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New Arrivals at Kents

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We have some new faces at Kents, Debbie the duck who we hatched ourselves in an incubator has become a first time mother! She spent 1 month in the bDebs on Eggsushes and surprised us all when she led 5 healthy ducklings to water 1 day earlier than expected. Debbie being a runner duck notoriously known for being terrible mothers,was certainly a bit wild, spending often up to an hour off her eggs and quacking and sprinting all over the garden. So when she led her ducklings to water, them all less than 24 hours old we were happy for her. She is now smashing her runner duck reputation out the window by being an amazing mother teaching her young all the ducky things needed in life.
Blue Legs another of our own incubated chickens was sitting on eggs at the same time, however starting with 10 eggs she has slowly been rejecting her eggs kicking one out one day then eating one the other. We were not hopeful. Hatching day came around and blue legs was down to just 4 eggs. She came down from her run to have a bite to eat and we saw one of her battered eggs with a crack in it! Over the following few hours she managed to hatch just the one sole survivor. At first she was very confused as to what the little white fluff ball was doing under her so she gave her a few pecks. Now however shes joined Debbie in the mothers club and is teaching her chick the ways of the chicken!

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Chicken Heights

The chickens now have a new ‘tree house’ home out in the Orchard. The house is built up on legs with a rickety ladder. The idea being that the chickens can go up and down but a fox can’t. So they will be able to come and go as they please without needing to be let out every morning and shut in at night. The chickens (and Toulouse the goose) will also keep the weeds and grass down around the young trees, provide fertiliser and eat the bugs, which means fewer pests for the fruit trees. They have taken a little bit of encouragement to get used to the ladder. Here’s Lucky the hen heading to bed for her first time up the ladder, as the sun sets and the sea mist rolls in over the fields.

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Chicken Rescue

 Here are our newly rescued ex-battery hens, thanks to the Hens Welfare Trust. Looking a bit mangey but hopefully they’ll soon recover and be ready to go outside for the first time :)
The factory farms ‘dispose’ of the hens when they are a year old as they become less than 100% efficient. The lucky ones are collected by the welfare trust and re-homed. If you want to read more about it or you’re up for rescuing some hens check out their site here.

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