When I let the chooks into "our" yard, they almost always head straight for the pear tree. That can only be a good thing!
The last two weekends we've been at poultry auctions. Last weekend we came home with some Barnevelder eggs from our nice neighbour a couple of doors down. They're in the incubator as I type.
This weekend we came home with some Houdan eggs and a new member of the chooky family!
He's a beautiful looking Dorking rooster.
This evening he "flew the coop" so to speak, and perched on the handle of a bike in the shed. Thank goodness he didn't try and get up one of the big trees we have, or we'd be climbing up with him! We waited until dark before getting him, giving his flight feathers a quick trim and putting him in the chook pen with the girls. Hopefully he settles in and is a happy chap with all those girls to look after.
So, the Houdan eggs will go in the incubator on Tuesday when I candle the Barnevelder eggs for the first time, and who knows.. in 3 or 4 more weeks.. things could be pretty hectic around here!
We were thinking about this on the way home from the auction, and I said "Perhaps we'll get another broody hen by then.." and tonight it seems we have three. I really should be more careful what I wish for! :)
Until next time!
PS: I forgot to mention the snake!!
Yep, I did say snake. It's the very first time I've encountered a snake in a backyard before, and it was a beauty. I was hanging out the laundry (or bringing it in.. I can't remember), and I heard the chooks make their soft-alert noise. It's a gentle cluck that says "Something's not right here!". Usually this means a blue-tongue lizard has been spotted, so I went over and had a look.
Fully expecting to see a lovely lizard, I was shocked into squealing when I saw the snake. It was quite long, perhaps 2 meters (78in.) (maybe? we're still debating this), a copper brown colour and quite fast. I ran inside and told Marty. The chooks stood deadly still and just clucked their alert.
It headed up towards the house a little, but thankfully felt out of place in the short grass (I'm so glad I've been keeping on top of the mowing lately!), and headed back into chook territory.
It spooked us and the chooks for the rest of the afternoon, but it had gone for good and thankfully we havn't seen it since.