Thursday, 28 July 2011
Well it all went well. Just as dusk began to fall we made sure that the cockerel and his hens were in the other side of the hen house and that the connecting door was shut. Then we went to the chick's house in the vegetable garden. They were all snuggled under their mum for the night. Tess thought it was great fun!
The farmer got mum out first and boy, did she make a fuss as he carried her round to the new home. After that it was easy to get the chicks and between us we carried them round. By this time the whole of the hen house was making such a noise - particularly the cockerel.
It was interesting seeing the chicks upside down and close up (the easiest way to carry them is by their feet). Their feathers are such a beautiful golden colour - exactly like their Dad. This morning they are already out in the run. Sadly the run is on concrete so they will not have the advantage of scratching in the grass now until we let them out as free range. There seem to be three cockerels and five hens, which is a good percentage. We won't let them out until they are bigger because we do have a resident buzzard and he might find them too tempting. Later in the day (I am still in my dressing gown) I'll hopefully take a photograph of them to post.
Before I go I must just tell you about the most delicious salad I made for tea last night. Salad and the farmer are never to be seen in the same sentence, so I have to try hard to tempt him to eat it. I chopped up little gem lettuce, spring onions, discovery apples, tomatoes, two hard-boiled eggs and a few herbs. Then I melted St Agur spreadable blue cheese gently in a saucepan until it melted and poured it over the salad as a dressing, tossing it in. Delicious. Do try it.
2pm. Here are the photographs I promised. One shows their much bigger living space - the other hut was getting far too cramped for them. The window lifts out and has gauze across it, so they have plenty of fresh air too. Another shows the proud father - they are so like him (well, most of them). There seem to be only three cockerels as I said so the five hens will be kept as this year's new laying hens . As to the cockerels we shall offer them to anyone who wants one - free of charge. If there are no takers then sadly they will be fattened for eating in the winter.