Accidents and injuries

Zip-up Pup

Zip-up Pup

Eva, the Jack Russell cross, has been getting around looking like we’ve tried to convert her into a pyjama bag with a ‘zip’ in her side. She’s sporting stitches and a drain after tearing another flap of skin on her side exactly the same way she did it six months ago. A protective hose pipe buffer has now been installed … Continue reading

Turkey troubles – losing our gobbler, Keith

Turkey troubles – losing our gobbler, Keith

Keith was a beautiful young turkey gobbler we’d selected to keep from last summer’s poults (baby turkeys). As the months went by, Keith grew into a thoroughly personable bird and fitted in perfectly to our farmyard family. He was calm, gentle and inquisitive. He was always on hand to check what you had in your … Continue reading

Old lady Abergeldie gets a roof makeover

Old lady Abergeldie gets a roof makeover

Our beautiful old part-sandstone cottage, Abergeldie (circa 1889), has been having a bad hair day – or, to be more accurate, a bad hair decade. Her lovely grey corrugated iron roof has been looking pretty timeworn with ominous rust patches steadily spreading on iron that’s been there for at least 70 years and was clearly … Continue reading

Eva’s latest injury

Eva’s latest injury

My fearless little farm worker, Eva the Jack Russell cross, has sustained another injury. She often gets bitten and cut when she’s catching rats. This time she was off to the vet after losing a flap of skin on her back leg. Did she sustain her injury fighting rats? Was she hurt while chasing a … Continue reading

Ouch! A hoof print in the wrong place

Ouch! A hoof print in the wrong place

When about 300kg of happy heifer is dancing around excitedly anticipating the arrival of her food bucket, it’s hard to keep your feet right out of the way. Freja accidently landed on mine while performing an impressive pirouette. Lots of ‘ouch!!!’ but only bruising thankfully.

Marie the Dexter calf makes herself a sandwich

Marie the Dexter calf makes herself a sandwich

Yes, in another magic Marie moment, our little Dexter cross heifer decided to make a sandwich… featuring herself as the filling. She tried to break out through a narrow gap in the side of the cattle race the other day and wedged herself sideways in the race between a post and the sliding bails. She … Continue reading

Konrad the gander under arrest

Konrad the gander under arrest

Alas, our gander, Konrad*, is under arrest and in solitary confinement. His crime? He just has too much love to go round. Konrad is besotted with our white Indian Runner ducks and can’t be allowed in the same area with them as he attempts to mate with them. Being vastly larger and heavier than the … Continue reading

What’s breathtakingly bright and dumbfoundingly dim at the same time?

What’s breathtakingly bright and dumbfoundingly dim at the same time?

When sunlight shines on the wings of a Bronzewing Pigeon the radiance of the colours can be breathtaking. These beautiful native pigeons are a constant presence on the farm and are drawn to the grain troughs, especially in our duck pens, like moths to a flame. But if there’s a life threatening course of action … Continue reading

The miraculous survival of Pretty the chicken

The miraculous survival of Pretty the chicken

A couple of months ago one of my neighbours, Jeanette, brought her grandsons, Bailee, 5, and Mannix, 3, to buy some pet chickens. They chose a Light Sussex they named Henrietta, and two Silkies, Rosie and Pretty. Bailee, Mannix and Jeanette enjoyed all the new birds but Pretty’s especially friendly nature made her a firm … Continue reading

Amazing animal accidents: a bird on a wire

One half of Dad’s new log shed is home to some young Buff Sussex and Light Sussex birds that are let out each day to free-range in the big yard. Last week I was heading over to top up their feeders in the early afternoon when I spied one of the buff cockerels lounging in … Continue reading

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