Whose Chair is This?

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At six weeks old the buff sussex and speckled sussex chicks, who you last saw sitting on the roof of the ‘hen house’,  are already up to mischief!

I’ve taken to letting them out of their pen for a couple of hours most days, so they can do some exploring.  I usually sit in this chair watching over them, and enjoying their antics.

The other day, I went inside to answer the phone, and make myself a cup of tea, and forgot about them for a bit – when I went outside again – this is what I found – it made me laugh – and luckily the camera was nearby, so I took this picture.

(By the way, yes, one of the chicks had cut her foot on something, and I did wash it and put some disinfectant on it – she’s fine now!)

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A couple of days later Teeni, my (I think) barbu d’uccle, bantam hen, who has started taking her 3 week old chicks out and about with her, came and visited me when I was potting up some plants – using the old soil from a wooden planter that had rotted – at the bottom at the pots, just as a filler.

Mum is the blur at the back – the chicks are having a great time.  The one on the far right is sitting on the handle of my trowel – so you can see how small they are, but wow – can they fly!

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.

A Wonderful Vintage Straw Baler: at Llandysul Agricultural Show

having written this on julzcrafts.com, I think it also belongs on “The Spare’

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Yes, I know this is a total change of subject!

I went to Llandysul Agricultural Show yesterday, and it was the best organised show I’ve been to, beautifully laid out, with plenty of room for all the animals and their owners transport.  The weather was warm and  the views of the hills around the area, gave it a very relaxed feel.  Unfortunately for the organisers, it wasn’t as full of visitors as they’d have liked.

I “got into” agricultural shows when I first moved from London to Ystalyfera, and found myself co-opted as “official photographer” of the Swansea Valley Show – which unfortunately is no longer held.

If you happen to share my enthusiasm – there’s quite a lot of my photos of various shows taken over the years, on my rather neglected other blog  “The Spare”

You can find Sennybridge Show HERE  and HERE (kids in…

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Stateless.

Now that China is ‘allowing’ families to have a second child, Debbie tells the sad story of those unrecognised 2nd children that already exist.

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Stateless.

You are given a name, after you are born. It’s better than being called Third Sister. You have a name, but no number, no 身份怎 shenfenzhen, Household Registration, an Identity Card.

You have a name and you grow up happy, playing with your older sister, even without a number, without a registration card. You don’t know about those things, you are three, and your sister goes to school. She is five.

Once you are five, you want to go to school too, but you can’t. You want to play with other children in your village, but they don’t want to play with you, their parents shoo them away from you, as if you have the plague.

Your parents don’t take you out, like they do with Older Sister. When visitors come you are hidden, you mustn’t speak. No-one must know. You don’t exist, outside your immediate family.

When your…

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“If you want eggs, take care of the hen”

chickens in grass pastureOddly I found this quote in an article about a Japanese billionaire, Kazuo Inamori, who is a Buddhist Priest, and is talking about his business philosophy.

The hens in this quote refer to the workers in his companies, and he believes that the recipe for success is to look after your staff and your customers.

This advice is directly in opposition to the usual business rules that the shareholders are the people to consider first!

Well as all you fellow poultry keepers will know, a happy and well fed chicken will certainly give you eggs – so there might be more than a grain of truth in this quote – smile.

This philosophy could equally apply to any organisation, and even to politics – wouldn’t it be nice if the current British Government thought again about how to re-organise the tax credit system, instead of trying to starve the workers!

If you want to read the original article please click HERE

Some more pictures of Sennybridge Agricultural Show

As I said in my last post Fancy Dress on a Pony, I took loads of pictures at the Sennybridge Agricultural Show on the 5th of September, so I thought I’d put up random selection of them today.

the local hunt's display in the ring, with the hills in the background

the local hunt’s display in the ring, with the hills in the background

I will be sending a link to these posts to the Committee, so I hope if you were there, you get a chance to see them!  I can’t identify anyone in them and nor am I sure who won the rosettes – if anyone would like to let me know I will add the names to the photo captions.

To see the captions just hover over the pictures or to see the full sized photo click on them and they will turn into a slide show.

around the field

a selection of the crafts on display

a selection from the food & produce marquee

I also have another set of photos of the amazing display of the history of tractors – which I will sort out and put up in another post.

Fancy Dress – on a Pony!

I went to Sennybridge Agricultural Show yesterday, and among some very fascinating events they put on, the Fancy Dress Parade they organised for young riders was a joy to watch!

Here are a few of the photographs I took …in fact I took so many photos at the show that I will be splitting them into various posts. (see also HERE)

To see the photos as a slide show, just click on any one of them and you will find the larger versions to scroll thro’.

To see some Suffolk sheep dyed yellow – yes really – that were also at the show – click here!

Sennybridge is in the Brecon Beacon area of South Wales