Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Happy Hens

Last week, I headed off to town to pick up some hens, to come and live in my lovely new henhouse.  I bought 6 young hens, about 20 weeks old, and was told they were just beginning to lay.  They've been shut in for about 5 days, so that they could learn where to lay, how to roost, and to settle into their new home.

Here are the girls in their new digs ............................................
Today I thought I'd let them out, as the sun has decided to come back after a very wet Monday.  And look what I found - my first egg - doesn't take much to get me excited does it?  I've left it there for the kids to find when they get home from school.  They've been running out to check the nesting boxes every day so today they'll get a surprise too!

Anyway, I opened their little door, and waited.........

....................and waited ................



...................and waited...........................................


............... and finally they ventured out. 





They're staying pretty close to the door just now, but I'm sure it won't be long and they'll be roaming around, probably getting into the vegetable garden and harassing the dog. 

TIme for some more Tis the Season progress, I've joined the blocks together, and have now chosen my border fabrics, might get them on tonight if time allows, so I'm still on target to finish it before the end of the month.

Thanks for visiting with me today ...................... till next time................happy stitching, Nicky

26 comments:

Christine said...

Cute hens and lovely progress on your quilt!

Stitchin' Sweet Sue said...

Oh Nicky, your girls are precious:) Congrats on your first egg~YAY! Thx for sharing.

LuAnn said...

The quilt is beautiful; love the stitchery. Also like hearing about the hens.

Katherine said...

Gorgeous chooks! but I have a little bad news for you, they will go and find their own favourite spots to lay and mine change their spot about every fortnight LOL. They look like what are called Isa Browns over here in Australia. I have been enjoying your blog for a while now and found it via the Vignette blog. Your quilts etc are just amazing.

shez said...

love hearing about your chooks Nicky.Your TIS wallhanging looks fantastic,well done

Christine M said...

I remember when I found our first egg. It was so exciting. I also left it for the kids to find!

suzitee said...

Your girls are beautiful Nicky...and I'm sure lots of adventures await them as they venture further from the henhouse! Keep up the great work on TTS...YOU CAN DO IT!

Christine said...

Your Tis the Season looks fabulous .. look forward to seeing the borders. Bet the kids enjoyed finding that egg ... what fun.

Peg - Happy In Quilting said...

TTS looks fantastic...and you will get lots of eggs from all those girls..

Ali Honey said...

I am watching the progress of your chickens ( and henhouse )closely as I have my order in for my henhouse . I have only been waiting 30 + years to get them. I really hope it happens this time as we love producing our own food.
# 1 egg - that's great - I hope you get lots.
As I expected they have said Saturday for avo picking - that clashes nicely with our quilt exhibition.( murphy's law says if it can clash it probably will.)Never mind I will work round it.qu

Annie said...

Seeing that first egg must have been pretty exciting! Are you planning to bronze it and display it like a Fabergé egg? ;-)

The quilt just looks stunning!

Carol said...

I would be running around all excited by the first egg, too, Nicky! I'm the same way--I don't need much to make me happy :)

I love seeing all the blocks of your quilt together--just wonderful!

KarenV said...

Your hens are so sweet! I love how they had to poke their heads out of the house for a while before they were brave enough to come out properly.

Lovely quilt blocks too.

rosie said...

I just love when you get a new batch of hen, and you watch them and watch them, and all of a sudden there is an egg!! It's the little things in life Nicky!!!! Love your quilt..

Chookyblue...... said...

the girls look very happy.........the "palace" will be lovely for them.........see they have already laid an egg they are so happy..........lol.........

TTS is looking great..........the end is in sight.........

Fiona said...

I just love your hen house Nicky. I still get excited to hear how many eggs we get each day even after 2 years of having them. They are a lot of fun and the eggs are so much better than store bought ones.

Hugs - Fee X

Josie said...

Oooooo ... your first egg. What joy! Now... who got to eat it?
Love your hen house. I'm thinking window boxes... maybe some red gingham curtains....
Your quilt is totally fabulous too. Love the fabrics and the gorgeous stitching.

Sunshine & Fabric said...

Looks like the hens have settled in to their little house. Quilt looks great too.

Too many eggs said...

how nice to have your own hens, we always had hens when i was growing up....my back yard is way too small..your TTS is looking great

Grethe said...

Yeah, 1 egg there,just like a Fabergè egg! Lovely hens,great sheep family,And your TTS looks super,so your three ladies:-)

Charlie and Wendy said...

It is always such a nice feeling getting your own eggs, enjoy! Your quilt is so beautiful, I love the fabrics and your stitchng.

Rowyn said...

Awesome hen house. How exciting to get your first egg from them!

Your quilt is coming along and looking great.

brandy1 said...

Gosh I would like to have been there to here your childrens excitement at finding an egg. Aren't chooks just delightful.I think we are lucky to get enjoyment from watching them or reading about their antics and what's more to get an egg out of it!Shirleysc

Siobhan said...

How neat! It seems like so many people are getting into having hens--really neat! I love your quilt progress, too.

I was talking to a neighbor about her sons and thought of you. One of her sons was 6 months away from being fully qualified as an electrician when the company he was working for let him go--a common practice here because then they'd be required to pay him more money. He went off to travel and ended up in NZ, where he's working now and LOVES it. Says it's the most fabulous place. He was at the game that Ireland won recently so was incredibly excited. Anyway, I thought of you because rugby and NZ = Nicky in my head! ;)

Have a great week!

Susan said...

Love your Tis the Season - really nice all in reds.

Suzanne said...

Your hens look happy in their new home.

Love your quilt!

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