Posts Tagged ‘Quail brooder’

Making an entrance

March 30, 2015

There was one wee quail ready to greet us at breakfast time this morning! Here’s a quick peek at our first ten arrivals after being transported in the trusty fleece hat to the brooder in the old church.

quail chicks

quail chicks

As I write, a further five have hatched, so still a way to go yet!

Let the growing season commence!

March 25, 2015

I know that I got all enthusiastic the other day about the (hopefully) imminent arrival of spring. Well, we’re still getting some reasonable weather but quite cold these past couple of days. Gerlinde asked when I start planting our veg; in a nutshell, not yet, outside at least, although there’s a wee bit of planting and germination going on under cover!
In the conservatory where there’s some warmth, our first greenery is making an appearance; salad leaves, herbs, cauliflowers, broccoli, tomatoes, peppers and chillis.


Now that I’ve reclaimed the polytunnel from the hens, things are looking ship-shape, albeit not very interesting! But, the potatoes (which I’d forgotten to order until last week!) are a-chitting, under the damp patches on the left are some early peas and spinach, the seed tray holds broad beans and in the background are some fairly feeble strawberry plants!


In a week or so I shall plant some carrots and parsnips, closely followed by our early potatoes. Kevin rotivated the veg plot a couple of days ago so we’re ready for action. Shame really, it looks SO neat! As I may have told you before, I prefer the animal side of things really but at least this year, what with providing optional dinner for our B and B guests, I have more of an incentive on the herbaceous front as what a treat it will be to provide freshly picked vegetables and salad!

veg plot

With only five more days to go until the expected hatch date of our first quail, everything’s ready for them in the old church. Here is the brooder. We shall just use the one on the right and if more space is required as the birds grow, there’s a partition between both brooders which can be removed, almost doubling the floor space.


As the birds outgrow the brooder, then the floor runs are also ready.

Quail runs

Kevin is now putting his efforts into constructing outdoor quail accommodation for when summer arrives!

A shot in the (almost) dark

February 2, 2015

The View at night for a change! The almost full moon smiling down on our glen.

The View

Puff and Biggles don’t like to share their favourite perch, so when Mrs Under-by muscled in, off they flapped elsewhere. “I just wanted to be in on The View!” she said.

Mrs Under-by

This week has been a cold one for sure with the temperature hovering around freezing but more importantly, accompanied by a fairly strong, face-achingly, northerly wind. Ouch! A good week for scuttling around outdoor chores and heading back inside to warmer activities. Although Kevin’s been indoors, he’s not been on the same cushy number as I have, as he’s been working in the old church, making a start on our Quail brooders.

Quail brooder

After sending for another supply of upholstery glue – because I couldn’t for the life of me find the ‘safe place’ where I put the first lot! – I’ve finally completed the re-upholstery of our parlour suite. We’re both pleased with the outcome although I don’t think that I would be in a rush to take on a similar project. Well, maybe one chair. I have to say that it was hard on the back, all that stooping with hammer and tacks, rendering any subsequent duck-house cleaning to be quite painful. Lucky that I had a Kevin then, to step in with his shovel!

Parlour suite

Easier on the back, I’ve also had the time to do several paintings. First up was ‘Duck and Dive’, using Indian ink once more…

Lucky and Chance

…followed by Polly Blue-tail, with a hint of red this time. I prefer this one – lots of fiddly pen work!

Polly Blue-tail

Lastly, I had a go at some mixed media. I have absolutely no idea what to call this one! Any ideas?

mixed media

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