Monthly Archives: June 2015

Baby Chickens

Having lain on the eggs for a number of weeks, Hattie has finally emerged with her chicks.  Just two (despite sitting on a lot of eggs), but the are healthy and speeding round the run.  The other hens seem quite happy which is good. Aren't they little cuties :).
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our first hatchling

Our broody hen, Hattie, has done the business and we have had a glimpse of our first hatchling.  We know there are at least two and there are still more eggs to hatch.  Exciting :)
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New Batch of Rescue Hens

Today, we collected 4 rescue hens from the BWHT.  We last got rescue hens 2 years ago when we moved here.  Last year, we added some young hens along with our cockerel. Sadly, some of the original rescue hens have passed on, so we decided to get some more.  We drove over to North Somerset…
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New arrivals in sheep field

Today, eight new breeding ewes joined our flock.  It was something of a reunion as these new ewes were the flock our original three came from.  So our three were reunited with their mothers. We only have a small trailer, so we collected them in two batches of 4.  We had fun getting them into…
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The sheep are sheared

Horner Shearing sent us a replacement part overnight and with rain forecast from tomorrow (which probably means it will be sunny), we thought we'd better get the sheep sheared today. You can't shear them with a wet fleece and also, wet fleeces are attractive to flies. The main reason for shearing them is for their…
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Water Voles

This evening, Nicole was sitting by our pond having a cuppa while I was teaching guitar.  Out of the corner of her eye, she saw movement.  Was it a mouse?  Too big.  Was it a rat?  No, it went for a swim underwater.  It was a water vole.  And not only one, there were lots.…
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Ducks doing well

A few weeks back, a pair of ducks moved into our pond.  Though a bit fearful at first, they started to realise we meant them no harm.  The dogs were duly shown that the ducks were higher status and so left them be. The clincher was our hens, once the ducks saw our hens running…
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Sheep Shearing doesn’t go quite to plan

On a warm and sunny June day, we set out to shear our three sheep.  We set up the pens and the shearing equipment and all went smoothly.  Then we gathered the sheep into the holding pan without incident. Now, we had decided to shear in the field rather then bring them up to the…
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