Clucked this week by Val
Human visitors to The Garden.
Foot inspection revealations.
A clucking good morning to you all. Well what a few weeks it has been here in The Garden. Last Saturday the humans were having some sort of party with lots of other humans. Many of these humans came to visit us and picked some of us up and gave us a stroke, I have to say I stayed out of the way as I don't like all of that fussing. I also noticed as the afternoon went on some of those humans seemed a little tired as they were swaying in the wind and at times it seemed they were speaking in a very odd language and gigling. Very weird perhaps it is some form of human reaction to these long summer days.
Yesterday the humans arrived with a bowl of water, some odd smelling lotion and some white objects and a roll of something sticky. I know the white stuff isn't edible as Cornflake grabbed a bit when the humans weren't looking and ran round The Garden with it. She was very pleased with herself and some of the others chased her round trying to get hold of it thinking it was food. The little human soon grabbed it from her and it was clear it wasn't food. Cornflake was last seen clucking to herself "that's not food, that's disgusting" and washing her mouth out in the water bowl.
From what I could translate the humans seem to have found some sores on Brave's feet and so were checking everyone else's feet to see if they had any sores as well. Some of the girls had to have a little surgical procedure and now have their feet in that white stuff with the sticky thing wrapped round them, they do look funny but are happily walking around so it can't be to bad. I had my feet checked and am pleased to say they are all clean, so no funny things on my feet!!!
So Brave, Red and RedBull all had to spend the rest of the day in the run and slept in there overnight. This caused some confusion for the girls at bedtime, they are such girls of habit and couldn't work out where to sleep, although there are plainly 2 coops!! I do dispair sometimes, I had to round them up, with a little help from the humans and make sure they were all safely tucked up for the night. Bluie of course was still in the corner laying on pebbles to see if they will hatch!!
Anyway, during the afternoon I could see Charlie looking a bit lost wondering around, he looked out of clucks. Suddenly he realised Brave, the love of his chicken life, was in the recovery run. He ran over and started doing his dance thing, shaking his feathers and wiggling his little chicken hips. They pecked through the chicken wire before he disappeared to spend the might with 17 other girls.
Well that's all from The Garden for now, have a clucking good week and send me your animal stories so I can read them to the others before lights out in the coop.
PS A big thank you to one of our biggest fans Cath, we had to sign her shirt when she was here at the human party - I didn't realise we were so famous.
Val fights Back by Val
This weeks headlines:
Love is in the air in the Garden.
The truth about my antics.
A lucky escape for 2 of the girls
Hello everybody Val here. I thought it was time to set the clucking straight and give you my story. Before I do I bring you the latest in romance from The Garden. Charlie has fallen head over Cockerel for Brave, it is very funny to watch. Every morning he is one of the first out of the coop, runs to the food and water and then waits patiently for Brave, who is always one of the last out of the coop. I think she must be doing her wings and putting on her beak stick. As soon as she walks down the steps it's like one of those slow motion love stories as Charlie runs across The Garden to be next to Brave, he then dances beautifully round her before getting a piggy back ride - I always thought he should carry Brave but hey she doesn't seem to mind. He then gives her a big kiss on the back of her neck and lets out the biggest cocker doola do I have ever heard.
They seem to be very much in love at the moment - well Charlie does.
The truth about my antics;
I have noticed Brave has been following me about a lot recently and I have to keep finding a quiet time to disappear without her showing the humans where I am. She often gets stuck and can't seem to make her way back through the fence when she does follow me. Yes it's true I did start a few new nests but you see The Crows have been attacking and eating our eggs and the only way to protect them is to hide them. Every time I hide them one of the other girls gives the game away. I have moved again recently and I haven't told anyone where I am laying my eggs, hopefully noone will let on but I will have to be very sneeky beaky this time.
A lucky escape
I seriously worry about some of the girls. There are 3 dogs where we live, they have their own garden and there is a lovely picket fence to keep them out of our garden. There is big dog who often runs up to the fence when we are sunbathing, she nevers gets near us but tries to scare us into running away. Most of us just stay where we are as we know we are safe. Then there is the medium white dog. She generally pays us no attention at all, and then there is the small brown dog. He has funny teeth and barks a lot at other birds flying over their garden. I have seen him fall asleep standing up!!
We are safe where we are and we know not to travel too far, especially not into Their Garden. However, Pink decided to check out Their Garden recently, she was grabbed by the bottom by the big dog but thankfully wasn't hurt, she lost a few feathers. It was the cluck of The Garden all evening as we fussed around her to make sure she was okay. You would think we would all be on alert but oh no, Green decided she would like to have a look round Their Garden. Just as she thought it was safe the big dog came running down the garden, instead of flying - yes we can fly - she stood there, frozen to the spot, we were clucking and clucking at her to move. Big dog grabbed her bottom, oh there was a lot of noise and feathers. Thankfully the human with big hair came running out shouting at the big dog and she rescued Green. Oh my that was close, Green is okay and I hope she has learnt her lesson. We have everything we need here and don't need to go into Their Garden. Green is sitting in a bowl of cold water to ease the throbbing of losing her feathers. We have sent her to see Frostie and her gang to get a feathercure and a relaxing massage with slug oil. Another close shave.
Well until next time I hope you all have a clucking good week
This week's clucker is Brave.
My name's Brave and I have been here since The Garden first saw chickens. I have ben asked to write this weeks Weekly Cluck as I have witnessed first hand some very odd going ons.
My first week as a spy.
Some of the girls get high!
This Weekly Cluck is a catch up on the last few weeks. For those of you who are regular Cluckers you will know Val has been up to all sorts of antics, firstly disappearing to lay in the bush behind the woodshed, then being over the side in the field. I have been keeping an eye on her, which isn't too difficult for us chickens as we can only see through one eye at a time anyway.
Val had been behaving oddly, pretending to busy herself and when she thought no one was watching she would disappear back behind the woodshed. I followed her one day, staying safey in The Garden, to see where she had gone. I checked her old nest, but she wasn't there, I checked behind the bins, but she wasn't there, I even checked through the fence into the field on the other side of The Garden, but still no sign.
I decided to be Brave - cluck cluck- did you see what I did there, brave and Brave, oh I am so clever sometimes - anyway I decided I would make my way over the safety fence and see where she was. I had become a little worried not knowing where she might have gone. I flew up and over landing gentlyand began my search. She was no where to be found. Just as I was getting a little concerned, one of the humans came out to collect our eggs. she was pottering around, chatting to us as she always does ,when she suddenly stopped and said " Val what on earth are you doing?". I couldn't see Val anywhere and I looked to where the human was pointing. There was Val half way up a tree, in a new nest!! Well I never, she is such a crafty chicken, she popped herself up, clucked at the human, leapt from the tree onto the woodshed roof and back into The Garden as if this was perfectly normal. The human then saw me, " Brave" she said, "what on earth are you doing on the wrong side of the fence?". I scurried around trying to find my way back, pecking at the fence, looking at branches but I just couldn't work out a way back in. The human knelt down beside me and gently lifted the bottom of the fence and I was able to walk back into the safety of The Garden. I think I will stay here it's much safer.
Some of the girls get high.
So today I was pottering around the garden, digging for grubs, when I heard the human shout, " Quick come and look at this the chickens are in the tree". It must be Val I thought, but no there was Val by the food bucket. Who on earth could it be? I wandered over and saw Ruffles and Pinky high up in a tree looking like they were stuck and with no obvious way down. The other human came over with a big log and the girls manged to get down one at a time. How funny they were slipping down the branch and a little unsteady on their feet. I know one of the humans made a video on that human You Tube.
Well that's it from me, I hope you have a clucking good week, I am off to see that if that video clip is on Chick Tube, I hear it is the talk of The Garden, you never know I might be in the back ground.
By Charlie Cockeral
Here are the headlines:
Girls go a wandering,
Bluie is trying to hatch golf balls and
VAL IS OVER THE SIDE!!!
The last few weeks have proved extremley busy here in the garden. The new girls have started to lay and the humans can often be seen walking around balancing eggs in their arms, I don't know why they don't just have a basket or something to carry them in.
Several of the girls went for an explore up the road the other day. I was busy looking for grubs and looked up to find The Garden very quiet and hardly any of the girls about. I hot clawed it across the garden to find the gate open and the girls wandering back in clucking about the pretty flowers and how lovely the field was opposite. Not long after a friendly female human came in and starting counting us, I am not sure who she was but she was very kind and seemed to be worried about us all being in the garden. She made sure the gate was firmly shut when she left.
The humans have been placing golf balls in various places round the garden, I overheard them saying it was because one of the girls was eating the eggs and this would help. I didn't tell the girls as I don't want them eating the eggs - seems a bit weird to me to lay and then eat your own egg. Any way it's worked as the prime suspect in "egg gate" was last seen tapping at a golf ball with no success. Unfortuanately Bluie thinks the golf balls are eggs and as they don't move she has become broodie again and sits on them for hours - she really is a daft chicken.
Finally Val has been over the side - yes Val. I spied her the other day jumping upon the old slate pile, hopping over the fence and squeezing through a small gap into the "other side". She then disappeared and came back about half an hour later. I watched her do this for about a week.
The small human was in the garden when I heard her shout "mummy quick come her" and Val had been found out.
So that's all the news from The Garden and I must go as my favourite animal football team "Whales" are playing the second half and look like they might win!!
I hope you've had a good week. Well what a couple of weeks we've had here!!
Firstly Blackie and Bluie have finally stopped being broody, they were hogging all the best laying spots and refused to move. I know the big humans were getting quite worried in case they weren't eating or drinking enough, every time they came out and moved them B and B would wait until they left and then run back to their spots again, refusing to move. I got so fed up I created my own spot in the hedge. To be honest even now I pop over there for a bit of peace and quiet.
Cornflake and Frosty have set up their own beauty parlour and every evening they will clean your beak for a small charge. They are very good at it and there is often a queue for beak clean hour, they do it just before we go to bed so our beaks are nice and clean for the morning. Charlie seems to get his done free of charge, I'm not sure why. He is a funny Cockerel and has recently started to come into the new coop rather than the old one, he can often be found following Green around the garden.
We have had all sorts of weather here this week from beautiful sunshine to terrible rain and thunder storms, thankfully there is a great big tree we can all shelter under as the rain comes.
Some of the girls had a face off with the three 4 legged animals, I think they are called dogs, we know we have a fence between us so they can't get in.
The small human with blonde hair has finally named some of the new girls. I think a few are called Kebab, Pie and Roast. I heard one of the bigger humans laugh and tell her she shouldn't call them that but I am not sure why.
Have a lovely weekend we are watching the Euro Chicken Games on Saturday and hope the England Chicks do well.
Please do share, like and add comments as there is a growing Chicken community out there and we would like to see how far we can spread our wings.
By Charlie Cockerel
I write this from the peace and quiet of my coop. We have two coops here, one large and one medium sized. For some reason all the girls, except Blackie and Blue sleep in the big coop, which leaves me loads of room to stretch my dancing legs and get a good nights sleep without all the chatter going on!!!
This week has seen some drama I can tell you. Val, yes Val, disappeared for the day, none of us could find her until the humans came home in the evening. Apparently, according to the chicken gossip, she was carried in by the humans having been found walking up the driveway. She then went missing all night, the girls clucked it through to me from the other coop, but by the time I got the message the coop doors were shut and I couldn't get out to find her. She turned up safe and sound and I over heard the humans saying they had no idea where she had been. The next day they found her snuggled down in the bush on the dangerous side of the fence. It seems she was fed up of waitiing for Blue to come out from the "laying corner" so went off and created herself a quiet nest and laid a couple of eggs. I'm going to get Val to write next week's blog and give us her side of the story.
Blue and Blackie are still very broody and the humans are still having to move them so they eat and drink.
The Crows are back again and stealing our food, we are trying everything to get them to go away, I guess I had better go out and see what's happening and make sure they are not still about. Other than that it's been a fairly quiet week, oh except for the mouse found stealing our food from the greenhouse!!
Hope you've enjoyed your long weekend and have a clucking good week
Good evening every body,
Firstly I must apologise for not bringing you the "Weekly Cluck" last week but my interpreter wasn't available and my claws kept scratching the thing the humans call a computer.
Good news, The Crow family have stopped stealing our food, so no injunction required at this time. We have had a visit from Mr Partridge but he only stayed for the day and a spot of lunch. He is a very handsome man and I think Charlie was a little put out but he was still very polite.
Blue and Black are very broody at the moment and the humans have to keep coming out and moving them. Apparently this is because if they don't then they won't eat and this could make them ill. The other problem is they are also hogging the best laying spots so there is often a queue for laying, and when a lady needs to go she has got to go!!! A couple of the new girls have had their first eggs, they are very small and sometimes just have the yolk or a jelly shell. I am helping them through this as it can be quite a frightening experience your first time round.
We also have a new family on the patch, Mr and Mrs Blue-tit. I believe they have some very young babies but I am not sure how many, every time I try to engage Mr B in conversation he is dashing around apologising but he is very busy.
Have a lovely week and I look forward to speaking to you all soon. Please leave me any comments or questions and I will get back to you.
This weeks post is bought to you by Val.
Clucking good morning to you all.
This week has seen the new girls & Charlie settling in to our community & some intruders.
We are laying some really good quality eggs for our human friends & thank all of them for returning the box things the humans sell our eggs in. I don't want to appear big headed but my eggs are by far the biggest, which is why I have to make so much noise when I lay them.!!
We have a new feeder & water trough and the writing on it says "omelet", I found this funny as that's what eggs make - cluck, cluck, cluck.
Our neighbours, The Crows, have been popping in & eating our food without an invite. We are waiting for Charlie to chase them off but he just hides under the tree with us. We might have to come up with a plan on how to stop this happening.
Any ideas please help us & comment on this post.
Have a clucking good week
This weeks "Weekly Cluck" is bought to you by Val.
Morning, it is a beautiful day as I write this from my perch in our new coop. Yes we have a lovely new coop, I wasn't so sure about it when it first arrived but now I have slept here a few nights it is very comfy and I have more space as the other girls are all trying to squeeze themselves into the other coop!!
There are 3 main pieces of news from the chicken garden today;
1. The new coop
2. Some new arrivals.
3. We have a man!
I have already clucked about the coop, which is beautiful and handmade by a lovely man called Donald. He designs them all individually and then travels down from the north and puts it up for us. We had a right good nose as he did so to make sure he was doing right.
Yesterday we were pottering round the garden when the humans arrived with some new chickens, they are a bit younger than me so I will have to make sure they are okay and don't get bullied.
Finally we have a man, yes Charlie the Cockerel arrived yesterday as well. He is very strong and brave and has stood his ground when some of the older girls have tried to peck him into order, oh yes we had an interesting chest puffing day yesterday. He is very handsome but don't tell him I told you that.
I am waiting for the human with the long blonde hair to name the new ones and will bring you pictures and characters of them next week.
We hope you have enjoyed our eggs and you have a clucking good week.