Today is the second anniversary of Buildingchickens.com but also possibly my last post. A series of events allowed a fox to access the run and every one of my birds is dead.
The hens are all on their winter break at the moment. It is cold, wet and windy so they feel disinclined to produce any eggs. I thought I was lucky when I got five big eggs in a row but it was not to be.
So all the chickens are moulting (even those that shouldn’t be), the weather is foul (pun possibly intended) and the chicken run has become a bog (possibly of eternal stench). Whilst cleaning out the bog so the chickens were not up to their shanks in filth I discovered all the rats runs.
Chickens decide to make a warning call for all types of reasons. I walk past? Warning call. Pigeon flies over? Warning call. Warning call this, warning call that. Ad infinitum. Sometimes though, they have cause to do so.
Egg production has dropped off drastically over the past few weeks. Timed perfectly to conincide with increased demand for eggs from one of my neighbours, most of my laying hens have decided to go into moult.
2015 chicks at week 31
The 2015 chicks at week 31 are full grown and fully fledged members of the flock. I find it interesting to check, now that the rain has set in and their run in a bit muddy, which of the chicks (rightly pullets these days) are being trodden by my la Bresse Galoise cock, Blue.
A good laying hen
How can you tell if your bird is a keeper? Finger her of course! It’s a old poultry farmers trick and it works a treat. A good laying hen can take more fingers than a bad one. Innuendo? In your end-o…
2015 chicks at week 25
The 2015 chicks at week 25 were left to their own devices last week as I took a short break in the North. They had all the water and pellets they needed and were none the worse for wear on my return. Continue reading