While I was away in New Zealand several small groups of chickens decided not to go to bed in the chook house each night, choosing instead to set up shop in various other buildings on the farm. My garage for instance. So for the last few nights I have gloved up and gone out into the dark to catch them and return them to the chook-house where they belong.
Ton is very helpful in this enterprise. Boo we leave inside as flapping birds wings is way too exciting for him. Birds are easy to catch at night. The main problem is when they roost up high – so last night I was dragging a long ladder about with me.
We will see this morning how many are still on the loose.
Above you can see a most ungainly picture of Tia, lying on her side with her huge baby belly sticking up. She is at the uncomfortable stage. I don’t think she has been walking enough so I will begin to put their hay at the end of the field now that I am home.
Still only two duck eggs a day. John has admitted to not locking them in at night so they are back in their usual pattern, being fed more and let out last in the morning. Ducks do all their egg laying early in the day. Boo has put on a lot of weight while I was away leading me to believe that he knows where the ducks were laying when they were on the loose.
Yesterday we forked out a small mountain of old straw from the farrowing pen – this is quite a large space that the Six spent the winter in. I hope John will help me with more of this today and I will shift Molly in this afternoon.
She is ready to come inside. No udder yet but she is looking quite heavy with piglets. I hope the weather warms up for her.
My next job is to prepare the turkey house for chicks that will begin to arrive in April. I need to look up that date too. The cow shed is also on the list for a clean out.
Today seems to be dawning clear. Yesterday it blew and snowed and was appropriately gloomy. Today will be better I think.
I hope you find some lovely moments today.