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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    That would be quite some statement on any other thread.
    Your threads ain't "any other threads"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DrWilly View Post
    A splendid looking cock!
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    ^ Thank you.

    That would be quite some statement on any other thread.

    Even on this thread I felt somewhat trepidatious writing that sentence. But Topper does have a good point.

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    I wouldn't describe myself as a fervent Royalist but I do find the Queen's passing quite moving and I am certainly very happy to pay the 5p the estimate her funeral will cost each UK tax payer. In fact I'd happily stick in a skin diver to cover 100 naysayers. And I wish Charles III the best. He's grown on me to be honest and I think he'll do OK.


    Anyway, I wanted to commemorate the Queen's sad death in some way so I thought I'd do the very Buddhist thing of giving a good life to a few new chickens. I popped into town with the daughter.



    I've always enjoyed letting the daughter pick out our new family members (and she's like me... she picks out the sickly underdogs in the hope of rescuing them but she's growing up fast and doesn't share my enthusiasm for these family traditions. I always love to pick out the lucky hens who will get a life and not be destined to live out its life in a small cage.

    But the daughter was much more interested in the ducklings.



    I've always loved ducks. They have much more character and personality than chickens and who doesn't like a boiled duck egg on a Sunday morning? We used to keep Khaki Campbells when I was a kid... wonderful layers and our drake 'Francis' used to keep the flock of ducks AND ducks in order.

    But ducks need lots of water and would just make too much mess to keep in our chicken run. I would love to make a 'duck island' in the pond for a few ducks to live on but they would last about three seconds with our dogs... not the dogs fault of course, they just haven't been trained.

    So anyway, no ducklings for my daughter this time...



    We brought the new flock members home - no battery cages for these guys - and had the 'release' ceremony.



    Meet Elizabeth, Charles and Camilla. It was a shame that Charles had to be a hen but we can't have two cocks in one family.



    And who says Royalty doesn't have it's supporters... Yogi stands for no-one, normally.



    Before their release, Charles became strangely nervous and tightly gripped my finger with her left foot. I guess it's nerve racking to start a new life but I'm sure she will settle in. It won't be too far in the future until Charles feels Nelson's hot breath on the back of her feathery neck.



    I love releasing these new hens into their new home. This is the first time they've ever had space and Camilla loved it and started running and flapping her wings. Elizabeth made no fuss, of course.



    Nelson now has a big crew from from a wide range of backgrounds but I'm sure he can handle it.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    skin diver
    oiii its a Lady mate......

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    It was a shame that Charles had to be a hen but we can't have two cocks in one family.
    erm i think you can get away with this nowadays, gender fluidity and all that too many genders bollix

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    So dog vs drake, one on one, you'd give the edge to a dog, Mendip?

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    Topper, a drake would last about 3 seconds against one of our dogs.

    They are all show and bluster... a beak is no match for a mouthful of teeth.

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    Thunderdome. Goose and dog. Who comes out alive?

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    I'd still give the edge to the dog... a proper dog like Yogi that is, not one of these toy dogs the likes of Reg Dingle seem to prefer.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    a proper dog like Yogi that is, not one of these toy dogs the likes of Reg Dingle seem to prefer
    Toy?
    You don't see my dog wearing the wife's negliget. That ugly lazy thing that lies on your outdoor dinner table licking his sweaty balls all day is more the toy out of them both

    And I'll have you know mine has started to lift his leg to pee...and also hates ducks geese and swans



    Toy? You don't see the kids playing with mine after a days hunting


    His favourite food is duck dujon



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    Quote Originally Posted by Reg Dingle View Post
    You don't see my dog wearing the wife's negliget.
    RIP Dan

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    Killing machine
    how many of your dolls has he destroyed Dill?

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    Quote Originally Posted by malmomike77 View Post
    RIP Dan
    Thank you NPT... she was a wonderful dog.

    It's strange... we just came in an hour ago after a couple of beers with my Welsh mate and the dogs of course went mental to greet us... but no Dan. These times bring it home. Even after a month we miss her and the daughter teared up tonight. She of course had known Dan all her life.

    But anyway, back on topic and with the headline news changing so frequently lately it's hard to keep up, but for those interested, Elizabeth, Charles and Camilla are doing well. They seem to stay a bit aloof and separate, and haven't really mixed with the rest of the flock yet which is strange as usually after three weeks any newcomers would be completely integrated. Maybe Nelson needs to sort them out.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    Elizabeth, Charles and Camilla are doing well. They seem to stay a bit aloof and separate
    They know the rest of the chickens are beneath their station.

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    Speaking of chickens, can any Phuket members confirm if poster Attilla The Hen fell off the perch last week? I have only heard rumours.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shy Guava View Post
    Attilla The Hen fell off the perch last week?
    Oh no...

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    Nelson is in the middle of that lot. He's settling in nicely.



    My cock spends all day, every day wallowing in a dust bath while surrounded by adoring females.

    What a life.


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    A little while ago 'Fanny', Nelson's wife number one went broody and started sitting on a couple off eggs in a nest. I've been a bit busy lately and forgot all about her.



    Today, Nelson our resident genuine red jungle fowl cock, was strutting around beneath Fanny's nest looking particularly pleased with himself.



    Fanny was also getting visits from some of the red 'egg' chickens, which was unusual.



    And then everything fell into place!



    Congratulations Nelson and Fanny!



    Fanny is also a genuine red jungle fowl (hen) and this chick is the first pure jungle fowl we have bred. Fingers crossed for the second egg. These red jungle fowl are reputed to be the ancestors of all domesticated fowl and are called 'gai baa' in Thai. 'Gai' is chicken and I think 'baa' is old, although I'd need a cunning linguist such as Edmond to confirm.

    I'll leave her alone to enjoy motherhood and not for the first time a Fray Bentos Steak and Kidney pie tin has come to the rescue.


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    Congrats

    Named them yet ?

    I know that you prefer naming your chickens after gay admirals, but here is a few real sailors.


    Magellan, Ferdinand


    Hudson, Henry
    da Gama, Vasco
    Drake, Francis

    Popeye - Wikipedia



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    It's a bit early for names yet, Helge. I'll wait until I know the sex first.

    I once had a male Khaki Campbell called Francis but it wouldn't seem right for a hen.

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    You were more ....casual when you named your dogs then ?

    Or do you blame your daughter for that ?


    Bligh was a bit gay/needy, so he'll pass for both genders, sorry "all" genders.

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    ^ I don't want to sound like a dinosaur Helge but we only recognise two genders in the chicken run.

    And yeah, the daughter and wife are responsible for a few of the dog's names.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    we only recognise two genders in the chicken run.
    You never experienced having hens without a ..cock ?

    Top hen will take on the role and the way she/he/it crows, is unforgettable.


    It is estimated that about 1in 10000 chickens are born with a condition termed
    gynandromorphism, where, under the right conditions the sex will change (spontaneous sex reversal).
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    I once had a male Khaki Campbell called Francis but it wouldn't seem right for a hen.
    Francis Drake. Ideal for a duck?

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    ^ Perfect. Francis Drake and his girls had real personalities and I'd love to keep ducks again but they make so much mess. If our dogs were better trained I'd like to build a duck island in the pond and keep a small flock.

    Fanny sat on two eggs... one hatched and after she left the nest with her chick I checked the remaining egg and there was a dead chick inside. This is fairly common and it always seems sad to me that the chicks have developed for three weeks but can't cross the final hurdle and break out of the egg.

    Ootai called the other night to tell me he could do with a new cock, so if this is a boy he'll be heading to deepest Isaan in a few months time. If a girl, she'll stay with our flock.

    Our first genuine jungle fowl chick with it's mum. I suspect it's a boy as he's a bold little thing. It's extremely difficult taking good pictures of hens because their movements are so fast and jerky... maybe Shutree has some advice?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mendip View Post
    This is fairly common and it always seems sad to me that the chicks have developed for three weeks but can't cross the final hurdle and break out of the egg.
    Is it because she's a new Mum, does the mortality rate improve after a few clutches

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