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Chickens.

We keep chickens who are free to range around the meadows, but are definitely not allowed in the garden !

 

 

 

We have a variety of chickens: - Buff Sussex, White Sussex, Speckled Sussex, Bluebells, Speckled, Black Rock, Marans and the more common Warrens - as well as Cochin bantams (Anton and Boris, our two senior bantam cockerels, who keep them all in order).

 

 

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It is always special when a chick hatches, here two of the broody hens are trying to claim the chick as theirs.

 

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We were adopted by two geese some time ago, but recently we have taken on two more who were looking for a new home.

We have given the geese names, from left to right : Ginger (after Ginger Rogers) , Fred (after Fred Astaire), Doris (after Doris Day) and Cyd (after Cyd Cherisse).

The two new ones (Fred and Ginger) are Sebastopol Geese, a breed developed because of their curly feathers for pillows and quilts, Ginger is particularly fluffy and curly.

They go down to our neighbour's reservoir each evening after supper !