Showing posts with label #fresheggs. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #fresheggs. Show all posts

Thursday, 30 August 2018

...Crazy Chicken Lady...

Soooo my chicken count has gone from 3 to 7 in just over two months!
Once I had my original 3 I just couldn't help but want more, so here I am now 7 chickens in and completely chicken crazy and wishing for that basket full of rainbow coloured eggs!


So let me introduce the new ones...

Luna and Hermione who are Lavender Araucana's and they lay blue eggs.
These are pure breeds and will most likely stop laying during the colder months, but that's alright with us, eggs are just a bonus.

We've had these two just over a month now and Luna started laying on Saturday. 
Her little pullet egg was totally worth the wait and I cannot wait for Hermione to join the layers club.
She enjoys singing the egg song for Luna so I'm guessing it won't be long till she's part of the club.
We did try to get them to coexist with the original three but it just wasn't to be.
Coraline and Betsy full on attacked them and it was far too stressful for everyone, so we quickly knocked up a chicken coop in our wood store, it was a bit shabby to start with but now it's looking pretty cool and they are happy.







Owning five chickens just left me wanting more and I couldn't help but stalk the poultry facebook groups I'm now a member of to see who was selling what type of bird and I saw someone selling some Partridge Pekin Bantams and even though I had said I didn't want Bantams I knew I had to have some.
I missed out on the first post but it wasn't long till someone else was selling some.
So meet Sansa and Arya...

They are only two months so it won't be until next year that they start laying but when they do they will lay little cream eggs.
We decided they would be housed with the Araucana's as they are a gentler breed and after a day or so they took them under their wings and we've had no upsets.
Hermione seems to have become the girls adoptive mum and they are never far apart, I've even spotted them all snuggling up for an afternoon nap.




The girls all have their runs, but at least once a day they will get free reign of the garden and go scratching around the grass and upturned raised beds for goodies.






They have all gotten used to me and the original girls will actually follow me around waiting for me to magically produce special treats for them.
Hermione still is a bit iffy with me and the two babies still zoom away when we get too close, but I'm sure it won't be long till they realise I'm not out to kill them.







Our egg basket gets full pretty quickly even with only three ladies laying and the boys love their fresh egg breakfasts.
They've all developed bonds with the girls and all enjoy helping out with them.

I started a brand new Instagram just for the chickens.... told you I was a crazy chicken lady but I love sharing their pictures along like-minded crazy chicken heads.
If you want to keep up to date with the chicken goings on why not follow them...







Wednesday, 4 July 2018

...One Step Closer To The Good Life...

So it has been a rather long dream of ours to get chickens!
We had an old chicken house set up in one of our old houses but never actually got round to adding chickens.

So a few months ago we decided to buy a second-hand shed and do it up as a chicken coop.

Jon and I built it together and then i was set the task to make it look pretty.
It started life looking rather shabby and a horrible dusty red colour, which to be honest stuck out like a sore thumb in the garden.

I went with a paint shade called sage, and I'm really pleased with the results.


In between coats (which i did four off!) I did a bit of a chicken hunt online and came across someone local who breeds some really lovely chickens called Swedish Flower Hens, so i put my name down for two but they won't be with us for a few weeks yet as they have only justed hatched.

So I found someone local and once the shed was finally finished with a cover on the top of the run to give the hens some shade from the glaring sun and cover from the rain - whenever that decides it's going to return and we had all the food, grit and mite dust we needed we headed over to see if any of the hens took our fancy.

I was being a bit of a chicken snob and said I didn't really want a normal looking brown hen as they just didn't interest me and Jon just nodded and went along with what I was saying, once there however that all changed!

As soon as we walked up to the coop, two nosey madams came right up to us and followed us around.
I was instantly smitten and had to have them both, then I saw a speckled pecking around and thought she'd make a good addition to our new little flock.

I was actually pretty blown away by how big they were, God knows why as I walk past wild cockrels daily when I take Noah to school!


Once home we took them to the run and opened the box and just left them to it, we sat and watched them from the other side of the run.
It didn't take long for the hens to jump out and start exploring their new home.


So let me introduce the new ladies in town...

Betsy
Dotty


Coraline

The boys were over the moon to find chickens in the garden once they got home from school and have all enjoyed feeding them and watching them peck around.
Ru is in love and has decided Coraline is his favourite as he loves the feathers around her neck.

I have become a bit of a crazy chicken lady and have been reading up on lots of chicken blogs and finding ways to keep them tip top and happy.
From making sure they are wormed and mite free to putting different fresh herbs into their next boxes to help them feel relaxed and stress free.
I ever treated them to half a frozen watermelon yesterday to help combat the heatwave, which they very happily pecked away at throughout the day.

Frozen Watermelon goodness.
After reading up on chickens before hand I wasnt really expecting to find eggs straight away so imagine my surprise after the 5th time of checking the nest box the following morning to find our very first fresh egg!



Cooking that first egg, I dont think I have ever felt so much pressure to make sure it was cooked to perfection, in all its runny glory.
I turned to Jamie Oliver and did it exactly how he says too and thankfully it was nice and perfectly runny, had that fresh egg bright yellow york and it tasted amazing!

We've had an 1 egg every day since we got them last Thursday, we even got TWO on Sunday which was amazing


We are back to only finding one egg, and I think it might be a while until we are getting three eggs a day daily but just seeing that one egg sat in the nest makes me so excited!


Betsy is our most friendlist hen and loves having her daily strokes, she makes sure shes right there every time i enter the run pecking on my wellies to say hello.

I'm working on the other two hens and hopefully, they'll soon be as friendly as Betsy.

Beware Chicken updates will probably come in thick and fast!