It's a new day - Sunday - so I am having a day of rest. It is truly hot and sunny outside without a breath of air. I had a most wonderful time this morning visiting a friend of mine, who very kindly lets me buy a sack of food off him for my chickens.
He is top quality breeder of fowl, and generously let me buy two Seabright bantams off him a couple of years ago - Snowy and Poppy.
I was really privileged to get to see the following.
Above first of all - one of his many incubators with golden Seabrights just hatching out. Can you make out the eggs pipping and the newly hatched chicks in the bottom and right hand side of the photo?
Yet another of his incubators - each egg named, dated, and recorded.
Can you see the turkey egg in the top left hand corner?
This is a broody hen with her clutch of Silver Seabright chicks - their markings are developing already. She is a brilliant 'mother' - they have a big bright shed all to themselves
It is such a treat to visit my friends garden. In the winter there were turkeys, chickens of all breeds and sizes, here, there, and everywhere. Lots freeranging - just perfect
Of course it is not safe to let a mother hen out with her tiny chicks - there are foxes about. Those 'confined to barracks' have the most wonderful accommodation - lots of space, and lots of natural light.
This fine Ixworth male is a very energetic beau - so his young ladies are wearing saddles to protect them - keeping them in tip top condition too. I would love Ixworth in my garden, but they are big birds and would make big dustbaths in my lawns in no time!
This young lady caught my eye, she's sat on a pile of eggs, one was poking out, so my friend popped it back under her. She was happily dozing in the sunshine, a picture of contentment.
Another clutch of older Ixsworth popped out from the undergrowth - they are having a lovely time rummaging around.
On my 'tour' a beautiful black Pekin bantam 'appeared' from behind some pots - she was absolutely stunning - and so tame and friendly - someone gave it to my friend - she couldn't have asked for a better adoptive owner - it's chicken heaven where they live.
More Ixsworth with a bantam surrogate mother
And yet more
Just a few snatched photos!
Oh if only I were years younger and had the chance to have a small holding which was always my dream.
Never mind - I have my big allotment and my lovely bantam flock - and can enjoy friends chickens and lifestyles without all the hard work.
And best of all - I have had the pleasure today of seeing new life.
Off to put my feet up - before cooking Sunday lunch
Guess what is on the menu
Not one of mine though of course - but one another friend 'grew' for me - and had a lovely freerange life all last summer.