Update from Weeke Farm

21 May 2016 – update

We’ve had a slower start to the year due to the awful wet weather. The veg patch has only been planted up in the last couple of weeks. Sarah had been worrying about it until she spoke to her mum (the gardening guru) and found out that she hasn’t done much to her veg garden either, plus the garden centre confirmed that everyone was late this year. It seems we’re not alone! Phew!

We’ve found this year that lots of our customers have lost hens to their neighbours’ and visitors’ dogs. Please, please don’t trust your visitors’ dogs too early. We trusted our new dog Tara too early after she arrived (at the age of six) and she had a great time chasing a poor light sussex around. Thankfully the hen was ok (she’s still in our laying flock) and Tara is now absolutely brilliant with the hens. Sometimes I look out of the stairs window and see her shut in the hen enclosure where she has snuck in with me and she’s sat waiting by the door to be let out!

Many of you may have broody hens. If you want to sit them on eggs, it’s such an exciting thing to do. If possible, give them their own house away from the others whilst they sit on their eggs and whilst the chicks are small. If you’re not planning on sitting them on eggs, look at our FAQ page for how to stop them from being broody.

As its now warming up, please make sure that you’re regularly treating your hens and the house for lice and mites. Don’t forget that the wild birds bring these in and that mites are more of a problem in the warm weather. Mites are really hard to get rid of so it’s easier to treat preventatively.

Finally, we have new hens every four weeks. The next ones are ready on Saturday 4 June. Please contact us on info@weekefarmdevon.co.uk or 01363 82795 to make an appointment to come and choose your new pets.

We hope to see you soon.

Sarah and Ant

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Amber hen description

Amber chicken at Weeke Farm also known as Amber Star, Amber Link and Amber White

Do you have an amber hen?  We’d love to see your pictures.

We sell beautiful Amber hens at Weeke Farm, here is some information about this lovely hen.

Amber (Amber Link, Amber Star, Amber White)

Background Ambers are a Rhode Island based hybrid whose colourings are the opposite to a Goldline. They are excellent layers with a softer feather and therefore look less dishevelled than the rest of the flock during their moult!

Personality Ambers are docile yet inqusitive hens. They are very easily tamed making them perfect for first time chicken keepers and families with children. They are adaptable and mix well within a flock.

Appearance They are pretty  champagne coloured hens with rich gingery brown flecks, varying from hen to hen.

Eggs: The Amber is a productive egg layer, rewarding her keeper with 280 to 300 brown eggs in her first year of lay.

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A day in the life at Weeke Farm

Since selling up, giving up my profession, moving across two counties to buy a farm and “live the good life”, I get lots of people asking what I do during the day, so I thought I’d let you know… be warned though, today was pretty busy!

I got up at 7ish and walked the dog, dropped off eggs at the honesty box at the end of the lane. I returned back home ready to feed the kids their brekkie and get the oldest to pre-school. Once home, after the school run, I entertained my youngest and packaged up meringues I’d made the night before. I made a few phone calls to chicken customers from emails received yesterday evening and served some customers.

After stuffing some early lunch down myself and my daughter and chasing naughty chickens back into their pen, I dashed out to the car (chatting with some customers which Ant was dealing with on my way across the yard) ready to drive to Exeter. En route, I dropped off some meringues and jams at Copplestone Farm Shop (had a chat with Emma, naturally) and took my daughter for a 2 hour session at Honeylands Specialist Childrens’ Centre for time with the wonderful nursery nurses and for her to have physio and OT appointments.

On the way home I stopped in at a farm shop in Exeter and persuaded them to try my Farmhouse Fayres – will deliver some tasters next Tuesday – yay!  Did a bit of food shopping on the way home, picked some dandelions whilst driving down our drive, arriving home just in time to feed the kids and get them ready for bed.

Soon I was back in the car to dog training agility classes, where my dog was the naughtiest of the lot but I will let him off because he’s only lived with us for 6 weeks (he’s a rescue dog), he’s the only puppy in the class, we started at week 6 of classes and he has me as a trainer!

On my way home, I stopped in our woods to pick wild garlic. Once home, I made 14 jars of wild garlic pesto, 11 jars of dandelion marmalade, emailed some more customers, made a load of meringues for a customer’s 100th birthday party and updated this post whilst waiting for the oven chips emergency dinner to cook!!

It’s nearly midnight, I’m knackered and the buzzer has just gone off to say the meringues are cooked – phew! Hoping that tomorrow will be a bit less busy…!

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Undiagnosed Children’s Day 2014

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SWAN UK (syndromes without a name) estimate that 6,000 children with undiagnosed genetic conditions are born every year. Today’s Undiagnosed Children’s Day has a mystery theme to highlight the fact that many undiagnosed children are medical mysteries. They’ve also created this fun video for the day:

Last month, Lauren Roberts from SWAN UK wrote a blog for us about the practical reasons why a diagnosis can be so important – Why do you want to label your child? We had a big response online to the blog, with many people agreeing with Lauren that without a diagnosis getting the right support is incredibly hard:

“If you don’t get a diagnosis your children don’t get the help they desperately need or deserve from the medical profession.” – Pam

“My daughter is a SWAN and hardly gets any help what so ever, anything that could actually help her that costs money she’s not considered for using her non…

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Oi, keep off my eggs, says the angry broody goose!

Oi, keep of my eggs, says the angry broody goose!

One of our gorgeous gaggle of embden geese has gone broody and she’s a formidable force! She battered my arm with her wing yesterday morning when I took her egg and the other girls’ eggs which she’d pulled in close. Today, I tried a new method; I picked her up off her nest and quickly removed the eggs! It worked a treat and I didn’t get battered again!

We sell hybrid chickens, for more information on the 10 different coloured hens we sell, please take a look at our website http://www.weekefarmdevon.co.uk/point-of-lay-chickens-for-sale/

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April 18, 2014 · 11:01 am

Blackthorn around the chicken pen at Weeke Farm, Spreyton, Devon

Blackthorn around the chicken pen at Weeke Farm, Spreyton, Devon

We haven’t cut our hedges for the last two years so that we can let the hedges grow and the wildlife flourish. The blackthorn is really beautiful at this time of year and really spectacular when the hedges haven’t been cut back to the banks.

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April 18, 2014 · 9:32 am

Honeysuckle for jelly at Weeke Farm

Honeysuckle for jelly at Weeke Farm

Honeysuckle and apple jelly? I thought I’d give it a go after someone gave me a really interesting Honeysuckle sorbet recipe.

So we’ve wandered around the farm picking the honeysuckle flowers which were within easy reach and I’ve quickly cooked them up in a test with some apples and they’re straining on the side as we speak.

It smells beautifully perfumed and I can’t wait to make it up into a jelly. I have a feeling it’s going to be good!

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July 8, 2013 · 3:32 pm