Spring

Admittedly, THE VIEW today didn’t look particularly spring-like…

THE VIEW

…and even the few daffodils that we have, were bowing their heads in the rain.daffodil

Even so, it’s a new season and there are new lives at Garybuie. The first arrivals were six Cuckoo Maran chicks.

Maran chicks

Our laying hens are dwindling in numbers through natural wastage so we thought we’d get some new blood by buying some eggs online. We bought a dozen but struggled throughout the incubation with humidity levels. Whether that affected the hatch rate I don’t know, but the outcome was disappointing. It looks like three of them could be female. (Darker head colour in the Cuckoo Maran)

Over the last couple of days Thelma, the Silkie, hatched four Silkie chicks. These chicks are destined for a new home when they’ve grown; a birthday present for a young lassie.

Thelma and chicks

There are other birds awaiting their own spring arrivals, including BB and Louise who are in the same ‘maternity wing’ as Thelma!

L to R, Thelma, BB and Louise

L to R, Thelma, BB and Louise

Polly Blue-tail made her nest a bit too early I think as a particularly cold snap has seemingly thwarted her efforts, as she’s already a week overdue. Mrs Under-by however, began a week or so later, opting for the main coop this time rather than the Guineafowl house!

mrs under-by

And let’s not forget the other young lives at Garybuie, Hamish and Dottie, who are now discovering the great outdoors!

Hamish

Dottie

Always up to mischief, outdoors or in!

Hamish and Dottie

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4 Responses to “Spring”

  1. Diane Fairhall Says:

    I think it’s lovely to have a pair of kittens from the same litter as they play and grow up together and always get on. We used to have two black brothers who were fond of each other but the two unrelated cats we have now don’t get on. Your two are both so lovely – very tempting. 🙂

  2. garybuie01 Says:

    We’ve never had a pair before Diane and I have to say that it’s well worth the double trouble! However, Auntie Patches is pretty impressed with them too!
    Christine

  3. writeanne Says:

    Lovely photos and good to catch up with life at Garybuie.

  4. garybuie01 Says:

    Thanks Anne. I thought I’d take the opportunity for a catch-up during the post-Easter lull!
    Christine

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