Category Archives: Chickens

Bim the Wonder Hen

Since June, Bim has been suffering from egg peritonitis (see swollen hen), a common condition in hens of all ages for which the prognosis is usually death.  Given this poor prognosis, we asked the vet (who happened to be here looking at a sheep) to have a look.  We fully expected we'd be putting her…
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Swollen Hen

We've had our fair share of animal medical problems this year and while most are now sorted, one of our hens, Bim, has rather a persistent problem.  It's a large swelling in the lower abdomen and looks pretty red and uncomfortable.  It's a condition called Egg Yolk Peritonitis, a common condition in hens of all…
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Running to stand still

Where to start! We are finding out that owning land creates lots of work. Owning animals just adds more! We keep thinking we are getting there, but then we dream up new projects. [caption id="attachment_3035" align="alignleft" width="300"] veggie patch complete[/caption] One example is the veggie patch already featured on this blog. It’s pretty much finished…
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Thirteen to One

Around this time last year, Mrs Mills (one of our hens) disappeared for a while and we suspected she might have fallen foul of a predator.  However, she'd just gone broody and nested under a bush.  She produced 13 chickens and raised them to maturity.  Very impressive. Well, this year, one of those thirteen decided…
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Badger in the hen house

With each passing day we are slowly coming to terms with the loss of our wee calf Ivor, and with the weather slowly improving, we are even starting to sense signs of spring in the air which is enough to cheer anyone up in the darkest of doldrums!  We’ve been putting the finishing touches to…
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Persuading Chickens to use new Hen House

Readers of this blog might remember that a few weeks back, Mrs Mills went missing, turned out to be broody and hatched 13 chickens under a bush in the garden. [caption id="attachment_2819" align="alignright" width="188"] chick patrolling wall[/caption] Well, miracles of miracles, all 13 are thriving and turning into proper little hens.  They, of course, go…
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Busy Summer

The sun is shining today, though there are plenty clouds around.  One of the things we have found here is that the weather is pretty variable and the forecasts also vary day to day.  This makes haymaking something of a lottery. [caption id="attachment_2800" align="alignright" width="150"] hay drying[/caption] [caption id="attachment_2801" align="alignleft" width="150"] hay shed[/caption] The day…
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Busy times in Auchenstroan

It has, as ever, been a busy spring.  On top of moving here in March, we have expanded our animals to include pigs, more sheep and we been through lambing .  And along with this, we have our day jobs plus carrying out repairs to the new house, unpacking and arranging for new bathrooms. [caption…
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Baby chickens emerge

Just recently, I wrote about how one of our hens had turned broody.  Well, yesterday, she emerged from her nest in the flower bed with 13 baby chicks.  All the eggs had hatched! They are unbelievably cute. The mother, Mrs Mills, is a chicken that was born to one of our hens (Hattie - still…
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Spot the Chicken

When we moved here, we inherited 5 hens and a cockerel.  We brought our 4 up with us giving us a nice round number of 10.  They already had a large run, but we further extended it to include a large patch of grass around 1,500 square metres in size.  Recently, we extended it even…
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