I wanted to put some more photo's on here of the kids and then hens but my digital camera goes through batteries like nothing on earth!
We need to get some re-chargables but even then I am going to have to swap them every 15 minutes-it's a joke.
I took a little film of the kids and hens in the garden, the film was about 2-3 minutes long and I took some pics (maybe 5 or so) and they wiped out 2 new Duracell AA batteries which means I can't even put my pics on the computer untill I get new batteries as the camera still needs battery power to load things onto the PC.
Working out more expensive than paying for a camera film to be developed!!
I'm going to email Vivitar and complain.
Anyway, enough of my grumbling ;-)
The Essex girls are great. They have got fantastic little personalities and have become a great addition to the madhouse.
They go crazy for sweetcorn and will peck at anything yellow in the hope that it might be sweetcorn, they love mashed up cooked potatoe skins, cheese, mushrooms, spring greens, lettuce, cuecumber, grapes, long spaghetti (it's so funny watching them eat it!!),
corn on the cob, white cabbage, worms, slugs, woodlice and one of their new favs is MAGGOTS!!! Ria goes mad for them. We got half a pint for them yesterday and I would say that they love them as much as sweetcorn!! lol
Liam loves the hens and has taken on the important job of 'poo spotter'! He walks about and when he spots a poo he gets the scooper so that I can clean it up!! lol
Emmie, as usual is brilliant!! She watches the girls if I am busy, chats with them, looks up their Eglu at night, checks for eggs (Of which we have none yet) and generally takes proper care of them in any way she can.
Emmie's uncle Gareth is thinking about getting some hermit crabs and has told Emmie that she can have one of her own in his tank.
She has read up on them, knows how to sex them, knows what they eat, knows what sounds they make and lots of other crabby bits of information.
Emmie is wanting to decorate a shell for her crab using a kits which you can get from Pets At Home. I think Gareth wanted them to have a natural look but Em is dreaming of pink gems and pretty patterns! LOL
The weather has been awful recently, we have only had one dry day since getting the hens last Tuesday. Yesterday was nice so I am hoping we have another sunny day today. Fingers crossed eh? lol
By the way, the cats and hens get on fine.
The cats are in fact terrified of the hens and pretty much stay out of their way. If one of the cats gets a little too close, the hens will make a noise and the cat legs it!! LOL
Marleen (the dog) has not been allowed to get too close to the girls but did get down the garden yesterday when the hens were in their run. Marleen was slightly excited and done several laps around the outside of the run with me running behind her like an idiot.
I know the run is fox proof but I somehow doubt very much that it is Staffordshire bull terrier proof (is anything??), so I was slightly worried-managed to catch up with the dog and take her back in the house!
A little while later, Liam let the dog out again and I shouted (quite loud!!) and Marleen immediately stopped, layed down and just stared into the run. The chickens did flap about a bit but at least I contolled the situation this time rather than just chasing the dog around and around!! lol
I think I am going to start taking Marleen to see the hens everyday but have her on her lead. I know that I will never be able to let the girls out of their run while Marleen is out but I would like her to learn to ignore them when they are in their run-it's no good for my heart watching my dog charging towards my hens not knowing if she is going to rip the run apart and eat them!!!
After just writing about the dog seeing the hens I realised that it may sound like I haven't let my dog out since getting the girls. We actually have a concrete yard which is fenced off from the grass-this is where Marleen goes. She can't get into the garden where the hens are as there is a gate which is 'normally' shut.
Just wanted to clarify before people started thinking that my poor dog had been trapped in the house for over a week!! LOL