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Merging the Hens

As I think I mentioned in an earlier entry, we got four rescue hens in June.  We have kept those apart from our existing hens because hens are not very welcoming to new members to the flock.  In fact, they will most likely try to kill them.  There's all sorts of stuff on the web…
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Hay causes sheep rumpus

With autumn approaching faster than we'd like and the grass losing its nutriemts, it was time to put some hay in the field.  There's plenty of grass (thanks to the recent rain), so I thought the sheep would most likely ignore the hay for now. Not exactly. On seeing the wheelbarrow with 2 bales of…
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Little Owl Drops By

When we moved here two years ago, we could hear little owls and tawny owls calling in the evening and during the night.  So, I did some research and found some good quality owl boxes.  We put one tawny owl and one little owl box up.  That said, since we bought our second field, we…
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Trouble with Hens

In June, we got 4 ex-battery hens to complement our flock.  We also wanted more eggs and with one hen getting on a bit and one with chicks, we were down to two laying hens.  We have had ex battery hens before (we got 5 when we moved here) and it is great to give…
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Sheep moved to new field

Last year, we purchased a field around 3.25 acres in size.  We planted about an acre or so of natural woodland and a blackthorn hedge down one side. The rest remains as orchard and meadow. Now that we have 11 sheep, our original field is a little small and so the grass was getting shorter…
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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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