And Goodbye Sweet Girl

Sadly little Pickle’s condition worsened dramatically this morning and the decision was taken to put her down. The paralysis had spread to involve her neck, and she would no longer eat or drink. I ended her suffering quickly and then held her in my arms and cried. It always breaks my heart when these little […]

Sick Pickle!

With all of the wet weather we’ve had in the past two months, it was inevitable that we would end up with chickens suffering from some kind of illness. I was prepared for respiratory infections and or Coccidiosis which are the most common wet weather afflictions. Of course, my chickens being unique specimens, they had […]

Meeting the Flockers!

It has been a really good weekend with lots to inspire me about our ongoing projects in the house and garden. On Saturday we went to the home of Green Dean to “Meet The Flockers” and have a tour of his wonderful garden. Dean and his wife, Ashleigh live on a small, suburban block, but that […]

Black Gold!

This is why I love using the deep litter bedding system in my chicken roosts. I use sugar cane mulch as bedding under the perches where my hens sleep at night. This is then scattered with the chickens’ droppings as they sleep, adding nitrates and moisture to the carbons of the mulch. Of course, any […]

Mundane Days

Sometimes I wonder if people ask themselves why I keep a blog. I don’t update it very often, but it is not for lack of desire to do so. Life in the orchard has been mundane for the past few weeks. The chicks are growing, the hens are laying, the days are getting longer, and […]

Hensington Hatchlings

It sure is busy right now around Hensington Palace. We have made the decision to move into Bantam Wyandottes as our main breed and, in accordance with that, we purchased some various coloured bantam eggs for hatching. We also collected eggs from our black bantam Wyandotte team and set six of those, along with 18 varicoloured ones […]