As you have probably read on a few of my posts, we have a menagerie of feathered creatures and they are all part of our family. We are empty nesters after all! Our 8 girls and Robbie the rooster, who woke me on many a morning, were spoilt, and rewarded us with their gentle clucking and yummy eggs.
I reckon our girls were the best layers in the Southern Highlands!
Most afternoons they were let out for a free range.
But a simple and now kicking ourselves mistake......miscommunication.....rushing.....always in a hurry, whatever you want to call it. Our ritual has always been, me saying to Arth or him to me "hey can you lock up the chooks please" or "have you locked up the chooks"? Simple!
But this particular afternoon, he thought I did.......I thought he did, we had visitors staying and now...........they are all gone! Just like that!
One slip up.............
This was the culprit.....well, not this particular one in the photo.
A Vulpini if you want the scientific name. A shit of an animal and an indiscriminate killer in my books! Our neighbour up the road had 10 chooks taken last week and I also heard the other day that chooks are being taken and killed in Sydney suburbs!
A big thanks to all those people back in the mid 1800's who thought it would be a good idea to do a spot of recreational hunting and shipped them in. I blame you!
I am so used to seeing them in here. The chook pen looks pretty empty now.
MISSING THESE ALSO.
But lucky for us on Sunday, there was going to be a local Poultry auction . Has anyone ever been to one? A great way to get unusual breeds and many bargains to be had.
I posted this little video to give you an idea of what it sounds like......add to this smell, lots of people, smell, auctioneer yelling very loudly, crowing of many roosters, smell, ducks, geese.....it was exciting.
It was almost like being at a Sydney house auction!
I didn't know that you could buy fertilised eggs in cartons! If you have broody chook or an incubator this is the economical way of getting lots more chooks or guinea fowl. Would like to branch out on a special fancy breed like...Silver Laced Wyandotte....get a dozen.
I don't know why, but Arth bid on these two, they are called modern game birds, tiny, and they remind me of Raptors. Now residing with us! I am thinking up of some rapper names now.
A few Anconas....that can't see past their comb! They lay beautiful white eggs and are good cool climate hens.
The white ones above are called Coronation, and to me they look more like chickens should! We also bid on a couple of rescue Isa browns, which apparently were not in a very good state and had very few feathers a month ago.
Hopefully they will have a better life here ....that's if we don't make a mistake in not closing the gate :(
Have you ever misheard something, which had terrible consequences?