Saturday, November 14, 2009

Chicken Update..

What a difference a week makes in the world of chickens. Tom and dad took delivery of a new chicken palace on Tuesday. That wasn't without problems, the delivery guy hadn't realised that there were two parts to deliver so he only left one. It took a whole day chasing around to get the 2nd box delivered, by that time it was dark and raining so the construction was put off until Wednesday.
On Wednesday morning they got started on the simple to construct 'hen house, run and nesting box' Not sure who would find it simple to construct, because it took the two of them all day. They were supplied with bacon sarnies and tea by mum and eventually finished it in the afternoon in time for Tom to collect Beth from school.

So eventually the new palace was in place and the chooks were installed. It was the next morning that it became obvious that Phoebe was not a hen, 'He' started with early morning 'cock a doodle doing'. He was really ruling the roost, refusing to return to the run and generally being a rooster. So it was decided that he would have to go, the school said that they would dispatch him as they would be unable to keep him, so in the end dad did the deed and he will be Sunday lunch.

Hettie and Maisie are still fine and today two more hens arrived, brown ones from a nearby farm. When the new hens were put in the run, dad checked the nesting box and found the first egg, produced by Hettie (its far too big for Maisie!!)

Mum promised the first egg for Beth, so she was pleased to bring it home and has decided to use it in her cake making this afternoon!!

The weather has been terrible torrential rain and strong wind, Beth had to battle with the umbrella to go and look at the chickens. Carl should be having great fun, he is camping!! I mean camping in November in England, he must be mad, very cold and soaking wet by now!!! I can't wait until he gets back, just think of all that lovely washing I'll have to do...


Jenn Jilks said...

What fun! She looks so pleased!!!!

Raymonde said...

Chantal gasped when she realised you might eat the chicken on Sunday, when she had chicken tonight for tea. Obviously not related then, one from supermarket one from the back of the garden!!! Keep the chicken story coming, loving them. xxx

Wendy said...

Okay, first of all, the words "chicken palace" made me crack up!! Applause for your construction crew, though. It turned out great!

Have a great day!

Anonymous said...

Love the story!!! Keep them coming!!