Haven't been here for quite a while, so I thought that an update should be in order !
Last May one of our Suffolk Blues went Broody and bless her she sat on six eggs, not all hers as usual !
We became proud keepers of three chickens and two Cockerels ! lucky in numbers.
Anyway, pics will be added. We kept them in their own 'run' inside the pen, as they got bigger, and bolder, we introduced them to the flock, WOW ! They were, obviously, pecked on ! The two boys tried strutting their stuff and were rapidly put in their place by 'Boyo' the resident Cock.
At week twelve the young lads started puffing up and having a go at the others and Mumma hen, so we separated the two from the rest, as we had decided that they would be for the table. Mother hen and the three new chickens settled in well with the rest and by the second night all chickens and 'Boyo' were all happily living together. The boys on the other hand, after being together for a further eighteen weeks, as expected, started fighting, so they were separated from each other as the blood was a flowing most mornings !
Any way by week thirty they had been dispatched and consumed. The girls now in a flock of eight birds were producing six to eight eggs a day ! Far to many for us on our own, so the senior folk in the nearby village receive them. In return we receive home made bread, cakes, and home grown veg and salad in return. It all works lovely.
Tina decided that the girls needed an up grade in living accomodation and purchased a six by four garden shed ! All kitted out with water and food facilities, and new nesting boxes in the shape of fruit boxes, and an array of perches. Their new home has been painted and Tina has now christen said coop, wait for it your gonna love this,
Pics to follow !
Anyway, that's where we are now, we are awaiting the birth of fourteen calves also starting from end of next week ! So busy times here at the Croft.
Hope everyone else is well,