When Appliances go Bad & Chicken Keeping Gets Mad

We said an unexpected goodbye to one of our appliances on the weekend. The Husband went to get a bag of frozen plums out of one of the garage freezers, which I had suddenly remembered we could snack on after a little defrosting on the bench. The Little Fulla came running inside and exclaimed, "There…

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Hatches, Latches & Butchering Batches

After much anticipation, chicks started popping out all over the place. For the first time, the incubator trumped Frodo in hatching ability. I did feel like the incubator and I had come to an understanding. That's why I left more in there than I gave to Frodo at lockdown time. Frodo hatched four of the…

It’s Almost Hatch Time Again. How Did That Happen?

After thinking about many chicken coop name ideas, the coops now have brand spanking new names. The main coop will henceforth be known as Featherburn Lodge and the small coop will be The Henley Hut. Both of these names have high country New Zealand influences. There are many named huts in the bush, popular with…

Who’s Your Daddy?

We have chicks! Frodo hatched 10 out of the 13 eggs she was sitting on. The first ones hatched overnight on Sunday. Of the three that didn't hatch, two (one Frodo one and one Tiggywinkle one) had gone bad earlier on (it's hard to tell with darker shells sometimes) and one (a Frodo one) just…