|Judith and Ada take a dust bath|
Time for a chicken update I think. Flora, Aunt Ada and Cousin Judith have been with us for three months now and what a full three months it’s been. Flora has had a dodgy eye ever since she arrived but that seems to be sorted now - after three trips to the vet, two courses of antibiotics and eye surgery to remove a huge lump under the eyelid. Yes, vets do operate on chickens. I could have had her despatched; after all, the vet bills would have bought me fifteen more hens, but I guess I’m just too sentimental and wanted to give the old girl a chance. Glad I did as she seems fine now.
|Flora's fluffy bottom|
The three of them have also diced with mycoplasmosis but after more antibiotics seem to be clear at the moment. It's one of those tenacious bugs that's hard to shift once it's in the flock but I'm hoping with good bio security I can keep it at bay. Egg production is good and with my day-job data analyst hat on, I'm keeping a log of daily, weekly and monthly egg production against expenditure. From this I can calculate the cost of each egg and map it against monies recouped using the supermarket price of an average of 28p per large woodland egg. More on this next time
when I will do a detailed
analysis. You can take the person out of data but you can't take the data out
of the person.
|Flora was the first to venture out into the snow|