Introducing Salt and Pepper

I have new chooks and they have lovely names thanks to you my wonderful readers. I thought it was time I shared these pretties with you all. My new girls are Pekin bantam chickens; the black mottle is Pepper and the silver pencil is Salt. Gavin from Greening of Gavin first told me about Pekins and I just knew I had to have some. Gavin calls Pekins Southern Bells which fits them perfectly as I call my Orpingtons Victorian ladies. I like big butts and I can not lie.

pekin_chickens_backyardMy new girls were in a separate cage while I quarantined them and then during the day they were in the quail Jurassic park but then the weather turned so the bantams and quails have been roomies for the past month or so. No one was happy about this but our property was orpington proof but not bantam proof. So finally on the weekend we bantam proof our property (well I hope so these girls are so tiny!). They spent their first day out free ranging today. Everyone got on well just a few little tiffs.

pekin_chickens_backyardHere is my beautiful flock. I wasn’t sure if I was going to keep the bantams as they are SO much smaller then my big girls but seeing them all out in the garden together I think I’ll be keeping these pretties.

Oh and did I mention I now have 11 birds on the property and NO freaking eggs!!! I’m so unimpressed! My big girls have been moulting and are just starting to look respectable again.  I can’t say the same for my garden. It looks terrible at the moment and I haven’t had the time/ energy/ patience to deal with it yet.

pekin_chickens_backyardSo here’s my precious garden; this is why I don’t share photos of my autumn/ winter garden!! Even though it looks terrible there is still plenty of goodness to eat; silverbeet, three types of kale, Jerusalem artichokes, sorel, earth gems, limes and herbs to name a few things. I have bought some new Edible Organics seedlings. Can’t wait to get the garden sorted   pekin_chicken_backyardAnd another photo of my pretties.

Pekins backyard chickens NZ EcochickI look forward to collecting eggs from all my different girls. Bring on the longer daylight.

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5 thoughts on “Introducing Salt and Pepper

  1. June 9, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    Hi, just had to tell you I bought my Darling Lemon Thymes book – love it! And yes, I have load so chooks too, and not an egg to be seen:)

  2. Kelly
    June 10, 2014 at 9:53 am

    So glad I am not the only one not getting eggs 🙁

  3. Janine
    August 31, 2015 at 1:32 am

    If you look up Beckys Homestead she explains how to get eggs all year round.Thanks for your green living tips, I was using BPA free sistema but I discovered tonight on a site called How to recognize the plastics that are hazardous to your health that even food grade safe should be avoided, so I’ll start using the glass containers from Briscoes too. Love your crates. I’ve been looking for something wooden for growing microgreens but they look great in your pantry. Let us know if u decide to sell some.

    1. August 31, 2015 at 10:55 pm

      Hi Janine, Thank you for your comments. I know if you add lights you can get eggs all round or if I had a different breed but I do think they deserve some time off too so I chose not to change that at this stage. Good for you for making the switch. I try to avoid as much plastic as possible. I saw some crates like mine on trade me or check out my how to post. Mx

  4. May 19, 2016 at 3:18 am

    When we thought we were going to be moving we let our flock die out naturally. Now we have decided to stay put I was desperate to build them up again. Last weekend 2 light sussex (Dolly and Polly), 2 speckleds (Dotty and Spotty) and 2 copper blacks (Doris and Floris) took up residence. I had forgotten how much I missed the gentle cooing and chirping as I work in the garden.

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