It must be spring there are farm babies everywhere! 2 weeks ago I helped the neighbour deliver these little chaps, one was a little complicated as its feet were facing the wrong way but we got there in the end.
On Easter Sunday this hen decide she wanted to be a mummy, I quickly sourced some, what we believed to be fertile Welsummer eggs and left her to it. On Monday 4 chicks hatched 3 are the brown colour I expected but one is a white bird. The person I got the eggs from thinks the father of her cockerel was a Light Sussex so this might explain the white bird(on the left). All the chicks are doing well and the can't half eat, I have another hen sitting on some rare breed eggs which are due in another 2 weeks and another went on some light Sussex eggs yesterday. We will keep a cockerel to add to our flock but all other cockerels will be re homed or added to the freezer, it will be satisfying to start processing our own meat.
The farm has had some lambs arrive, not babies but last years lambs that are almost a year old and destined for the freezer shortly, but not before spending a couple more weeks feasting on the spring grass.
In addition to farm animals we have a pair of wild ducks nesting in our front garden and there are baby sparrows and pheasants everywhere. We have an order for 3 pigs which can come to us mid may once weaned so we are reading up on registration requirements etc, it seems complicated but am sure its easier in practise than it appears on paper. One pig will go for pork and the other 2 a little later as ham, bacon and sausage, we really need to source another freezer between now and then! We do plan to sell a little to help cover costs but will keep most of it for ourselves.
We are busy hedging and ditching at the moment so apologies for the lack of posts and blog visits but we should be back to relative normality soon.