Pumpkin mandarins and flowers from the garden
So when I found 2 araucanas in need of a new home I couldn't resist. I'd been thinking of adding to our flock for a while now anyway but the thought of a massive dustbowl that I thought might ensue always held me back. 5 full grown full size hens roaming the backyard without a care.
Another thing to ponder. Why is it that araucanas are always named Conchita and Consuela? Surely not every buxom lass in South America is a Consuela or a Conchita? No doubt if I ever acquire an araucana rooster he will be named Inigo Montoya. In fact I think I'll get a rooster just so that I can name him after one of my favourite characters.
So in the peak of the crazy storm in Melbourne last night, there I was on a wild hen chase aquaplaning through water past my tyre tops on the freeway making my way to the hens. Of course the part of the world they were in was quite dry but they endured crazy driving on the way back to my place. I'm sure they snored in the dark the entire way ignoring the erratic driving and the pelting rain.
Today, their first day, they spent in the coop learning that it is now 'home' whilst the other bok flockers roamed the garden as usual.
Conchita (with tag on her leg) even laid us an egg! A green egg.
The other girls however are still freeloading *FROWN*
Welcome Conchita and Consuela!
The tragedy that is feeding local wildlife unintentionally
Meanwhile can someone confirm that it is a possum (we have LOADS of them on our street) that has eaten ALL of our capsicum and ALL of the red chillies (having left the unripe green ones). Surely not a chook could be so neat? Not a scrap of fruit left. Neatly bitten stalks left behind. No signs of scratching. I've never seen the chooks up on the apple crates but I have seen possums sitting on our fence laughing at us.
GONE! ALL GONE OVER NIGHT!
GONE! All the red chillies - GONE!