It's been a busy weekend, Saturday saw us bright and early setting off for the Smallholders Sale in Thame to buy some new birds. We didn't expect to buy as many as we did but there were some lovely birds and in my opinion I think we got the best of the bunch.
Mum was with us for her first ever auction and she even had a bid, securing the beauty above for just £5, he's a Mille Fleur Pekin Bantam Cockerel, and in memory of our brave boy that died, with his sons, protecting our flock of hens from a fox, our new cockerels name is' Caldwell the 2nd'. We've decided our main cockerel will always carry this name.
We also couldn't resist this particular hen and her little brood, they aren't chicks, but goslings, three Grey Chinese Goslings to be exact.
They're going to end up looking like this.....that will give their Mum a surprise!!
We also got ourselves six more Lavender Pekin Bantams, 2 boys and 4 girls, at the moment they are refusing to come out of the henhouse in all the rain, and to tell the truth I don't blame them one little bit. They are just 8 weeks old and gorgeous friendly little bundles of fluff. The big girls are all treating them very well, which is a huge relief, Caldwell 2nd seems to already exerted his authority over the flock and brought about a calmness.
We also bought 5 Sussex, 4 Black Marans, 2 Light Sussex, 1 mystery white bird, she looks like a White Star, but she has pink rather than yellow legs so we'll see how she looks when she's a bit older, she was hatched with the 2 Light Sussex and gave the owners a bit of a surprise, so I guess she could just be an albino Light Sussex!
So a total of 23 new birds to add to the 15 we already had, making a grand total of 38 birds, made up of 35 chickens and 3 geese.
A happy and successful day at the Smallholders Sale.