Meekle’s Blog – An Insight into Downsizing


Success For Charlotte at the Whitchurch Show
April 24, 2010, 8:02 pm
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Charlotte entered the Whitchurch and Malpas Poultry Society show at Whixall today. She entered one of her Millefleur Barbu D’Uccle and a Barbu D’Anver hen.

The Millie didnt get placed, which didnt surprise us as she was up against stiff competetion (mainly as we messed up the entry form and charlotte competed in the main show not the juniors) and o be fair she wasnt fully up to speed as she was not 100% in condition.

However, the Barbu D’Anver was placed third. Again, charlotte was competing in the main show, not juniors and she still got third!



Turkeys!
April 23, 2010, 7:14 am
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well, the good lady went to the auction on wednesday to see what she could see. she came away from the auction, only having spent about £20 with 18 Nagaranasett Turkey Eggs, 18 Lavender Leghorn Eggs, 6 Partridge Cochin eggs, 6 Blue Cochin eggs and some Dorking Eggs.

The cochins and dorkings will be unrelated to ours and therefore add genetic diversity to the breeding groups, we dont have any Leghorn here and i fancied a white egg layer to compliment our blue and dark brown egg layers. So hopefully we will be able to produce eggs that range in colour from white, cream, light tan, chocolate brown, olive, green and blue!

But the real winner, and the cause of the title of this post, are the Nagaranasett Turkey eggs. It is believed that the Nagaranasett Turkey is the ancestor of the Bronze. Conventional history of Turkeys seems to point to a mating of a Nagaranasett to a wild turkey that created the first bronze. The nagaranasett looks like the bronze, except that the bronzing in the feather of the bronze turkey is replaced by a silvering in the Nagaranasett

We will set them in the incubator, wait teh 28 days and see what hatches! we are going to fill up the incubator with spare Slate, Buff and Crollwitzer eggs that we have too. Anyone want a turkey at Christmas???



Showing Birds
April 22, 2010, 7:16 am
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Our daughter (aka the chicken whisperer) has entered her belgian bantams into the Whitchurch and Malpas Show this coming Saturday. lets keep our fingers crossed that she does well!

Barbu D'Anver Hen

This is one of her Belgian Hens she will be entering. as you can see its happy to sit on her hand so should be calm enough for the show



New Stock
April 21, 2010, 8:09 pm
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Well we went to the specialist sale at Penkridge and like fools we took our wallets!

we bought 2 trios of lavender pekins (show quality) to boost our breeding projects and we also purchased some new turkeys! we bought some Crollwitzer hens, and a breeding pair of Buff Turkeys!

Buff Turkeys in the spare turkey pen

Crollwitzer Hens

The Crollwitzers are the white hens looking bemused as the Bronze stags eye them up!



Update on the Holding!
April 10, 2010, 8:12 pm
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Well we are now into April, we have a new polytunnel and it already is teaming with lettuces, radish, carrots, onions etc. we have started off the garlic and the red/white onions off in there so they will soon be able to go out into the big wide world.

we have some apple trees and some fruit to go in and lots to be digging over and making ready for the vegetables.

on the livestock front, we are startig to build back up to our stocking levels after reducing them for the winter. Our daughter is heavily going over to Beglian Bantams, with a couple of shows planned for her “team” and we are concentrating more on the utility birds as well as the Pekin Bantams. Our turkeys are doing well, just starting to come into lay so we need to start splitting them out so we know who is laying what and who they are mating with so we can guarantee the offspring!

On the new livestock front, we have taken in some beautiful ducks from a family in Cannock who couldnt keep them any longer.

Adult Ducks

There are two pairs of ducks and they are very “active” at this time of year on the breeding front and now we have some cracking little ducklings, born just before Easter.

The new ducklings

On the mammal front, we have three ferrets now used to help work on the rats that migrate from the farm to us. The two girls are Phoebe and Fern and are just fantastic. The boy is a resuce again, half starved and pretty violent. he now is up to full weight and really quiet gentle if not slightly over zealous!

Phoebe our "jill" or female ferret

She would also love to get her teeth into anotehr recent introduction to our holding – babby rabbits!

we recently rehomed a pair of male rabbits. we knew trouble was afoot when one was giving the other “a piggy back” as my daughter described it! so now we have some baby bunnies!!

Baby Bunnie

another baby bunnie

just born