too. Nice enclosure by the way. Lundy do it?

Treacodactyl
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Joined: 28 Oct 2004
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Location: Jumping on the bandwagon of opportunism
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 6:14 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Are they acting like chickens now? Our hens took a while to learn to be chickens when we got them. They were not that sure of worms, slugs, snail etc when they were 12-15 week olds. Withing a few months all that changed and they soon became little 'hen-vacs'.

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 6:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Life's a learning curve not only for the girls but us as well.

Lundy made the hen house and the enclosure. He constructed the hen house in our garden and we transported it round to the allotment a few days before the girls arrived. The enclosure he made into panels, the wire goes just over a foot underground and he then screwed them into place. It's not bad, certainly a much bigger space than they have been used to - may enlarge it in time.

The enclosure actually has some nice grass and weeds, unfortunately when we put up the enclosure we ended up covering it in earth!

As for the hens, some still huddle together on an evening in their nesting box, but they are getting better at using their perches. They have adapted really well, there is a 'pecking order' and we were suprised at how quick they were rooting around for insects, etc.

Lundy has gone from a 'we are only getting because you want them' to 'how are my girlies? aren't you gorgeous!' guy who spends ages with them.

Brilliant!!!

chrissy



Joined: 20 Feb 2005
Posts: 238
Location: Pangbourne
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 8:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gertie wrote:

Lundy has gone from a 'we are only getting because you want them' to 'how are my girlies? aren't you gorgeous!' guy who spends ages with them.

Brilliant!!!



tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44302
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 9:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Smart looking quarters they have Gertie

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
Posts: 2699

PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 11:58 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

When you getting your new pied a terre then Geezer?

tahir



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 44302
Location: Essex
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 12:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Some time this century, spent all day Saturday viewing, got another tomorrow, and one on Wednesday. No idea yet.

mrsnesbitt



Joined: 28 Oct 2004
Posts: 1576

PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 12:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

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'how are my girlies? aren't you gorgeous!' guy who spends ages with them.


Well he is a biker gertie........this is what he normally says to us biker babes!!!

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 3:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You've got a valid point, there, mrsnesbitt.

Lundy was out at the weekend of his bike - we'll have to arrange a get together one weekend - in God's country!!!

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 3:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Long way to go though....Wales, innit?

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
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Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 3:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Who said anything about Wales

Lloyd



Joined: 24 Jan 2005
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 5:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Gertie wrote:
we'll have to arrange a get together one weekend - in God's country!!!




You did!

Blue Sky



Joined: 30 Jan 2005
Posts: 7654
Location: France
PostPosted: Mon Apr 18, 05 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

You have a heck of a henhouse

I wish I had one as good as that!

We have to make do with a few old outbuilding that came with this place ..... well, we are living on a shoestring.

Can anybody suggest a good hen-housing design that could be made from old floorboards???

Gertie



Joined: 08 Jan 2005
Posts: 1638
Location: Yorkshire
PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 05 6:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Hi Simon -

Thanks for the comments - I think Lundy did an excellent job of our hen house and enclosure - considering he has never attempted the like before.

Well, Lundy made ours out of new floorboarding - thought it would keep the hens warmer in the winter than lapboarding. If we'd had a surplus of old floorboarding we would have used that!

Our hen house measures 4ft long by 3ft wide. The frame he made out of 2" x 2". It's raised off the ground. If you want any more details let me know and Lundy will PM you with how he put it together

How's your little sunburnt chap doing?

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