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Communal dust bathing

Spot is growing in confidence. She has been getting closer to the other girls and closer to me too. Today Spot was enjoying a communal dust bathing session with the rest of the flock. This is so good to see … Continue reading

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Some information about bantam hamburgs

I am happy with how Spot is settling in. On her first evening I herded her towards the patio area before dusk so that she would settle somewhere near the chicken shed rather than perching out in the run. Last … Continue reading

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We have a hamburg at last

I have been waiting for a hamburg since last year. The breeder got ninety percent cockerels last year and couldn’t part with any hens so we decided to try again this year. This year she again got ninety percent cockerels … Continue reading

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Ebony goes to a new home

Ebony hasn’t been the easiest of girls in our flock. She has always been a bit of a thug. Ebony won’t allow any of the little girls to be near her or especially the treats. She chases them and sometimes … Continue reading

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Allotment flowers and our fruit plot is completed

Yesterday my husband went to the allotment to collect the remaining strawberry plants that he had potted up from the runners and to dig out three more raspberry plants now that we have taken out our runner beans. He surprised … Continue reading

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The worse serama moult we have ever had

Smoke went broody a few days after Sugar. With no girls laying I am keeping everything closed up and just opening the chicken shed at bedtime and closing it again in the morning. Seramas usually moult a bit at a … Continue reading

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Sugar is broody again

Sugar has now set the record by going broody after just six eggs in eight days. The serial broodies usually lay for two weeks so one week laying is ridiculous! Smoke has laid eleven eggs in sixteen days so is … Continue reading

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Moulting continues

On the last three mornings I have found a heap of feathers under Flame’s roost spot. Flame doesn’t look too bad considering how many feathers she is dropping. I think her new feathers have been quietly coming in underneath. Flame … Continue reading

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Egg laying and a slow worm on the path

I think both bigger girls have finished laying for this season. Flame definitely has as she last laid a week ago. Last year she stopped half way through November. Ebony laid her last egg three days ago but had been … Continue reading

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Still moulting

I am finding heaps of, little girl, feathers in the chicken shed each morning and in the run especially in the dust bath holes. Yet the little girls don’t actually look much different. But there is a change in them … Continue reading

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