Integration is going well

I have been putting the two flocks together every afternoon. I open up the escape holes near the patio area and at the end of the run by the ladder. I have also put another water bottle at the end of the run as while it is so hot I want to be sure that the chicks are always near water. I also add another dish of chick crumb.

Getting the correct food isn’t an issue at the moment as the chicks will only eat crumb. The bigger girls help themselves to some crumb as it’s a novelty but I don’t think that matters. It has been going really well. Dandelion and Cinnamon chase the chicks at times but they are easily able to run away.

I think that Dandelion has taken top place out of these two now that Freckles has gone and it’s Cinnamon who does the most chasing which is always typical of the bottom the girl.

Jasmine has made it up to the high branch perch

Meanwhile the main flock chill together

The chicks have found the small shelter

I am really pleased with how it is progressing and on a completely different note:

I am ready to cook the first runner beans of the year

I have picked one helping of broad beans, one helping of dwarf beans and three helpings of runner beans. I am also picking courgettes thick and fast. As well as what we have eaten I have cooked many portions for the freezer. I have cooked some with cheese sauce and some with garlic and sun dried tomato puree.

We will be eating produce from the freezer long after the vegetables in the plot are over.

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6 Responses to Integration is going well

  1. marion.pharo says:

    It is good to see the girls are all getting on. How the new chicks have grown.
    You have done well eating runner beans all ready, we have lots of courgettes, and broad beans, and have dug up our first lot of potatos, no runners yet, the tomatoes in the green house are getting big, but the tumblers are only tiny at the moment.
    Can not beat eating your own veg.

    • Carol says:

      The chicks certainly have grown. We haven’t tried looking at potatoes yet, maybe we should look soon. The tomatoes are getting there and just need to ripen. Picking runner beans every day at the moment and courgettes faster than we can eat and going into the freezer. Dare I say it, we now need rain desperately!

  2. David says:

    Pleased that integration is going well; I have to say that the two pullets are looking increasingly beautiful and, most importantly (all 3) the picture of health. Your beans look amazing.

    • Carol says:

      I am really pleased that all three are looking healthy and maybe at the end of the day that is the most important thing and what we must be thankful for. Beans are also great.

  3. Sophie says:

    I was just thinking the same Carol! xx

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