Tales from the Coop


We’ve had a few developments since I last Blogged about ‘my girls’.

As you can remember we had our 5 Pekin Bantams and our Warren Bertha.Sadly Bertha is no longer with us having past away at the beginning of October,she was an old girl. She never gave us a single egg but had the kindest nature and would always chat away to you.She was also top of the pecking order so when she died our 5 little Pekins didn’t quite know what to do. In fact it took them a week and a half to start eating properly again,you can’t tell me they didn’t know she had gone.My Daughters were distraught,especially my eldest who was holding Bertha at the time of her passing which wasn’t particularly peaceful and without warning. It was a sad day.The Pekins have perked up again now though and are busying themselves with all their daily goings on. They have also discovered warm Porridge-it’s a hit!

Back in Augast 4 new ladies arrived to live with us to. They are Hybrid hens so bigger than our little Bantams.

We have Buckbeak

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Scabbers

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Hedwig (can you see a pattern here?)

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and Fawkes who again sadly passed away suddenly and without warning last week.I’m not sure how old she was she wasn’t laying despite her previous owner saying she was under two.The Henwarts residents (see what I did there?) haven’t mourned for her like the Pekins did.They have completely different personality’s though quite 0and not at all chatty.They don’t really like cuddles but will tolerate being held if necessary. Scabbers is very flighty and you quite often have to chase her to get her back in the run,she goes in every direction but through the door!

We also have a lovely colour range of Eggs now

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The new ladies are housed separately from our Pekins as space in the run would not be sufficient for all of them.

I am planning on building new runs soon as it seems we will be having four new ladies coming to live with us after Christmas-watch this space!

(I was inspired to write this after reading THIS lovely post from ‘Margot tries the Good Life’)

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Magic Moments


This weeks Magic Moment happened a week last Wednesday.

It was the day after our new residents arrived.

I eagerly opened the nest box,half hoping but not expecting to see anything and found this…

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and they were still warm-How Magic is that!

The lovely Blue eggs come from our Cuckoo Pekins and I suspect Oreo our Milliefluer Pekin was responsible for the smaller one.

It’s still exciting opening the lid and finding lovely fresh eggs each day. The only problem is as we get between 3-4 were having to give them away!

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Operation Chicken-The next instalment


I’ve been a bit quiet of late sorry about that but my time has been taken up by numerous things but mostly Chickens.

We managed to get the run up-by goodness it was hard-but it’s up and functioning.

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The new residents arrived last Tuesday 😀

Big Bertha-My 11 years olds choice of name!

Big Bertha-My 11 years olds choice of name!

Dotty (left) and Oreo

Dotty (left) and Oreo

Oreo again,and in the bottom left corner is Edna

Oreo again,and in the bottom left corner is Edna

Penny

Penny

and this is Rose

and this is Rose

All but Bertha are various types of Pekin Bantams,Rose and Edna lay beautiful Blue eggs! Bertha is a Warren type Hybrid hen,she doesn’t lay any more but that’s OK.

They seem to have settled in well. I had planned on building them a movable run too but now I’m thinking it might be better to fence some of the garden off just for them. We let them out in the afternoon for a run round the garden but it’s a game of tig to get them back in!

My kitchen is full of layers pellets and mixed corn and my shed is full of straw but they are great,really and the girls love them.

Does anyone else keep Chickens?

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