Saturday, 14 January 2012

The Marmalade Cottage CWA

Alice, Nancy and Marion have been supplying us with an egg a day since they arrived in November.  But with all the space in their enclosure the reinventors decided to increase the CWA's membership.

The reinventors are delighted to welcome Joan and Joyce.  They're Hylines rescued from the local cage egg producer and they're in a bad way.

The Creative Reinventor managed to thoroughly piss off the lady at the egg farm by announcing he'd like to rescue two hens, rather than buy them.  We guess she didn't appreciate the implication of poor treatment.  Although how you'd deny it is beyond us.

As well as having had their beaks clipped, they're low on feathers and just don't know how to be chooks.

They don't cope well with the sun - which may not be a bad thing, as we don't want them getting sunburnt before their feathers grow back - and they've never scratched around in the dirt or had a dust bath.

Alice, the boss chook, has been busy reasserting her dominance.  But there are promising signs.  Joan, being slightly more adventurous than Joyce, has ventured out into the sun and had an experimental scratch.

Neither of them has worked out that the green stuff, about which the others are so enthusiastic, is food, so they're sticking to the laying pellets.

Bless them, they're both laying us an egg every couple of days.  And even if they didn't, they'll help take care of scraps and produce us fabulous manure for growing vegies. 

If  you'd like to rescue some deserving chooks and you're in Perth, drop us a line and we'll give you the details.

1 comment:

  1. Looking forward to seeing these refugees in full plumage under your care. Nice work.