Chickens: What are they?

The truth is, I have no idea!!dsc_0034Two of the eggs that hatched came from Bowie and his little gang. At the time, he was kept with the ‘new’ chickens and Ava (Light Sussex), so of those two chicks (both the brown ones below) one is a Gold Laced Orpington bantam (Bowie) crossed with a Cream Crested Legbar (chick-with-no-name) and the other is crossed between Bowie and the new black Polish, Priscilla.dsc_0039The other two eggs came from Silver (also an Orpington bantam) and his little gang of Pekin girls, plus Puffles, Charlie’s little black Silkie. We’ve had a big mix up around here with the chickens as my neighbour was kind enough to take Silver for me. He kept fighting with Bowie and even though I went to great lengths to keep them apart, they kept jumping fences etc and it was a bit of a blood bath. I’m rather soft on Bowie, even though he has respiratory problems and I don’t think will have a long life, so it broke my heart to see him repeatedly bloodied and having the chicken version of a major asthma attack.  Silver was the aggressive one, Bowie used to peg it in my direction to hide whenever Silver jumped the fence. Anyhow, Silver now lives with some new girls and we can go visit if we wish. We are so lucky, we have great neighbours.DSC_0013DSC_0008So, here is one of the dark chicks (Bowie’s)…and I’m thinking (hoping) she’s a girl.DSC_0021DSC_0015And chicken two….boy, I fear.DSC_0019DSC_0003One of the Pekin/Silver chicks….girl, I think.DSC_0024And the last little one, who was the final egg to hatch…also a girl, I think. DSC_0028Let’s face it, I was totally wrong with the last chickens, but time will tell. We’re in a good position to keep one boy as I have three smaller runs, each with its own Eglu (they would be better in one run, with a Cube, but there is no way I can afford that), as long as they can all get along when they are free ranging which is why I let them all out together daily. I’m lucky that Bowie and Sargent Bilko get along quite well (SB lives with the big brown hybrid girls).DSC_0056Indoors we are drowning in eggs at the moment as Charlie has given up his daily breakfast of egg sandwich in favour of avocado on toast. I’m frantically making quiches and creme caramels. I think it might be time for some ice cream too!DSC_0055I’m also obsessed with finding new, simple supper ideas as it’s all been getting a bit same, same around here. This stack is proving its worth, especially ‘Simple’ by Diana Henry.

Right, off to get some carrot muffins out of the oven before moving onto a batch of biscuits for the boys (holiday treat). Just waiting for the rain to come now, and save me from watering the vegetable patch!

2 thoughts on “Chickens: What are they?

  1. Hey Beth, your chicks look so cute, must be lovely to have them in your garden. That was kind of your neighbour to have Silver as its nice to still be able to visit him. Love the sound of your baking at the mo Beth 🙂 I have a big lactose free chocolate cake to bake this weekend for my nan’s 81st bday, so going to try to get my baking hat on again! Your cook book Jerusalem is one on my list I’d like to get, they all look great and I bet there so handy for dinners as it does get hard to think of new things to cook doesn’t it?! I always go on the bbc good food website for free recipes but would love to one day have more cook books as there so handy to have for inspiration 🙂 Wishing you a lovely weekend, looks like the weather will be lovely again, Safxxx

    • Hey, Saf. I hope the cake baking went well at the weekend and that your Nan had a lovely Birthday? The Jerusalem book it great, I really recommend it. I had a fabulous weekend kid free (very rare these days) and on Saturday evening stopped to take a photo of my mud-splattered legs, after power hosing down the drive when I saw I’d missed loads of calls inviting me last minute to the open air theatre in Regent’s Park! I got showered, changed, ran around locking windows and getting chickens in and was ready in the required 20mins. I saw On The Town, with my sister and it was awesome. I was very lucky to get to go, as days out have to be planned months in advance here. Hope you’re enjoying the sunshine…..I’m being a typical Northerner and moaning it’s too hot! Bx

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