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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