Plenty

Some of today’s pickings

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Multiple accommodation units and visiting predators

The number of animal runs requiring daily attention seems to be increasing by the day.

Cagney and her two (! – and one is not even hers) chicks have a protected run within the lower poultry zone
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They are not lonely as James, the other ducks, and the hens too all come by for a chat.

Nearby the Three Little Maids are making themselves at home behind the Buzzard Proof Fence
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The five incubator hatchlings now have a day house outside
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using the Guinea Pig run vacated when those occupants moved in here
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Both cared for hedgehogs are thriving and now have runs outside
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We set up the night camera last night to see if the badger was still visiting…

He was.

Plus early morning brought this visitor
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looking around for her breakfast

This run might be very temporary
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One of the Cayugas had been disappearing into the bushes and last night stayed in there. Investigation showed a clutch of fifteen eggs which she was attempting to sit on. Today we retrieved the eggs and set up this home – although unsure which duck was responsible for a while we tested two of them (it was a bit like the Judgement of Solomon) However, come bed time, neither was very interested so we are thinking of calling the whole thing off.

New arrivals

We travel over the hills to the delightful world of Trees and Bees to collect some young Muscovies

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who make themselves at home behind the Buzzard Proof Fence.

Checking the defences

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and inspecting the accommodation

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Jessie enjoyed her first day out but needs recovery time with her new rawhide chew

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Meanwhile in polytunnel Zenith

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Plus:

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The Buzzard Proof Fence

A few hundred yards across the valley is the Buzzards’ home. We love to hear their mewing and see them in the sky. Not so pleased when they visit the poultry – last week one was on the ground in their run.

The hens can spot them coming
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and Cagney’s (non-identical) twins are safe behind bars
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But with the imminent arrival of more young ducks, protection is needed
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During construction Jessie keeps the ducks in order
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Meanwhile the blackberries are here
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One person’s downsizing…

One person’s downsizing is another person’s guest suite.

Our very good friends and inspirationalists at Acorn Ponds are downsizing.

This was their home:
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But they are now making a smaller one out of a grain silo, like this one they made earlier
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So, as they have done in the past – with pigs, windows, and miscellaneous bits (but thankfully not geese) they today moved their home to Gribin Isaf.

When your mobile home has not been mobilised for a number of years there is always a worry if the wheels will still turn:

and will that turntable still rotate

A tight squeeze out through the hedges at Acorn Ponds

Reversing an articulated chassis onto a low-loader can have its tricky moments

But eventually all is secure

and the home is leaving England

to arrive in Wales

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(if you look closely you can see Jess keeping an eye on things)

The low-loader will only go as far as the village

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so we wait for the highly skilled services of Steve Gittins

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who soon gets connected

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Unloading (forwards) as less traumatic than loading in reverse

and the journey continues up the road

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down the lane

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through the farm for general admiration

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across the field

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through the gates

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passing through a specially prepared gap in the hedge

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a little bit of toing and froing

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and the van is settles on its spot

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commanding the top of the meadow

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with a view of the hen run – and beyond

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