Monday, October 01, 2007

Never sit behind a digging chicken

A momentous weekend - Saturday was our first three-egg day, which is great because it means all three chickens have settled down and are growing up. Yesterday I introduced them to the veggie patch, and they had a fine time. Sybil immediately excavated herself a little hollow and began a most energetic "dust" bath. Milly soon joined in, and dug her own hollow. Here she is looking a little grimy after her mudbath.

Meanwhile, Dilly stood as close as she could to the trowel while I weeded, and as soon as anything interesting appeared, she grabbed it.

This is a typical Dilly position - head down, looking for stuff she's just dug up. She is a champion digger - one flick of the foot, and soil flies everywhere at high velocity, which means if I'm weeding, I need to keep an eye on her so I'm not directly in the line of fire.
And here's Sybil, on the march, also looking a bit grubby. She's very inquisitive, and follows me closely wherever I go. She hasn't mastered the hop up the step into the kitchen yet, but I have a feeling it won't be long.
I made pasta yesterday with some of the eggs (hard on the wrists, but yummy to eat), and today I traded some of the spares for sloes - so, we should have a nice drop of sloe gin to look forward to at Christmas.


Blogger Stacie said...

Three eggs! Are they keeping up production? :)

6:40 pm  
Blogger Nez said...

Hehe - I'm glad to hear the chickens are settling in nicely. You're turning into a very proud mother hen!

(Yes... don't faint - I FINALLY sorted out my blogger access!)

9:21 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sal as I write this comment the 'Goodlife' theme is going through my head.... I really admire your steps into to home grown produce and local food. Our garden is full of green/orange pumpkins ready for harvest.. not sure if I'll be doing gallons of pumpkin & sweet potato soup, but I'll do some. Might be able to exchange some for some eggs?

10:02 pm  
Blogger Sal said...

Happy to swap eggs for pumpkins! But is that Nina, or someone new?

10:50 pm  
Blogger Graffiti Living said...

Tell your little feathered friends thanks for the egg!

9:40 pm  
Anonymous haze said...

They look lovely, the eggs and the chickens that is. What fun!!

1:42 pm  

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