Over the past week we have received a very generous donation of logs, bark and wood chippings from CSG Ushers Ltd, a local tree surgeon who has been working nearby. The byproduct of their work (branches, logs and wood chip) have been put to good use across the farm, providing a nice dry layer underfoot for our goat, duck and chicken pens as well as enrichment in the form of log piles and perches for many of the farm’s animals. The pigs love having a good scratch against their logs and searching for food among them. The goats seem keen on stripping all the bark off their logs and the chickens and ducks are eagerly scratching through the wood chip, looking for insects, worms and other treats. More photos and videos on the next page.
This week we’re shining the spotlight the unmistakable golden chickens of the farm, our Buff Orpingtons. The Buff Orpingtons currently live in the corner chicken pen, next to Clover, the Gloucestershire Old Spots sow and across from our goats. These birds have an impressive size and beautiful golden colour. As their name suggests, the breed originates from Orpington, in the London Borough of Bromley. Find out more about the Orpington breed (and why our hens are wearing jackets) on the next page!
To keep our chickens happy, healthy and entertained, we’ve been trying to encourage their natural foraging behaviour. One part of this programme has been the cabbages you may have spotted throughout our poultry pens. These dangling cabbages encourage the birds to explore and work for their greens. Watch our newest additions, a trio of lovely ‘partridge’ coloured Brahma chickens (the son and daughters of the Vauxhall brahmas) enjoying (and destroying) their hanging cabbage! More photos and video on the next page!