All is well at Swood South. The garden is in and the animals are healthy and growing. Harry and I are busy planning for a big adventure that may take place within the next 5 years but we can’t tell you yet or it would ruin the surprise. You don’t want your surprise ruined do you?
Our new baby chicks are about 6 weeks old now and I am preparing to integrate them with the rest of the chickens. I got 2 Black Jersey Giants, 1 Australorp, 1 easter egger, 1 Delaware, and 2 speckled Sussex. From some of my research I have discovered that some of these breeds will potentially go broody. I think next year we want the chickens to raise their own babies so that would be an ideal scenario! I still have 3 original hens from my flock, 3 of the baby chicks that I hatched myself and the Rooster Mike, who incidentally has turned out to be rather unfriendly but a fantastic rooster. He has battled a hawk TWICE and won. I will take my battle scars if it means that he will be taking such fantastic care of his girls. He is pretty funny actually, one of them will squawk about something, whether it is announcing an egg or one of the other hens got in their way, and he will come running!
We are also really busy identifying trees and learning how to start fires with just branches. All of which is very exciting I am sure!
Please find a video of our newly planted garden and the “punkins”.