All about Faverolles!
|Posted by Kate Hart on March 10, 2013 at 5:25 AM||comments (1)|
Enjoyed the brief sunshine recently, but the weather was just teasing it seems and we are although well into March, cold and minus 3 is expected tonight. Frustrating really as I really want to get the young growers out soon, they are growing really well and soon wil need more space.
These are some of the eight and ten week old salmons..:)
|Posted by Kate Hart on February 17, 2013 at 1:40 PM||comments (0)|
At last a glimpse of spring? Mustn't lose the bedsocks just yet methinks though!
The birds really are enjoying a much needed break from the cold wet weather, they were really enjoying themselves today in the sunshiine. Samson was paying particular attention to his lovely ladies..and he has already as all his eggs have been fertile which really is good news this time of year.
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|Posted by Kate Hart on August 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM||comments (0)|
Well what a month so far! Some sadness too. Priscilla Queen of the Desert, our ancient Pekin cockerel decided to pop his clogs and fly to the the flock in the sky. He may actually have left a heritage however. I found a day old chick in the duck house that Athena had been hiding under straw when daily I removed her eggs. The day old chick secretly brooded by Athena one of my Muscovys, is now happily enscounced with Mrs Bean who just happened to have a clutch of salmon pekins, so t...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on July 7, 2012 at 11:40 AM||comments (0)|
No time no blog! I know, shameful...:roll:
So what have we all been up to? Apart from being really busy that is! Lot's of garden redesign, new patio which with this weather really has been a challenge, hopefully will all be finished by the end of July.
Faverolles are gorgeous! This year the focus has been on bantam black and blue and whilst we ...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on August 27, 2011 at 3:35 AM||comments (0)|
A distinct nip in the air..and already in the morning sun Beanwood has that autumnal "glow" when the weak sun hits the top leaves in the wood turning them a lovely golden colour.
Some of our vegetables are ripening, lovely crop of yellow corgettes and our Katy apples look almost ready! The muscovies have already spotted that fact I think!...
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|Posted by Kate Hart on August 16, 2011 at 12:15 PM||comments (0)|
I know, I haven't posted for ages but we have been so very busy!
Now is the time we evaluate our early hatched birds, and separate the large boys from the girls, to allow the girls to roam in peace without being harassed, and this gives the boys a bit of space to grow well without the destraction of these beautiful salmon ladies! There are some promising boys this year, both in size which is my predominant interest and some stunning colours as well. Salmon boys in the prime of hea...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on April 3, 2011 at 4:08 PM||comments (0)|
We have had a very busy weekend! Major jobs in the garden need tending too, plus all the henhouses needed a good clean out...
Onto the birds first, two hatches of large salmons completed, and I am very happy with them!. the first was a test hatch, I wanted to see what happened if you just used one hen and one cockerel from the same developing strain, would they all look identical? accounting for sexual differences of course! My supposition wa...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on March 6, 2011 at 3:35 PM||comments (1)|
This is the time of year where everything happens at once! So in order to keep up with myself I end up writing endless lists and consulting my calendar, checking hatching dates, when I need to sort out brooders, where the new growers will go...and despite all my efforts to be organised, usually I am led astray by a beguiling broody or two!:roll:
Talking of broodys, the Muscovies are detirmined to have ducklings this year, it is a battle of wills, and me hunting down their nest site...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on February 21, 2011 at 4:35 PM||comments (0)|
Well this is the earliest I have ever hatched, so quite pleased and this means they will have the long balmy days to mature.
Only a few eggs in to test fertility, but delighted that from 5 l/f salmon eggs, 4 are girl, now that doesn't happen very often!The incubator is on again for another batch of large fowl salmons.
The garden is starting to come back to life, subtle changes in the apple trees, the buds look full and I think the blossom will be earl...Read Full Post »
|Posted by Kate Hart on February 6, 2011 at 4:41 AM||comments (0)|
It's that time of year again, where although we are very much in the depths of winter, our thoughts turn to hatching again.
There are tiny signs of life in the garden, daffidols, pushng their way up and at long last the snowdrops have arrived!
As usual I end up in such a dilema over the breeding pens, constantly changing my mind, leaving my birds quite confused, particulary the cockerels who may end up in 2 different runs before I make my mind up!
Thi...Read Full Post »