We've now been in our new home a month and whilst chaos reigns internally, a calm tranquillity has descended in our garden with the arrival of Sparkle and her two chicks, Petal and Leaf, and Elsie and Flo (two escapees from a battery farm so destined for us we thought!) We finally have the hens that Dan has been dreaming of and just hope we can keep them safe…
Maddie has named them, although the escapees have been named after Dan's Grandma and her sister – two super ladies who lived to be 95-years-old! Though I don't think hens live or last quite so long!
We're frantically referring to a book to check what we should be feeding them. I heard it's a no to potato peelings and a yes to sunflower seeds along with proper food and grit…grit? What do they mean bits of gravel?
I've also read that the chicks could drown if the water is too deep and let's not even discuss the fox, magpies, cats or the kite (spotted a mile away). If any of those get wind of our feathered babies then it'll be tears…Gosh I'm explaining the food chain to a seven, six and four-year-old a little early aren't I?
The entire Easter break has been dedicated to creating a coop to die for; in fact it looks considerably more luxurious than our house at the moment! What with the planning permission business as well, something tells me I may be edging the feathered girlies out of their oak built dwelling before to long!
Yet another great reason to continue my quest for the previously mentioned (in my last blog) GYPSY CARAVAN! Thank you so much for your assistance in this vital matter! If HE can have hens, then it goes without saying doesn't it?
The problem I have been having this holiday is MUD! In order to have the hens, oh and silly me forgot to mention the other Daniel dream, a vegetable plot, his digger machine has been digging and children have been joining in. Yes, I know its fab for them but being covered every day in mud and the carpets too, the washing machine and I have become as one!
I hope you managed to grab some Easter surprises over the weekend and have managed successfully to refrain from borrowing, ok then stealing the children's Easter eggs. I cannot lie, I have, still they had plenty and I'm concerned about fillings!
I have added some pics of our new girls. I hope you like them too and hope some of you will have some lovely advice for us. Just off to see if they are chilled enough to lay for us.
Love Claire, (affectionately known as Margot from The Good Life, I wonder why not Barbara)