Big Ben and his friends

Big Ben and his friends

My site is primarily focused on bees and honey. But a beekeeper cannot live in a honey bubble alone. So, another distraction was added to occupy one’s mind. The 11- year old battle NOT to have chickens was in the end lost. Sadly, for me, I was defeated. 

After a couple of months of construction of a coop and enclosure (to ensure it was fox and stoat proof), followed by a copious study on line the ‘science’ of chickens… Ben, with his harem, Henrietta, Matilda, Blackie and Chickaletta arrived.  After a week or two the eggs started flowing although my egg log indicates an average of 2.68 eggs a day. Despite being told that they are dull creatures if not boring, I find them hugely entertaining.

The neighbours are not too upset by Ben’s chanting (after a bribe of a box of eggs they can hardly do so).  My Doctor’s husband (neighbour) did complain though, over the fence the other day, that he was most upset with all the singing. Having felt an admonishment was on the way I was amazed to hear his real complaint. He said he could not understand what Ben was saying as he was not speaking French but English. After being told that the cockerel came from Normandy much laughter ensued and life carried on.

All is well….

Ben and his girls in the garden

3 COMMENTS

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Victoria Judd

I still maintain that Tikka, Teriyaki, and Drumstick would have made great chicken names… but hey ho!

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    MJ

    The beekeeper reserves the right to not have to respond to proposed names of Chickens (owned by the wife of the beekeeper) that appear to be names of recipes for cooked (and therefore dead) chickens. Ha ha ha ! Ben, Mertle, Henrietta, Chickaletta and Blackie (nothing Whatsoever Woke or PC about this beekeeper) all send multiple (possibly painful) loving pecks on your cheeks as a reminder that they are alive and well. BTW beware as Paw Patrol is being readied for action !!!!!!! LOL

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      MJ

      Are you sure they are called the Paw Patrol and not the Peck Patrol?

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