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Cat food for the chickens

Posted on December 28, 2012 at 7:22 PM Comments comments (0)
After moulting our hens haven't restarted laying and it's been quite a while now.  The production of feathers after the moult puts extra demands on their bodies, they cease laying as feather production is more of a necessity than egg production.  Normally, this spontaneously restarts but ours hasn't.  I really don't want to buy supermarket eggs as even the free range eggs look weirdly uniform.  So I need to stimulate their laying.  I don't want to go down the artificial lighting route as that seems a little too intense for our girls. After a little research it seems that a little extra protein in the form of cat food (very high in protein) might be enough to give them a boost.
Cat food for the chooks starts tomorrow...... 

The cold weather is here - water watch

Posted on December 2, 2012 at 6:32 PM Comments comments (0)
When checking your outdoor animals please ensure that your animal has adequate protection from the cold and wind.
Remember that access to fresh water is vital for their health and welfare.  Even if you have insulated bottle protectors make sure that the drip nozzle isn't frozen.  I routinely check ours twice a day.

Adding to our little flock.

Posted on October 21, 2012 at 6:38 PM Comments comments (0)
We have just added 2 new hens to our little group of Warrens.  We got a Light Sussex pullet and a Silver Sussex pullet.  They have been named Colin and Tiny by the children!  They are beatiful, happy and healthy girls.
We got them from a small holding couple in Skipton (featherspoultry.co.uk).  The couple were lovely, clearly very fond of their hens and incredibly knowledgeable, not to mention patient with me and my two boys.
The chooks seem to be settling in nicely with the other 3 (Dimples, Mellow and Freaky Beaky).

Oscar the Syrian Hamster

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:44 PM Comments comments (0)
Our middle aged guest, is too cute! He is surprisingly more nimble than his waistline would suggest :)
Another guest we are totally in love with.
He was given a locust bean yesterday and it only tooks seconds for him to sniff it out from where I'd hidden it for him to find.

Cockatiel farewells

Posted on October 2, 2012 at 4:32 PM Comments comments (0)
Said a very fond farewell to Ozzy today, a very clever feathered friend. Enjoyed the regular wolf whistles when I entered the room.  Sadly I'm not very good a whistling back but he didnt seem to mind and would "tut-tut-tut" at me which I could do back in reply.
A delightful character, he quickly became part of our family.  The house seems a duller place without him.  Looking forward to him brightening up our home again.

One of our baby rabbits has become a little shy

Posted on August 25, 2012 at 7:25 PM Comments comments (0)
One of our baby rabbits has become a little shy. He's only a 11 weeks old but he had previously been the more outgoing of the brother and sister pair we bought. The previously timid sister is now the boldest and is almost dog like in her affection towards us.
 
We have decided to bring the boy (custard) back into the house again for a few overnight stays to try to get more accustomed to us....watch this space for progress.....

Broody chicken

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 9:18 PM Comments comments (0)
One of our chooks has gone broody for the first time.  We are removing eggs almost as soon as they are laid and moving her out of the coop.  She is less than keen about this!
If this continues our options are a) let her continue for 3 weeks or b) remove her from the coop entirely over night.  Option b) is a little drastic, and we don't want to stress her out when she is already hormonal .  However, if her general health suffers then we will need to take the second approach by the end of the week.

Custard and Doughnut are here

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 8:58 PM Comments comments (0)
We are very excited about the arrival of the new Focus home rabbits.  They are brother and sister and only 9 weeks old.  They are dwarf lop x english.  They are just adorable.  They will live apart some time yet, until they are heavy enough to be neutured and then at least 5 weeks after that.  Then we will look to bonding them....

Hope you enjoyed your holiday Button

Posted on August 13, 2012 at 7:56 PM Comments comments (0)
We found little Button to be a very intelligent and curious little bun.  He kept us entertained watching his jumps and spins in his run.  Tunnels and the willow stick roll seemed to be the favourite toys.  Look to your next visit.

Rabbit entertainment

Posted on August 6, 2012 at 6:18 PM Comments comments (0)
Our two rabbit guests are enjoying the hay box with hidden treats inside.  Lovely to see such happy bunnies, their enertainment is changed each day to keep them stimulated and occupied, but the hay box is a new type of entertainment which has been explored to the full.