Wednesday, 6 April 2011

Iris, Fern and Sara

Iris
Iris, Fern and Sara the youngest of our Lavender Pekin Bantams are now well settled and perfectly at home with all the others. They were born at the end of November (23/24/25th to be exact) and it's been lovely to watch them develop.
A rare picture of the sisters all together. Their four brothers were sold for breeding at the Smallholders Sale last month.
Here's Iris and Fern joined by Prudence.
All the birds love hopping up on the chairs in their enclosure, I'm sat on the other one taking these pictures.
Fern
They are all this gorgeous lavender grey colour and SO soft to touch. I am in the process of getting the incubator warmed up and will be ready to pop 18 more eggs in tonight, so in 21 days time we should have some more chicks on the farm.
If you want to know how I tell them apart, the comb on the top of their heads varies slightly with each bird, and once you get to know them they all have very distinct personalities. Iris, Fern and Sara all still see me as their Mum and much to Caldwells horror come to sit on my knee and eat out of my hand in preference to fawning all over him!!

The birds in action!

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While the incubator warms, I have put these tomatoes in the Aga, to slowly cook. I have 6 more big bags of our homegrown tomatoes from last year still in the large chest freezer upstairs and now that I have some spare glass jars I can begin processing them all. I shouldn't have to buy tinned tomatoes at all this Summer.

Sue xx

10 comments:

  1. I have those chairs!! Bought in Southampton in 1983 and still going stong.
    Jane x

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  2. Ours were 'rescued' from a bonfire one of our landlords farmhands was having on the farm after his Mum died last year. We also got a cupboard and a brand new rug. It would have been a shame to see them all go up in smoke.

    I dread to think what else he burnt that we weren't there to save!!

    Sue xx

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  3. Hi sue..o my gosh i have got 2 very excited little girls here..they absolutely love the chickens and can't believe how big they have grown..hubby thinks its funny i have a chicken named after me..i think its cute and so is she..i'm glad they see you as mum..my 2 are definately mummys little girls and love nothing more than to snuggle up on my knee...thanks for posting the film..fern is going to tell her teacher tomorrow bless her..
    thanks
    love to you and yours
    sara

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  4. OOPs ..i forgot to say thank you from fern and iris too..
    lots of love
    fern and iris

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  5. Sara, please feel free to 'copy' the pictures so you can print them out if you want to.

    Glad the girls like them.

    Sue xx

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  6. Aww thank you i will..yes iris loves them,she must have watched the video a dozen times...
    thanks
    sara,fern,iris

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  7. I love their names ! My girls stand on garden chairs looking towards the kitchen window to see if mummy is getting their tea ready !

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  8. The full compliment of names for the Lavender Pekin Bantams is - Caldwell the Cockerel, his wives Prudence, Little Lucy, Alice and Isabel and the 'new' girls Iris, Fern and Sara, named after some very special readers of this Blog (and their Mummy).

    There are nineteen more eggs in the incubator as of this morning so I could be a 'mummy' again in 21 days time!!

    Sue xx

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  9. What beautiful chickens, I've never seen any with lavender grey feathers before.

    sft

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  10. Lovely! As I sit here in the lounge I can see our hens having a dustbath! Fantastic eh?

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