Monday, 30 April 2012

Little Egg Company

I changed the blog title, up there, it's different.

Now that my lovely hens are providing us with more yummy eggs than we can eat, I've started selling a few to friends.  I wanted a name to go on the cartons, as well as a logo, which my very talented daughter is designing for me.

And this is it, 'Little Egg Company'.  My girls lay the littlest of eggs and thought the name ideal.

We love it, hope you do too! xxxx

Sunday, 22 April 2012

Earth Day

Mabel decided to go with a chicken's perspective of Earth Day.

  A more appropriate title would probably be 'Earth Worm Day'!

Hope you had as much fun as she did :)


Saturday, 21 April 2012

Times a changing...continued.

A friend I met though chickens was looking for a broody and he was interested in offering Brick a new home.

He hatches out a lot of eggs and she would have as many eggs as she could fit under that fluffy butt as often as she was broody, which looked like it was going to be very often.
Brick desperately wanted to be a Mommy, she looked so very sad spending weeks on end in the nest box, so for her it was ideal but I hesitated.  I find it very hard to part with any animals.

It took a lot of discussion and soul searching to make that final decision but sometimes you just have to do the right thing and as with Reggie, sometimes the right thing is hard.  

I was very kindly given two POL (point of lay) Pekin hens, I'll introduce you to them later.

I dearly hope Brick is happy, I know at the moment she has seven Pekin eggs to smother with love.  Thomas has said he will send me a picture of her with her babies.

I can't wait to see them.


Friday, 13 April 2012

Times a changing.

It's not until you go back through old pictures, that you really notice change.

Mabel before

And after

I'd like to think that I have contributed at least a little bit to her transformation.


Thursday, 12 April 2012


...what a total joy this is!

Brick has been in lay for just over 4 months.  Half of that time she has been broody, and she is a VERY determined broody.  We're talking Mother of the Year award level broodiness here.  

Sadly for her, I cannot offer her the opportunity to have chicks.  I no longer have a cockerel and I'm certainly not prepared to run the gauntlet of purchasing fertile eggs for her to sit on.  I would undoubtedly end up with six cockerels!  

So I have one very broody and increasingly sad looking hen, doing her utmost to hatch out the little plastic egg I have given her. The daily battle of her acquiring everyone else's eggs and then me reacquiring them off her, was not a suitable arrangement for either of us.  So plastic broody eggs were promptly purchased.

Brick being 'Mother of the Year' while Mabel faffs about in the other nest box.

And then there's Mabel...

If there was social services for chickens, she'd be top of their hit list.

Mabel's outlook on broodiness differs somewhat to that of Brick's.  It mainly involves stomping around the garden for most of the day whilst having a jolly good moan.  Then, two hours before roost time, she retires to a nest box, fluffs herself out and announces to all that she is actually broody, in case you had been fortunate enough to miss the day's ooooooo-ing and aaaaaa-hing all over the garden.

Suffering her friends broodiness with dignity and grace as always, is Betty.
Not one to miss an opportunity, Bet has decided to take full advantage of the current situation.

See if you can spot the recurring feature in these photos...

A shot of the conservatory.

My husband in the living room.

My daughter watching television.

My stepson texting on the sofa.

Me using my laptop.

Yes, I do believe full advantage of the situation is being well & truly taken!