We have some more chickens in the room. There are now 3 in total making up a little family. They all get on in their home.
All one big happy family
Steve and the tamest chicken that ever lived.
Friday, 11 December 2009
Friday, 6 November 2009
This time round we have had some trouble with our incubator and have ended up with having only one egg hatch. Our chick is very lonely in the classroom, with only humans to keep it company. We are looking for some new chicks to join our 'lone wolf'. We also have some more eggs in the incubator ready to hatch in about 2 weeks so our chick won't be lonely for much longer.
Monday, 28 September 2009
Friday, 18 September 2009
Our pigs have been taken to the slaughter :-(. Adrian and John Heasley had the job of taking them to the slaughter house for us. I think Adrian is still recovering from the trauma. They have become nice juicy sausages, chops and pork joints. They taste GOOD! Really delicious. The pork has quite a bit of fat but that is usual with rare breed meat and is why they are not used commercially. The flavour is worth all the effort. We now have a chest freezer full of meat. Ask Steve if you fancy buying any.
We are married! The farm was the venue for our wedding. We decorated the picnic area with bunting, had a hog roast and everyone who came brought some food. We had a wonderful day and celebrated it with our good friends and family. Thanks to everyone who helped make the day so memorable.
Adrian giving Andi away:
Andi and Steve being wed:
Adrian giving Andi away:
Andi and Steve being wed:
Wahey we have some layers. We have 4 cockerels and 3 hens. Unfortunately Limpy, one of our hens, has died. SO we now have 2 hens and 4 cockerels.
3 of the cockerels are due to be made into Sunday dinner this week. We can't keep all of them unfortunately, especially as they outnumber the hens 2:1.
Our duckings are all grown up. They are now fully grown and are part of the family. They waddle around the farm and have settled in well. They are very comical and chatter away to each other endlessly. We have two ducks and three drakes. We need to get another duck to make things even because they like to pair up.
It turns out that we have 3 hens, they are not all cockerels. Our layers now have a place to lay their eggs each morning. The hens are not laying at the moment... or they are and we just haven't found the eggs yet. Hopefully they will start laying soon so we can have eggs for breakfast. Adrian built this hen house out of the old wood that was boarding up the windows and the old pump house doors. Excellent bit of recycling.
Monday, 15 June 2009
Steve teaching Twist circus tricks
Roger and mark brought this trailer up to the farm whilst putting up the new gate. The goats thought it was a new adventure playground.
This bale of straw delivered by Cecil was something to play on too.
Not sure what Twist finds so funny but she's probably laughing at Steve's antics.
Buster, Twist and Spice chillin'
The ducklings have now moved to the farm and are enjoying their new pad.
In the absence of a mother they will follow any pair of legs that happens to walk past. It's quite a comical sight to see someone walking along the path followed closely by a line of five little waddling ducklings (actually, being runner ducks, they run, not waddle).
One of the ducklings has found a safe warm place to fall asleep.
I think he thinks Jake is Mother Duck
The ducklings' new pond
Monday, 1 June 2009
The Indian Runner ducks have now hatched and are causing mischief already. We had 6 eggs of which 5 have hatched and developed into healthy little beasts. Andi's cats are scared of them because when they run around the floor they make a lot of little patting noises, so they have been staying there for now without fear of being attacked by cats. They will be moved upto the farm in a few weeks time. There are only 4 ducks in these pictures as 1 of them took a little longer to hatch than the others.
Friday, 8 May 2009
The chicks have now been moved to the farm and all seven are still looking nice and healthy. We have introduced them to the goats, who were very curious about the new additions and they seem to be getting along fine.
The chicks will live in this ark for the next few weeks. After that we will move them into a bigger premises.
'Twist' keeps following them around and is still not 100% sure what to make of them.
'Joy' (As named by Hans)
'Spice' is attempting to blend in as a chicken.
We now have 5 Indian Runner duck eggs in our incubator. There were 6 eggs but when I got home after a weekend away there was quite a distinct smell filling my flat. On closer inspection the smell was coming from one of the eggs which means that one of them hasn't made it and had to be thrown away.
They are due to hatch on or around the 20th May. Watch this space for an update.
Monday, 27 April 2009
Adrian has built a small chicken run for the chicks, mostly from bits laying around his garden and the farm (like an old 'hope tree' sign and some roofing battens). I'll get some more pictures of the chicks soon as they are getting fairly big now. Unfortunately it is looking like we might have 7 cockerels and no layers, but at least that means we have some nice meals coming soon.
In the picture below you can see some sort of wild animal has managed to get inside the chicken run with a drill.
'Buster' and 'Twist' are now so tame that even our regular volunteer Hans 'Mintcake' Kendall is starting to get over his fear of animals and embrace them.
'Buster' is getting frustrated with everyone taking pictures of him so has started to make rude gestures to the camera.
'Twist' and 'Buster' aren't too keen on any humans entering the pig pen and have been known to knock me to the ground to get me out.