My attempt to keep chickens.

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bikesandbirdsbob
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Hi all , what a rumour , not at work , unfortunately to much work ......
The latest up date from my end .
I will be being laid off work next Wed till the following week (Thurs) .
On pay good as a holiday , smiles allround . No night shifts for ages (hopefully) all due to semi conductors or the lack of them . it has been in the news so no surprises.
House is waiting contracts beiing signed buyer wants in by 30.06.2021.
SHMBO and co are empting the house of dead wifes left overs - baby clothes and cot - up to the fancy bits in cup boards old pots and pans .
Soon it will be my huge stamp co;;ection and my beloved bikes .
Have a plan for 20 foot contr for storage soon it will be a match box.
Being a hoarder it is taking time .
Have looked at renting but I never heard of having to bid for the rent you pay .....
Pikie caravan sites for men on the run or covid 19 divorces ....
So far a towing touring caravan has been bought for a holiday home , but fall back position I will live in it .
Cats and dogs are wanted ,ore than me which is noot surprising .
Now the important stuff and sad news.
I lost a hen last Fri / Sat night in the kitchen , she died in her sleep peacefully after a illness with scaly mite and nervous reaction to a bad moult .
I have another that is the same and living in the kitchen .
Star fazer is out with flock during the day running around in circles making as much noise as she can .
Purple comb girl has lost weight and still eating and I am ensuring she gets plenty .
At night I have three hens in the house .
I have another is being bullied by the boss hen and wing hen . She is now not wanting to go in the run to roost .
Ducks are well and loving it .
They are all going to the sea side resort nearer the 30th and plans to demolish there home is planned .
As work is nearly 50 per cent I am not planning to leave with out a paay out . Maybe August time .
I get moving time off and lots of holiday time throw in a few sickies , cannot call them sofa days as not going to have one.
House building side has stopped and only doing what I need to do which I have agreed to.
People ask me what I am going to do , answer is out there somewhere , I just do not know .
I will give more up dates as time goes on . Absent but not out yet .
Keep well , Watch out Sandy we can get a huge in soon , Boris says so...
Bob

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Hi me again , I have got now a very aged flock and it is no surprise that I am begining to lose them .
Being at home more and the future that it is I am enjoying them whilst I can .
Bob
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Sorry about your sad loss Bob - always sad at whatever age we lose them. I am struggling with my two older girls now. Violet is really looking and acting her age, but still enjoying her life and still insists on being first out when it is play time in the garden. Ivy has lost a lot of her sight for some reason but she is still managing and enjoying her life, albeit slower than her usual self. Great news on the house front Bob. I am looking forward to finding out your next adventure and where you and your animals are going to live. Work seems to be sorting itself out for you to. Good luck. Keep us posted.
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Hi all , I lost my kitchen friend blue ring nr12 known as purple comb , Old age I believe , she had lost a lot of weight and not digesting her food .
She died in my arms 3.30pm today . Star gazers friend will be missed .
Today I spent ages in my garage sorting metal ( screws /tools / parts and general clutter including a cabinet ) . It took much longer because I had many hundreds of screws , used , new varring lenghts , head types and metals ,) Problem was I tried to pick out some to keep . Now which ones do I keep , I ended up with more keepers than throw aways . I had to get rid of the lot as to hard to sort out .
I would hate to do this with my flock and when I pick new hens up , can not chose , so take the lot .
I have to downsize and I am not a person to be able to do it .
Without symphatic help from those near to me I could not do it .
I have a friend coming tomorrow to help with the tools . I mean how many 10 mil spanners can I use (only two hands ) I must admit I can see the floor in the garage .
The freezer is next on the list to do , running it down but it will be another big dig as I am sure anything lower than 8 inches must have been in there upto 20 years . Can I still eat it . Burnt food tastes the same doesnt it.
House buyers sending surveyors wed next week . Looks like game on and so pleased that clearing it all out is well on the way .
Time to move on for sure . Maybe I will be sending postcards .
Take care all My flock are ok but I am watching the bullied one .
Bob
House of peneelope and Red .
As a note , Reasoning for dumping most of the bits and bobs is that the charaity shops have to much and refusing to take more .
Not sure they would want it any way .
I could tell you what I have been doing when dog walking but that would take hoarding to a even higher level .
Nothing wrong my side but it is a sign of the litter louts that walk the country parks .
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I was wondering if the repair cafe would take some of the bits & pieces in my garage - Jim did a lot of repairs and there's all sorts there. Imperial spanners, a drum of electrical cable, a lifetime's collection of tools + his father's collection. My daughter's & partners do less DIY and have already bought their tool kit. But there are repair cafes organised by Transition.
I do use some, but would be better if I knew what there was and could find it.
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Hi all , sorry for not writing.
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I lost my poorly chicken that was in the kitchen Blue ring nr4.
Long timer . Died May 20th
I have now 16 hens and 2 ducks SORT OF.
I placed them at the sea side resort 20th June 2021. paid up to 11th July 2021.1 pound a chicken / duck PER DAY .
I have placed 2 cats at SHMBO daughter that has Cookie the Rabbit .
Darcey the old boy of 3,000 pound cost(Vet bills ) to my brothers .
Polo the dog is still keeping me company .
I sold my house on the 24th June a week early and managed to place the remaining contents that had value in a 20 foot container.
I am homeless ......
Looking to move to Chelmsford area when suitable place is available so those in surrounding area be warned.
I spent today at a local farm which has agreed good terms building 2 coops with a friend . Laurel and Hardy comes to mind . Managed to build one ,the largest in 6 hours . building the next one tomorrow .
At the moment Mad Bob ( which I am called by those that know me ) is pretty true .
If all the facts and stories was told what I have done in the past 2 months and what I am doing now and the plan for the future I could write a book .
To say I am eating healthy is true as salads and cold tins is the menu for the day.
The flock last time I saw them a week ago where looking good and I know they are being looked after.
No news is good news.
Work at the moment is back as normal though the work being done is far from it.
I will try and do a catch up over the next few days but hope all are well and their flocks .
I have said in the past interesting times ahead and now they are here It was a understatement for sure.
Those around me are concerned to say the least but I am happier enough as long as it is short lived . Hoping the wait for the right place to come to market is worth it.
I wish I could write more but it is what you might call very personal and not for general knowledge for sure .
Bob and the flock of Penelope and Red
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So will you be living in one of the chicken coops until you find somewhere?
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Lovely to hear your catch up Bob - I have missed reading about your antics. It may be a hectic time at the moment but you are following your dreams (not mad, but a very brave thing to do). I wish you and your animals all the luck in the world and keep chasing that dream because before you know it, it will be a reality and you can look back on these times with satisfaction and feel very proud of yourself.
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Bob the only good thing about you working is you update your diary :-D
I shall ring you sometime this week
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Hi not true ,
I wish I could tell the stories of the last few months but 1 , you would not believe them ,2 I would be in trouble to say the least.
I can tell you that only recently I FLOODED the farm........
The hens and ducks are all well and free ranging when I am with them all over the farm.
Little hen only today got me in trouble as she found the farmers veg patch of which she pays a gardener to work . Now the gardener has even more work as , there is not any slugs and straw berry plants and much else . She was only in there a few hours un-noticed . Some of the other hens was edging her on through the fence but the gaps was to small for them to get in .
Other hens including the ex-white hen found the fuel pump hence she is not white any more till she looses her feathers .....
The rams that are in the garden are rampaging round the run/coops , which is not so bad keeping the foxes on their toes . But when they decided to move in the coops it is a so and so to get them out and repair the damage done.
Last night the hens (10 ) in the solid roof coop had a party for sure because they floored the tray that slides in and out for cleaning purposes as it was on the floor and the saw dust everywhere.

love feeding the calves and the cows ,the Jersey one is so pretty and will be shame to eat the rear end of her at some point in the future.
Ferrets had fleas and had the vet treating them . locked up like fort knox as they will do the chickens in .
Ducks are well and 2 eggs most days .
5 eggs and one was Litalen`s .
The farmer will be selling the land and house soon and moving to a bungalow .
It must be worth a few bob more than I have but maybe a small parcel will be done a deal on.
I speak to her a lot and she originally in 1956 was a chicken farmer and never married that I am a where and lived with her mum and dad till they died .
House front is in a mess as one minutes it is Clacton then some other place like Maldon , Chelmsford .
Darcey (cat ) is going to the vets as he needs a check up and jabs .
first time I will have seen him for near on a month .
Only casualty is my cat Lexie whom has gone feral and is seen and eats and then goes . When they go off you cannot stop them .
polo the fat Staff is with me 100 per cent of the time.....
The farmer has said she can stay with her as she has two lab`s and they get on fine . when she goes off the farm she would put her in the kennels .
Pension /house and money are all worries and you would not think they would be but the opposite .
Well I wish I could say more but enough is said if you read between the line s.
Work is rough and I can not end it as it is critical to my life style to say the least .
Wishing all well and be safe , this Covid 19 is over yet take my word for it.
Bob
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Again, lovely to hear your update Bob. Sounds like you have been getting yourself in some trouble though!! Are you thinking about buying the farm? Seems a perfect solution for you and your critters. If so, you will have me green with envy. Good luck Bob and keep us updated.

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