Posts Tagged ‘chicks’

A bit rude!

January 8th, 2012 No comments

My Brazilian Twitter friend @rejaneborges works at Obvious Mag. A great site that features all kinds of interesting stories, often arts and culture related. She was kind enough to feature some of my work. Here’s the story:

I was telling Al about it and he was asking me what it actually said. I speak Spanish but not Portugese and so, wasn’t exactly sure. He was quiet for a while but then started bawling with laughter. He had decided to use Google Chrome’s translator. I had never tried that. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. This is what it said:



The Chicken News

August 6th, 2010 2 comments

chicksinaugust2So remember those cute little chicks, born in May? Well look at them now. They’re a bit like surly teenagers, which I suppose they are really. We still have no idea what sex they are so we’ve not named them yet.

Meanwhile in the hen house, our little Janet has two tiny chicks of her own. I must say, since we introduced new cockerels, Jedward, there has been a lot of activity.



Sad news from the hen house

June 29th, 2010 2 comments

What do they say about counting chickens? Well it had to happen I suppose. The little runt chick died yesterday. Still 6 chicks out of 7 eggs is not bad going. Fingers (and claws) crossed for the rest.


Good behaviour in the hen house for once!

June 21st, 2010 2 comments


For once, ‘bad mother’ Calypso is looking after her chicks properly! Regular readers will be aware that in previous years she has abandoned her chicks and on some occasions, pecked them and thrown them out of the nest. This has meant that in the past, we’ve had to try and raise the chicks ourselves in a cardboard box in the kitchen. This always causes problems and definitely reduces the chances of survival for the little cuties, especially when it comes to the time we have to re-introduce the chicks to the flock.

This year however, she has behaved beautifully. She has 7 chicks. On the day that she left her nest, she left one chick for dead but it recovered after Al discovered it in time and I kept it nestled in my bra for a couple of hours (yes, really). She accepted the chick back and has been looking after them like a proud mother. In the last few days she has brought them out into the run for the first time and has been demonstrating scratching techniques and other hen-like behaviour. It’s been a joy to watch.

We haven’t even thought about naming the new chicks yet as we have no idea what sex they are… In the past, my eagerness to name them has resulted in hens called Mick and Dave and a cockerel named La Toya! Naming suggestions are welcome.

Here she is leading them into the hen house. The one in the love heart is my special favourite.



Just a quickie

October 2nd, 2009 2 comments

View from the front of our house

I do still have things to say about RTÉ.ie and alcohol advertising. I just don’t know where to start! I was happy to get a response but I’m left feeling quite deflated and annoyed by it. Will have a go soon.

Meanwhile, we’re trying to get the house as watertight as possible for the winter. The days are really starting to shorten now. The chickens are doing well. Of this year’s chicks, it’s clear now that Bruno is definitely a boy and that Janet probably is also. Hopefully Latoya and Tito are girls. It’s early days for Tito still.

We have huge changes to the site coming soon. List item numbering will be ‘rolled out’ (as Al would say) across the site soon. Numbering will mean that items can be inserted into a particular place in a list. You’ll also be able to make list items (or just selected text), bold or italic or ‘tada’…. a link!

The picture above was taken on one of our last summery days (Note: Trudi’s head).


Chick Update: September

September 10th, 2009 4 comments
l-r Trudi, Janet, La Toya and Tito

l-r Trudi, Janet, La Toya and Tito

We’ve been leaving the hens in the run recently as little Tito is too small to be roaming free outside even with his mother.  There was sunshine today and who knows when we’ll have some more?  The weather was nice enough for me to sit out on scarecrow duty so I opened up the run. Tito has now had his first trip out. He didn’t venture very far, but it’s a start. As you can see; Janet and La Toya are growing up fast and Trudi is still fascinated.  I still don’t have a clue what sex any of these birds are!


Fowl update

August 17th, 2009 1 comment
La Toya, Janet & Bruno

La Toya, Janet & Bruno

Janet & La Toya are now living with the others and are doing really well, although they are not as cute as they once were. Bruno was born earlier in the year. He was looked after properly by his mother and had no need of our cardboard box and light-bulb crêche in the kitchen. He’s turning into a handsome chap. Henny-Penny has the cutest little week-old chick too. Lets hope that Janet, La Toya and little Tito (?) don’t turn out to be boys. We already have 4 cocks and that’s 3 too many!


Don’t they grow up fast?

July 15th, 2009 3 comments

chicks-15julyI don’t know if it’s the special egg food supplement we’ve been giving them, I think you’d normally give it to budgies, but we’ve never reared chicks that like to sit on your shoulder before.  They are growing up fast now. They don’t need the light bulb anymore and have now spent a couple of afternoons in the run with the big guys.

Today is a very special day. It’s the day WestNet came to install our new broadband. Hooray! It’s a great improvement. Feel we might be joining the real (virtual) world at last! It’s also Al’s birthday… Happy Birthday Al! Are you a happy boy now with your new broadband?


More Pics of Chicks

July 1st, 2009 3 comments
The chicks are doing well.

The chicks are doing well.

The chicks are out in their playpen today. They are growing up fast. I’m toying with calling them Janet and Latoya but it’s still a little early. I have no idea what sex they are of course.


Pics of Chicks

June 23rd, 2009 1 comment
Trudi watches over the chicks in their playpen.

Trudi watches over the chicks in their playpen.

It’s such a beautiful day today. Even though the chicks that we had to rescue from Calypso (the bad mother) are still very young, we decided to let them walk around on some grass. Al made this chick compound a few years ago. We’ve lost little chicks before. A crow could easy take them.
Trudi sits absolutely transfixed.

The chicks.

The chicks.

Here they are in all their glory. It’s far too early to name them. Sadly, they may not survive. There’s a long way to go yet. (Sorry didn’t mean that to sound like blackmail!)