Oh!.... You had me thinking there was news from GGBEAR on the baby front, when I read that first line!
Pleased to hear you've been riding though and Harry was a good lad. It's my birthday tomorrow and my sister is coming over, so we will be riding out then. Rascal seems to have got over whatever the problem was with his leg/hoof for now and they all have shiny new shoes on, so we are ready to go. And no...., the blacksmith didn't charge me.... I have really brilliant service from them.... two lovely young lads who sometimes work together, although it was just Shaun on his own who stopped in to look at Rasc last week on his way home although he took quite a detour to come down to my place. He showed me a photo of one of his horses with it's leg cut so far open mid cannon that it looked like the leg was hanging off. I would have assumed it was a gonner from the photo.... it was horrific It's cost him £2000 in vets bills so far and they are hoping to save it. He had that to go back and dress after looking at Rasc, I felt such a fraud asking him to check out such a minor concern on mine at short notice when he has such a major injury at home to deal with.... Needless to say he left with half a dozen eggs.
I had a whopping 13 eggs yesterday but unfortunately one had been kicked out of the nest box and I stood on it in the dark when I went to do a head count and fasten them in. Production was looking quite slow this morning though as I only had 2 by midday.
My flock leader situation has not improved, nor have I intervened yet. In fact Harry was wandering around on the floor in the coop the other night looking decidedly unwell. I picked him up and he's lost an awful lot of weight. I'm now wondering if her is ill and that is why they have deposed him or he is weak from being chased away from food. I keep putting some down out of sight of the others for him and he eats a bit but it's looking more and more like it's time to cull him.... he's not happy and the other two chase him as soon as they see him. I'm thinking I might buy some hatching eggs from a local breeder as soon as I have a hen go broody. I fancy some more RIRs and cream legbars and maybe a couple of Vorwerk or Barnevelders. I'm hoping that if I broody rear them within the flock they will cope with the Marek;s like my home bred chicks are doing.
Oh and the Strictly Tour night was brilliant thanks. Despite what I said, I failed to glam myself up but at least I was clean and not wearing jodhpurs!! My sis looked absolutely stunning but then she has a husband that allows her to buy whatever clothes she wishes and of course she has great taste and style.... afraid I'm just too happy being a scruff bag!
Ian bough me a shiny new wheelbarrow and some more fruit trees for my birthday.... just my sort of presents! I took the mickey out of him for not wrapping them though and of course he dumped them outside my door three days early.... such a romantic!! I think we might go to the cinema tomorrow night to see Dad's Army and maybe splash out and have a burger! Last of the big spenders!!
Keeping my fingers crossed that we hear from GG soon and all is well.