Wednesday, December 28, 2011

BHWT Northants rehoming day

Been volunteering at BHWT Northants rehoming day today
Think we rehomed 537 battery hens which would all be going to slaughter because of the 2012 cage ban coming in next week.

I came back with 5 poorlies (2 for my Aunt) - 2 baldies, a badly twisted beak and 2 skinnies.

Hens ready to be rehomed:

My 3:
 Tracy Beaker with her twisted beak:
I was only having 2 but she's too cute so came home too!
Needs help eating and prefers to eat from a higher up coop cup.

2 baldies:

2 skinnies:

Friday, December 23, 2011

Video: Happiest Penguin Ever

Happiest Penguin Ever

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Met David Beckham in Harrods!

Been to London for a couple days and met David Beckham in Harrods!!
Me + Danny with Beckham!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Painted Broody Coops

Have painted a couple of my Broody Coops :)
Hopefully going to sell them at The Fed - got a couple more to paint or can sell them plain!

White + Duck-egg blue...

Treated + Blue...

Monday, December 5, 2011

Sherlock - Just chillin'

Couple of photos of Sherlock, just chillin' on ma bed :)

Alex's leg is still dodgy - his back leg sticks right out at and angle - so Preston took him to the vets. They didn't know what it was so we're hopefully going back to the vets on Weds morning to get some X Rays done and see whats going on!

221b Baker St...

Broody Coop

Just a couple photos of the Broody Coops I am painting up and selling :)

Broody Coop
Made of pine wood with hinged top-opening roof and lockable drop down ramp, ideal for placing within a run or shed. Raised on feet with slatted wooden base to allow ventilation. May also be used as Intro/Sick bay or as an extra nest box within a run.
Winter and weather proof. Dimensions: 42x43x51cm

Friday, December 2, 2011

Poultry Red Mite Photos

I found Poultry Red Mite (Dermanyssus gallinae) in the chicken coops earlier in the year, and me being me decided I needed to get some High Res photos of them, and then have a look at them under my USB digital microscope!

Got a few photos, some of the best ones are here...
(Click to enlarge)

Will be used for Uni work so please don't use them without my permission ;)

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Lavender Pekin pullets

Just a photo of my Lavender Pekin growers I hatched from my lot over the Summer...

They're living in a hutch in the greenhouse for now until they're old enough to go in the eglu and integrate with the others!

National Poultry Show 2011

Have had a busy weekend at The National Poultry Show 2011!
Got home on Thursday to go to work on Friday, set up the stand with Jude and then stopped at hers. Had the show on Saturday, went to the Poultry Club social, stopped in a Travelodge and then the show on Sunday.
Then when its all over for the public we take everything back down and load up the van!

We were busy all weekend on the Cotswold Chickens stand which was good but I could hardly talk at the end of Sunday! Everyone lived our Wychwood Hen Arch house, took orders for a few and even sold the one we had at the show!

I managed to get a Second Place for one of my photos...
... I did enter the photo of me in a chicken suit for "Any Poultry Subject" but it didn't place ;)

I met Jamie from Poultry Talk and had a good chat with Sandra from Chicken Vet who was really nice, she said anything they can do to help, and help with my dissertation etc, just to let them know :) Will be seeing them at a couple more shows so can have more of a talk.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

New Pekin Pullets

I got 2 new Pekin pullets from The National sales pens earlier! :)

Wanted some more after my pekin chicks died but wasn't actively looking.
Didn't have time to look at the sales pens yesterday so went over earlier today expecting them all to be cockerels, and there were these 2 for sale...
... so I had to buy them! :P

I did have to resist the Chocolate Partridge Wyandotte pullet, even though Mother wanted her!

Going to call them Dorothy (Red) and Annie (Pyle/Gingery one!) :)

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Omlet Qute ... Testing!

Omlet asked me to preview and test their new small animal house, the "Qute".
 So far I'm really impressed! :)

Its like a contemporary piece of furniture that doubles as a functioning small animal house!

It seems well built and robust like the Classic and Cube are, really chunky piece of furniture, well thought out and the gerbils seem to like it! Nowhere for them to gnaw at edges like some cages either so it should last ages – even the tube has a metal rim so they can’t chew it!
Its easy to keep the pets in the top or bottom with the “Lift ‘n’ Twist” tube to be able to clean out the bottom drawer, or to fill up food and water. I added a couple of tubes into the bottom draw so they were running though those and making tunnels.
One thing with it being solid on top is how dark it is inside the top ... good with nocturnal animals!

The drawer comes out to empty it to clean ... or use as a "Mobile Play Pen" and take it around the house, as the advert says.
 Looks good next to ma bed and perfect height to use as a bedside table to put ma alarm clock on! :P

Only bad things are – its really heavy! 
I struggled to carry it upstairs so a child would have no chance moving it. They can easily use it to take small furries out and to clean out though. You do need a big deep sink to put it under the tap like photos show with the massive double sink! Its easy to take the top apart and give it all a wipe down too, just 2 clips at the top and it slides out.

 Top opens down to clean it out...
 And the tray comes out to give it all a proper clean...
I think it could do with being a bit taller as they like to climb which they can’t really do so if the top section was taller you could put in shelves, hang in hammocks and wooden ladders – could be used for degu then! The draw is also a really good idea but could be a bit bigger to fit a hamster ball or bigger bag of food in.

As great as it is, I do think its a steep price tag. Have seen a few people comment to say similar, I paid around £50 for my Gerbilarium which is similar and thought that was expensive.
So, I’d definitely get one, would look great, be easy to use and the gerbils would love it ...  just not on ma Student budget! :)

Friday, October 21, 2011

Meet Sherlock + Alexander!

We went to the Co Op to buy milk, went into Pets at Home just to have a look ... and now have 2 rabbits :D (... and no milk ;) )

Have said for ages I want a Uni rabbit but thought I should be sensible, then we saw this litter of 4 lops, 12 weeks old, up for adoption on Wednesday ;) Went back the next day (yday) and bought their cage and everything and just the 1 rabbit ... I went back an hour later to get his brother!

I have 1 and my housemate has another, living together atm but will be separated (and maybe neutered in a few months) to another cage. Housemate lives in Bulgaria so have offered to have them both over the holidays!

Mine's called Sherlock 'cos we live on Baker St ... don't know why he's called Alexander, he was going to be called BMW?!

Me + Sherlock...
 Sherlock + Alexander

Friday, September 16, 2011

Diamond Dove Chick - Growing Up!

Have got some photos of our 3rd Diamond Dove chick :)
Still can't believe how fast they grow!
7 days old...
 9 days old...
 11 days old, next to egg for comparison...
 ...and next to Mom...
 18 days old and nearly fully grown...
 ... next to Dad...
 29 days old...
 Dove egg next to a £1 coin to see size!