Well, a few weeks and a big vets bill later, the dog has nearly stopped coughing and is now just huffing from time to time. We have been away to Skomer (an island managed by the Wildlife Trust for South and West Wales) and seen Puffins, which were absolutely fabulous, and now we are coming back down to earth.
Wednesday, 11 May 2011
I'm very excited today because my new chicken house from Green Frog Designs has arrived at the farm. It is waiting for me in flat packed boxes in the bathroom and I really want to put it into use. The only thing standing in my way is a vomiting dog, a dead goldfish, a mischevious three year old and all the other work that I'm meant to be doing. Things just keep conspiring against me ... it has been one of those weeks! And then I will be faced with lots of decisions - which chickens to put into the house ... a family of Lavender Pekin bantams, the broody Partridge Wyandotte to hatch her brood, or the latest batch of chicks? And where shall I locate it ... behind the garage in the area we call "the ditch" or under the beech arch. Decisions, decisions! Watch this space!
Posted by Green Berry at 21:54
Tuesday, 10 May 2011
On our wildlife friendly farm the worlds of the farm animals and wildlife really do collide quite often. Take our House Sparrow population as an example. Since moving to the farm Mum has kept bird records for the BTO (British Trust for Ornithology) for many years and it is really noticeable that our sparrow population has grown since increasing the chicken flock. So what is the relationship? The answer is corn … all our chickens are corn fed and free ranging, which leads to plenty of excess corn about the place for the sparrows to feed on too. In the process of increasing their farm flock the sparrows have also done some nest building, which is where the photo comes in. Our wide range of chickens gave them a lovely selection of feathers to choose from. Its hard to tell exactly which feather came from who but I’d guess at the reddish brown ones being Barnevelder, the black and white being Maran or Plymouth Barred Rock, and there are definitely some Buff Orpingtons and perhaps some Gold Campines too. It is almost worthy of being turned into a hat for Ascot. If you fancy a game of “spot the feather” go to www.tynyllidiart.co.uk/feistyfowl for some breed photos and take your pick.
Posted by Green Berry at 08:30