Monday, 9 February 2015
Attacked From Above
Went to the craft club this morning on my return everything seemed very quiet in the poultry area, no-birds in sight very unusual, I changed into my boots and went to investigate
lots of feathers and no birds in sigh my heart sank, I looked in the house of the new chooks as they are in a closed run and they were all huddled together, looked in the duck house and they were all in there huddled up together, looked in the big hen house and there was only 2 residents huddled up in the same nest box, one was missing, I looked in the bachelor pad were Gizmo resides and he was in there and with him was the missing hen covered in blood, I lifted her out and she had a lacerations on her back, I gave her a clean up and sprayed her purple antiseptic
All the birds seemed traumatised and didn't come out for several hours, I can only assume there was an attack from a buzzard or kite, both we have round here all the time, as bantams are small they would be seen as easy prey, we will now have to see about making a closed in run to protect the chooks. She seems fine now and is back in with her sisters.
Yesterday was fab day with sunshine, I had intended to go down the cabin to do some crafting but changed my plans to make the most of the sunshine, I moved all the pots of fruit trees down to the bee area were they will be planted, there are 14 fruit trees, the bees were active so that is good.
Martin cleared out the Alpaca shelters and put in fresh straw for them, I got my new peach tree planted into a pot were i intend to keep it.
I then made a start painting the fence with preservative
I got this section done, there is about another 90m to do then the other side
This is what I am using its £6.99 for 4 Lt, I have worked out I need 20 containers in total,
Now I have the first corner painted I can make a start working on a border and getting some planting done, I have some shrubs and climbers waiting to go into that area.
While I was painting the fence Martin was painting the house
We are doing away with the dull grey colour and brightening it all up with a creamy buttermilk colour, there s enough grey with the stone walls and slate roof.
I have a friend coming on Wednesday for a couple of days to do a bit of work for us, then hopefully at the week end we another friend coming up to do a few jobs for us, we have also arranged for local handy an to finish off the back wall of the open barn that is to be Martins workshop, bit like buses they all come at once.