Tuesday, February 22

F is for......

Remember from last week? Margie the white hen laying some eggs in the hedge? Well on Sunday we were working in the garden (see posts below for discovery under motorbike seat!) and would you believe there was FIFTEEN eggs in the hedge all together? I brought them all into the kitchen and placed them in a large bowl of water - the fresh ones remained on the bottom of the bowl whilst the other, not so fresh were a tad lighter. The lighter ones I dried and marked and placed them back in the nest - the rest I washed and used.

I noticed Mabel was acting strangely too - she is laying eggs in the front lawn, behind an old wooden garden seat used by the birds when they are feeding from the tree!

Later that night we had a change in the sleeping arrangements - Ernest and Mabel were joined by Margie and Olwyn - the night after however we were back to the regular arrangement



margie, mabel and Ernest in Henhouse 1
and here we can see from the left, Bev, Olwyn, May and Eva! We know how cold the night is going to be by how they settle - if they cuddle together we know it is going to be cold. If - as is the case here they are quite spaced out it tells us the night is not so cold!

Whilst I was watching the birds feed look what I spotted heling himself to some bird food - a wonderful pheasant who lives at the bottom of the garden!

So, all seems well with the Nesbitt hens! We STILL need to find where Bev is laying her eggs though - goodness knows how many she has stashed away!
More next week!

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27 comments:

  1. Fun post. I enjoy your hens so much and what a treat to also be visited by the pheasant. It will be interesting to see if you find the stashed eggs.

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  2. I'm with Carver! Always enjoy your fun posts and fun hens and it will be interesting to see if you find the stashed egge!! Have a great week Denise!!

    Sylvia

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  3. I still wonder if there'll be some baby chicks wandering around there one day! lol

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  4. Looking at your pics (and the names for your chickens ;-)) reminded me of a conversation I recently had with one of my students. He raises cows and has been showing them in fairs and local events for years. I asked him a question about whether or not each cow has a unique personality, and this kid--who is very quiet--started talking a blue streak about each of his calves. He sounded like a proud father :-)

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  5. Your hens certainly keep you guessing! I love pheasants - such fine birds.

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  6. It's an adventure living with your hens!

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  7. Such a group! Or, I guess I should say, flock! Hope you find Bev's hiding place soon!

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  8. clucky post.
    glad you're back.

    ROG, ABC Wednesday team

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  9. No doubt you will find the eggs one day.

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  10. What an interesting saga Denise. I wonder too if ther will be chicks under every bush in your garden. The Pheasant is simply Fabulous.

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  11. Beautiful pheasant! And your hen stories are such fun. I'm another who wonders about chicks. I know you have Ernest, but is there another rooster to help with the multiplication?
    -- K

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

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  12. love this,
    you are sharp in taking these shots and wonder abut what's going on.

    Cheers.

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  13. Love to hear about your hens, and Ernest, but the pheasant really topped it off. We have quail at the bottom of the pasture, but nothing so elegant as the pheasant!

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  14. Goodness you're being overwhelmed with eggs! Your chickens look so happy and contented.

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  15. Fifteen eggs was quite the Find!

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  16. They look so sweet getting comfy together for the night :) I hope we do have some chickies soon, that would be lovely! xx

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  17. WOW fifteen eggs that's some lay!

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  18. Fabulous!
    I can just imagine the hens in the coop saying "Quick! She's coming!" and arranging themselves for their photo shoot ;)
    Mo

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  19. I do like hearing about your hens. It would be difficult to have chickens here, too many coyotes, foxes, and other critters who like to eat them in the night. Cool pheasant!

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  20. I find it really interesting to read about your chickens. Imagine... fifteen eggs. Wow! We had a pheasant in our garden last year, it was a rare sight. Unfortunately it didn't stay long and hasn't been seen since.

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  21. I love reading about your hens!

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  22. The pheasant is gorgeous! We don't have them here but I remember seeing them in the fields in England.
    Jane x

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  23. The pheasant is gorgeous! We don't have them here but I remember seeing them in the fields in England.
    Jane x

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  24. This is getting more interesting and I'm learning how to read nature too!! You do put those lessons in between so well!! Meanwhile keep the hunt for those eggs going on :)

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  25. I love hens and roosters. I really do. They look so colorful and cozy in their coop.

    I had a cutie named Goldie but she met an untimely death. We just can't keep them in our yard safely - too many cats and big birds and small wild animals.

    My entry is at the Pagan Sphinxi

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  26. What fun - the great egg hunt - hope you have no foxes...:)

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  27. Love this continuing story of Henhouse Place!
    Great post and pictures!

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