The Speckledy laid her first egg today... in the dustbath, because I forgot to open the coop door after cleaning it this morning. Oops! :) The Speckledy's new brown egg is on the the left and Bluebelle's bigger light brown egg on the right.
You can get too much of a good thing you know, Una! Two in one day! Oh, for a bunch of home-grown Asparagus now...
Great news. I've been feeling like an expectant father!
The amount of care you devote to your chooks makes me think, should I get some in the longterm perhaps an allotment isn't the right place to raise them, especially at this time of year, to do them justice?
I would agree with you there Stephen. Some people do keep chickens on their allotment, but I don't think I could. They do cope quite well with the cold, but you have to make sure their coop is clean and dry (the condensation will make the cold feel worse) and that their water isn't frozen, which can be a bit of a challenge when it's really cold. I bring their water in and put fresh water out every morning, sometimes it's frozen before lunch time! Also, they like a treat of corn or some other food in the afternoon that will keep their bodies warm during the night.
It sounds like a lot of work, but I think they're really easy to look after. We've only had the girls for just over two months and I can't imagine not having chickens now. They're the most wonderful pets you can have (especially now that they're both tame and keep following me everywhere in the garden)
and the eggs are just an amazing bonus! :)
I think looking after chickens will be a doddle in the summer after the winter we've had.
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