A few milestones have been achieved since my last post.
One of our hens (Frannie) became egg bound with a suspected broken egg inside her. She is not the best layer with one egg every other day or so.
Not a happy chicken, fluffing up, dirty bum, protruding vent and very sorry for herself. So, after much searching on the web we diagnosed her as egg bound/internal broken egg. This can happen occasionally with older hens or stressed hens. This is the first week in their new house....
Treatment = bathing her butt in a tub of warm water for 10 - 15 minutes and then rubbing area with olive oil and massaging the stomach area.
This morning she laid an egg (which we threw out just in case) and was back to her happy clucky self - she also passed what looked like an unformed shell (really weird to see as it brings to reality, what came first, the chicken or the egg?
here's a great site to help you through early chickenhood and beyond
We have now managed to complete 4 rooms since our last post: master bedroom, hallway, red room and living room...phew!!!
I've decided Brooke is a machine, literary as I write this blog, she has begun painting the kitchen.. between you and me, I'm a litle bit over painting today and I'm trying to hide, but she keeps finding me... here are some pics of our painting process.
Brooke tackling living room
Welcome to the Red Room...
Red room no more....
I do love the sky, It's so unpredictable and because we are in the country it just seems so much more vast. Brooke captured some amazing images just as the sun was setting.
Red sky at night
Just like a painting.
Here's one throughout the day..
aren't clouds awesome?
I forgot to tell you that our property runs alongside the northern train line, thats why our cottage is right here, it was the stationmasters home. The trains honk their horns as they pass in the day time and the drivers wave...
Then.... around midnight, here's what can happen if you're quick enough......
This is so cool, check out the sky
Then, if that isn't exciting enough, we go and get 2 unexpected visitors.
I dunno, some kind of parrot I think?
Whats on tomorrow? - Well,we will be establishing our vege gardens...that's what! were moving our washing line too. We may go for a drive to see the country. On Saturday, we managed to go all the way to the village without the dogs. Our containment fence and gates are complete. We came back (a little anxious if I'm honest) to be met with yawning, stretching content doggies... yay, we're happy that they're happy.
One more piccy to leave you with..
relaxing with one eye still on the job.