4th April 2011
As a child our family always kept chickens, cleaning out their coop used to be my job.
Still, this never stopped me wanting to keep chickens of my own one day and I knew shortly after moving here to Riverside Cottage I would be able to resume my hobby.
Simons parent loaned us an incubator, but several parts later and many months of disappointment I decided to buy day old chicks.
Each week I trawled the local paper and found a local breeder who sold me 6 day marans; a pair of leghorns and a light sussex.
A lady who was moving house placed an ad to sell her 6 Silkie (Lavender & Multiple Penciled).Click here to Read More
Then our friend Shirley told us about a poultry farmers market in the nearby town of Hatherleigh which was excellent fun and where we bided for a pair of Cochin Bantam and Lemon Penciled (Pekins).
Shirley also introduced us to one of their neighbours the local dentist who very kindly gave us ½ dozen fertilised eggs and one last ditch attempt at the incubator we successfully hatched out 2 further beautiful Cochin Bantam (Pekins).
I was well on my way to increasing the flock and more importantly collecting fresh, free range eggs for our B&B guests.
Riverside Cottage Menageri
It makes it all worthwhile