Did I happen to mention that we were getting no more birds? That we had more than enough to see us through to next spring? That we had organised our breeding programme for next year so that we aim to be self sufficient on the the poultry front and that we were up to quota??
Well…we picked up another drake today. He is an Aylesbury and rather handsome.
Our last Mr Aylesbury had an unpleasant ending with a fox leaving his 2 girlfriends bereft and at the bottom of the pecking order. They are currently flirting outrageously with ‘Bertie’ the new boy and showing him round his new home. I just left them on the lake and it will have been the first time Bertie has ever seen more water than you can fit in a bucket. Bless.
I haven’t really broken any rules as he was mums purchase – she wanted to see Beattie & Bessy (Mums choice) happy again so she hunted him down. I am to look after them, feed them, and have the eggs and babies and she will donate the odd bag of food.
Quite a nice deal really and I get out of trouble for buying more birds!
Edited to say that Hetty, the little lady on the left of Harry, has gone broody! She has been in her nest box all day, her chest is warm and she got all flustered & ruffled when I stuck my hand under her. All good signs that she is in for the long haul.
As the eggs are collected daily she only had 1 in the nest so I came up to the kitchen and grabbed 4 others and stuffed them under her! Hopefully she will lay a couple more before she dries up.
I would have thought it was a weird time of year to go broody but what do I know??