Happy Easter,…

A couple of snaps for Easter from our home…

Wee Jerry quite happy sleeping in his old orange box with a cosy knitted blankie inside it, I knitted it the same colours as he is, black silver and white ūüôā

You cant have easter without chickens… can you?? ūüėČ ¬†here is Daisy and Chicken Little enjoying a sawdust bath in their freshly cleaned out run.

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New Arrivals this weekend….

New Arrivals!

On Saturday 31st May 2008 I head off to Dundee to meet up with Sue from the Neeps Forum to collect the latest new additions to our family.

Their journey commenced in England, at the begining of this week and a total of 2,000 have been saved from the fate of ending up as cat/dog food.

A huge rescue operation headed by a fantastic team of volunteers, has seen them relayed up the country, with drop off points along the way to their new homes.

Have you guessed what it is¬†we are getting yet? …¬† ūüôā

I wont keep you in suspense a minute longer then…

 

We are giving a home to two rescued ex-battery hens, I will do a more in-depth post including pictures this weekend once the ladies are settled into their new home.

p.s. We have not settled on names for them yet … so if you have any suggestions, they would be very much appreciated.

 

 

 

Chicken Little & Daisy……

Its a lovely sunny morning here, the girls are out having a scratch around the garden for bugs and stuff, so I took the opportunity to get some pictures of them both.  

Its quite difficult to get pictures of chicken little (the brown one) as she is soooo flighty,¬† I wonder what¬†she said to daisy in this picture to get her to look up at me¬†…..

Chicken Little’s Gone Broody!

Our wee Bantam “Chicken Little” has gone broody, she is quite happy sitting inside the Eglu on the nesting well…, in the last 2 days I¬†moved her off to lift the eggs..¬†¬† Today I posted a thread on the forum¬† www.neeps.co.uk¬†asking what normally happens when one of your chookies goes broody on you, just to find out what I should do etc etc..

Now, as a result of this post, (and Julie’s reply ūüôā ) ¬† We have decided to buy some hatching eggs and put them under Chicken Little.¬†¬† My daughter and I had a browse through ebay today and I have¬†let her pick the breed and I’ve put a bid¬†in for some …… now bearing in mind she is 15 and likes all things girlie… she chose these………. because they were white and fluffy!!

¬†Miniature White Bearded Silkie’s¬†

I’ve ordered chick crumb, and growers pellets and¬†i’m looking to either buy a 2nd hand coop, aquire one through freecycle (a long shot)¬†or make a small poultry arc¬†myself.

The kids are going to love it ūüôā¬† not told my OH yet tho LOL – he’ll be fine about it i’m sure ūüôā

 

Organic Layers Pellets & Mixed Corn

My quest for sourcing a local supplier of Organic Layers Pellets and Mixed Corn continues…

 But in the meantime I have had to place an order with my online supplier Allen & Page.

 Which in turn led me to do the costing excercise I talked about a week or so ago, due to the increased worldwide costs of animal feeds.

Soo….

In May 2007

£3.19 for a 5kg sack of Organic Layers Pellets

£3.09 for a 5kg sack of Organic Mized Corn

July 2007

£3.19 for a 5kg sack of Organic Layers Pellets

November 2007

£3.69 for a 5kg sack of Organic Layers Pellets

£3.49 for a 5kg sack of Organic Mixed Corn

February 2008

£3.79 for a 5kg sack of Organic Layers Pellets

£3.59 for a 5kg sack of Organic Mixed Corn

In a space of a year Layers Pellets have gone up 60p per 5kg an increase of 19%.   The Mixed corn has gone up 40p per 5kg sack a 16% increase.

Its not worth my while ordering anything bigger than 5kg sacks as I only have 2 chickens and the layers pellets tend not to have a very long sell by date, and I hate waste .. this also makes it a slightly more expensive way of doing it..

We’ve had a Busy Saturday!

I got up this morning and compiled a list of all the jobs that we needed to attend to today, it mounted to a fair few!

First job on the list was to head off round to the local pet shop and bought sawdust, straw, hay, Dog & Cat food and cat litter.

Once I came home, I headed up to the top of¬†the garden, where the rabbits reside and set about cleaning them out.. first to get her hutch spruced up was tweed our little grey netherland dwarf rabbit, she’s a lovely wee thing, she’s got a great personality, and she is cheeky!¬†¬† She likes nothing better than to grunt at you for the inconvenience of having to move whilst you clean her hutch out, and if she isnt grunting, she is trying to box you with her front paws lol.¬†¬† We got tweed as a wee rescue bunny from the New Ark Aminal Rescue Centre in Ellon, Aberdeenshire.

Next to get cleaned out was Harry, we got him¬†from the New Ark, at the same time as Tweed.¬†¬†¬†¬† Harry is a bit like a dutch rabbit, he’s a light browney colour with the white banding across his shoulders.¬†¬† He is an absolute gentleman and very calm and placid.

Once I had finished cleaning them out, they both got a wee cuddle, fresh food, water, fresh carrots and cabbage leaves.

Next job on the agenda was the chickens.¬†¬† I set about cleaning out the Eglu, I let the girls out for a wander round the garden whilst I was doing it.¬†¬† Eglu’s are soooo easy to clean out, so it took me no time at all… fresh wood shavings, assembled the eglu, topped up their glug and grub bowls… all done.

Next was the cat litter trays, we have one indooors and one in Jerry’s shed/Run.

After all that I got cleaned up and headed out to see Nancy at the Farm Shop with my daughter.   This week we bought..

Onions

Cauliflower

Turnip

Red Peppers

Spring Onions

Mushrooms

Cucumber

Tomatoes

Apples

Oranges

Red Grapes

Pineapple

Carrots

and this gorgeous looking wee Courgette (my impulse buy! lol)

courgette.jpg

After the farm shop, we had an appointment at the beauticians to get our eyebrows waxed, then it was into the car and driving back home.

When we arrived back home, I put away all the veggies/fruit and started to make the tea.. homemade lasagne from scratch :o) and boy was it good (yum) and because I made a huge big dish of it there is enough left for tomorrow too… you just cant beat second day lasagne.

Windy!

We have had gale force winds howling and blowing all last night .. some recorded between 90-105 mph!

I haven’t slept a wink the whole night.. I tossed and turned unable to sleep worrying about our chickens, rabbits and¬†wee Jerry our cat who lives in a¬† shed converted into a cat chalet with a run….¬†I eventually got up at at 4am to check everyone outside was ok

¬†I let the dogs out into the back garden for a pee and switched on the security light so I could see where I was going….almost wished I hadn’t.. My new greenhouse is in bits, the back end is hanging off, panels are missing, blown away in the wind and the roof hatch/window/vent has been ripped off and nowhere to be seen ūüė¶

On a positive note tho.. The Eglu where we keep our chickens is intact and secure, it was just their food and water containers that had blown off the side of their run.

The rabbits were fine, safe and secure, and wee Jerry was tucked up in bed safe and sound, I shut his cat flap leading from his run into his chalet last night so he was fine.

My Oh ran me into work this morning and it took us 2 hours to drive 11 miles, they were only allowing cars across over the Forth Road Bridge.   It was kinda scary driving over it because you could feel the movement in the bridge!.

¬†Here’s hoping the winds die out soon and we get back to normal

p.s. I’ll see if I can get some photographs of the damage to my greenhouse later on this evening when I get home from work.