Easter eggs and bunnies

HAPPY EASTER fellow henkeepers. This time of the year, us poultry types really come into our own – I’ve had orders for eggs from various Country Living Magazine colleagues this week, so this morning I carried in as many freshly laid beauties as I could, train-travel permitting. The feathered flocks at home are well and truly in the swing now and, as you can see, their efforts come in all shapes, sizes and colours.

Boxful of Smallholding eggs
Yesterday's eggs delivered to the Country Living offices

They’re not the only ones observing the festivities, however. My highly strung but lovable Bengal cat Beau has celebrated in his own special way – by bringing tiny rabbits into the house in the early hours. He chooses his time carefully – at around 4.30am we’re often woken by a mad scrabbling around as he pursues his latest furry victim around the downstairs of our house, less than an hour before the alarm goes off. This little fella was one of the lucky ones, seized from our feline before he was mercilessly devoured in the hallway like countless others. Nice.

Easter bunny
Look what the cat dragged in

This time of year also makes the first birthday of our Araucanas girls who hatched out – along with a whole load of cockerels – on 24 April 2010. Just an excuse to use the picture below, really – gets me every time. Here’s to an eggstra special bank holiday weekend.

The class of 2010 in the brooder

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