Ribh's D'Coopage

drstratton

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@CrazyChookChookLady & @micstrachan

CCL:This is the finished rug I showed you the beginning of. :)
Michelle: This is my latest experiment. It's called unicorn blocks & has a reversible pattern.
It was slow & rather tedious but makes a really tight stitch.

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This is so pretty and I can see how it would take a long time to make! The front reminds me of button holes! I love the colors in it! As soon as I finish the book I'm reading I need to get back to work on the ocean afghan I'm knitting for my grandson, it's taking forever, but I hope to have it done for Christmas or maybe his first birthday... :)
 

Shadrach

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Where I come from a witch means a nasty individual! :)
There was no good and bad to the term witch originally. It was christianity that turned the witch into somethig evil. Witches were atheists and would not acknowlege the insistence by various religions of one god. The world around them had spirts and it's these spirits the witches had faith in. Theistic relions have persecuted the witch since. Most witches were just helbalists who acted as midwives and doctors in their communities.
Being an athesit myself I have a great empathy for witches.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wicca
 

drstratton

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There was no good and bad to the term witch originally. It was christianity that turned the witch into somethig evil. Witches were atheists and would not acknowlege the insistence by various religions of one god. The world around them had spirts and it's these spirits the witches had faith in. Theistic relions have persecuted the witch since. Most witches were just helbalists who acted as midwives and doctors in their communities.
Being an athesit myself I have a great empathy for witches.
https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Wicca
I'm not an atheist, but I know that God gave us the free will to believe in Him or to not believe in Him! No man who claims to be a servant of God, has the right to persecute and kill non believers in His name! Only God can make a judgment as to what is in man's heart...it is not the job of man!
 

Shadrach

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The main problem with moulting hens.

This is Fudge and Moon. Both are having what looks to be an unconfortable moult.
It's Moon's first moult and Fudge's second. The last moult for Fudge was seriously worrying. She spent hours on her own in unsafe territory looking for the things moulting hens crave.
This bank is the dump bank for hay and straw. Of course, as it composts, it produces a plentiful supply of bugs which the moulters here hunt for.

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These two are up here on their own. I dragged one of the house dogs up for a while and she sat watch while I fed Tribe 2.
This bank is a notorious hawk strike site. Quite a few chickens have died on this bamk over the years. Fudge has seen something and is fully alert.
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This is where she seen something. The Goshawk hunts up on that ridge. They have an almost perfect view of the bank the chickens are on. A rooster up here with them will watch that ridge and give the alarm when he sees a hawk drop out of the trees. The hawk does just drop out of the trees and head for the ground. It crosses the filed below about a foot off the ground and out of sight of the chickens.
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The next thing the chicken knows is there is a hawk coming up the bank underneath the trees you can see.. The straw is not easy to run on. The chicken has about two seconds to make the bushes to the left of the picture. When Mel was attacked she went right into the woods.
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This is Moon, oblivious to the fact that Fudge has seen somthing.
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Fudge left the site shorly after but Moon was still digging. Fortunately the ducks who have an excellent view gave the somehow allerted Moon to a possible danger. This is Moon tearing down the track to make it to the bamaboo clump on the left of this picture. She's very exposed and on her own.

Nobody got struck this time. If they were not moulting this is much less likely to happen.
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drstratton

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The main problem with moulting hens.

This is Fudge and Moon. Both are having what looks to be an unconfortable moult.
It's Moon's first moult and Fudge's second. The last moult for Fudge was seriously worrying. She spent hours on her own in unsafe territory looking for the things moulting hens crave.
This bank is the dump bank for hay and straw. Of course, as it composts, it produces a plentiful supply of bugs which the moulters here hunt for.

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These two are up here on their own. I dragged one of the house dogs up for a while and she sat watch while I fed Tribe 2.
This bank is a notorious hawk strike site. Quite a few chickens have died on this bamk over the years. Fudge has seen something and is fully alert.
View attachment 2393012 View attachment 2393013

This is where she seen something. The Goshawk hunts up on that ridge. They have an almost perfect view of the bank the chickens are on. A rooster up here with them will watch that ridge and give the alarm when he sees a hawk drop out of the trees. The hawk does just drop out of the trees and head for the ground. It crosses the filed below about a foot off the ground and out of sight of the chickens. View attachment 2393015

The next thing the chicken knows is there is a hawk coming up the bank underneath the trees you can see.. The straw is not easy to run on. The chicken has about two seconds to make the bushes to the left of the picture. When Mel was attacked she went right into the woods. View attachment 2393016

This is Moon, oblivious to the fact that Fudge has seen somthing. View attachment 2393017

Fudge left the site shorly after but Moon was still digging. Fortunately the ducks who have an excellent view gave the somehow allerted Moon to a possible danger. This is Moon tearing down the track to make it to the bamaboo clump on the left of this picture. She's very exposed and on her own.

Nobody got struck this time. If they were not moulting this is much less likely to happen. View attachment 2393018
Hopefully they will both be more alert now and survive their molt!
 

Ribh

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As predicted Mhari is now broody.
She was really put out when she thought I was going to let Wrold sit. :lau
She is now in the Little Coop cooling her nether regions.
She is pretty stubborn so she could be there some days. :(
When I went to move her I found her hogging 3 Campine eggs & Luna was in the box next to her. When I got back Luna was on the 3 eggs & more worryingly was tossing nesting material around like a broody. She has never gone broody on me & I'm hoping she's not about to start.
 

BY Bob

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The main problem with moulting hens.

This is Fudge and Moon. Both are having what looks to be an unconfortable moult.
It's Moon's first moult and Fudge's second. The last moult for Fudge was seriously worrying. She spent hours on her own in unsafe territory looking for the things moulting hens crave.
This bank is the dump bank for hay and straw. Of course, as it composts, it produces a plentiful supply of bugs which the moulters here hunt for.

View attachment 2393009 View attachment 2393010 View attachment 2393011

These two are up here on their own. I dragged one of the house dogs up for a while and she sat watch while I fed Tribe 2.
This bank is a notorious hawk strike site. Quite a few chickens have died on this bamk over the years. Fudge has seen something and is fully alert.
View attachment 2393012 View attachment 2393013

This is where she seen something. The Goshawk hunts up on that ridge. They have an almost perfect view of the bank the chickens are on. A rooster up here with them will watch that ridge and give the alarm when he sees a hawk drop out of the trees. The hawk does just drop out of the trees and head for the ground. It crosses the filed below about a foot off the ground and out of sight of the chickens. View attachment 2393015

The next thing the chicken knows is there is a hawk coming up the bank underneath the trees you can see.. The straw is not easy to run on. The chicken has about two seconds to make the bushes to the left of the picture. When Mel was attacked she went right into the woods. View attachment 2393016

This is Moon, oblivious to the fact that Fudge has seen somthing. View attachment 2393017

Fudge left the site shorly after but Moon was still digging. Fortunately the ducks who have an excellent view gave the somehow allerted Moon to a possible danger. This is Moon tearing down the track to make it to the bamaboo clump on the left of this picture. She's very exposed and on her own.

Nobody got struck this time. If they were not moulting this is much less likely to happen. View attachment 2393018
My gosh that was scary. My heart was in my throat. I'm so glad everyone was OK. 😬
 

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