The Farming Year – January

January’s jobs on a cattle and arable farm can include; Harvesting sugar beet. Winter ploughing. Testing soil for nutrients. Selling surplus grain. Cleaning out cattle sheds. Muck spreading. Bedding up cattle once a day. Feeding cattle twice daily. Milling and mixing animal feed. Disbudding (dehorning) calves. Calving cows. Feeding poultry twice a day. Letting poultry … Read more

Can You Eat Guinea Fowl Eggs?

Can you eat guinea fowl eggs? Yes is the answer and they are “eggstremely” tasty – my opinion! Did you know? Roughly 2 guinea fowl eggs = 1 large chicken egg. Guinea eggs are brown. The shells are very hard! In the laying season, guinea hens lay daily.                       No Tags

The Premature Alien!

Every evening follows the same routine during the quiet farming period. I arrive home around 6.30pm to find the cats on the doorstep ready to be fed. After a quick chat with the three bundles of fur; Snowy, Fluffy and Snowball, I enter the farmhouse kitchen with it’s sloping floor and leaking chimney, to find … Read more

Limousin Cattle

  French breed. Beef cattle. Gingery, red in colour. Have horns. Lighter build than the Charolais breed. Can have a flighty temperament. Limousin calves are often quick to stand after birth. No Tags

Cattle and Guinea Fowl Do Not Mix!

Cattle and guinea fowl do not really mix well together. I first realised this last year when my housework was interrupted by an awful lot of squawking. Picture the scene….. Farmer’s wife with feather duster in hand, poised and ready to dust, when suddenly the tranquil calm was disturbed by the machine gunner noise of a … Read more

White Leghorn Chickens

  A light breed. Originally exported from the Italian port of Leghorn. Good egg layers. Lay white eggs. Not recommended for their meat. At maturity they weigh approximately 1.5/2kg. Female leghorns have a folded single comb. Female leghorns can mix with Guinea Fowl. HattyHatty

Guinea Fowl Chicks

Guinea fowl chicks are called keets. They are born with their eyes open.                           Their bodies are covered in down when they are first born.  Keets can drink and feed themselves without trouble after 24 hours. They eat crushed up chick crumbs for the first 6 weeks. Keep the keets in a brooder with a temperature … Read more