Tuesday, 24 April 2018
Sunday, 22 April 2018
We are lamb sitting this weekend. A friend of ours is on a weekend break and asked if we would look after her two bottle fed lambs. They arrived on Friday afternoon, are very tame and friendly and drink lots of milk. I had feared that the goats would bully them but they have all been fine, other than one incident tonight when Georgina pushed them away from the grass we were feeding them. The lambs go home tomorrow.
Friday, 20 April 2018
There is something decidedly decadent about apple crumble and cream for breakfast, but needs must! The crumble included some sweet mincemeat that needed to be used up. Sadly, the cream was bought from a supermarket. Had Pinkie been alive, she would have been milking her and getting loads of lovely cream.
Monday, 16 April 2018
We have had lots of rain recently. The ground turned to mud. The hen house, duck run and goat house were swimming in rain water. But in the neighbouring woodland, work had taken place on the hedges and the a large amount of wood chippings had been left to rot. We have given them a new lease of life soaking up the mud.
Friday, 13 April 2018
Thursday, 12 April 2018
We had another quail egg salad recently as we tried to use up the remaining quail eggs from last year. As the quail are now laying again, we have decided that the four remaining boxes of eggs from 2017 will be fed to the chickens in their mash.
Wednesday, 11 April 2018
The billies were getting a bit frisky recently with Coal, the smallest of our nannies. She was born last April and had shown no signs of being pregnant. That was until recently when the boys were getting a bit excited. If she had come into heat, it will mean babies in August. We await developments.
Our friend Richard has been seriously ill over the past year and has now moved into our house so that we can be his carers. He is a vegetarian so the number of veggie meals we are having is increasing. Recently we had a bean shepherds pie. Alas, we did not produce the beans ourselves but the potatoes were home grown. We also added a small quantity of very strong and mature goats cheese we made a couple of years ago.
One of the lamb shoulder joints was taken out of the freezer recently. We roasted it and then stripped it. The meat went into a very nice curry tonight.
Talking of lamb, our friend Jo, from whom we got the lamb last year as a thank you for taking 3 of her lambs to the abattoir in our land rover, has just got a couple of recently born lambs that she is raising by hand. We will be lamb sitting for a couple of days shortly.
Thursday, 5 April 2018
Some sad news to report. Last year we got 5 blacktail chicks and we raised them as part of our annual stock replenishment. They started laying earlier this year and were pumping out eggs at a prolific rate. Instead of roosting in the henhouse, they adopted the small shed in the duck run. As the run was netted off each evening, the hens and ducks were safe from the foxes. Except they weren't. A fox found a small hole in the netting on Monday and killed four of the five hens. One got away. I found her in the goat house in the morning. The fox chewed off the heads of the hens but left the bodies. The same fox also got into the chicken run on the neighbouring allotment on the same night and killed all 8 of the chickens.
This loss is significant as it will put a noticeable dent in our egg production. We will have to replace them with point of lay birds which will be expensive.
The dead birds were brought back to the house. They cannot be wasted. As they were killed by a fox rather than died of illness, we could pluck and gut them and use the meat.