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Old May 30th 2005, 5:16 pm
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Originally Posted by Gill and Rob
Day 2 with the chickens ..............and we are down to 1 chicken !!!!

We decided to let them out this morning and just keep a "good eye on them". Rob said they just pottered around the garden in a little bunch made up of the 4 of them. Everytime he went out, they followed him and in general seemed pretty settled. They even tried to follow him into the house !!

Aparently all 4 of them were in the garden at 3pm and by 3.30pm THEY WERE ALL GONE !!!

6PM and ONE of them retuned alone and sneaked into the coop....

Where the hell they went we just don't know. We have rattled tins of chicken feed, asked at neighbours and searched the bushes with torches all to no avail. There is still 3 missing. We've left food out and the outside light on for them....as if they'll care !!!

Did get some great advice about clipping one wing. Had they been here I would have done them tonight. Guess that doesn't stop them "running away" though !!

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Old May 30th 2005, 5:21 pm
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I know this off-topic, but are we going to see a picture of you in the 'pictures of us' thread?
Will this one do?????


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Try clipping one of their wings,start with an inch...more if they still fly...as for coaxing them back to their coop...leave a trail of crumbled bread for them...seems to work each time for us...
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Try clipping one of their wings,start with an inch...more if they still fly...as for coaxing them back to their coop...leave a trail of crumbled bread for them...seems to work each time for us...
You eat crumbled bread from the earth?
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You eat crumbled bread from the earth?
Yeah...ha ha....
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Update!!!!

Things were looking up this morning when another chicken returned early. Building our hopes up that the other 2 would soon follow. Took the girls to school and arrived back 20minutes later to find the remaining 2 chickens gone. Not just that but there were a number of feathers near the back door. Either they have been fighting over their strategy for going to look for the other other two chickens, or it may be a case of FOUL play.

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Update!!!!

Things were looking up this morning when another chicken returned early. Building our hopes up that the other 2 would soon follow. Took the girls to school and arrived back 20minutes later to find the remaining 2 chickens gone. Not just that but there were a number of feathers near the back door. Either they have been fighting over their strategy for going to look for the other other two chickens, or it may be a case of FOUL play.

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Come on Rob - lets be seeing you and Gill on the Photso of us thread - come on be brave enough!!
Yeah!! A few chicken chase snaps would be top!
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Yeah!! A few chicken chase snaps would be top!
We don't have a working digital camera at the moment, if the chickens do return I will consider sticking one of them in the scanner.

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We don't have a working digital camera at the moment, if the chickens do return I will consider sticking one of them in the scanner.

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The chicken or the photo?
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Chicken

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I'm sorry but I laughed my head off at this story!! was so funny.. think it's the norm to suffer like this in the begining. Hope they come back soon.
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I'm sorry but I laughed my head off at this story!! was so funny.. think it's the norm to suffer like this in the begining. Hope they come back soon.
Quick update...day 3....6.45pm and we are down to 1 chicken....Elvis. Who by the way is NOT the same one who we had on Sunday night !!

He was just approaching the back of the house as I drove up the driveway. My first words to Rob as he opened the door was "How many other than this one?" and his reply was "THIS ONE???........well that ........makes .....er.....one....quick grab the bugger !!"

I have had so much advice given to me over the last few days, that I'm going to produce a pamphlet on "Chicken keeping for city slickers"..... starting with the opening chapter on reasons NOT to keep chickens.

Last night was awful, we were so anxious that they had not returned. We were like parents waiting for teenagers to return to the nest {sorry!} from a night out.

By morning I told Rob we have to adopt a more relaxed attitude to parenting chickens !!!

Luckily colleague at work who gave us the chickens has seen the funny side to all this. Have seriously thought about returning them to them, but what do we say..... Hey Jan, remember the 4 chickens you gave us on Saturday, well how about I loose 3 of them in 3 days and give you just one back?...... doesn't sound good somehow.

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Quick update...day 3....6.45pm and we are down to 1 chicken....Elvis. Who by the way is NOT the same one who we had on Sunday night !!

He was just approaching the back of the house as I drove up the driveway. My first words to Rob as he opened the door was "How many other than this one?" and his reply was "THIS ONE???........well that ........makes .....er.....one....quick grab the bugger !!"

I have had so much advice given to me over the last few days, that I'm going to produce a pamphlet on "Chicken keeping for city slickers"..... starting with the opening chapter on reasons NOT to keep chickens.

Last night was awful, we were so anxious that they had not returned. We were like parents waiting for teenagers to return to the nest {sorry!} from a night out.

By morning I told Rob we have to adopt a more relaxed attitude to parenting chickens !!!

Luckily colleague at work who gave us the chickens has seen the funny side to all this. Have seriously thought about returning them to them, but what do we say..... Hey Jan, remember the 4 chickens you gave us on Saturday, well how about I loose 3 of them in 3 days and give you just one back?...... doesn't sound good somehow.

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Buy 3 more chickens and 4 of these!
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Buy 3 more chickens and 4 of these!

Believe me we have seriously thought of that !!! Clipping a wing stops them flying away, but not running away.

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