A bit of sadness in the coop this month. From four hens
we are now back down to three.
Who’s missing? Yup, our lovely red hen, Miranda. She was suffering from “fly strike”, also known as myiasis, earlier in the month (very gruesome, I’ll let you google if you have a strong stomach). We did our best to treat her, but to no avail, and we had to make the decision to put her out of her misery. I say “we”, it was actually the husband who did the deed quickly and efficiently – for which I can never thank him enough. It would have been inhumane to let her linger.
I really miss not seeing her lovely golden plumage, when hens are all strutting about – she was a lovely hen with a great personality, and in the 3 years she lived here, she laid a total of 726 eggs, so she was en excellent layer too.
Anyway, I’m pleased to say the other gals are all healthy. Miss Moneypenny has finally got over her broodiness (which seems to affect her every May & June) and is now back out, strutting her stuff. She’s mainly there just to look pretty these days though, aged 4, we’re not relying on her for our egg supply.
For June, the total egg count was 58 eggs. 1 laid by Miranda before she got “ fly struck”, 3 by Miss Moneypenny, 24 by Mauricette and a staggering 30 by Miss Plumpton, who never seems to take a day off.
Saying that, Mauricette laid a 110g whopper only the other day – no doubt a double-yolker, but I haven’t cracked it open yet.
Anyway, our three gals are enjoying the shade of the apple trees in the orchard.
Temperatures are hot. 35°C today, and forecast says we can expect 37°C tomorrow.
The orchard really is the best place for the hens in the summer months as there’s always a bit of shade. Apple trees look as if they’ll yield well this year. I have no idea what varieties we have, but there are two which seem to be cooking apples
And one which gives nice eating apples.
They’re not ripe yet, but if they can all stay nice & healthy-looking like that, we should be in for quite a harvest.
Pear trees aren’t doing so well. We’ve got 2 in the orchard, and 2 in the veggie patch. The latter are totally without pear, but in the orchard there are a few (probably about a dozen in total).
The question is: will they ripen, or simply fall off beforehand?