Of our many chickens, I have 2, a cockerel and a hen that are a special breed to me, Lakenvelder. I think they’re stunning looking in black, white and red and always draw my attention. They were 22 weeks old on 23rd July which is the age the book’s say they start to lay, or thereabouts. Well can you believe that my lovely little hen laid her first small egg on 23rd July! Good for her! Once she’s in full swing we will maybe pop a few in the incubator to see if they’re fertile. I think one more batch this year will probably do us. We have our second lot of home bred eggs hatching at the moment. We popped them in the incubator with some eggs (Jersey Giant breed) that we bought from the auction we attended. We have 5 hatched so far from 20, 4 of our own and 1 auction egg.
In kitchen news, Steven is getting into this smallholding lark including the grow your own and make your own. He’s made redcurrant cordial to sit alongside the blackcurrant cordial he made and my elderflower cordial. We didn’t have any nice looking bottles for the occasion as it was all rather spontaneous, so they went in sterilised plastic/glass bottles. I will get some glass ones for items we’re wanting to preserve to keep through winter and into the new year (you have no idea the joy that I feel when I say that, I love being able to “cook for the future”).
|Red currant cordial, yum|