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The Chickens have arrived!

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Buying hens at Tiphayes Farm

Buying hens at Tiphayes Farm

buying chickens at Tiphayes Farm

buying hens at Tiphayes Farm

At Tiphayes Farm

 

Many of our residents have very pleasant memories of looking after chickens, or perhaps they remember their parents looking after chickens when they were young. When we asked the residents about keeping some chicken they were very keen, so over the past few weeks we have been constructing a chicken run, next to the terrace so residents can enjoy the chickens without having to walk into the garden. We have also put a feeding hatch into the run so that residents can feed the hens from the terrace. The henhouse came last week from the domestic fowl trust, so all that was left to do was to get the chickens!  

 
 
 

 

 
 
 
 

at Tiphayes Farm

   
This afternoon, three cars, four residents, and four carers made their way to Tiphayes Farma local  breeder of traditional breeds. We discussed our requirements beforehand, what we wanted was some fairly docile birds with interesting looks and good for laying eggs.Tip Hayes Farm is a beautiful old Devon longhouse and Roger Mudditt showed us various birds including some day-old chicks.  
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 We settled on three12 week old hens, which means that they will have some time to settle down in their new surrounding before laying eggs in a few weeks time. They are a Crested Cream Legbar, a Partidge Welsummer, and a Duckwing Welsummer. I have to admit this means nothing to me! We will have to get the pictures out and figure out which one is which. 

 

 

 
 
 
 

Can I take her home please ?

Can I take her home please ?

We were advised to keep the hens in their henhouse for 24 hours to let them get used to it. Unfortunately we forgot about this and let them loose in the run. So Phil and I spent a fun few minutes rounding them up and putting them in the henhouse. Neither of us had handled chickens before (other than on the farm) but somehow we managed. 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Tucked away in bed for their first night

Tucked away in bed for their first night

They are now nicely tucked up in their henhouse with some feed and water and we’ll let them out for a stroll tomorrow afternoon. 

I think our hens will be a wonderful addition to Rose Lodge. Not only will the chickens be entertaining, they will also provide some of our residents with enjoyable and purposeful activities.  

Next on my list is to write a Care Plan for the hens!  

And of course we have to name our hens – any ideas ? 

   

   

   

   

   

a bird in the hand

a bird in the hand

 
 
 
 

Alice who coordinates activities

Alice who coordinates activities

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

One Response to “The Chickens have arrived!”

  • Thank you for your visit this afternoon.
    I am most impressed with your blog, I wish I could update my website as quickly!
    Hope you all enjoy the chooks and don’t hesitate to contact me if you need any help or advice.
    Kind regards Roger
    For Identification:
    Partridge welsummer – Golden Brown – Brown Speckled Eggs
    Duckwing Welsummer – More Grey Colour with Silver Neck Feathers – Brown Speckled Eggs
    Crested Cream Legbar – Grey Brown and Salmon Pink breast with Glamourous Bonnet – Blue Eggs

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