Well it has been a long time since I last wrote on my blog, since Christmas everything seems to have gone by in a flurry of feathers, fur and nappies!
My little family is keeping very well, my beautiful boy is now 2 years old and gets more energetic and entertaining each day!
We had a successful lambing season, all but one of our ewes took from the ram and we were very pleased with the results. Sadly we did lose a pair of lambs from one of our original Southdowns ‘Ingrid’. A mistake on our part not to keep a close enough eye on them and her, she had suffered with poor condition throughout her pregnancy and we believe she did not produce enough Colostrum for those vital first few hours, sadly the lambs passed away the first night. A silly mistake on our part but another lesson learnt. The lambs are now growing rapidly and running around the paddock, we will soon be tagging them and having the ewes sheared before separating the ram lambs and deciding what we will sell, what we will keep and what will go to slaughter.
On the Poultry side, Helly’s Hens is doing well! We have sold a fair amount of our homebred hens as growers and we killed 3 young cockerels for our own freezer – another smallholding hurdle overcome and lessons learnt with a tasty outcome! We have since had more successful hatches and currently have a variety of ages of chicks and growers for sale. Our breeding stock are doing well, although Keith our handsome Buff Orpington cockerel has picked a couple of favourites and they have lost a lot of feathers on their backs from his ‘advances’! However my ingenious husband and my mother have come up with a design for our own tweed poultry saddles which my Mum sewed and they are now in situ on our hens and very smart they look too!
It is our local agricultural show this coming Saturday, we are hoping to take our cockerel and a breeding hen to enter into the Poultry tent, as long as the preparation goes well we shall report back after the show! Fingers crossed for a nice day for all, it is such a lovely country day out and a vital part in the countryside social life. There really is something for everyone and it is reasonably priced compared to other events – http://www.caerwys-show.org.uk/
The sheep are currently grazing in a small paddock whilst we leave the larger field to grow and we are hoping to make our own hay later this summer – a very exciting and enjoyable prospect! Hopefully the weather will be kind and we will have bales of hay to keep our sheep fed through the winter which will be a great saving money-wise and also have some to sell which will be a welcome income and hopefully cover any costs of hiring a baler etc.
Apart from the show on Saturday, the next job on the agenda is to get our sheep sheared – they are currently looking like large bales of woolly straw! We are hoping to make contact this week with the man who did the job last year and set a date soon.
Well I think this is all for now, I will come back soon with photos of all our new arrivals and hopefully some of Caerwys Show.
I hope your June is turning out beautiful and peaceful xxx