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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 […]

Ducks And Bantams Nesting Again

In a previous post, I wrote about the ducks nesting. Unfortunately, they did not produce any young and all the eggs were broken in the end. They started nesting again about two weeks ago and one duck is sitting on the nest almost all the time. Maybe I will have more luck this time. The […]

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 […]

Spring Gets Birds Doing What Birds Do

What a wonderful morning here in Fingal, North Dublin. There is a slight chill in the air, the sun is shining brightly, the surrounding countryside looks resplendent and the birds are busy courting and building their nests. My son, Sean, built this two-storey, double nest box several years ago as part of a Junior Certificate […]