Saturday, 19 March 2011
The Hens have a Birthday.
We have been waiting for a calm day since our new cockerel arrived. If we try to clean out the hen house on a breezy day the straw blows everywhere and there is enough straw blowing about from bedding the cows down without adding to it.
Today it is calm and fairly sunny and this morning the farmer emptied the henhouse. After lunch we both brushed down the cobwebs and scraped all the surfaces clean. The hens knew we were up to something and kept coming in to have a look.
Then the farmer fetched the straw and we scattered it about the floor. I got a scoop of corn and scattered amongst it so that they could have a good scratchy search when they came in for the night. Then it was fresh water, gather up the eggs and leave them to it. They were in and scratching in no time at all. It is good to see them so happy - happy hens make for good eggs!
Then Tess and I went for our walk. The first thing we saw was this balloon waving about in the hedge. These balloons (and even worse Chinese lanterns) are such a danger to cattle, so I shall point it out to the farmer when I get home. I didn't fancy crossing the beck to get it off the hedge myself.
Further up the field a patch of grey "fluff" - I suspect a buzzard has had a rabbit - there is only one little bone left, the rest has been devoured. We have a pair of buzzard who circle high above the fields and rabbit is their favourite food.
It is a full moon tonight - do remember to look at it as this is the nearest it has been to the earth for ten years and it should look spectacular. Have a good weekend.