Half-term

hens, alpacas and kidsWe had a busy and fun half term week here at the end of May. We fed hard-boiled eggs to pigs, muesli to alpacas and corn to chickens; we picked up turkey chicks and hens; collected duck and hen eggs; played with dogs; tried to cuddle alpacas; looked for Percy the peacock; jumped over electric fences; and had races with the pigs. I have only just got round to putting together some of the photos so here they are ……

Pots on heads - obviously!

Pots on heads – obviously!

Off to feed animals

Off to feed animals

Feeding hens

Feeding hens

Belle and hen

Belle and hen

Katy and Hen

Katy and Hen

Matthew and hens

Pekin and kids

Pekin and kids

Feeding pink pigs

Feeding pink pigs

Feeding boiled eggs to pigs

Feeding boiled eggs to pigs

Faeren and Daisy

Faeren and Daisy

Kai and friend

Kai and friend

Pig and egg

Pig and egg

Looking for duck eggs

Looking for duck eggs

Holding turkey chicks

Holding turkey chicks

Percy the peacock

Percy the peacock

Alpacas

Alpacas

Jumping electric fences

Jumping electric fences

Feeding pigs

Feeding pigs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Turkey funeral

Turkey funeral

Me, dead chicken and kids in the rain just before the autopsy

Me, dead chicken and kids in the rain just before the autopsy

There were also a few sad moments: we had to bury a turkey chick that didn’t make it out from the shell, we had to kill a chicken we found in a not very happy state that had been attacked by a dog – but no-one bothered to tell us about it – and we found another dead chicken, on which in the interests of science, we decided to conduct an autopsy to determine cause of death – we still don’t know what killed it, but something was certainly not right with its insides. Here is a really quite bizarre video of some of the autopsy – you have been warned!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2 responses to “Half-term

  1. Well, I was having such a wonderful time seeing the photos of the kids and animals and eggs. Didn’t know chickens like to be held. So sweet. And then…well then came the deaths and the search for answers of unknown deaths. I sign. Guess it just goes together doesn’t it…life and death. You and your animals are good teachers of this. Thanks for the post.

    • I know it is sad, but as you say the two go together – life and death. I was most sad about the chicken that got attacked by the dog as it was not happy and because it hid, we didn’t find it for a while. I wish people would tell us when their dogs attack our hens as then we can do something about it straight away or keep a close look out for injured animals. The children were so enthralled by the autopsy of the dead chicken. I think it had just got to the end of its life – it certainly looked all weird inside – not like any chicken I have seen inside before.

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