Monday, 8 December 2014

Latest influx of Birds



Over the weekend, We've visited the legendary Zolibacsi and returned with some more Animals :) Most of these are "proper" non-hybrid animals which means that the chickens are dual purpose (eggs/meat) and should also be able to hatch out a batch or two of Chickens. So in no particular order, here are some of the additions - 

Naked Neck Chicken (x3) and Rooster

These quaint birds are a local breed which despite their exposed neck are really tough in the cold and heat. They are a good medium-size bird

Mini-Chickens 

I'm not sure of the exact breed but these are proper chickens but just tiny, the cockerel in the photo is smaller than a standard roof tile. They also have "little-man syndrome" where they are very loud and aggressive. The small size also means that the chickens fly high and far and can easily flap over the farm buildings!

Brahma Chickens (x3) and Rooster

These are Huge chickens covered in feathers all over their bodies and legs and feet. So far, our chickens have been a bit mellow but we will have to see how the new arrivals cope with the established Brian

Turkeys 

The gobble gobble machines are huge, they have the body shape of a pheasant but are about twenty times bigger. It's also fun to stand next to them and play the call and answer game with them :)


Cat

The internet needs more photos of ducks and here is nibbles our blue cat!

Saturday, 15 November 2014

No news is Good News?

Noticed yesterday that I've not updated the blog for a while so I thought I would give a brief outline of what is or isn't happening with the animals

  1. Dogs - Seem to be ok, no major escapes though crunchy did manage to kill a cat!
  2. Cats - Small but growing the 4 cats (Táp, Nibbles, Spot and Patch) are doing a good job. They are going everywhere and I've seen some evidence of mouse hunting
  3. Rabbits & Chickens - We've the same Joys and Problems. Our existing animals are doing well but we are having problems with getting rabbits pregnent and keeping chicken/rabbit babies alive
  4. Grazing animals - Everything is calming down after the very aggressive 90kg Ram was slaughtered. The babies goats are growing well and we are hope all our female goats/sheep are pregnant. Our flock could potentially double or increase by 75%!!! We just need to build an outdoor shelter, reinforce a fence or 5 and then the goats/sheep can stay out all winter
I think we've learnt out mistakes from this year, so come next spring we should be firing on all four cylinders 

Monday, 22 September 2014

Final build of the summer

The Harem
Extended rabbit hutches
Summer is coming to an end and this is the final end to the works on the farm. Our Rabbits hutch has been at maximum capacity for a while and problems have been racking up as the small rabbits become teenagers. 


Egg laying Boxes
New Gates
Zolibacsi, our amazing friend and designer  came to our rescue. He made "The Harem" a female colony where we can have lots (12+) lady rabbits who will live without fighting  and caged in the base of the existing hutch so  for our bucks. This will enable our rabbits to grow bigger before butchering. We've also got two side cages which currently have a mother chicken and her younglings and the other has our 13 teenage egg laying chickens (which only 3 seem to be hens). Zoli also gave us two A boxes for chickens to lay in and added some roosting perches. He also brought some iron gratings which works excellent as a new gate.






Tuesday, 9 September 2014

Mower update


It seems destined that we must always have a mower needing repairs. We've recently had the scissor mower's drive gears fixed and will be finding a place to get the blades sharpened. A non-trivial task after 14 years use and one needing the touch of a professional.

The sit-down mower's battery has finally bitten the dust. One of the electrodes has corrosion damage from an acid leak and has now sheared off. We now start the search for a shop where we can be a suitable battery.

The bio-mowers are doing a great job and have been complemented by an army of ducks :) Jimmy, the boy goat, has developed an elvis-esq quiff 

Wednesday, 27 August 2014

It is finished


Who would have thought wanting to put up some shelves would be a project which would dominate our August. A two day job of building shelves from scratch has stretched out in to a 20 day marathon work which will only truly be finished next spring. The problems arose when Zolibacsi and Andy went to put the shelves in the utility room and the floor(left) prompt sunk under Andy's weight. It seems that the washing machine was leaking and the floor wasn't concreted in. The Tiles were just placed upon compressed sand. The water from the washing machine had soaked through the sand and meet a layer of clay, presumable from the previous building and this resulted in a build-up of water which eventually led to the floor collapsing. So the tiles were ripped up; Sand dug out; completely new overflow water system added with accompanying hole through 20cm of wall; sand replaced; concrete floor laid; Tiles placed and then shelves finally installed. During this time, we've also concreted in our external water supply so it will be more stable for winter. The big realisation is that this tiles on sand flooring system is throughout the whole house so we will have to plan, budget and relay all the floors in our house next spring. Hopefully this should stop the mouse influx which we have recently been suffering.  The new room looks wonderful and isn't done justice by the photo below and we have more storage space now then ever before.

Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Ruben

Its been about a week since Ruben left us after living with us for about a month. Ruben was in need of a place to stay in Hungary as his tourist visa has run out and he was still in the process of applying for a humanitarian pass. He was a friend of a friend of a friend of OACi.

Overall, he was a great motivation for us, he helped us build an extended electric fence area for the dogs and helped clear up our garden. He also house sat for us whilst we were on holiday and provided a memorable quote re goats.

"I let them out for a walk and Wonky sat down and started to give birth, so I called Laurie and said Help, this isn't in my skill set"

He also was fun, positive and a joy to be around. He suffered at the hands of Romanian paperwork but it never got him down and he saw the good in all situations. 






Monday, 11 August 2014

Giant haystacks

Hold your horses ITV wrestling fans. This isn't a post about Martin Raune  but a post about our latest buck breeding rabbit called Giant Haystacks. He is a MASSIVE dutch rabbit and in this photo fills Kimberley's lap. Hopefully, his descendants will share this attribute