New additions to the family!

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Sparkle and her two chicks Petal and Leaf 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?

Joe and Tom building teh chicken coop 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?

More chicks 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)

X

11 Comments

  1. Debbie April 21, 2009 at 7:46 pm -  Reply

    Margot!
    What sort of a Gypsy Caravan do you want? Is it to be decorative in the garden with plants trailing all over it – or a real going off on the road one, pulled by a glossy horse with enormous haunches and plenty of organic fertiliser all over the show? If it is the latter, may I advise you against.Although I am no expert, I am fairly certain there will be nowhere to plug in your GHDs and you know you won’t put up with that. A flat haired Claire is never a happy bunny.
    My advice? Ebay. My friend Sarah bought a camper van there, not dissimilar to Noddy’s, late one night after a couple of chilled glasses…..
    See you Monday Morning on the show!
    Love and rollovers
    Debx

  2. alison keenan April 21, 2009 at 8:20 pm -  Reply

    …..no doubt you’re called Barbara because she was much prettier than Margot :) Good luck with the birdlife. Much love Ali K xxx

  3. CLAIRE SUTTON April 25, 2009 at 7:26 pm -  Reply

    Margot here!!
    They have nt laid …not even a mini egg!!! So now im worrying, are they happy, fed enough, or, is Sparkle not laying as she s looking after her babies? ..HELP

  4. CLAIRE SUTTON April 25, 2009 at 7:32 pm -  Reply

    OH DEBS, YOU KNOW ME TOOOOO WELL!!
    iTS A STAY AT HOME, GLASS OF WINE, FLAKE STYLE, STAY PUT KIND OF PLAN AND UNLESS THE CHILDRENS SHETLANDS FANCY A TRUNDLE AROUND ITLL TAKE ROOT AND BE DELIGHTFUL. tHE CAMPER VAN THOUGHT….DONT BE SILLY, MIND YOU DO THEY COME IN PINK AND GOLD WITH A LEOPARD PRINT INTERIOR…..NOW THERE S A THOUGHT!
    ROLLOVER MONDAY, SEE YOU THEN ..
    CLAIRE/MARGOT XX

  5. maria mudie April 26, 2009 at 2:14 pm -  Reply

    ….. i am too called margot as i have four hens called henrietta, millie, noodle my son named that one and rosie we have had them since august last year and we all love looking after them ….have fun ….love from maria xx(margot)

  6. Julie Anderson April 27, 2009 at 8:27 pm -  Reply

    HI Claire
    Love your new additions, can’t help with looking after them though as know nothing about hens. They look adorable and so good they are out of the battery farm!! I am sure they will be happy with you as you are obviously doing all you can for them. Enjoy.
    Love Jules
    x

  7. Kristina Moore April 29, 2009 at 3:26 pm -  Reply

    Hello Claire, try googling Francine Raymond. She keeps hens and there is all sorts of information on them. Hope this helps. Best wishes to all.

  8. claire sutton April 29, 2009 at 5:45 pm -  Reply

    Oh Maria, great names.Maddie has a list of names ready for more additions…think the coop will only cope with our 5 for now!! Still no eggs, but lots of fun!

  9. claire sutton April 29, 2009 at 5:48 pm -  Reply

    Jules, we happened on a talk by a super man on Sunday so seems Sparkle needs to finish being broody before she ll lay again, so Im not as worried now.
    Nice to hear from you, Claire x

  10. gail halliwell July 13, 2009 at 6:35 am -  Reply

    we too,have chickens and they are the best pets in the world – I recommend thepoultrysite.com for health and keeping advice. The best help always comes from those who ‘have been there’ . We have turned our garden over to fruit and vegetables, at least in part, and I get called Felicity at work!!! I’m a vision at 06.00am in PJ’s and wellies, still bleary eyed as I let the chickens out for the day. Still, I love my life and would recommend it to anyone. On a different subject I believe that Dan’s brother was ‘best man’ at my brother John’s wedding when he married his partner Maria. Small world isn’t it. Good luck with the hens, Claire.
    Gail

  11. claire sutton July 20, 2009 at 11:52 am -  Reply

    Hi Felicity, ….Gail!
    Thankyou for the tip, the children are convinced Leaf is in fact a boy…AAAArgh, so i need to know! Dan and I think not, but better check it out I feel.
    Our eggs are getting bigger but fewer, so I’d love to know why, wish the girls could talk!!
    And re John and Maria, Im sure Ive heard the names, so Im going to check and let you know, in fact my sis-in-law reads my blogs, so …watch this space!
    Happy Hens, Claire xxx

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