Monday, 27 May 2013

Successful Course

We have just had the most wonderful weekend. The weather was beautiful and we have just completed a successful course to teach the art of chicken keeping to 3 lovely people. Far from being a chore, its more like a social event. We get to spend time getting to know new people and also to talk about one of our favourite subjects - chickens. To top it all we get to eat cream tea out in the sunshine. Any excuse for me to eat cake is rarely refused, and to get praise from our new friends about my baking is always nice.

We have just added some new dates for up and coming courses so if you want to join in the fastest growing pastime in this country, get yourself on our course.  We aim to make as enjoyable for you as it is for us.

Sun 9th June 2013 10:30am
Sun 23rd June 2013 10:30am
Sun 7th July 2013 10:30am
Sun 4th August 2013 10:30am
Sun 25th August 2013 10:30am
Sat 7th September 2013 10:30am
Sat 21st September 2013 10:30am

You can book on the course page on the blog or on the Hedgerow Henporium website HERE

Friday, 10 May 2013

Two more Broodies are on their Sit Down Protest

Once the days get longer you can bet your boots that one or two hens are getting more and more reluctant to get out of the nest box and let the others in. Although we have 8 nest boxes which is more than enough for our 20ish hens, the girls always try to lay where the broody sits. I reckon they are a bit like go-to-work mothers leaving their children with a childminder. They only lay where they know they are going to get the best care. We now have two more broodies settling in when they suddenly lose the ability to stand up. If you pick them up they stay in a sitting position. You put them down and they stay sat down. I moved Bronwen out of the nest and also Persephone. Persephone had been turfed out of the nest box or perhaps she had decided to let one of the other girls in to lay an egg so she could hijack it later because she was sat in the middle of the coop floor all fluffed up. I emptied the eggs from the nest boxes and found 10 eggs under persephone while she was sat on the floor. She was a bit miffed to be hoiked up and had me rummaging underneath her to extract her stolen egg stash. She then moved into the empty nest box and shuffled herself down. I put one egg just out of her reach on the floor to see what she would do. She looked immediately interested in that little package like I had just dropped a tenner. She had a quick look around to see that nobody else was about to pounce and she stretched her neck to the egg and skillfully shuffled it along the floor towards her and up the nest box lip and into her nest box. She then shuffled herself down again and looked quite smug. Another egg successfully snaffled.