Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Happy Chickens

Norfolk Lasses Eggs Total to Date: 316 Day:139

KoKKo 106 Personal best egg weight 86grms 29.11.2005
Adelaide 105 Personal best egg weight 80grms 26.02.2006
Ginger 105 Personal best egg weight 78grms 22.02.2006

London Ladies Bantam Eggs Total to date: 2 Day:9

Dilly 1 Personal best egg weight 31grm 20.03.2006
Freckles 1 Personal best egg weight 32grms 20.03.2006
Pumpkin 0 Still too posh to push

The rain has stopped and it is drying out a bit, and no quite a cold as yesterday.

KoKKo, Adelaide and Ginger had let themselves out as usual and were quietly eating and drinking in their run and when I unlocked that they came out to seem them, and then got on with the serious business of digging holes.

There was squeaking coming from the Dilly, Pumpkin and Freckles house, and they were a bit indignant at having to wait for me. I locked the door last night as it was bitterly cold and also as it was their first time in there I didn't want them to come out and stay out all night. Tonight I will leave their door ajar and see what they do in the morning.

They dashed out and had a long long drink at the water peanut, then a scratch around for a bit, then they started eating too.

I stood there and watched my little flock for five minutes or so - I never tire of observing them, they are so entertaining, the things they do.

Dilly is the upfront of all the bantams at the moment. She is the most inquisitive, and although not necessarily the bravest, as is quick to race off when feeling threatened, she is always the one to be into things. Today she came out and raced off you the end of the pen for a good scratching and excavating exercise.

I left them all happily playing and feeding. One egg from Ginger this morning, and none from the banties so far.

I had wanted to put all the photos I took on here, but whilst it says it is downloading them the 'done' never appears so I can't. Hopefully later.

I don't have a clue what I am going to do today - so you will have to wait and see - just like me.

All I know is that we have lovely fresh Red Snapper for lunch.

As you will read, I spent hours gardening, but managed to pop in and out to 'play'with my flock"

Who, but me, would be daft enough to give their chickens an hanging basket that had sprounted some weeds over winter to play with and eat - the banties were so excited you should have heard them.

And who, but me, would be daft enough to stand in bitter winds with flurries of snow, trying to get a decent shot of them all together? The big girls had a big tub with more weeds - three times the height of the London Ladies, so I couldn't leave the little ones out could I?

I might have to try again with the photos there are problems tonight.

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