Just when we thought it was safe to go outside and replace the roof panels from the last storm, in comes Storm Doris and whips off another one! My partner had thought that when he had replaced the panel lost from Storm Angus he had tightens down the hatches on the rest of the roof. Unfortunately we weren’t expecting such strong winds, and once again it ripped off one of the roof panels from the chicken enclosure. Instead of taking the whole panel clean off, this time it snapped at an angle so it will take a bit more time to take off and repair.
After the wind died down the next day, I thought it would be a nice treat for the chooks to have the run of the garden. They loved scratching through the wood chip and grass to find all the tasty bugs bought to the surface by the rain. This meant that Smudge dog had to stay in but she was desperate to be out and playing with her friends.
Despite the storm, the weather has been improving and getting warmer. With the girls being over their moult as well, egg production has started back up. I tried using them up in last weeks recipe for Chocolate Mousse but I can’t stay on top of how many we’re getting in. Going to have to start selling them again!
Speaking of moulting, a certain Smudge dog has started shedding her winter fur. We popped into the pet shop today to grab her a brush to help with the loose fur (and where she got fussed over by everyone). She also got a bone or two to distract her whilst I brushed her as I wasn’t sure how she would react to brushing but she seemed to be pretty chilled about it. Good thing as it looks like she really needed it from the amount I got off of her.
It’s been another busy, blustery week. Hopefully that’s the last of the bad weather for the year and we can get on with being happy, content chickens 🙂
After a hectic couple of months it’s great to finally get back to blogging. I have a few bits to report from over the Christmas period:
If you remember we lost a roof panel over after a huge windy storm. Over Christmas we finally had some time to replace it and get the enclosure watertight again. To hold some of the muddy floor together from the rain that had come through when the roof came off, we put some wood chip down on the floor. The girls have really enjoyed scratching around in the wood chip and not sinking into mud.
With it being Christmas, it was only fair that that the animals got a taste of the festive season. Smudge got her own advent calendar which she soon learnt meant getting an extra treat with breakfast. The chickens got some sprouts on a string which was hung up in their enclosure to give them a different way to eat their greens.
For Christmas, my boyfriend and I, unbeknown to each other, bought each other chicken related gifts. We both got each other egg storage, I got him a wire chicken basket and he got me wooden box. The only awkward thing now is that the chooks have packed up production for the winter due to moulting and it being very cold.
With the cold comes the snow! The chickens have already seen some snow in their lifetime but for Smudge puppy this is the first time she has seen snow. We woke up on 13th Jan to a pathetic amount of snow, but snow on the ground nonetheless. She seemed to enjoy it but I think if we had more she would be able to make more of it. Today we had a lot of flurries and we got caught in them on our walk. She seemed to enjoy chasing and eating the flakes bless her!
Hopefully I’ll be able to be a bit more regular with my blog rather than catching up on two months worth of activities in one post! For now I shall leave you with a very merry Smudge puppy:
This week I’ve been back to my home town of Folkestone. Whilst I couldn’t take the chickens with me, I did take my other half and our new puppy, Smudge. Even though she gets on with the chickens and we could have left the chooks to babysit Smudge, we figured we’d give the hens a break from being terrorised by a puppy. Plus, Smudge had to see the beach.
Being in the middle of the countryside and busy with jobs and chickens, I don’t often get to go home and see my family so this week has been rather special to me. As well as showing the puppy the sea and watching her wind herself up over the sand being too soft to walk on, it was also my nan’s 70th Birthday so it was nice to celebrate that with her and the rest of my family.
A natural water baby: Smudges first swim!
Everyone got to have a cuddle with Smudge and a taste of a few homemade cakes that I made special for the occasion. The Victoria sponge turned out great, but the coffee cake was a little flat (I put in too much coffee!) but still tasted like coffee cake so I was pretty happy with the outcome 🙂
It’s been a great week with everyone and now that it’s rained all the time since we’ve been back, it’s a shame that it’s all over. Still it’s good to the chickens again 🙂