Birth Announcement

Well it seems that our broody hen actually did know what she was doing and we are very pleased to announce the birth of two new chicks somewhere between yesterday evening and this morning. Yay! We know nothing about raising baby chicks and had no idea we would actually get any this year so we’ve been a little taken by surprise. We’ve arranged to pick up a rabbit hutch from a friend which we will have to convert tomorrow to accommodate our new mummy and her babies (and the eggs she is still sitting on). We’ve got a little information on what to feed the babies (basically ground of feed). They will be on grass and we hope that mum will teach them to free range properly. We really need to start thinking a little about forage plants for the chooks. Tree Lucern (tagasaste) is the most highly recommended. I also want to look into a few more water food plants for the pond (for the ducks and geese).

This are so exciting in the garden at the moment. We just enjoyed a yummy lunch including our own fresh peas, beans and lettuces. Have you ever picked a pea pod off the vine, snapped it open and tasted those little green peas? Well I hadn’t until this morning and they tasted like sweet little lollies.

We also have some broccoli starting to head:

 

More of the fruit trees are in the process of feeding us too. Here is a persimmon.

The olives I mentioned last time:

Our single blue berry bush 

Look at the itty bitty kiwi fruits, they are born hairy!

 (oh and the photo from my other post that I said I wasn’t sure what those little pods where are actually more kiwi fruit, that’s the stage just before they become flowers).

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One response

  1. Congratulations on your hatch! Isn’t it exciting? You’ll have so much fun watching the mom teach her babies everything they need to know. (In my experience, you don’t need to keep her separate from the other chickens; she won’t let anyone mess with her kids!)

    Love your veggie and fruit pictures. It’s a good reminder to me that not everyone lives in the northern hemisphere. It’s all gray and cold and a little bit snowy up here!

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