Sunday, 12 December 2010

my two fat ladies...


I salute these girls who over the past few weeks have braved temperatures as low as -12. They didn't complain once as their water froze {every few hours!} and have even kept on laying us an egg each, every day. We have been rewarding their bravery with a blanket around their hen house to keep the cold wind out, warm porridge for breakfast, and a little warm water soaked bread for supper.

I had thought of putting a hot water bottle in their hen house those nights when it got REALLY cold, which my mum did in my rabbits hutch years ago, but thought they might peck it and burn their beaks! I wondered weather we would peep in one morning and find two chickens frozen on their perch, ready for the freezer! Today the frosts finally went and they have their lawn to peck over once more, happily searching for worms and grubs!

3 comments:

  1. Hi Emma, a friend of mine keeps Quails, and in this cold weather she uses the victorian ceramic hot water bottles. She finds them in charity shops. They have so far kept the birds toasty warm and being made of ceramic they retain their heat for a little longer. Have a look on ebay. lou xx

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  2. Hi Lou, what a fab idea, I will hunt for one of those! Emma x now water bottles don't sound so crazy after all!

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  3. HI Emma, thanks for you comment, if you reckon my photos are good, then that's a compliment! Thank you.
    The plantation is on a farm in Cleeve...http://maps.google.co.uk/maps?f=q&source=s_q&hl=en&geocode=&q=cleeve&sll=53.800651,-4.064941&sspn=10.624893,43.110352&ie=UTF8&hq=&hnear=Cleeve,+Bristol,+United+Kingdom&ll=51.384203,-2.784981&spn=0.002739,0.010525&t=h&z=17
    lou xx

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