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I Could Watch These Chicks All Day

The oldest chick is now about a week old and we are up to six birds hatched at this stage. There are a further six eggs unhatched, so we could end up with 12 birds in all, with about two weeks between the oldest and the youngest. The hens are swapping duties between minding the […]

Beware The Angry Mother Hen!

I was really pleased to find a third bantam chick in the coop when I came home from work this evening. Another lovely little ball of fluff. As you can see in this video, the bantam hens are very protective and one of them attacked both me and the camera as I filmed the birds. […]

First Hatchlings

My bantams have finally come through and two lovely chicks hatched either on Sunday or Monday, one or two days ago. There are a lot more eggs so I hope to have a few more chicks over the next day or two. Things are a little confused in the coop at the moment. Only one […]

Nesting Ducks But Still No Ducklings

Today’s hen production was really excellent, with an egg from each of the 15 laying hens and also from each of the 2 bantams. I have noticed that, even though I light the chicken coop in winter (I’m not lighting it now), production has increased further recently, as the days lengthen. So we have lots […]

Spring Chickens and Nesting Ducks

I really get great fun from our poultry. The ducks are nesting and the chickens are very frisky. There is always plenty of noise and great activity in the garden. A duck is supposed to take about 28 days to incubate an egg. My ducks have been sitting on the eggs a lot longer than […]