I had to go to the village Co-op store to get some cat food as, a neighbours' cat (sitting besides me now) comes in to snaffle my cats' food and I'd run out of it.
I also bought a cabbage (stir fry for tea and the hens love cabbage) and spotted the Scotch egg as pictured above.
Mug of tea made, 2 pics taken and scoffed as 'breakfast', very tasty indeed! Highly recommend the eating of, providing of course that you like chillies.
John Gray would like it I'm sure, bet he's already tried one?
Last month I recieved my prize of a baking set from the Housing associations' magazine competition, ( as pictured ), the round tin went to my Sister and the patty tin to her neighbour as, I didn't need them but, the others are already in use. Thank You HAssoc'n!
Then there is a pic of Twinny and Specky hens taking the mat at its'word! That is as far as they got, no watching telly in this house, although Twinny got in the living room last week and was well on her way to the hallway! Must get a proper gate outside the back door!
The hens are having plenty of exersise in the back garden, trashing it basically and having fun.
I get 2 eggs most days but, this week Loopy laid her large eggs 3 days in a row! Haven't had an egg from her in the last 2 days but, what an effort from a hen that hasn't been laying well since her concussion!
The fox is still about, have made it almost impossible for it to get at the hens by putting extra welded mesh around the run and coop with planter troughs and heavy planted pots around the outside too.
They are getting used to Lucy cat but, if there is a neighbours' cat in the garden, they are very vocal!
I've discovered they don't like broccoli, love all kinds of cabbage and spinach and even bean sprouts, so might do my own sproutings! You can tell when they have had a fair bit of spinach/greens, the yolks are deep golden in colour and very tasty boiled.
I'm still trying to find someone willing to put down some slabs around the edge of where the aviary is to go and then put up the aviary and a new plastic roof. Of course, have to buy some more concrete slabs,wood and plastic roof panels first!
Hopefully won't be too long before the aviary is up and the girls will have more space,fox proof and sheltered.
It's what I've been dreading, the fox attacking my hens.
Yesterday morning, the hens made their alarm call about 4.30am, I got out of bed to look out the bedroom window but, couldn't see anything so assumed it was a cat, they go bananas when a cat comes into the garden.
This morning was different, I had been awake since 3.30am, decided on a cuppa and then go back to bed, visited the bathroom and whilst there, heard what I thought was Loopy pecking at the wire mesh, then the alarm call went up. I dashed to the bedroom window to see a fox scrabbling at the wire mesh, the girls were frantic. So I banged on the window, then opened it wide and shooed it away. I went outside and made sure all 3 where still there and the fencing intact, which it was. the girls were still frantic as Lucy cat raced past to chase off the fox, which started them off again. I made what I thought was soothing noises and the good old standby of meal worms being shook in a plastic cat treat box did the trick! They had a few 'worms and settled down again.
This is were I really wished I could afford an Eglu cube to really keep them secure and prevent foxy from getting to the hens.
Tonight I will resort to the chopping board and bricks to replace the non existent pop hole door and vent the coop a little as it was so hot last/previous night, I didn't put it in place.........lesson learnt although nothing will stop a fox once it knows the hens are there.
Loopylou, the brain damaged chicken has driven me cuckoo the last couple of days, all of her getting 'stuck' when she's not stuck, like in the pond, stood on a brick which is there precisely to help critters out of the pond, or under the raised bed, at least 2 feet under there, all she had to do was step on and over a a 4"x4" piece of wood.......which brings me to the realisation that she must have been looking for somewhere to lay, pond= not very dark, under raised bed= fairly dark, coop=perfectly dark! So when I went out to check up on them, it had gone quiet apart from Looplou screaming that she had laid an egg, found her in the coop, just getting off of a lovely warm blue egg. As the other 2 where by the back door of the bungalow and fast asleep, it had to be hers as I've already had one blue egg this morning! Happiness is a poor little hen finally doing what she knew she had to do!
O.K, not the real ladies you thought bathing but, hens having a dust bath and what lovely noises they make whilst doing it! You may need to turn the volume up a bit to hear them.
2 of them made a noise like children screaming yesterday and I rushed outside in my bare feet to see what was going on,this time, not a fox or a fat juicy earthworm but, a large black beetle!
Lottie and other 'henny' folk, to think I used to log on just get my 'hen fix', now I just go outside or look through the window!