Saturday, March 13, 2010
Saturday, March 06, 2010
This is a close up of Lulu one of our new Aylesbury ducks, she is very independent and a bit of a leader in our small flock of three. Lulu would often be the first out in the morning and she is also the most alert and on the look of for predators and us humans. More of a solitary girls, she tends to like her swims in the pool after Daisy and Jemima have finished.
Friday, March 05, 2010
This time of year we are often greeted with Hares in the front field (Mad March Hares and all that), but this year we got a little surprise with a distinctly white looking hare.
Update on the Hares, I posted a sighting with the Hare Preservation Trust and they got back to me to suggest that it probably a 'piebald' a colour variation of the brown hare.
Monday, March 01, 2010
For about a week the ducks have been making do with a small tray of water. They seem to have been quite content, but as an interim step along the way we to a much larger pond, we are have 'borrowed' our nephews sandbox and installed it as a temporary pond. Needless to say that the ducks got quite excited when they figured out what it was. There were copious amounts of splashing and the water level dropped significantly. Entry and exits seem to be an issue, so there is a large brick inside the pool and a little ramp in for access. Next weekend I plan to dig the pool into the flower bed that the chickens have so efficiently decimated.
Thursday, February 18, 2010
This is Stella, a Wyandotte hen, most likely a bantam. Stella is just over a year old and is the only hen that we are sure has been laying eggs at this stage. The others all being young pullets at the point of lay. We are eagerly awaiting our first egg from Stella, there are encouraging signs, but we suspect we may have to wait over a week or more for her to settle in.
Monday, February 15, 2010
This trio of Aylesbury ducks have been added in with the chickens. They are very skittish and rather noisy at the moment. We are not sure of how much human contact they are used to, but they are beginning to settle a little. They are relatively easy to distinguish from each other. So by way of introduction and with an explanation of distinguishing features, here goes. From left to right, far left is Daisy, she has a bill with some dark pigment, in the centre is Jemima, she has a lower carriage and a brighter orange bill. Finally on the far left is Lulu, with the paler bill. They came from a farm in Co. Armagh and were used to being in a large flock of 50 plus birds. Being is a large muddy field they came to us looking rather mucky.
Sunday, February 14, 2010
We had a few new arrivals at Drumenagh Brae this week. We choose two wyandotte hens and a rooster. I will introduce each in the new few posts. However, this is Valentino, named in honour of his arrival date, but also because my nephew is a huge road racing fan and his favourite rider is Valentino Rossi. Valentino has been working hard keeping the hens in line!
Saturday, January 30, 2010
The chicken coop and run have beed assembled! We chatted on and off about getting chickens last year, but by the time we had made our decision, we concluded that it was too late in the year to really get ourselves organised. So this year we have started early, we chose this coop, which can house up to eight chickens. The run is quite small, but the idea is that they will not spend that much time in the run itself. It is more for safety at night. The ultimate plan is to add a electric fenced run with a 50 metre perimeter. I also have to add some wire mesh to the ground around the run to prevent any really determined foxes from digging their way in.
We know there is a local fox, as he/she is often spotted on the lane in the morning. We are hoping that there will be enough barriers to be an effective deterrent.