Broody Hen Moves Out.

I have been very busy working away from the house for the past couple of weeks, and it dawned on me late last week, that I hadn’t seen one of our hens Daisy for a few days. She is prone to being hassled by swamp hens and traffic as she tends to roam the neighbourhood a bit, mainly she goes around the block to a house that feed the wilds birds and fowl.

Only about a month she was attacked quite badly by the pukeko’s ( swamp hens), as I hadn’t seen her for days and she wasn’t returning to the coop at night, I feared the worst. I looked around the area for signs of an attack, i.e feathers everywhere, but nothing, she seemed  to have disappeared.

Then two days ago as my better half was walking to work, she saw Daisy over at the neighbour who feeds the birds with bread everyday, she crossed over to grab her to return her home, but she growled in her leave me alone chicken way and ran off across the road into the scrub beside the stream. I presume she has a nest there somewhere, I haven’t found it yet, but it was relief to know she’s still alive, even though I’m a bit annoyed she’s moved out and I can’t find her eggs. They keep you on your toes.

Nest Discovered

Hi there, this was a few months ago now, I had forgotten all about the pic, just thought I’d share it with you. Sneeky girls.

Get Growing

Hi keepers, it seems that growing your own vegetables in the back garden or window box, is popular again, so much so in New Zealand, that Prime TV has launched a new programme called ‘Get Growing’, but gone are the old withered gardeners with their flat caps and wild eyebrows, and in walk,’ The Cole Family’, a fresh looking nuclear family, 2 kids complete with red hair, no sign of a labrador yet, just Daisy the cat.

It’s refreshing to see a programme that is dedicated to growing food in gardens, rather than the many gardening programmes that are set in stately homes with gardens the size of a small national park. This seems to show you the basics of growing our own, well done.

Jon and Devoney Cole along with Otis and Dash the two children get stuck in to making their suburban garden a feast of food. It’s early in the series, I’m hoping they will get some chickens aswell.

A friend recent told me she has started growing tomatoe plants, and it’s the first time she has grown anything to eat.  She was  so excited about her tomatoe plant, great to hear someone exicted about plants, she told how it fruited, like an excited kid on christmas day explaining how their new  toy works.

Our own vegetables and herbs are coming along nicely, I am most impressed with the Chilli plants, two plants will produce more chillies than we will eat in a year. It’s just about always the right time of year to plant something in the garden, so get out there and get growing.