The Chicken and Egg Test

I have now increased the chicken flock in Aspatria to 6, and the youngsters are all now laying. As ever with animals, all the hens have their own individual characteristics, and they all lay different eggs. Being a bit sad, I can recognise who has dropped what in the coop; but can you??
A bit of a clue: the new girls’ eggs are a bit smaller than the others.

So, here are the eggs:

An egg from each of the girls

And here are the suspects……. match a name with a number. If you can get all 6 correct in a week, then you win the eggs!!

Hoppy.. ex-battery girl who is the old lady of the flock

Marra: a cuckoo maran who likes here food
Summer. A Welsumer (from Welsum in Holland), the Queen of the flock and boss-girl
Blackie. A Blencathra Black. Has slotted into her role taking over from the tragic original Blackie
Snowy is a Solway Star. She spends her days preening
Bluey is a Bewcastle Blue. Always rummaging in the compost heap.

So there’s the hens and the eggs. Try matching them up to win the makings of a huge omelette!!

New girls on the block

As you may recall, Blackie died when Ian was in Antarctica. When he was in Austria, Mrs Frosty snuffed it. Last week there was further trauma when his favourite rescue hen, Scrappy, passed on to the great chicken coop in the sky. So from six chooks the flock was reduced to three.

Until now.

Welcome to three more rare breed girls:

a Bewcastle Blue
a Solway Star
Breed tbc

Hen Hospital

Blackie’s bad leg made her come last in the race for the feed, and she has lost a lot of weight in a few days. It takes a great deal of energy to keep warm in this sub-zero weather even if you do have feathers, so that hasn’t been in her favour either.

So the Hen Hospital has been set up in the bathroom: warm, and with unchallenged access to a food bowl.

The bowl that apperently contains dog wee is actually contains water with Poultry Tonic additive. She is already looking perkier 🙂

The bathroom has an unusual aroma but fortunately not strong enough to be unpleasant. I don’t know what she thinks of the shower but she hasn’t tried to join me yet.

Warming the Girls

Its flipping cold out there, especially if you’re a chicken and living in a coop!
Today was the girls’ first experience of snow and they weren’t impressed. It took a while to encourage them out and when i did they huddled in a small mass of feathers.
To cheer them up a bit I rushed to the kitchen and rustled up a warm mix of: Pellets, corn, mealworms, celery and corn oil with warm water.
They loved it and were soon back to their happy selves, clucking and scratching round the run.

Yum!
They love it!!

Blackie of course is not so good. She has developed a bad foot and can’t put weight on it. She walks on the wrist of her shank, and keeps overbalancing. I’m thinking of taking her to the vet on Monday….

Blackie doing her famous flamingo impression