|Posted by Kate Hart on February 6, 2011 at 4:41 AM|
It's that time of year again, where although we are very much in the depths of winter, our thoughts turn to hatching again.
There are tiny signs of life in the garden, daffidols, pushng their way up and at long last the snowdrops have arrived!
As usual I end up in such a dilema over the breeding pens, constantly changing my mind, leaving my birds quite confused, particulary the cockerels who may end up in 2 different runs before I make my mind up!
This year so far we have managed to get a few already in the incubator of the large salmons, and am hoping to get some more started ideally by the end of the month. The cold weather may thwart my plans again of an early hatch, as my preferred breeding hens are
Hatching wise we are aiming for large and bantam salmons, ermine bantams plus bantam blue salmons this year, the blue bantams still a work in progress started last year.
Below left is a photo of Magnus and his hens exploring the veggie plot, note the wonky bean frame which suffered a bit with our recent high winds! Remy of course decided to come along and investigate too!
On the right you is one of my black bantam faverolles, and a close up far right. Despite this time of year her condtion is very good, she has also come into lay, you can see this by her lovely red comb!