Surprised to hear Harry is being a bit wild but think you are right that it's partly to do with Spring being in the air. Mine don't get any hard feed and in fact I even limit haylage and feed some barley straw to keep calories down and as you know mine are usually hyper but Racal gave my sister a pig of a ride last Friday. Thankfully she didn't come off but he nearly had her a few times and even though we did a pretty long ride, he was just as wound up when we got home as he had been going out. To make matters worse, Jo was streaming and sneezing non stop with allergy, so not feeling up to dealing with so much aggravation. We went down to the river to try to get MeMe in as she's a bit phobic about water, but of course that was a none starter as Rascal did not provide a sensible lead in and when we eventually got him in, he stood and pawed and splashed water everywhere which was even more off putting for MeMe. I rode out on her yesterday on our own and she was very good and I hope to get Rebel out this afternoon and then Jo is coming tomorrow to take Rasc and MeMe out again. We are riding up to the farm where there is an arena and we are going to do some ground work as I think a bit of discipline is what's needed for Rascal and MeMe needs work to improve her transitions.... She eventually falls into canter from a very fast trot but she hasn't got the hang of stepping into it from collection.
Pleased to hear your hands are getting better.
Interesting that you have ordered from Durham Hens as I had intended to get hatching eggs from them this year as soon as I have a broody. I know a few people who have bought hens from them and have been very happy with them but I haven't been myself yet although it's only about 8 or 9 miles away. I thought the blacktails looked interesting and I could definitely fancy some lavender pekins and some barnevelders and some legbars and a few more welsummers and some black sex links and...... well... pretty much anything and everything.....Probably just as well that I haven't been there before and don't have an incubator or the chicken maths could be off the scale and it's quite bad enough now! Afraid I can't advise on how the male blacktails will mature out but will be interested to here your experience if you get some. Would have been lovely to see you although I would have been mortified by the state of my house, which is no longer fit for visitors!
I had cockerels in the slow cooker yesterday, but still more to go. These ones were particularly strong flavoured but then they had testes the size of ping pong balls!! I made the mistake of doing them in red wine (didn't have any white) and that made them even stronger.
The Oik and his brother may be next to go and that will leave Henry and two of Harry's grandsons. plus his 6 sons in the bachelor pad.
Another pullet has come online with egg production. She is a leghorn cross and is laying little cream coloured eggs. Unfortunately some of the other girls seem to have started and then stopped laying for some reason. Egg production was building up nicely and now it is static at about 8-9 a day even though I have new girls on line and Tasha and Frances, my broodies, are back laying. I've kept them all in for a couple of odd days just to be sure it's not just them hiding their eggs whilst they are free ranging but there's been no increase on those days and I know they aren't eating them because the nest boxes are clean and dry.
Anyway, I think that's all my news for now.