MM the coop is coming along nicely and looks great
Just popped in to wish you all a very Merry Christmas. Be it huge or quiet, I hope your Christmas Day is everything you want it to be and more
So, being early Christmas morning and with no little ones opening presents etc, I thought this morning was a good time to catch up with things. It is very quiet in our street; there is an Ibis munching on grubs on the front lawn following last night's rain; hopefully he stays out the front and well away from the fish ponds. Cilla will let me know if he gets close to the ponds; she always lets me know if something or someone should not be in the garden. I just heard one of the neighbour's children and she was very excited that Santa had visited; brings a smile to my face.
Having two cats we do not have a tree .. I believe this picture sums it up nicely
Yesterday I baked a Cherry Pie, a Pumpkin Pie and also threw together a Trifle:
Today, the girls will be getting a vol-au-vent each filled with yogurt and topped with live meal worms.
Since my last real post back in October when Blondie and KiKi were broody, Cilla has been broody twice and KiKi and Blondie have been broody again once each since then.
With the onset of Spring, we had some mites but I was on to those pretty quickly and averted an infestation.
Everyone is doing really well … Someone, I believe KiKi, managed to get a good peck on Blondie’s comb and while it looked nasty, it is healing nicely with no need for separation; it was lower towards her head and luckily does not draw the attention of others and subsequent pecking.
The pecking order is a little mixed up and has been for months. Cilla is still matriarch, Dusty 2IC and poor ole Crystal is bottom. However, in the middle we have Blondie, LuLu and KiKi.
It should be Blondie #3, LuLu #4 and KiKi #5 but, #3 picks on #4; #4 picks on #5 but #5 while submitting to #4, picks on #3 … Yes, Princess Blondie has met her match.
If you get a chance, I shared a funny story a couple of weeks ago: http://www.backyardchickens.com/t/1060029/beware-of-the-compost-bin-evil-lurks
Cilla and Dusty are nearing 3 years old, Blondie is nearing 2, LuLu just turned 2 and believe it or not, Crystal and KiKi are now just over 9 months old.
Some days, yesterday for example, we get 5 eggs which is pretty good going from 6 bantams .. still waiting for the day when they all lay and we get 6/6, that will be a first.
Work has been busy but working from home is a good way to have a healthy work/home life balance. As I mentioned, I am week 1 into a 2 week break which is very nice.
I am not sure how the girls are going to cope when I go back to work and supervised free range is back to 4pm. Currently they are getting let out much earlier and KiKi, who is definitely the noisiest of the flock, is currently demanding to be let out and it is not even 7:00AM!
KiKi may be a cutie but she is a bit of a problem child .. very noisy and demanding. I have nicknamed her Chuckles because when she sings the egg song it sounds more like she is chuckling or giggling but she semi-crows when she wants something. I do believe it is the Silkie in her .. Tina used to make some strange, loud noises and both KiKi and Crystal are the same .. Joel reckons Crystal sounds like a duck! Lol
So, while I have not posted for a couple of months, things here are pretty good and plodding along nicely as I hope they are for all of you