I just love this photo – my dog has watched over the new chicks since they hatched – despite his reservations with the grown up chickens – he has become very protective of their offspring. This chick regularly sits on the top edge of their cardboard box, and he worries that it will jump out, so here he is nudging it back into the box!
This chick is 3 weeks old and is probably a pure breed Buff Sussex
These are some of the chicks at two days old, there are a couple of silkies in the batch, but most of them are the eggs from my own chickens – the Buff Sussex and Speckled Sussex shown below.
As they are free range, the chicks could be pure breeds or crosses of the two breeds – I will have to wait until they are fully grown to be sure, and am looking forward to seeing what the crosses look like – hopefully they will have interesting markings!
These are some of the other chicks at 3 weeks old.
feathers not yet fully grown
I have been selling the fertile eggs on ebay, and I have had feedback that they are fertile, even once they have been thro’ the postal system – so I thought – I might as well advertise them here too! Please note I can only post them within the UK.
TO BUY SOME OF THESE EGGS – PLEASE GO TO THE LISTING ON THIS SITE
Well, I don’t know about you, but it feels like this has been a very unusual winter in West Wales. The weather has been all over the place, and there is more to come – smile – there is always more to come! However, there are signs that spring is on the way. Snow drops are starting to appear, and daffodil shoots seem to be pushing up all over the place.
I have a large garden here – part of the reason I moved was so that I could raise chickens, and here are a couple of them!
The first batch of Buff Sussex started off in my incubator at the end of July, and are nearly 6 months old now, and hopefully will start laying soon. I ‘m just praying that the foxes don’t come around!
There is a lot of work to be done in the garden, and I have been pruning some of the overgrown trees and bushes this week, and planning where to put the veg patch and what plants I want to grow. It will all take some time! So it seems will the changes I want to make to the cottage!
There is one more important change that I am making….
….. and I’d like your help!
As many of you will know, part of the reason I blog is to let you know about the small business I run –
I have thought about setting up my own website for a long time. Whilst selling on the above outlets has worked fine for over 10 years – its getting more and more restricting.
The last straw, was when ebay recently changed their rules, and no longer allow any outside links on the listings – so – I was forced to take down any links to this blog – even the tutorials that go with some of the listings! They don’t want to give buyers a chance to contact sellers direct, as they might lose some of their revenue. However, since I am a business seller, my full details have to be shown on every listing! Makes no sense at all, and I even told them that – but its the new corporate era for ebay, and they really don’t care about what I say! They have changed so much since I first started selling with them – it was much more fun!
Anyway – whilst I will still keep the sites with ebay & etsy – I have taken the plunge and bought a business site with WordPress.
I have been spending ages since Christmas working out how to use it and adding much of my stock – and have still got some major decisions to make about how I want it to look!
Originally, I’d thought I could just add a page or two to this blog – but it turned out that all the complicated stuff – like a shopping cart and taking payments etc wouldn’t work with this blog’s format. You might have noticed that I tried working out whether I could sell direct from this blog a while back – and it didn’t exactly work well! (The lantern I was selling there has just been sold on etsy, and it went to Phoenix, USA!)
So its a separate site, with a slightly different logo. This is my first attempt at a business card for it – but I think it needs a bit more work – just as well I only got 100 of these cards printed!
As you can see, I’ve called it THE STORE. This was to make sure it doesn’t get mixed up with the SHOP on etsy.
If you try clicking on the link above, you should just get a page saying that the website is “under construction” – but feel free to have a look – there’s a nice picture with the message! If by any chance, you do get to the site itself, please let me know, as something will have gone wrong!
In the meantime – would you be kind enough to take a few minutes to fill out the questionnaire? It would be nice to know how many of you would be interested in using THE STORE.
Anyone who fills in the form below, will be sent a 10% OFF COUPON to use when the site becomes public – in the next few weeks- hopefully!
I look forward to hearing from you – thanks!
Flat Rate Shipping Costs
At present, for most orders, you will be paying a flat rate for shipping.
ie: buy as many items as you want and the postage is always the same!
For the UK – you pay £4.95
For Europe – you pay £6.95
For International Zone 1 (includes US, Canada & India) – you pay £10.95
For International Zone 2 (includes Australia & New Zealand) – you pay £11.95
International customers are strongly advised to buy the worldwide tracking postage extra – you can find it here.
Please see the READ FIRST page for any variations.