Remember a couple of weeks before I went to Scotland, Elizabeth hatched 6 wee chicks? Well under Lloyd and Elizabeth's care and attention they have grown huge! Poor Lloyd really had his work cut out for him as they kept having mammoth dust baths which made holes big enough for them to escape under the sides of their little chick house. He had to round them up numerous times. They're now big enough to be let out with all the other chickens ( I am a big wimp with wee chicks and make them stay in their own run with their mum until they are about 5 weeks old) Out of the 6 there are three girls and three boys - one of each type - Light Sussex, Golden Wyandotte and Silver Wyandotte so I am well pleased.
A wee boy GLW and a wee girl SLW
A boy LS and Elizabeth ( she's a Silver Campine)
The boy LS
They're difficult to photograph as they zoom around really fast.
Here's 4 of the big chooks. They're pretty much all coming to an end of their moult, so they look lovely and shiny. Hopefully they will start laying again in the not too distant future... We're getting 2 eggs a day just now, which is actually a lot better than most folk who aren't getting any right now, shorter daylight hours and the time of year for moulting puts paid to an egg glut. But they deserve a rest, for sure.
One of my three araucanas from the last lot of chicks. I used to think I had 2 girls and a boy, now they all look like boys and frankly until one either lays an egg or starts crowing I will remain clueless!
Last year we planted lots of wild flower seeds ( at great expense!) But it was worth it and the little wild flower garden was a gigantic success. This autumn we religiously collected seeds from spent plants, then after a bit of clearing and feeding, we sprinkled them all over the wild flower garden again. They're doing beautifully. I planted a couple of planters for the veggie garden, just to entice bees and to look pretty. They're also growing nicely.