Archive for May 19th, 2009

Meet Xander!

We’ve finally got a replacement for our much-missed Buff Orpington cockerel, Fat Boy. This is Xander, the new kid on the block, a 10 week old Buff Orpington who I bought on Sunday afternoon.

Xander the Buff Orpington with the Bantams and Silkies - 18 May 2009

Xander the Buff Orpington with the Bantams and Silkies

He’s a bit small to go in with the big chickens so he’s going to live with the Pekins and Silkies until he’s bigger. This is probably wise as the hens are all beating him up, which is sadly only to be expected. Better it comes from hens their size than the Buff hens!

He’s called Xander as all the Buffs are named after characters from Buffy the Vampire Slayer (original, aren’t we?!) and although I had been hoping to call him Rupert, the fact that he leaps into arms whenever I’m around so I can protect him reminds me of Xander from the early seasons!

In other news, Willow has been broody for ages so I’ve bought some fertilised eggs to put under her: half a dozen Maran eggs and half a dozen Light Sussex, though those might be Maran crosses as the person I got them said that her ladies went walkies and she found them in with her Maran cockerel. Oops! Still, I don’t really mind, especially as I got a really good deal for them as a result!

I moved Mama Silkie out of the broody ark and into the Eglu with Xander and the other bantams and Silkies and having cleaned it out, put Willow in there yesterday morning. She wasn’t happy about the move, so I left her for the day to settle down and finally put the eggs under her in the afternoon. I hope she’s still sitting today! If all is successful, the eggs should hatch on or around 8 June.

Keep your fingers crossed!