Poor Dave has been out in the cold trying to make sure the chickens have all got somewhere to go out of the weather and they seem quite happy. The scrawnies are not so scrawny now, but the way they are going they will soon be on a diet! I have never known a chicken to eat so much! This means all the chickens are on a straight layers diet with just the odd cabbage leaf thrown in. The others are not happy! They were restricted to 'healthy' treats anyway, but even those have gone.
Other chicken news, Solo, our first ever chick, has laid her first egg! It has been a long time coming for a breed which is supposed to be quick maturing as she is seven months old, but with the latest cold snap lasting a while we will forgive her. None of the other pullets are showing any sign, or the ones who went to a new home. However, the oldest cockerel has disgraced himself and has gone for his new owner. Luckily she is an experienced chicken keeper and is giving him the benefit of the doubt and we are hoping it is just because he is a teenager settling into a new home with just his two girls, rather than being in a flock of eighteen ruled by Sevi. I have to say that it is a surprise to us, none of the five have ever gone for us, even when grabbed.. I hope he behaves himself or he will end up in the pot! (Not our's I hasten to add)
The chicks are doing well, it seems there may be two girls and a boy so could be worse. They are already growing feathers, it always amazes me that they change so quickly. But they do look a bit lost in the big nursery shed, though not for long hopefully.
Last Saturday was International Ladies Day and the village laid in another do in the village hall. All the dos are in the afternoon, which suits us and you would never know as the
Dave found some carnations locally for ladie's day.
Dave has done yet another picture. This time the subject was a friend's chihuahua which turned out really well and delighted the owner of the dog. Another boost to next year's heating costs. Also, the couple who had the cards were so happy with them they have told another couple who want the same. A good excuse to sit by the fire and make more. We are going to their place for lunch on Sunday so I had better get cracking.
I am having trouble keeping away from the kitchen with being indoors all the time, which unfortunately means I keep baking...then we have to eat. It's nice to have plenty of eggs to bake with now though. Good girls.
On Saturday we are going to a bird fair in VT. There will be a few ex-pats from different areas and we are hoping the lady who had the naughty cockerel will be there, so could be fun. We had better not take too much money though, we have enough chickens on the way...................
I would like to once again thank all those who regularly read this blog, and welcome new readers too. We have recently passed the 20000 pageview mark, which I think is amazing in under a year. It is one year and three days since our offer on this house was accepted. What a year, and I am glad others have found our adventure interesting.