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And Baby made four. The arrival of our new Leghorn chickens.

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And Baby made four. The arrival of our new Leghorn chickens.

“Did you know that cockerels all have distinct voices?” Kevin put down his mug of tea and stared into the garden as a cockerel crowed. “That’s Sage.” Caroline nodded. She explained that ours are still finding their voices on the crowing front. And as if to order we heard a rasping cry. “That’s one of yours.” I was sitting in Caroline and Kevin’s  new conservatory. Admiring their lemon tree – laden with fruit on their sunny terrace. Finally after so many weeks of ogling our new Leghorn Family through Caroline’s...

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Good things and bad things that begin with a C

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Good things and bad things that begin with a C

Caroline sends photos of our leghorn chicks regularly. They are always a joy as she is such a good photographer. And we are getting to know our chicks well, albeit at arms length. The best thing of all is that Caroline and Kevin hand rear their chicks. I’ve only cuddled chickens when they have been sick I’m really looking forward to being able to pick up the young chickens when they arrive. These are good things. Meanwhile we have been experiencing bad things beginning with a C. First of all our cucumber seedlings have succumbed to some...

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Update on the leghorn chicks: first visit to meet Caroline, Kevin, Rusty and the brood

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Update on the leghorn chicks: first visit to meet Caroline, Kevin, Rusty and the brood

I woke early, with a semi conscious sense that something special was happening today. Apart from being a Bank Holiday Monday we were going to meet Caroline and husband Kevin to visit our new leghorn chicks for the very first time. These chicks are being raised by Rusty, one of C’s hens. Rusty is a gentle attentive mother with stylish reddish brownish feathers and kind eyes. Caroline and Kevin were welcoming and the hen and chicks were gorgeous. Caroline’s collection of photos are superb but there’s nothing like seeing the chicks in the...

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