Sunday, 27 April 2014

April in the Chicken Coop

This month in the chicken coop...

... it's birthday time. Our girls were born at the end of April 2012 and came to us in August of that year. We helped them celebrate with an extra handful of corn or two.

Early days with the hens - Pepper in particular looks decidedly young.

... Lemon decides spring is here and has had her first broody bout of the season. Funnily enough we've never had problems with any of the others but for Lemon it was a regular occurrence last year. It becomes quite a battle to persuade her to stop sitting on nothing and literally cool down!

Yes, she's even neglecting to sit on the egg that Frog kindly laid her.

... the sparrows are back. Both years we've lived here we've had nesting sparrows, followed by a dozen fledglings hoping round the garden. They make extensive use of the bird feeder and the girls love pigging out on their discards. We have great fun watching them charge across the garden every time they see a bird.

... and of course it's been a sad month with the loss of Fizzy. The other three have showed no signs that they've even noticed, but we've found it very strange to see them wandering around as a trio.


8 comments:

  1. That's a great paternal photo of Joe with his girls!

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    1. I almost captioned it "Joe and his girls"! He's been practising his falconry skills - Lemon is just sitting on his hand.

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    2. He must have a strong arm - or she must be lighter than she looks! Also, every time I look at this photo, the first glance makes me think he's wearing black nail polish because of Frog's wing (I think it's Frog - I get confused!)

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    3. Well, I don't want to question Joe's manliness - but she is mostly fluff ;) I shall surreptitiously check for signs of black nail polish around the house, but I suspect it's just frogs feathers....

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  2. What beautiful birds they are!

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    1. I couldn't agree more. Except when they dust bath in mud and get very mucky indeed!

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  3. Ahhhh....happy birthday to them, they look a happy little band broody or not!xxx

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    1. Yes, they tend to stick together as they wander about and are very content. Lemon did get rather grumpy though with us as we insisted she got out of the nest box for food and water each day!

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