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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 01363 82795 to make an appointment to come and choose your new pets.
We hope to see you soon.
Sarah and Ant