The baby chicks have arrived this week. 3 out of the 7 hatched.....one yellow, one black and one stripey. They are not crowing....... yet, but are very noisy. At the moment they are living in a cardboard box with a brooder in the utility room. Eggs must get fertilised a good while before they are laid as the Buff Orpington cockerel (presumably father of the yellow one) was murdered by the Bull Mastiff about a week before these were laid. When I can find the lead that attaches my phone to my laptop I will upload some cute pics. Even eldest dd who is usually very disparaging about the whole "farm" thing has been in there cooing over them.
Not much else to report - chicken shed roof replaced and refelted after high winds and tree planting finished (12 in total) along with 11 Ramanas Roses and 2 Worcester Berries for the lower layer of the windbreak. The hot manure is being turned every 3 days at the moment in readiness for the hot bed and lambing should start tomorrow (officially)