Cimla Chooks Blog
23-Nov-14 05:55 - Power issue
Noticed that power isn't getting to the router -trying to sort it
21-Jun-14 11:20 - Dustbaths
Chickens dustbathe! This is a fact and they enjoy it (and it keeps them healthy and mite free).
Tosh our Gold Silkie was dustbathing today, I just bought a new camera with very fast burst mode, so was able to take this series of pictures - amazing the way the soil is thrown all over the place.....
24-May-14 07:21 - 2014 chicks
Here they are at 2 days old!
23-May-14 09:49 - Dani and Sue are Mums!
Sue has hatched two chicks. The fertile eggs came from Dani.
Dani had been in with a cockerel when we bought her and had been laying eggs, so we saved them, Sue sat on them and we now have two gorgeous chicks.
23-May-14 09:46 - Proud Mum
Sue is now the proud Mum of two chicks. You can see them on Cam 4.
26-Apr-14 07:58 - Some Goodbyes
We lost Gwen, Peri and Abigail over the last few weeks
26-Apr-14 07:55 - Changing a few bits
Modifying a few pages and some long overdue additions within the next few days.
24-May-12 12:09 - Liz has improved on her biggest egg!
Today she laid a 100g egg
Next to a normal medium egg!
At least I think it was Liz that laid it as she seems a bit quiet tonight!
13-May-12 09:02 - 2012 Chicks - Update week 2
They've grown quite a bit now....
01-May-12 14:24 - Hatching for 2012
This year's hatch took place on Saturday/Sunday - 10 chicks hatched out of 20 eggs - Pictures of our new additions below :
18-Oct-11 14:23 - Biggest egg ever!
Congratulations to Liz who laid us our biggest egg yesterday since we started keeping chickens...
Well done Liz.
17-Sep-11 14:59 - Gwen the trouble maker continues
Today, her adventures took her down next door fence!!
We wing clipped her, she did it again!!!
We then spent the next few hours raising the perimeters using plastic fencing and posts!! Doesn't look good, but is doing the job to keep our sweet escapologist contained.
14-Sep-11 13:27 - Cheeky one
Gwen as been getting cheekier and cheekier since she's started laying. She is such a friendly and inquisitive chicken.... Maybe a bit TOO inquisitive. Today I watched as she climbed up some garden netting, to get on the wall, to walk around and then jump onto the roof of Walk in Run 2!
Thankfully, she will do anything for mixed corn, so flew down as soon as she heard me shake the corn pot. She's going to be trouble that one! She can count herself lucky she lays blue eggs and is such a sweetheart!
04-Sep-11 03:30 - End of an era
I felt great sadness that the Wernlas collection was closing.
Having had some gorgeous birds from there in the past, and knowing how helpful owner Sue was, I felt I had to go to the auction... One last chance to have a look around.
It was a fantastic day, I went with my friend Tasha (a breeder). It had been my intention to only buy supplies unless a lot really jumped out on me... That lot was a Blue Silkie Pullet and a Black Silkie Pullet.... I bid, not expecting to win, and I did
River and Melody have now joined the Cimlachooks flock
28-Aug-11 13:41 - Ex-Bats
Our 3 new ex-bats can now be seen on Cam2
21-Aug-11 11:22 - BarbaraBarbara
, the last of our current ex-bats passed away yesterday. RIP Babsy!
05-Aug-11 05:28 - Tosh
Tosh, the gold silkie, is turning into quite the devious little one.
Whilst everyone else (including the babies) run back into their respective runs for corn at bedtime, Tosh has decided that she wants to stay up late, and will refuse to go into the run.
Cue lots of comedy chasing around the garden!
02-Aug-11 13:08 - Eggcellent achievement
Eggs Today - 6
Total - 5002
Now I have reached the 5000 egg mark I'm going to stop logging
02-Aug-11 03:28 - Eggs
Yesterday - 6
Total - 4996
31-Jul-11 11:40 - Eggs
Today - 8
Total - 4990
31-Jul-11 05:58 - Eggs
Fri and Sat - 13
Total - 4982
28-Jul-11 14:34 - Eggs
Today - 8
Total - 4969
27-Jul-11 12:29 - Eggs
Today - 8
26-Jul-11 15:05 - Eggs
Today - 7
Total - 4953
25-Jul-11 06:10 - Eggs
Yesterday - 7
Today - 6
23-Jul-11 14:35 - Eggs
Friday - 5
sat - 10
Total - 4931
21-Jul-11 14:10 - Egg count
Today - 9
Total - 4916
20-Jul-11 11:24 - Egg count
Sun - 5
Mon - 8
Tues - 6
Weds - 9
Total - 4907
14-Jul-11 14:02 - Egg count
Eggs today - 7
Total - 4870
13-Jul-11 14:12 - Egg count
Eggs today - 6
Total - 4863
12-Jul-11 16:34 - Egg count
Eggs today - 9
Total eggs - 4857
11-Jul-11 03:08 - Egg count
Eggs yesterday - 8
Eggs today - 7
Total eggs to date - 4848
09-Jul-11 16:16 - Egg count
Number of eggs today - 10 (thats everyone who is old enough to lay who hasn't retired
Total egg count to date - 4833
08-Jul-11 06:54 - Egg count
Eggs laid yesterday - 8
Eggs laid today - 6
Total eggs laid - 4823
06-Jul-11 13:53 - Egg count
We have decided to no longer log individual eggs to chickens, it's just too time consuming!
However, we will continue to log egg numbers laid per day and keep a total eggs laid to date.
So, eggs laid today = 9
Total eggs to date = 4809
20-Jun-11 03:15 - Ace
Ace, our 4 year old ex batt, had her last free range yesterday and joined the great flock in the sky. RIP.
18-Jun-11 06:35 - Webcam 5
Webcam 5 has now been added, it is in the chick run.
05-Jun-11 13:26 - House moves
The Silkie chicks have now moved into WIR1 in the rabbit run.
The baby chicks now have full access to WIR 2
The silkie chicks can now be seen on webcam 2, the babies are still on webcam 4
05-Jun-11 13:24 - House moves
See the blog for details of house moves.
05-Jun-11 13:16 - RIP Tegan
We lost Tegan our Brahma Bantam today. Sleep well baby girl.
25-May-11 13:24 - RIP Grace
We lost Grace our Wyandotte yesterday. RIP sweetheart.
20-May-11 09:53 - New Pictures
New pictures of the chicks....
06-May-11 04:25 - Some moves
Jo and Astrid (now Serena and Felicity) have moved house to be with a friend who has other pekins.
The bigger chicks are now in WIR2 on webcam 4, coming in at night.
The babies have moved to a bigger brooder, still on webcam 3.
23-Apr-11 07:00 - Chick Photos - Update
New photos of our hatched chicks - a week old now
This is the late hatcher - it was helped out of it's shell with a toothpick...
17-Apr-11 16:27 - Chick Photos
Well, 10 chicks hatched in all. One of them is still in the incubator as it was a late hatch. Here are pictures of the other 9....
17-Apr-11 06:00 - New hatchlings
Cam3 now showing newly hatched chicks
16-Apr-11 15:38 - Video of chick hatching
This is one which started off in our expermental incubator - it's a red silkie.
06-Apr-11 14:07 - Egg candling
Well, we re-candled our 'not sure' eggs last night. We now have :
6 red silkies (all fertile)
3 choc wyandottes (all fertile)
1 pekin (1 of 3 fertile)
2 barred wyandottes (2 of 4 fertile)
4 leghorn x legbar (4 of 6 fertile)
So that's 16 potential eggs out of 23. 2 of them are from our makeshift incubator - they'd have gone into an omlette otherwise, so it's nice to know they've had a chance at life
Here's one of the eggs being candled :
You can see some veins and the peep (the black blob).
Our due date will be 16th April
31-Mar-11 13:01 - Amy RIPAmy
passed away today. RIP little one
26-Mar-11 07:05 - Counting your chickens!
I now have 20 eggs in the incubator, another 3 in an experimental inccy and also picked up 2 Gold Silkie chicks too
26-Mar-11 04:03 - Silkie Chicks
We have 2 silkie chicks - now on Cam4.
06-Mar-11 12:43 - Exciting news from the nestbox
Sarah-Jane has started laying again, I thought with her age, and after her horrendous moult in the winter that she had retired, but today we get an egg.
Also, we've had our first ever egg from Amy today
she started crouching last week, so knew it wouldn't be long, but it is a perfect little 36g cream egg
28-Feb-11 10:20 - ChirpyCoops.com
Just to warn anyone planning on buying a run from Chirpycoops.com , there have been several people who've been let down by them over the last few weeks. Payment has been taken, then no contact or delivery made. On chasing things up (if someone answers the 'phone) , the people at the end of the 'phone have either denied knowledge of chirpycoops, or given a degree of abuse and refused any form of refund. Credit card companies and paypal have needed to be relied upon for this.
Their website still looks as if they're trading, this doesn't seem to be the case.
16-Feb-11 15:48 - The run based is finished
And is looking fantastic!
Next stage is to get the walk in run built.
13-Feb-11 12:04 - Bathing bantams
I love my feathered feet girls, but they don't half get grubby in the bad weather. So today I bathed Jo and Astrid the Pekins and Tegan the Brahma Bantam.
Jo and Astrid were sods! They battled the bath. Tegan was an angel and seemed to really enjoy it.
So the pekin posse were left to dry in a box, Tegs got to have a cuddle on a towel on my lap on the sofa.
13-Feb-11 12:01 - New camera added
Cam4 added - this is temporary as it'll go in Run2 when finished.
08-Feb-11 13:34 - Webcam planning & Walk in Run 2
A 'new' webcam arrived yesterday (from ebay) - same model as the others - Edimax 1510wg. We're anticipating using it in Walk In Run 2 which the foundations started being laid for today.
05-Feb-11 05:49 - Cameras back
The power leads are fixed - Cams now available.
04-Feb-11 05:03 - Cameras down due to Gale force winds
We experienced some gales last night. Both Low volt power cables have sheared - as result the webcams have all gone down.
Hopefully will be sorted tomorrow with a few block connectors.
26-Jan-11 15:09 - Special visitors
The girls had some special visitors on Sunday
My friend Kate from work brought her husband (Ed) and two children (Issie and Ben) to meet the girls.
Issie enjoyed feeding the girls grapes, although Katarina did peck her finger
It was great showing them all the girls, letting the children make a fuss of them and collect the eggs. The family enjoyed some cakes and took a box of eggs home for dippy eggs for tea
25-Jan-11 16:18 - Internet Connection
Internet connection went down today meaning the webcams and webcam histories for most of the day aren't available.
18-Jan-11 14:06 - Northern Poultry Championship
Had a great weekend in Yorkshire at the "Northern"
My friend Tasha continued on her winning ways, I'm so proud of her and her chickens. Also great that Dino the cockerel that Lewis hatched has now found a fab home
I really should drink less at these events though
14-Jan-11 03:45 - Thanks Sarah-Jane
I really didn't need to see you clean and preen your vent on Cam 2
14-Jan-11 03:40 - It makes me happy!
Nothing like lying in bed in a hotel room, and watching my girls on the webcam knowing they are safe and happy at home.
10-Jan-11 13:55 - Katarina and her embarrassing ways!
I adore Kat, however, she has a habit of embarrassing me when we have visitors to the run.
Last week, I had a new chicken keeper visit. Kat, whilst happy to be picked up decided to poo all over my visitor.
Today, my friends Lewis and Tasha were here (as they had stayed last night after the Poultry Championship), Kat was up to her poor toilet ways again, as she poo'd over Tasha!
The funny thing is, she jumps on my lap all the time, loves being picked up and cuddled by me and has never poo'd on me. Yet, introduce her to someone new and she has to do her business over them.
Chickens, got to love them
09-Jan-11 12:07 - Walk in Run 2 planning
For a while we have been considering a second smaller Walk in Run. We have now taken the consideration a stage further by doing some measuring and asking for quotes
09-Jan-11 11:51 - Blog Section AddedBlog section
added to the site.
09-Jan-11 04:36 - Welsh National Poultry Championships
Today is the annual Welsh National in Haverfordwest. Whilst we are not entering any chickens, it is a great event to admire different breeds.
08-Jan-11 15:20 - Camera Swap
The Cameras have been renumbered as the old Cam1 (now Cam3) was not booting properly.
26-Dec-10 19:00 - Katarina and Abigail
2 new girls today - Abigail
26-Nov-10 19:00 - New Camera added
New Camera added - this shows a view at of the run at chicken eye-level and is quite close up.
21-Nov-10 19:00 - Jo, Amy and Astrid
3 new girls arrived last night -Jo