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Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

A Hutton Alert!

Wednesday's forecast - cats and dogsLast week we finally got some rain. Well, not just some rain but a WHOLE BUCKETLOAD. Quite possibly more in one day than we'd had in the previous two or t...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

Lamb Surprise!

No, it's not a recipe!I got home yesterday to find these in the top paddock.We were very worried for this ewe. Over a month ago we brought her into the stables as she appeared to be showing ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1W ago

FREEDOM!!!!! The trials and tribulations of poultry keeping.

Avian Flu Restrictions LiftedThe poultry are free! Restrictions are lifted. They can stretch their wings, explore, scratch around wherever they want (but NOT in my veg plot!)The chickens hel...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 2W ago

Tales of the turkey clan and more

After a straight drive of almost 12 hours I arrived home from North Ronaldsay very late at night, so there was no time to pop in and look at the four new turkey chicks (known as poults).In t...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Swifts, Harbingers of Summer

If one bird really says summer to me it's the swift, just about the last of our summer visitors to appear. A party of four were scything through the air over the sheep paddock this morning, ...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 3W ago

Weekend plans ambushed by Red-winged Blackbird

Hooray!It's a long bank holiday weekend. Midweek rain means that I can finally get on with planting the Maincrop potatoes and sowing vegetable seeds.I spent Friday evening rotavating the bed...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Wool Day

There's been a bit of a sheepy theme lately - understandable as it's lambing time - so I'll carry on with it.A bit out of order here, for the week's new lamb took priority, but last Sunday s...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Badger Face drops a surprise lamb

The two Shetland ewes with the badger-face looks are not the most prolific of ewes. Between them they produce an average of one lamb a year! But for the moment they can stay.This year is run...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

Lambs, Broody Poultry and a Grasshopper Mangetout Guard.

I am beginning to wonder if we are ever going to get any rain. Every forecast of drizzle just fizzles away to nothing. I have even had to use the hose pipe on some of my newly sown beds.This...
Tales from Swallow Farm · 1M ago

The Perfect Day... almost

Yesterday was just about perfect.It started with two swallows chattering in the stables. These two birds spent the day air-dancing over the farm. One of the little owl pair sat on sentry dut...