Thursday 26 May 2022

New chicken run


I filmed this in March when the avian flu restrictions were in place. We built a new chicken run ready for the breeding programme in the summer. The run will be used for the Columbines, the hens that lay blue/green eggs. More runs will be built during the year.

Monday 16 May 2022

The currency of the future - duck eggs


I got these fantastic cakes on Saturday when a craft market was held in Sunniside Methodist Hall. They cost me 4 boxes of duck eggs - the new currency of the future! 

Wednesday 11 May 2022

A friendly pair of pheasants


A couple of pheasants have moved onto our farm. I assume they have arrived here from neighbouring Ravensworth Woods where shoots often take place. Apart from joining in the feeds for the goats, they aren't doing any harm. I have left them to their own devices.

Flockdown ends

 Flockdown - the restrictions on poultry to tackle avian flu - came to an end last week. For the first time in 5 months I was able to let out my poultry to roam freely.

Tuesday 3 May 2022

Moving the nannies


On Sunday we had to move our two nannies - Janey and Dolly - from the paddock on the Farside plot to the farm so that we could use the plot for our Rhode Island Red hens. Our poultry were due to come out of flockdown the next day - our name for the restrictions to tackle avian flu which resulted in the birds being caged for 5 months. This was the first time the two nannies would have encountered the Hebridean sheep as they were to be kept in the same field.