Somehow failed to achieve much this weekend – which is a shame as at this time of year, really the only time we can get much done. Ho hum.
Still, we did move the hen and chick back out into the greenhouse (in time for stormy weather it seems.. but hopefully not freezing weather- besides there really is a limit over how long you want a hen as a house guest).
We have put some eggs in the incubator.. first time for us hatching the artificial way, but we thought we would give it a go – nothing fancy in there, just some of our own eggs… Alvin the cockerel, having proved he can father at least one chick (and looking at the eggs that did not hatch, others were fertile, so more to do with broody making a botch of it this time round..) gets to stay – and so far he is proving to be a good cockerel. He is not too rough with the girls, looks after them and has stopped the meany marans from bullying, is not violent to us (yet) and so far only crows in the hen house in the morning, very quietly. We like. So we see how he goes.
We did a bit more hedge cutting/laying – well felled another totally ivy clad bit and it’s looking so much better now, just need to lay some of the smaller trees left to make that section good.
We also went seed potato shopping, at the local agricultural shop, where I accidentally bought more seeds.. including those beetroot seeds.
And finally, this evening, our cat brought in a bat – a brown long eared bat to be precise. A first for Ebby, we have to imagine the stormy weather had something to do with his bat prize. We took it off him and put it outside, where it was not inclined to fly off, so have tucked it in an out of the way place in an open building, in the hope it will recover and make its way off.