I decided to only keep one of the Australorp-Wyandotte crossbred hens, Rory or Paris, to make space for the purebreds. They are full sisters, daughters of the late Mr Bingley and the late silver laced Lorelai. They are the last of Mr Bingley’s offspring. They have both proved useful in going broody and raising chicks. … More A Pro-con List: Rory or Paris?
We had a little bit of rain one day, which we celebrated greatly, although it didn’t make much of a difference to our parched ground. While the cool, soft rain fell The Little Fulla and I sat at the table on the deck cutting a plastic container into a scoop. I’d been saving some plastic … More In Which Paris Goes Over The Edge
We are sad to report the loss of one of Rory’s chicks. When we went to the coop the other morning I noticed that one of the chicks was off to the side and, while it was standing, it was not looking the greatest. “Oh no!” I thought, but I didn’t say anything. As I … More An Unexpected Chick Loss
The chick hatching trial run is complete. After much patience and checking through the windows, our first little incubator chick hatched last Saturday. Quite fittingly, it was one of the Australorps. A black one. The other two Australorps pipped (broke a small hole the shell) and followed suit the same day, but the three Dorking … More In Which The Incubator Gives us Some Chicks