Starting three years ago with three gorgeous Muscovy ducks, we rapidly expanded our flock by adding chickens and geese and by letting some of the more motherly hens do what comes naturally and sit on eggs.
As a result, we have a mixed bunch of chickens ranging in size, shape and colour, but all of them adorable and very friendly.
All our birds are truly free range and live on grass (at least until they decimate it and we have to move them to a new patch!) and are fed a mix organic grains - corn, oats, sunflower seeds, barley and wheat - which keeps them healthy and happy. We don't use any lay helper supplements, we allow them to lay as they choose and we get plenty of beautiful fresh eggs every day. They are the friendliest flock you could hope to meet. We spend a lot of time with them and have even raised a few of them by hand, so they are all very friendly and relaxed around people.
Just before Christmas, we welcomed Iris to our little farm. She is a two year old jersey cow who is is due to give birth to a calf around Easter time. If you didn't think cows had personalities, iris will quickly prove you wrong! She is sweet natured, friendly beast who loves nothing more than a brush and a fuss, but if she feels she has not been getting enough attention, she can be a proper little diva and let you know about it.
In the new year, we added two more little friends - Nessa and Daisy May, a pair of Alpine/Saanen cross goats, both of who are with child and due to give birth very soon. They have become firm friends with Iris and between them, they have been giving us plenty of fantastic manure that we will be able to use on the land to help grow our vegetables. This is the true essence of permaculture - nature working in harmony to produce wonderful vegetables and flowers.
As all three are due to give birth soon, we plan to sell the excess milk they produce as milk, cheese, yoghurt and other dairy products. Keep checking back and we will let you know when this starts.
Below you will see a gallery of pictures and videos. we have a lot because we can't help but keep taking photos of them because they are so adorable!