Peace

My daughter and Eli with a yoghurt pot. The relaxed atmosphere in our home will soon be shattered with the arrival of our new puppy. We’re collecting him at the weekend. It’s been years since I’d trained and looked after a pup. I’m sure it’s nothing like riding a bike.

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Poultry Drama

On Monday, one of our lovely hens tried to crow. She’d had a red face, wattles, and comb for some time, but hadn’t laid any eggs. Yesterday morning, we spotted the beginnings of spurs on her legs. After a quick trip to a breeder nearby, our fears were confirmed — our beautiful buff Orpington hen…

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Violet

Meet Violet, aka ‘Violent’, ‘The Poo Poo’, ‘Meanie’, and ‘Bossy Butt’. She’s a Dutch partridge bantam and the smallest girl in our flock. She’s also the fiercest little bird you’ll ever meet. Next to June, Violet is commander in chief. She keeps the other hens and bantams in line by chasing, biting, and pulling their…

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Sam

Sam is a silver duck-winged Welsummer. She came to us with that wonky toe. It doesn’t seem to bother her at all, and she gets around just fine. Sam lays beautiful terracotta-coloured eggs. She’s a lovely little bird.

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June Jumps

There is nothing tastier than a freshly-plucked leaf from an elderberry tree, and it’s even nicer if you pick it yourself. June the Light Sussex hen will jump again and again for her favourite treat. She’s nearly ready for a place in the WNBA.

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Eli the Cat

Eli in a rare moment of calm. I love him to bits, but he’s a terrible brat – and if he’s awake, he’s usually running about the house crazy, terrorising our little Sophie cat, or knocking something off a high shelf. Nature makes cats cute for a reason.

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Feeling Better

It’s been a tough few days, but we’re gradually getting back to normal. I miss my girls a lot, but at least the horrid raw feeling is gone. Two hens survived the attack. June was untouched. Olive was badly shaken, but she’s doing much better. She’s been laying, too, which is an excellent sign. We…

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