Category Archives: Chickens

First snow

Last night we had our first snow of this winter. It snowed for about an hour and settled. This morning it was still here. I’m not quite sure why I found this a surprise but somehow I wasn’t expecting it. … Continue reading

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Shadow lays an egg

Three days ago Smoke went broody after laying fourteen eggs in three weeks which is quite good for her. Out of our current flock Smoke had been the only girl to lay through the winter up until now. We only … Continue reading

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Portraits of the flock

The girls are all coming through the moult although I am still picking up some feathers each day. I have noticed that their feather colours change slightly with each moult. Spangle is the most changed of all but the other … Continue reading

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Flame has lost her tail

Flame seems to be having a moult in two halves. I am putting it down to Flame having a couple of broody spells late in the summer which kick started her moult. In September she stopped laying and started dropping … Continue reading

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Spot has been with our flock two weeks today

After two weeks with us it’s as if Spot has always been part of the flock. She has fitted in so easily. After numerous dust baths Spot still has discoloured wing and tail feathers. The run she had been kept … Continue reading

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Topping up the soil level in the chicken run

Constant poop picking the chicken run causes the soil level to drop. This is most noticeable in front of the chicken’s patio area. The drop has become huge over the years. Years ago we put some wooden blocks there to … Continue reading

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Allotments greens and Smoke lays an egg

We have been giving the girls the greens from the allotment that are not up to up to standard. It’s purple sprouting broccoli that didn’t form as it’s too late in the season and has now been attacked by caterpillars. … Continue reading

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Spot’s first week with our flock

I am so thrilled with how well Spot has settled into our flock. By her fourth night she found her own way into the chicken shed at bedtime. Not only that but she perched in the middle of the little … Continue reading

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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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