Call Ducks, Bantams and chicks…..

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my two call ducks – brothers who get on really well

I was just sitting in my garden this morning, after feeding all the above, and watching their antics, and thought – Its about time I put a blog up about them all!

Now that I have moved to rural West Wales – for reasons you can find HERE – I can finally keep some chickens again.  I started just looking around the local auction – isn’t it great that poultry auctions are allowed again! – without any intentions of buying, as I hadn’t got anywhere to put them.

But …….I couldn’t resist the two fellas above……….or a lovely pair of bantams – both lots for some reason being very cheap.

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photo taken by my cousin O Eliason – professional photographer – you can tell!

This is the cockerel – does anyone know what breed he is – he and the hen are both very small, so whilst they look very like barbu d’uccles – which I’ve got a soft spot for, I think they might have been crossed with a Lemon millefleur sablepoot.  As you can see, they both ended up in the garden shed, and before long the hen got broody and I gave her a shoe box (you can see the edge of it where he’s resting his leg) which turned out to be just the right size for her!

Three weeks later her tiny chicks arrived – they were about an inch tall.

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I took this one – its slightly out of focus, but then I was trying not to spook her or the chicks

At the same time, I’d bought some eggs off ebay, and put them in my old manual incubator.  Whilst buying eggs by post is about as safe as a bet on the Grand National, I’m glad to say I got 10 chicks – out of 18 eggs.  Buff Sussex and Speckled Sussex.

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the chicks are about a week old here

By this time, I’d managed to get hold of a second hand ‘hen house’, and found someone to put it back together with me, but even tho’ it had wheels, I found I couldn’t move it on my own, so it, and I were stuck!

Luckily my cousin decided to visit and help me out, and by the time the chicks were getting far too active to keep indoors, we’d managed to create a nursery home for them outside.

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Only to find that they were even more active than we thought – its just a hop and a jump onto the roof after all!

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buff sussex chicks making themselves at home on the roof of the hen house!

I’ve since put some netting up, which keeps most of them in, and any circling red kites out – except for one of them, who keeps getting out whatever I do!

Hope you like the pics – I’ll probably post some more – cos I’m just loving having them around me – smile.

3 thoughts on “Call Ducks, Bantams and chicks…..

  1. Hello Julz. Sorting through some old emails from the time of your A-Z challenge which took me to this blog and this delightful post on what I (as a non chook owning person 😊) can only describe as a labour of love or how your heart can rule your head lol

    I then popped back to your craft blog to read about the unexpected happenings that happened to you – gosh you’re lucky to be alive, I’m sure you wondered about what would have happened to you all if it had been nighttime and under your houses had been involved.

    Look forward to reading more about your new life in West Wales. Here in Melbourne Spring is in the air – or at least it should be. Wish it would hurry up !

    Take care
    Cathy

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    1. How lovely to hear from you! I was wondering what happened to you after your travels.

      hmm – can I come over (lol) its autumn and rain and trees losing their leaves over here! But actually I quite like it – got wood burners and central heating – WOW – never even had that before, so I should be warm enuf come winter.

      all the best – julz

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