Last year our first goose egg was laid by our ladies on 25th February. This year it was today, 26th February 2020! Talk about keeping to a timetable. Quite amazing! Next it will be the swallows turning up on April 14th …… which they always do, give or take a day. I know what...Continue reading
WARNING: This blog entry contains some pictures readers may not like. As usual, I went out last night to lock the animals away at dusk. The chickens always go back to their coup, to roost, so it is just a case of shutting the door. The dog lets me know if there is a...Continue reading
Ok, so the other day, my favourite duck (the only white one I have, and hatched out last year) disappeared. She was there in the early evening, and when I went to put all the ducks to bed they were all behaving oddly....
Sticking with the geese theme this week, here is a comparison of egg sizes. From left to right. A large chicken ? egg, a duck ? egg, and a goose ? egg on the right. The goose egg is about 10cm in length....
I’ve lost track of how much fencing I have put up in the past 5 years. Since arriving in North Devon, we have created lots of enclosures for the animals. Currently the geese in the front field are kept in with temporary fencing. They have recently learnt that they can just walk over it....Continue reading
Each year, the chickens cease to amaze me. They are so sensitive to day light, that as soon as the days start to get longer, they start to lay more. We are only a couple of weeks after the Winter Solstice. During December, the chickens were producing an average of one egg every other...Continue reading
Last year, the aim was to do a blog a week. I achieved this with 76 articles, so slightly better than I expected. This year, can I do better ….. a photo a day? We will see. Today I spent the first day of 2019 in the garden, pruning roses and vines in the...Continue reading
New Season Ducks are Laying Well The ducks we hatched out this year (along with the 5 Khaki Campbells we bought) have been laying well for a month now. The four ducks we hatched have all matured to be female (one white - probably a White Campbell, and four black - some genetic throw...Continue reading
Geese Eat Grass Not Tea Cakes! We’ve had to put a sign up, as passers by have been feeding the geese extra snacks. What people don’t realise is that geese predominantly eat grass and greens. So bread snacks, roast beef and yorkshire pudding are shouldn’t be part of their diet. Anyway, the geese are...Continue reading
The goslings hatched out on the 17th May have grown at an incredible pace. In just over 3 months they are now fully feathered and large birds. The four Embden geese are large. The females usual average about 10Kg to 13Kg and the male 12Kg to 15Kg, so big birds! The smaller goose, is...Continue reading