Tales from a Norfolk Smallholding!
|Posted on April 3, 2015 at 7:40 AM||comments (19175)|
New pictures from daughter!
1. We attract new visitors each week - seen on garage roof!
2. One of these Rhode rocks came to us with a twisted beak, this is genetic in chickens and dosn't cause any pain or eating problems, Happy beak now lives happily with our egg laying hens enjoying being amongst her friends.
|Posted on February 15, 2015 at 1:45 PM||comments (1425)|
Our new point of lay hybrid hens are now available!
They were enjoying the sunshine this morning!
|Posted on March 13, 2014 at 8:00 PM||comments (9154)|
It was lovely and warm last Sunday when we welcomed a couple who were new to keeping chickens. They had the coop and all the food etc - they just needed the hens.
We talked them through the different breeds and also gave them lots of tips in keeping hens. More importantly we gave them a chicken to hold. It is surprising how daunting it can feel if you have never held a chicken before - they have large wings that flap! They soon got used to it and it is just the case of building up confidence.
They took 4 hens, 4 different breeds so they can tell the difference - Goldline, Amber Link, Beechwood Blue and Sussex Ranger.
We e mailed them in the week to see how they were doing and got a lovely response back - hens settled in nicely and they are just waiting for their first egg!
We are more than happy to advise first time hen keepers - I remember my first time buying some hens which nearly turned into a disaster. I was handed a chicken to put in the carrying box - my first time at holding a hen -of course it flapped its wings and I let go! The people selling the hens were none too amused and I felt very embarrassed as they chased it round the yard!
We promise we won't shout!!
|Posted on February 10, 2014 at 8:15 AM||comments (12126)|
Very hectic weekend - lots of people came over to pick up their new point of lay hens. Love it when some people come for a certain number, see the hens in real life and then buy more! No hard sell though - we want people to be happy and love hens as much as we do!
We managed to sell two - thirds of the hens over the weekend! Only a few Rhode Rock and Goldline now available - more breeds will be available end February/early March. The pic is one of our pretty Goldlines.
|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:50 AM||comments (8654)|
Over Christmas, we had a new addtion to the household - a 3 year old long haired cat, called Scampi.
He came from the Cats Protection Centre at Longham nr Dereham. After a settling in period where he hid behind the washing machine he is now getting more confidence.
Hopefully he will soon be able to venture out into the garden and start deterring any mice!!!
|Posted on January 17, 2014 at 8:40 AM||comments (2887)|
Well with the lovely weather today, our thoughts turn to Spring and the Kitchen Garden plot.
After watching the Great British Garden revival programme on BBC2 we feel inspired! Hopefully by the summer, our plot will be full of vegetables and flowers that we can sell and make some income
It is a complete mess at the moment as you can see from the first pic on the gallery page!!!!! We are trying to be positive though - watch this space.......