Tuesday, February 15

Ere, there and everywhere!

It's quite entertaining keeping hens! Over the past few days it has been great news to see them get back into the egg laying process. I guess like people (well me) some of them are not morning creatures, whilst others are. This morning when I let them out of their respective henhouses I found two nestled away. By the colours I know these were from Eva and May, the two orange coloured hens. Absolutely gorgeous too I can tell you!



Ernest has settled in just fine. He sleeps in Henhouse 2 with his flame Mabel, but on some occasions Bev and Margie spend the night in there too!




This is henhouse 2 (former goosehut) as I took this photograph I could make out the form of Mabel inside, settling down to lay an egg.

Yes, sure enough she was inside .....whilst Ernest waited outside!


Our hens have a very good life really - they certainly have lots of space in which to roam. They cross over the front lawn, onto the wall. under the fence and have a real good forage in the field next door.


Whilst I was taking the photographs I noticed Margie, the white hen hanging away from the rest of the hens.



Look why! She has been making a nest in the hedge between the wall and the field.


 

Sure enough, when I went back outside about an hour later there she was!


I also noticed Bev hanging around the same part of the fence - so now I am wondering if she is laying some in there too? Bev lays blue eggs and there hasn't been any over the past week - so somewhere there is a clutch of blue eggs!

I am enjoying documenting our hens - if you would like to receive my daily hen news just drop me a line to my e-mail
denise dot nesbitt at bt internet dot com

36 comments:

  1. Great post and lovely pics.
    It's weird, since we've had the chickens everytime they start to lay in earnest again they seek out new places to do it. They usually settle back into using the nestbox but for a while they just seem to like 'laying wild'?

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  2. My eldest son keeps a few hens - the eggs are delicious!

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  3. Beautiful post for the E Day!

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  4. Enjoying the E-Day with the hen stories which seem to be getting mysteriously interesting!!

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  5. Ernest is gorgeous. I love seeing how your hens live, they must be very happy chickens.

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  6. This post is a "gift"to my heart,as I grow up in a farm in Brazil and your story and pictures bring me lovely memories!
    I love their names, I used to do the same, I mean about names of chickens! Thanks a lot for this adorable post!
    Léia - Bonjour Luxembourg

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  7. the eggs are handsome.
    awesome E Take.

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  8. Excellent post about your hens and I enjoyed the shots of them and the eggs.

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  9. The eggs are beautiful. And it is great fun to see how Ernest is doing.
    -- K

    Kay, Alberta, Canada
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  10. nice post.

    and you're a good EGG!

    On behalf of the ABC Wednesday team, thank you! - ROG

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  11. One day you'll have a line of little blue chicks following her around the yard! lol

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  12. Your chickens really have a paradise. It sounds like a happy hen life.
    They are lucky to have you.

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  13. We used to have hens - but they were never as much fun as yours seem to be!

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  14. Your hens certainly do live the good life. I love the saga of Mabel and Ernest...actually I think he is definitely living the good life.
    Keep the stories coming. i love them.

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  15. Your Ernest is lie a "Human" dad waiting outside the delivery theater while the wife does all the work.

    My parents kept lots of chicken, I was never passionate about them like you.

    I should say your Ernest looks like the breed we called "Iban" chicken.

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  16. Exciting, event-filled entry, You make me enjoy my daily egg even more -- they are home grown by a neighbor and sometimes also emerge colored blue.

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  17. I love Ernest. His colors are gorgeous! This is fun.Maybe I'll get a chicken instead of a cat! ( I can hear Moth saying "No way to either!!!)

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  18. P.S. I love those green branches in one of your pictures. Save it for G Wednesday.

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  19. Very hen-tertaining. A blue egg must look very pretty in an egg cup.

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  20. Oh my. Is she starting up her own egg business? A breakaway hen? Hmmm. What a story this will be.

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  21. Did you see that barbed wire going through Margie's nest?!!!!! She sounds a tough little gal.
    I have never come across a blue egg before......... I expect they are too posh for the supermarkets!
    I think your hens are very lucky indeed. They have the perfect life by the sound of it.
    It is very entertaining to hear all about them.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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  22. Love reading the stories about your chickens! We don't have any chicken farm, we get our chicken and eggs from the neighbouring country.

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  23. that looks like lots of fun & I bet the eggs are delicious too.

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  24. An egg hunt before Easter! You will be well practiced up by then. Bird behaviour is fascinating. I wonder if they find us as interesting. ;)

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  25. I love your spirit and your sense of humor!

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  26. What an entertaining community you have there! My boyfriend has a farm, and I'm getting soooo close to convincing him to get some hens. The promise that they'll help eat the grasshoppers that devastate his garden and fertilize the soil is helping!

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  27. Love hearing the continuing story of your rooster and hens! We had chickens and lots of eggs too (but no rooster!). We often found eggs around in the bushes. Love the shots of the birds.

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  28. Wonderful post. I liked reading this.

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  29. My daughter Mabel will be excited to see and hear about another Mabel. x

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  30. i like your entry actually i'm thinking to post about egg also but just change my mind.
    My E entry is here

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  31. I buy blue eggs for the colour! Maybe Margie and Bev are intending to present you with some chicks;-)
    It's lovely to hear about your hens - they're living a good, healthy life, as all hens should (but sadly too often don't)

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  32. I thought we might see some eggs for E! Glad to her Ernest is settling in.

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  33. Would love to have some of those fresh eggs. I love eggs. Omelet, scrambled, over easy, egg salad, you name it, if it's spelled egg, I like it.

    You have beautiful hens, and what a lovely place they have to roam, make nests, and lay those wonderful eggs.

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  34. Great post, I love hens. There used to be a Chicken Rescue over the field from us at our old house and it was great to see them wandering happily about. One used to come into our garden and lay eggs!

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  35. Love this chicken post, funnily enough I just posted about my chickens too - they are fab pets aren't they :-)

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  36. I went to a farm this past summer, and I know I cant live that way. Even though I always thought I would like to. Beautiful hen though, she looks tough.

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