September 2013RSS feed

But is he REALLY big enough?

Thursday 5 September, 2013

by Rosemary at 12:10pm in Cattle Comments closed

Storm, I mean.  :-)  We brought our bull down from our rented grazing on the 10th of August, just over 56 days after the cows calved. The two cows and the heifer had Kamars on, so that we could see if he served them. At least that was the idea.

By Sunday 11th, there had been much activity and Annie’s Kamar was definitely broken; I thought Blizzard’s was but Dan said that was just wishful thinking. On Monday 12th, Breeze’s was definitely broken.

Poultry plan implementation Part 1

Thursday 5 September, 2013

by Rosemary at 2:23pm in Poultry Comments closed

Well, we’ve made a start on implementing out new poultry plan.

We have sold our small flock of Crested Cream Legbars – a cockerel and four hens. That has allowed D2 (Dumpy 2) to take over as flock cock in the green house – and very well he’s taken to it too.  :-)

The odds and sods – four young Welsummers and two White Leghorns - have moved to the Scratchers. This has shocked them into laying, it seems – two white eggs yesterday and the day before and one today!!

Poultry plan implementation Part 2

Thursday 12 September, 2013

by Rosemary at 9:40am in Poultry Comments closed

Well, part 2 done now – we’ve been through the 37 hens in the brown house, identified and counted the old and new hens and double ringed the new hens.

We have 20 old hens and 17 new ones. We’ll move the old ones into the Scratchers arks and see how the young ones are performing, then put the green and brown house hens together – the house will take 45 at a pinch and we’ll get a new batch of forty for the green house (and Dumpy).

So a cull looms  :-(   and I’m off to sort out a new batch of pullets.

Poorly Dickie

Monday 16 September, 2013

by Rosemary at 8:56am in Sheep 3 comments Comments closed

We have roughly 8 acres of grazing on a smallholding about 4 miles away. Until Saturday, all we had up there was our two bullocks, our tup and our wether, Dickie. The folk that own the place check them every day and give them fresh water. I pop up twice a week to say “hello”.

Late Saturday morning, we took the eight tup lambs up there – they’ll be there until they go for slaughter on 16th October. We moved the bullocks into the fresh field with the lambs, and went for a chat with Nemo and Dickie.

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