Watching nature take its course, from the top of a hill in northern England

Coronation Chicken


Meet one of our new girls

New Girl -1

She is one of three Warren Babcock chickens that we picked up yesterday,  they’re not quite at ‘point of lay’ yet.  We chose warrens this time as we’ve found them to be good layers, healthy and  robust and at £8 each much cheaper than some of the fancier breeds we’ve had such as Daisy Belle and Blue Belle (which typically cost about £14:00 a head).

We’re keeping them in the run for a day or two, until they’ve got a handle on where home is, especially at dusk. We’ve had new hens trying to roost in trees and the neighbours shed before now. There’s bound to be fun and games whilst the pecking order is established. One of the Warrens has already shown her leadership qualities.

Tonight we’ll take a wander up the hill and see if we can find a Jubilee beacon or two, but first a roast beef dinner; nom nom nom.


Author: uphilldowndale

Watching the rhythm of rural life, from the top of a hill in northern England. Having spent most of my life avoiding writing, I now need to do it! I am no domestic goddess, but if I were expecting visitors to my home, I would whisk round with the duster and plump up the cushions and generally make the place look presentable. I hope that by putting my words where others may see them it will encourage me to ‘tidy up and push the Hoover around’ my writing. On the other hand I may just be adding to the compost heap. Only time will tell! Pull up a chair, sit yourself down, I’ll put the kettle on.

3 thoughts on “Coronation Chicken

  1. I am off to see our beacon too. I’ll wave at you but we might be too far apart.

  2. I love the idea of the beacons. You British know how to do a celebration right!

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