Thursday, 30 July 2009

Would you like to see your chickens on this blog?

My friend also keeps Wyandotte Bantams, pretty aren't they?
As I uploaded this photograph it suddenly occured to me that
it might be nice to feature some of your chickens on this blog.
A sort of Readers Hens!
What do you think?
Leave me a comment and let me know please.

Tuesday, 28 July 2009

Someone elses chickens

Isn't he gorgeous?
Everyone who sees this juvenile bantam cockeril falls in love with him.
Not only is he handsome but he has a nice personality too.
Here he is with his harem - don't you just love that topknot?

Sunday, 26 July 2009

Chicken Treats

Your chickens will love you forever if you give them the occasional foodie treat -
a favourite with our lot is sweetcorn, you can buy a large bag of the frozen stuff for around 60p.
Leave it to defrost and serve!

Saturday, 25 July 2009

Broody Hen

Plum the broody Amber Star looking rather unkempt after a dustbath.

Thursday, 23 July 2009

Our Chickens

Our little flock consists of two Black Sussex and two Amber stars who were purchased from and a rescued battery hen.

Tuesday, 21 July 2009

New Eggs

Another of our chickens has gone broody.
This time we have been given a selection of fertile eggs
by a friend who keeps several flocks of different breeds.
These include some Black Rock eggs.

We've set up a broody box and made a neat little nest.
This evening Plum will be placed on the eggs and be given the opportunity to sit.

Saturday, 18 July 2009

Breakfast with Mother Hen

Lots of gentle clucking noises

as Bramble encourages her chicks to eat.

One can almost imagine her saying,
"Just do as I do".

Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Chicks - First photographs

Bramble eats her breakfast in bed,
only allowing the little ones out when she thinks the coast is clear

How many can you spot?

Tuesday, 14 July 2009

Birth Announcement

It wasn't my imagination.
I definetly heard a cheep.
We have a chick, I've seen it's little head.
Mother isn't ready for a photo call.

Monday, 13 July 2009

Waiting patiently

Or in our case not so patiently.
Have they hatched or haven't they?
We just have to wait until Bramble is ready to show us.
Did I hear a tiny cheep or was it wishful thinking?

Friday, 10 July 2009

Broody Hen

Bramble during one of her breaks,

all fluffed up like a feather duster

and giving me the evil eye.
She really is quite fed up with me lifting her from her eggs
although it is essential otherwise she wouldn't leave them
and might actually starve herself.

Thursday, 9 July 2009

Still sitting tight

Bramble is still sitting tight,
bantam eggs have a gestation period of about 18 days
so she hasn't got much longer to wait.
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Wednesday, 8 July 2009

Silver Lace Sebright

The Sebright Bantam comes in two colourways,
the Golden Lace as in the picture from the previous post and the Silver Lace as above.
We didn't have a preference to colour and just bid on the the
first lot of Sebright hatching eggs we found.

Tuesday, 7 July 2009

Sebright Bantams

Our broody hen Bramble is sitting on eggs from Sebright Bantams, this is the photograph from the ebay auction that we won the eggs from.

"The Sebright is a breed of chicken named after its developer, Sir John Saunders Sebright. Created in the 19th century through a selective breeding program designed to produce an ornamental breed, the Sebright is a true bantam, meaning it is a miniature bird with no corresponding large fowl to which it is related." from Wikipedia.

Monday, 6 July 2009

First Post - Broody Bramble

Our Black Sussex broody
seen here sitting on a batch of Sebright Bantam eggs
purchased from ebay.
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