Tuesday, 27 July 2010
I've been meaning to show you all photographs taken at The Village Show for ages now, finally got round to posting them over at Renaissance Life divided into several seperate posts so hopefully they won't take to long loading. Pop over and take a look at sheepdogs, vintage cars and lots of heavy horses.
Thursday, 15 July 2010
They are the closest living relative to Tyrannosaurus Rex.
Yet we know little about the lives of chickens. Is there really a pecking order in the farmyard?
Are they truly bird brained or are they quite clever? What does all that clucking mean? Why do some birds change sex?
Farmer Jimmy Doherty wants to know and he spends a week on a Devon farm to discover just what goes on behind the hen house door."
Tuesday, 6 July 2010
Most of us are willing to pay a premium for free range eggs believing that the birds have a better quality of life than caged birds, unfortunately it still isn't good enough and the public are being led up the garden path with images of beautiful hens happily clucking around a field.
Saturday, 26 June 2010
Last night we were at Houghton Hall for a concert and we picniced on the lawn, the evening was just perfect.
What a wonderful setting this would be for a Vintage Party, and what a perfect place to sip homemade elderflower cordial or champagne.
Our Midsummer flower of choice this week was the wild honeysuckle it smells devine especially in the evening.
The roses are marvellous as well right now giving us the perfect excuse to blog a favourite poem, You love the roses - so do I.
And whilst we are on the subject of flowers we've found a delightfully pretty necklace for little girls called the Annabel Necklace of course we blogged about it at Renaissance Children's Notebook.
Not much blogging going on here at The Chicken Daily but rest assured that the girls are all fine and enjoying the sunny days, that photograph above is of them dust bathing, we'll catch up with them again soon....
Thursday, 10 June 2010
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Thursday, 13 May 2010
Sunday, 2 May 2010
maybe you'd like to pop over and take a look?
Today's post is Plum Blossom
Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Quail will fly straight up if startled thus making it well nigh impossible to keep free range, for their own saftey. They like to scratch around the floor and don't need flying space.
They lay throughtout the Spring and summer, usually one egg a day each, sometimes two. I'm told that one can tell which quail layed which egg by the markings on the egg as they are always the same. They don't go broody and they won't sit on their eggs so if you want to hatch them you'll have to use an incubator or a bantam.
We sell our surplus eggs at the farm gate for £2.00 a dozen. We don't have that many so we'll never make a fortune but I guess they pay for themselves. We find that lots of people want the eggs for hatching, ours aren't fertile as we don't have a cock bird. It would appear that they are primarily hatched as food for raptors, in fact our birds were destined for owl food when we bought them. I understand that they are culled at six weeks.
They are endearing little characters and their call is quite charming however they really, really don't cope well with stress of any kind.
Stressful situations like overcrowding can lead to agression which if blood is drawn can end in canabalism. If you have a sick bird I'd always recommend seperating it before the others literally peck it to death.
We have a "sick bay" where three hens now live peacefully together, each one of them had to be removed from the main hutch for a variety of reasons and it seemed safer not to try and re-introduce them when they were fully recovered.
They are fed on chick crumb, layers pellets, seed, corn, scraps etc. They love a bit of greenery and I actually grow chard and spinach near their hutch just for them.
The hutch has flower pots turned on there sides for little resting places, leylandii branches for shelter and some old CDs/DVDs hung from the caging to give the quail something to peck at rather than each other.
They do need constant access to water which can lead to a bit of a problem as they will walk in the water.
The wet feet then pick up bits and before you know it you can end up with a quail with a ball of "soil" set like concrete on it's toe. This has to be carefully soaked and removed or the bird will end up losing a toe.
That's all I can think of for now, hope it helps.
Sunday, 18 April 2010
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
Looking back to the first Silkie post I do hope that the rather glamourous photograph of a Silkie didn't lead anyone astray, ours will never win a rosette at a chicken show, but, boy are they cute.
Rediculous but cute.
And John I'm working on the quail post.
Friday, 2 April 2010
It's been a busy week getting ready for the Easter hols at Renaissance HQ
with little being uploaded to the website www.renaissanceshop.co.uk.
It didn't start well with the news of Elspeth Thompson's death, so sad.
But we've had a reminder of new life with our quail starting to lay again, very seasonal.
And Marmee the photograph of quail eggs is just for you.
And all wistful over at Renaissance Vintage Notebook with a sort of if we had a real bricks & mortar shop we'd stock:
and Easter is upon us.
We'll be spending it together, the whole family is home this weekend, bliss.
Wishing you all a very happy Easter.
Thursday, 1 April 2010
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Sunday, 28 March 2010
It's been a wet, wet week here at Renaissance HQ causing endless frustration with pruning and animals.
As for animals our little menagerie has increased by two Silkie bantams who are now settling in nicely with our tiny Seebright and Nankin bantams.
Of course the weather has given us plently of time to enjoy vintage film : The Innocents , look at books : The Flower Shop and wonder what to do with all those books we've read but know we'll never read again , maybe the answer is Green Metropolis. But I rather suspect they'll go to the charity shop as usual.
We've watched The Delicious Miss Dahl on TV and spent quite some time looking at the kitchen Sophie Dahl used. We even found a seller of vintage items whose wares would fit wonderfully into the kitchen: Jolie Trouvaille.
Talking of vintage we continue to add new items to the shop and there is now a rather nice selection of vintage prints there.
We've also continued to post over at Renaissance Childrens Notebook.
Hope you're all having a lovely weekend.
Thursday, 25 March 2010
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Saturday, 20 March 2010
Friday, 19 March 2010
Thursday, 18 March 2010
Monday, 15 March 2010
Saturday, 13 March 2010
Gladys and Annie sorry to disapoint but we do have other Georgette Heyer books to read so look out for another giveaway soon.
So what have we been doing, well apart from the usual horsey and orchardy things we've had to give the ferrets a bath which was fun if messy.
We've found some brilliant greetings cards with little gardens and we've joined Lovefilm we've even managed to add a couple of new items to the shop.
Oh and the chickens are laying....
Whatever you are doing this weekend - enjoy!
Friday, 5 March 2010
So this week we have successfully rehomed (fingers crossed) our juvenile cockerel and been rather amused by a report from the Sun about chickens killing a fox , you should read it for yourselves the puns are really groan worthy.
Since the beginning of March it has felt really Spring like and we've turned our thoughts to window boxes, and displaying Spring bulbs indoors in vintage china pieces. We've also been looking at a tutorial for making floral necklaces.
Far more mundane but never the less worth a mention, we renewed our car tax online, it was very simple to do and personally I would highly recommend it.
There has even been time for some reading, I've been dipping into Gisele Scanlon's The Goddess Experience and I've finished the first of my Georgette Heyer dectective / murder mystery books. Which leads me nicely to the announcement of Renaissance's first giveaway.
If there is more than one person interested in the book we'll do a little draw and announce the winner next Friday in our weekly roundup.
Wishing you all a lovely weekend and good luck in the giveaway.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010
Tuesday, 2 March 2010
So as regular readers will know all these little chicks made it to maturity but only one survived the severe winter and what did it turn out to be?
You've guessed it a cockerel!
And one that really likes the sound of his own voice.
Yesterday we moved him to the orchard, to a large chicken house with run and lots of hens.
Unfortunately the large chicken house and run is also temporary home to a trio of fancy fowl, I forget what type, and what was the first thing our youngster did?
Why he went and picked a fight with the other cockerel...
Fortunately no harm was done this time.
Wednesday, 24 February 2010
Yesterday the EU Council of Agriculture Ministers rejected Poland's attempt to delay the Europe-wide ban on barren battery cages. As a result, the ban is still due to come into force as planned in 2012.
Thank you to the 10,214 dedicated supporters who lobbied the UK government by sending emails, post cards and letters - once again, you have shown that we can get things done for farm animals when speaking with a united voice. This latest campaign also reiterates the need to be vigilant about the threats that remain, even when victories such as the forthcoming battery cage ban have been gained. Whatever the challenge, Chicken Out! and Compassion in World Farming will continue to take decisive action until the battery cage ban is fully implemented across Europe.
Thank you for your support; we share this victory with you.
Rosie, Siân, Hayley and CarolineOn behalf ofThe Chicken Out! TeamCompassion in World Farming"
Sunday, 21 February 2010
The EU barren battery cage ban is under threat, and we need your help to lobby Defra to protect it.
Barren battery cages present serious animal welfare problems and prevent hens from carrying out their natural behaviours, such as dust-bathing and perching. Yet, last week, Poland proposed a delay to the EU ban on conventional battery cages to 2017. This would allow Member States to continue keeping hens in these cages for a further five years.
The EU Agricultural Council will address this proposal when they meet on 22 February and Jim Fitzpatrick MP, the Defra Minister responsible for animal welfare, will be present. We need him to vigorously oppose Poland’s suggestion and for the Council to reject it.
Help us oppose the Polish government’s proposal. The EU Agricultural Council meets on 22 February so, if you’ve not already done so, please click here today to urge Jim Fitzpatrick to protect the ban.
Thursday, 28 January 2010
Fingers crossed, we're lucky, our little flock lives in town and we don't (yet) have urban foxes here. Sadly though a friend has been less fortunate, he had 13 chickens killed last night.
Reynard went on a killing frenzy.
Lock up your chickens my friends, it has been a long hard winter and Foxy Loxy is hungry.
Wednesday, 13 January 2010
Wishing you all a lovely 2010.