Monday, 12 December 2016

Catching up with December's antics.

I was just reading Dawn's blog to catch up when I glanced at her sidebar and noticed it said 6 days since my last post.  That has gone scarily quick.  As much as I love December and the Christmas build up, there is a lot to do on top of the usual. 


The elves have been busy keeping an eye in the kids.  No matter how I moved them round, this photo still looked pretty rude and it wasn't meant to!  Sorry about that, though I did get a giggle.
We've found another hay supplier.  I didn't need one, but whilst helping a friend in need at the weekend, we got chatting and he is local and does small bales for £3 a bale which is average for here.  The hay was nice and dry, no mould and not too sweet, so will be good for the horses and sheep when they get their extra.  Grace also made a new friend.  The innocent trust between a puppy and a child made my heart melt. 
Steven made a new friend.  What a corker of a boy!
Buster is adamant there is something in the walls.  I can't hear anything and I hope it isn't mice or worse.  No suggestion other than Buster refusing to move, looking transfixed at it.
For those who have heard about the bird flu preventative requirements, we've done our bit to follow DEFRA's guidelines on avian flu and housed ours in the barn with the horses.  Grace is the only one who can easily get in and out to their feeders, she's a big help. 
They hens do decide to roost anywhere but where we want them too mind you.  At least it's all in the barn.  I can't wait to get them back out again.
We have managed to hatch 13 chicks, ready for next year's laying hens.  Sadly we lost 1.  I am going to also raise some more of my rare breeds.  The chicks are inside and were hatched on Thursday 8th December meaning they will be at point of lay on 11th May.  This years last hatch which were July 2nd are now at point of lay but aren't laying.  I presume given the time of year, they don't want to!  We're still getting a lot of eggs though from out main hens so that's great. 
 
 I've also bought the sheep a mineral lick as the grass is obviously not growing.  Plus I have acquired a new chest freezer (new to us) for FREE but I insisted our friend take some petrol money for dropping it off.



8 comments:

  1. When we had a dog - she would sit beside anywhere with a mouse for-ever, whereas the cat who had probably brought it in would have forgotten about it after 5 minutes.

    Handsome Billy, was he entire and smelly?

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    1. Lol we don't have cats so I only know dog antics, made me laugh. Indeed he was both. Stunning.

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  2. The days are flying by, its quite scary when you think Christmas is less than 2 weeks away.............crumbs!

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    1. To think I planned all year for this, I suddenly feel very unorganised!

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  3. Two weeks and the big day will be history, lovely Billy, our chooks that are due to start laying are not yet, not long until the days get longer then there will be a glut of eggs.

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    1. Already planning what to do with so many eggs next year. Looking forward to it.

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  4. Oh squeel! Love the photo of Grace and the collie - reminds me of Jake as a puppy. We have done what we can regarding the poultry situation but will be very pleased when the 30 days are done or if they lift the regulations earlier than planned. I hope to post some ramblings soon but life has been hectic to say the least since Saturday morning! Well done with the chicks.xx

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    1. You make me smile as always with your enthusiasm :) I'll get some more pics of the chicks as they grow, I do like to see them grow. I know the feeling re hectic, I feel like I will meet myself coming backwards. x

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