Short of babies

Population increase has not been going as planned this week.

After feeling we did a good job at the beginning of April, Lottie kept us guessing until the last minute – and beyond.

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Her increase in weight during the last couple of weeks must have been due to the extra rations she received in the belief she was in pig, rather than due to actually being in pig.

Also, out latest attempts to increase our flock of laying Cayugas resulted in one hatched duckling out of 12 eggs. We now know this is probably due to a faulty incubator which is being replaced. We were quite clear it would be silly to care for one duckling, would be better off culled… we now appear to be caring for one duckling.

The previous two mini-batches now seem happy living together
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although they have asked for a bigger bath so they don’t have to queue.

The vetch
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is the latest addition to our meadow plant list although we do also have a handful of other candidates waiting for firm identification.

At the bottom of the meadow the Sunny Bank shrubs are beginning to establish themselves
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The Green Veined Whites continue to be around
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and we continue to try and augment the exiting butterfly population
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this time by hatching and releasing some Tortoiseshells
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Claire takes her brood on ever expanding journeys of exploration
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Here doing a tour of the duckhouse:
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and work continues on the guest room foundations
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Pethan eraill yn y tyddyn heddiw:

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