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???
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
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
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
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
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
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
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