Betty Our Wyandotte

Hi there keepers of the chickens, great news, we have another layer, hoorah!,  just as my patience were wearing thin with them, they have pulled through. I happened to notice that this morning, Betty was missing from the group, who were seeking the sun patches in the garden, so I started to look around for her, and I heard the quietest little ruffle in the bush, and sure enough it was her sitting on a nest. I pretended I hadn’t seen her of course and proceeded back in to the house, shortly after loud clucking came from the garden, and there she was making the loudest noise I’ve heard her make ever, I think she saw me.

I went over to where she had been hiding, and there were three little eggs, her first I think, I noticed her trying to nest under another bush a few days ago, but i thought it was a bit out in the open for her, well she has found a new spot, which means I have found two new nests this week, so now four out of seven are providing eggs, Nancy is still broody with only one egg under her, I’ve been over twice trying to push her out of the nest, but she won’t budge, I can’t get her out as she is behind the neighbours shed, snadwiched between that and the trellis fence at the back of the shed, I just worry she will go hungry, and in these cold conditions she may fall ill, come home Nancy.

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Update on Camp Tenko

Tenko for chickens

Tenko for chickens

Well, there I was feeling pretty good about my efforts of the new run, all fenced off with 6ft high bamboo, the gate even made from bamboo, I looked over it yesterday, spotted a couple of large gaps, which i blocked with, you guess it more bamboo, but then this morning, I left the girls in the coop til 11:30, thinking they will lay in the coop, but no, i opened the door on the coop to let them out for a feed, and they all marched out, straight through the fence, they can obviously make themselves smaller when they want to, as the gaps are half the size of them, a bit like when you first put a saddle on a horse, it pushes it’s stomach out, so when you’ve tighten the strap, it can let the breathe out and the strap becomes a bit looser, clever horses.

So it looks like I have more filling to do, more bamboo, which isn’t a problem, because it’s growing as fast as i can use it, we still have a few hundred stands of it, even though I have cut down a small forest of it, ok so maybe a slight exageration there, but all good stories need a bit of artistic license.

On the subject of escapee’s, Betty the new Wyandotte chick, had a little run around the backyard today, I left the wire ajar when I was giving them fresh water, and she seized her moment for freedom, she was harder to catch than one of the shavers, like a little roadrunner, cheep cheep instead of beep beep, but very simular in the running style, She’ll safely back in the brooder now with Maria and Dororthy, no doubt telling all about the big outside, ‘ oh the lights, the lawns, the bamboo, you should have seen it’, I know I’m no the only person who thinks there chickens talk.

Betty (roadruuner) Wyandotte

Betty (roadruuner) Wyandotte