The Cheeps' first day outRSS feed

Posted: Saturday 5 May, 2007

by Rosemary at 5:16pm in Poultry 6 comments Comments closed

It's been nice here today, so it was time for the cheeps' first day out. We used the extension run as a playpen. They were out for about half an hour (maybe longer); Hobbes and the hens had a good look. As did Cassius!

At first, they just stood stock still - I was a bit worried that they would die of stress or something. However, within 10 minutes, they were pecking around, had found their food and water and were investigating grass and dandelions (of which there are many in our lawn! I shall now say that I cultivate them for the cheeps.)

Chicks' first day out on Vimeo.

So they will be out for increasing lengths of time now, so long as the weather is OK.



Sunday 6 May, 2007 at 8:46am

A great video. When my guinea fowl keets hatch out, which should be next week (fingers crossed!), I will give them some time in the garden (when they are fit/old enough!) like you have. Thanks for sharing and giving me the idea.

Sara from farmingfriends in Yorkshire


Sunday 6 May, 2007 at 3:28pm

all very cute. hope they're nice and safe inside today, nice and windy for spookey horses. . .

just been out in the greenhouse potting on, very noisy due to hailstones!!


Sunday 6 May, 2007 at 4:47pm

They've been out this morning for an hour, with shelter although wind speed seems to be lower at their height! Tess has been obsessing - watching cheep telly!

Now they are in their new home in the puppycage - more room and with a view!

Spookey horse today again. Much work to do, methinks.


Monday 7 May, 2007 at 1:46pm

Hi Rosemary and Dan;

Looks like your farm is up and going for summer fun and a busy time!!! Congrats on the new chicks!! We just planted peas, lettuce, carrots and getting ready to set out tomatoes(with cover) and potatoes. It snowed here last week so have to be protective.

Are you using the neighbors exercise track? That is cool it is so close to you!

How is Dan doing in his new job?

Did you have a nice vacation, Rosemary?

We just moved our oldest son(19 yrs) to a apartment by his college. A good and sad time for us. We still have a 16 and 17 year old home.

Keep up the wonderful text and pictures!! Your website gives me such a bright spot to visit!

Have a great day!!!!!!!!! And, thank you so much for the kind words! I am MUCH better.


Tuesday 8 May, 2007 at 4:09pm

Dear Rosemry and Dan

Its nice to find fellow smallholders in Scotland. We have a humble holding, both work full time and try hard to be green and self sufficient. Each year I think we get a step closer. Its been a busy time planting out and sowing more seeds. Our free range flock is laying well and we are experimenting with free range table birds having found a source of Hubbards.

You have a nice web site, did you design this yourselves? Have you thought about poly tunnels? We now have three as well as a small green house for plant propogation.

Plans this year include a water wheel to try and get some free energy and solar water heating. If anyone has water wheel designs please get in touch.


Tuesday 8 May, 2007 at 8:17pm

lovely video, made me smile and feel better on a not too nice day here, stuck indoors and getting cabin fever. I'll be out in the garden tomorrow whatever the weather.Keep up the most excellent site......Mary

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