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 🙂

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

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Name the Birdie!

Name the Birdie!

This is our Lemon Cuckoo Pekin Bantam girl, isn’t she gorgeous!

She needs a name and I thought i’d ask my ask all my lovely townie blog followers if they would like to come up with a name for her…

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Sooo… all suggestions welcome

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She’s just tooo cute 🙂

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Really looking forward to hearing your name ideas 🙂

The Chicks are doing fine…

Just an update to say that the chicks are doing fine and to post a few pictures.

The Lemon Cuckoo Pekin chicks, picture taken yesterday at 21 days/3weeks old, I know for definate that I have one boy out of the 4,  his comb and wattles are much more pronounced and a brighter shade of pinky/red than the others… he is the lighter coloured one of the 4 hiding at the back, 2nd from the left 🙂

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This lot are not keen on being photographed, they keep turning their backs on me 🙂 

They are feathering up nicely too, notice their pom pom-like tail feathers, they looks a tad punky at this stage 🙂

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The little black & partridge pekin chicks are doing fine too… they are a week younger than the others, but coming along good too.. unable to tell if they are boys or girls yet, but have a sneaky feeling that the partridge is a boy.

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The little black one is my daughters favourite, and out of all the chicks is the only one that has a name so far.. 

Its been given the name Pingu, because it looked like a wee penguin when it was only a couple of days old, eventually all the white fluff will disappear and will be a solid black colour with a bottle green sheen to the feathers, just like Grace and Gloria.

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Chick Update….

Just thought I would do an update on the chicks… 4 out of the 6 eggs hatched, there was nothing in the other 2 eggs, I can only guess that they were not fertile.

Here is a picture of our 4 cute little babies and Brenda, their mum.

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They are just lovely and it is a pleasure to have them around… my 2 teenagers have been spending rather a lot of time just sitting watching them 🙂

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Oh Baby…..

Just look what I found this morning when I went to check on Brenda Pekin 🙂

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Soooooooooooo….. cute

In fact I was excited that much that I took a half days holiday from my work just to be at home… just incase I missed aything 🙂

When I got home at lunchtime I went out and checked Brenda and she now has 2 chicks hatched with one egg just pipped and 2 still waiting to do something.

I shall report back later on this evening…

Mother Hen over and out! LOL

 

p.s. nearly forgot… they are Lemon Cuckoo Pekin Bantams 🙂

Happy Easter

Wishing you all a very happy Easter 

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 My Rowan tree in the far corner of the garden,  buds just starting to open out… I bought this tree as a pencil sized stick from my daughters school when she was 5, she is now 17 … we have watched this tree grow and flourish with my daughter 🙂

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My Pink Champagne Rhubarb… I’m planning to cut some later this afternoon and make a rhubarb crumble with it 🙂

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Finally Gloria, one of our black pekin bantams, clearing the weeds from my 3rd raised bed.  Gloria is top of the pecking order within our pekin family, she has a really cheeky strong character 🙂

1st Pekin Bantam Eggs

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My Lovely wee pekin bantams have started to lay eggs… well Gloria has 🙂

I dont think it will be long until grace starts to lay either, her comb and wattles are starting to get all red and plump..

Brenda on the other had looks like she might not start laying until the springtime… she’s a funny wee thing, also bottom of the pecking order of the trio

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Layers & Growers Pellets

 

Still on a quest to source poultry feed locally, I was surfing the net yesterday at work (during lunch 🙂  ) and happened to find this place  R H Miller, Agricultural Merchants and Traders, Dalkeith, Edinburgh & Lothians.

I gave them a call to see if they supplied poultry feed… and they do! wooohoo 🙂

Its approximately 24 miles away from where I live, so in theory can be classed as “local” as its within a 30 mile radius.

My daughter and I set off at 10am to drive over to their warehouse and pick them up… and that particular branch stocked everything equestrian too!, it was fantastic wandering around their shop looking at all the horsey stuff, I was in horsey heaven and I only went there for chicken feed lol.   I will def. be taking a trip back over there, they had a sale on and had some great fleece’s boots and jackets.

They didnt have any organic growers pellets for the young pekins, all they had was Dodson & Horrell, so I just took what they had… it was £9.35 for a 20kg sack.

    

They had plenty of the Organic Feed Co Organic Layers Pellets and  20kg sack was £14.50

They’re Crowing and Fighting !

Oh dear…. I went out to the cheeps this morning, only to find big partridge pekin’s comb and wattles bleeding, and hanging onto white silkie cross’s neck,  the two of them running around the coop fighting one another, with Big PP having a distinct advantage….

BPP’s wattles and comb covered in blood….

So I dug out the old rabbit hutch and seperated him, putting small PP in alongside him for company, these two seem to get on and have not fought (yet)! … then Big PP started to crow! abeit a squeeky baby version of a crow… it really sounded a bit like the character Anne from Little Britain! 🙂

My son seems to think that small PP might just be a girl (he is hoping) but apart from their size, they both have similar colouring… my friend over on Neepsthat I bought them from advised that a good way of telling the sex with partridge pekins is… males have a copper/chestnut plain breast feathers and females have lighter lacey coloured breasts.   I’m sure they’re both boys…

Unless I can find new homes for them… time is running out for the PP’s.