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Thursday, 29 August 2013

Rain and stoves







Sad to say we lost the small male chick. We were worried that the lone female chick would not thrive on her own, but in fact she is doing OK. We had an anxious time when she realised she was on her own, it's been a bit hot for anything to be running around, and her cheeps were getting louder. So Dave gave her a mirror and she calmed down. Tiny feathers are starting to appear on her wings already.Dave is muttering about a house chicken.....hmmmmm, don't think so!

The next lot are due to hatch this weekend and we hope for at least one friend for her. We decided not to look for chicks in the market as we don't want to bring in any nasties. I very much doubt any of them are vaccinated and though we went to the market, I scooted past as I hate to see the way they cram them in to crates. I have seen some of the conditions they are kept in. There were some exceedingly cute ducklings though....noooo, too much mess!

It has been very hot and humid the last few days, not good when you have hatching eggs. There have been frequent bouts of lightening and thunder, and our internet signal has been badly affected (apparently, they are magnetic storms) so no telly either. Evenings have been spent chatting to each other. We didn't realise what a routine we had got into, watching telly as soon as it gets dark. Though to be fair we go to bed at 9.30 as we are early risers, so it's not for long. Although Bonnie has nearly gone into melt-down with the thunder, and last night surround lightening flashes, we really needed the two short bouts of rain to liven the garden up, and get the grass in the countryside growing, it's very crisp underfoot out there. At least we won't feel obliged to water the flipping peppers and tomatoes for a while!
The flowers are loving it, and the rhubarb I am growing from seed for the chap who gave me the original five ladies.


Some chooks just can't keep their beaks out!
We went to find the Prity showroom to see if we could pick up a stove yesterday. We know we can't get it delivered so we have to buy them one at a time. We couldn't find the showroom, though we have found it OK in the past, but we stumbled on the factory and when Dave went to ask directions to the show room he was told we could buy from there. So that's what we did. Of course we couldn't remember which one we had settled on and had to choose from a picture, but the one we got has the fire, oven and top plate for a kettle that we wanted, so it might be the same. It was mighty heavy though and I worried all the way home about how on earth we were going to get it out of the car and into the house. But we managed. All we need now is someone to fit it...and to buy a small one for upstairs.
Dave has been busy building a framework for the old vines we are resurrecting in the garden since 7am, hoping it will give shade and privacy next year. We intend to buy a sweet eating vine to put in a gap, and will underplant with cottage garden plants. Unfortunately the Yucca is still there, might have to disappear that over winter. The vines have been cut down by the last owners' property 'managers' for the past six years, along with a huge fig and peach in the same patch of 'garden' We will see how the latter two do and decide on them next year.






Today's wonderful wildlife is a male red backed shrike. Why wonderful you may ask? Well, it seems he likes wasps! How amazing is that? Shame they are territorial, we could do with a few more in the garden.





We have been comparing the photos of the Shumen with the way they are looking amonth on, and the change as remarkable. Gone are the bald patches and fluffy bottoms are appearing, the wing feathers which were clipped before we got them are growing out, and Sevi's tail, which was mutilated by fighting with another cockerel, is growing back really well.





I'd like to take the time to thank Ky for all her help since I have been thinking of and keeping chickens, both here and in the UK. So thank you Ky, for your support and help over the last couple of years.

And thank you everyone who reads and comments on my ramblings.






9 comments:

  1. You don't want a house chicken!!!!!! Bella loves it so she wouldn't be continually under your feet.

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  2. We could have done with a red backed shrike here last week as cost a bomb to get a wasps nest removed from by the front door.

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  3. Always happy to help anyone with chooks, do not know that breed but gather they are auto sexed.

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    1. Only in as much as the males have very prominent combs at hatching. Little lonely is doing really well. Fingers crossed for the weekend.

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  4. That will come from the Minorca in them, I thought it unusual for them to be autosexed as they av no barred genes in their make up. Would be interested to see what happens when several males hatch together

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  5. we do read your ramblings - its like being there with you Hx

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    1. Wish you were. Could do with some company and expertise.

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  6. I have just found your blog today and I am enjoying the read. I have just read through 47 postings, right from the beginning to the end of August 2013.
    I hope to be coming to Bulgaria very soon so your experiences are very interesting to me.
    Keep writing... and I will keep reading. :)

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    1. Hello and thank you.We absolutely love it here apart from the odd little niggle. We are living the life we couldn't afford to live in the UK, with the bonus of having a friendly community and amazing countryside. I hope you will enjoy it as much when you come out.

      And thank you for sending my pageviews through the roof

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