It is starting to be like a production line in the barn now -- the box on the left has Mommy with her two chicks and the box on the right has Stella who is going to get some eggs to sit on tomorrow morning! Good thing we saved all the boxes from moving... :)
As if by magic... All last week I had been noticing everywhere I went that farmers were trimming their hedges. At the weekend Greg and I had a conversation about the practicality of trimming ours by hand and decided that it probably wasn't practical. Presto, today this guy materialized out of nowhere and asks if we want the hedge trimmed! £15 for the lot (okay, we haven't got much hedge at the moment). He just appears every year and does the hedges -- we don't know who he is or where he's from!
So I just opened the last egg (she wasn't really sitting on it anymore) and it was rotten, so that's it, two baby chickies for me -- but I am quite pleased as two is better than none! Now I have to wait about six weeks to find out if they are girls or boys... More eggs or roast chicken... :)
Have spent most of today weeding the raised beds. In the far bed, left to right, we have spring onions (scallions), beetroot (beets), carrots, swede (rutabaga), and cabbage. In the near bed, on the left is garlic, but we think it has rust, so are not sure if we should pull it out or what, and then a large gap where I just pulled out a load of tomato plants that had some disease, and then the never ending various lettuces. In case anybody is wondering, small baby nettles sting just as much as the big ones -- my hands and fingers are tingling!
Today is day 21 of our third attempt at hatching baby chicks. I am hopeful that this broody knows what she's doing -- yesterday morning when I opened her box she jumped out, had a poo, spent a long time scratching about before she settled back on the eggs -- and this morning, when I opened the box, she didn't move... So I think she knew yesterday that it was her last chance of some time on her own and now she is getting down to the business of hatching the eggs... I am going to leave her to her own devices and not check on her again until tomorrow morning, so further news then...
Had given up on waiting for the tadpoles to turn into frogs -- but now it seems that it's finally happened with a vengeance! After last night's frog in the shed, this morning I went out to let the chickens out and found another frog in one of the nest boxes -- it's becoming like a plague! :)
I've just gone out to put the chickens to bed, and I went into the shed to get their food, and saw a dark shape scurry across the floor. I ran for the torch in case it was a rat/mouse, but look what a cute little friend I found instead! He has now been rehomed outdoors in the vicinity of the stream... :)