Broodies and berries

It’s hot today. Currently, it “feels like” 34 degrees Celsius, which is about 93 Fahrenheit — not impossibly hot, but it’s quite uncomfortable if you are a chicken! Especially if you are a chicken who has decided to raise a nest of little chicks! These two (Harriet and Cricket) are both broody at the same time. ThatContinue reading “Broodies and berries”

The coup in the coop

Yesterday, it seems, the balance of power in our chicken coop shifted. Our ‘boss’ hen, Raven, remains in her happy (and oblivious) position at the top of the pecking order, but something has upset Harriet’s apple cart. I can’t say I’m terribly sorry for her, as it appears Harriet has grown into a bit ofContinue reading “The coup in the coop”

Chicken coop maintenance

This last week has been so warm, it was classed as a heat-wave. Which feels very odd indeed, as we are just about to leave Autumn behind us for Winter! Yesterday was beautifully sunny and warm, but not hot: perfect for some chicken coop maintenance. Every now and then (and I don’t really keep track ofContinue reading “Chicken coop maintenance”

Tending the flock

Since our little Charlotte departed, we have been very busy tending to our small flock. Cricket (our other little chick who came to us with Charlotte) was also sick, although we only noticed after inspecting her closely — she seemed to be perfectly well, and growing bold amongst the other chickens. We took Cricket upContinue reading “Tending the flock”

Mixed feelings: sadness, anger and guilt

You’ve probably all experienced grief in some form. Grieving for some one or some thing is different to feeling upset about something bad happening. It goes deeper than that. Today I’m feeling those mixed feelings I get when I feel true grief. I had to take my youngest chick up to the vet today, andContinue reading “Mixed feelings: sadness, anger and guilt”

Autumn in the garden

Today was an amazingly warm autumn day – a big change from the very cold weather we had over the Easter weekend! The little chicks are growing up fast. Cricket is now saying “bok bok” a lot more than “cheep cheep”, and charlotte is growing a rather lovely hen’s tail. I’m feeling a little reservedContinue reading “Autumn in the garden”

New chicks on the block

Today I took our Rhode Island Red rooster (Rose) back to the breeder, and swapped her for two new little chickens — this time, hopefully both hens! As soon as I arrived, Rose was welcomed back into the flock by three curious free-ranging ducks. Awwww. I may have been feeling a little sentimental, as I’veContinue reading “New chicks on the block”