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Yankee Doodle Dandy silkie

Yankee Doodle Dandy silkie

I couldn’t help laughing when this silkie pullet with her snowy white beard self styled her ‘do with a stray feather. Is she one of the seven dwarves? Maybe one of the three musketeers?? Or is she Yankee Doodle Dandy???

Success! Gretel’s silkie hen becomes a mum

Success! Gretel’s silkie hen becomes a mum

We’ve done it! Gretel’s hen, Lily, is a mum!!! It started as a beautiful idea of the Middletons – Mandy, Neil, Prue and Felix – to honour the memory of their cherished daughter and sister, Gretel, who passed away in 2015 aged just nine. Might it be possible for Gretel’s adored silkie hen, Lily, to … Continue reading

Our Sussex on Better Homes and Gardens segment 18th March 2016

Our Sussex on Better Homes and Gardens segment 18th March 2016

Be watching Dr Harry’s segment on Better Homes and Gardens at 7:00pm on Channel 7, March 18th 2016, to see a lovely story on a new chook house designed by primary student Rose and built by the BH&G team for Arcadia Primary School. The segment features the chook farm of my dear friend Leah, Leah’s … Continue reading

Lily and Hero update: fertile eggs!!!

Lily and Hero update: fertile eggs!!!

For Mandy, Neil, Prue and Felix, and for everyone else who’s been touched by Gretel’s story, I am enormously excited to report that Hero the rooster has lived up to his name and fertilised eight of Lily’s first nine eggs!!! They are progressing beautifully and are due to hatch in one week’s time. I think I’ll … Continue reading

A very special mission for Gretel’s family

A very special mission for Gretel’s family

I have been given a very special mission by a very special family. Two years ago I met the Middletons when they came to buy five silkies: one each for dad Neil, mum Amanda, and children Prue, Felix and Gretel. Gretel named her dearly loved golden silkie hen Lily and it was one of Gretel’s … Continue reading

18 different Silkie colours!

18 different Silkie colours!

                        We had fun lining up all our different colours of silkies today – it took 18 birds to represent the full range! There was barely enough room to fit every colour on this perch but the girls were very well behaved posing for the cameras. … Continue reading

Do chooks have eyebrows?? Check out this Buff Sussex rooster…

Do chooks have eyebrows?? Check out this Buff Sussex rooster…

I’ve never thought of chooks as having eyebrows before but did a double take when I noticed the impressively bushy pair on one of my Buff Sussex roosters. He immediately reminded my of a past Australian Prime Minister.

A silkie sun?

A silkie sun?

Could this be a photo of the turbulent surface of some far distant sun seething away out there in the solar system? No, it’s a tub full of silkie chicks waiting for their Mareks vaccination jabs. I love the way all the different colours mingle like an abstract painting and the rather dramatic backdrop of the … Continue reading

How high can a silkie fly?

How high can a silkie fly?

Every evening I go round the farm locking up all the birds in their night pens. One night one little buff silkie hen was missing. Our free range area is a very large yard containing dozens of sheds and pens, trees, vines, shrubs, weeds and various piles of building materials. I searched every centimetre of ground … Continue reading

An exceptional aerial egg laying achievement

An exceptional aerial egg laying achievement

I did a double take when I saw where one of my Light Sussex hens had managed to lay this egg. It’s delicately balanced on the water line running along the back of the old sheep shed. The mind boggles!

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