Our new chickens are settling in well. This year we decided to buy in six from Moonridge Farm in Exeter, www.MoonridgeFarm.co.uk @moonridge_farm, the stock is always looks healthy and well looked after. We have bought ducks and goslings from them in the past who have thrived into adults. I would really recommend. We normally...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
Due to the poor hatch rate of our chickens back in April, we have just hatched out some more chicks. Has the yellow chick in the picture over eaten? Or has it just decided to have a little nap in the food under the heat lamp? Assumptions could be made about this little chick....Continue reading
I can really appreciate why people become vegetarian. Ever since I was four or five I have had a pet of some description. It started as a Rabbit, then I had a Guinea-Pig. I then started breeding and showing pedigree Guinea-Pigs. When breeding animals there comes hidden responsibilities that as a child, I had not...Continue reading
Two days ago we had a few ducklings hatch out. Today we decided to buy some more ducklings (Breed: Khaki Campbell) and some geese, well goslings (Breed: Embden/Toulouse Cross and a Chinese) They require a heat lamp for the next few weeks, but are all getting on fine together....
Oh this is what it is all about! The sun is out, the bees are buzzing, the birds are chirping, the plants are growing!...
It is always exciting when you start to hear the chicks chirping from within the incubator. When the chirping starts, you know that hatch day is imminent.Over the next couple of days the chicks start to ship their way out of the shells, unravel, dry out and fluff up.I put 22 eggs into the...Continue reading
Can you beelieve it! More snow in March!Although we were not hit too badly, some of the places around us got a huge dump. Roads blocked, cars abandoned and villages cut off. Fortunately, this all occurred at the weekend, so was less disruptive than normal.Our animals were just as bemused as the previous week but...Continue reading
It's always eggciting at this time of year. We are starting to sow seeds, the birds are getting excited, and hopefully our cockerals are doing their business.The chickens are laying well and over a couple of days, I collected the best eggs for hatching out. These have all gone into the incubator with the...Continue reading
The 'Beast from The East' has brought us a little snow.Reports in the media are say there is disruption to UK transport. In Devon, though a light covering of snow, buses have been cancelled and colleagues have been unable to get into work.Of greater concern (and not being reported nationally on the news!) is...Continue reading