Well the end of March isn't far off and it would be a shame if this forum quietly disappeared without some kind of fanfare and recognition of how useful it's been to poultry keepers.
So let me start ... firstly a big THANK YOU to everybody who's contributed to this forum with advice, wisdom, jokes, experience, reassurance, etc. I came on here as a newbie with three runaway hens from the local poultry farm and absolutely no idea what to do and received good advice about housing and feeding. When one of the brood was sick, this was the first place I would go to for help. When one died then I'd get lovely messages from people who recognised that they were not just poultry, just pets with names and characters.
The forum has always felt like a family - even though you're complete strangers, but with a common enthusiasm. And slowly I was able to give advice and pass on the knowledge and goodwill to others.
So many contributors over the years and too many to mention so I won't, except special thanks to Mama Owl took it on after Stephen passed the baton. Extra special thanks to you both for hard work over the years. There's always work behind the scenes which is unacknowledged and often unappreciated so it's time to actually give you a medal for what you've done.
(unfortunately I couldn't find a medal smilie so here's some crowns instead!!)
Whilst the forum has been quiet in recent months I'm hoping that more will come and say goodbye and really boost this thread! But meantime, big thanks to all, whoever you are. I hope we all keep in touch on the Facebook group!!!
my chooks: Sage&Onion, Roger the randy cockerel, Squawkbox, Bonnie 'N' Clyde, Pancakes, Custard, Omelette & EggNog. Plus four garden cats and another half dozen feral ones that I feed. And a nursery of pipistrelle bats in the verandah roof ..