à bientôt!

Why hello again! We have sadly, been very quiet in cyberspace, and we’ve decided to officially take a short hiatus until Honey finishes her doctoral thesis. We have still been busy enjoying food in all its glory where we can, and have had delicious experiences in Singapore, Bali, Malaysia, Canberra and Sydney over the last few months, and hopefully we will be able to share these with you very soon when we come back to regular blogging.

In the meantime, we wanted to share some good news with all of you: we finally bit the bullet and are one step closer to living sustainably- we got chooks!

Chickpea and Mrs Brown are 20 weeks old and seem to be settling into their new home in our backyard. There have been a few escape attempts and hilarious episodes of us chasing them around the garden, but we have now safely clipped their feathers so they should happily remain within their fence, away from our veggie garden! As we learnt from Celia, the chooks are in a moveable pen so they will move all around our backyard, helping us to till the soil and keep our grass in control. It has been fascinating watching them so far, scratching around and digging holes for dust baths.

The girls happily pecking away from the feeder that Soy so proudly made from scratch!

After 2 weeks of waiting, we got our first egg 2 days ago! We hope all of you are doing brilliantly, and until next time, we wish you many new and exciting food adventures!

Honey and Soy xx

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  • Celia

    Oh. My. Goodness.  I can’t tell you how happy I was to hear from you!  Wonderful looking chookies!  And I can just imagine, really truly, how excited Soy must have been to have a homegrown egg!  Yaaay!! :)

  • Celia

    Are your girls ISA browns, or Hi-Lines, or Rhode Island Reds?  Or something else I don’t know about?  They look a bit redder than our ISAs.. xxx

  • pri

    YOU HAVE CHICKENS!!!! OMG SO CUTE!!!!
    <3

    glad to see you guys again… xx

  • http://www.michelle-chin.com Michelle Chin

    How do you clip the wings? Does it hurt them?

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Yayyy! They’re hy-lines, Celia. We’ve always heard good things about Isa Browns, and Soy had her eye on them, but our local stockfeeders where we got the chooks from only have hy-lines, but since then we have read a little more and we are a bit confused with all the bad rap about hybrid chooks. But, Chickpea and Mrs Brown are here to stay, so we’ll see how they go.

    They’ve started laying pretty early (20 weeks) and since the first egg, they now both lay 1 egg a day that are getting bigger and more evenly shaped. Soy the eggmonster is super excited, and has eaten up the eggs as soon as she can after finding them!

    We’ve missed keeping up with all your news! Too bad life is a bit hectic for us at the moment. We are super envious of your lush green garden!

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    No, doesn’t hurt. Soy did lots of research because she had to convince me it wouldn’t hurt them. There are specific flight feathers, and you snip the ends off the last few feathers so it discourages the chooks from flying as it makes them unbalanced.

  • http://www.honeyandsoy.com honeyandsoy

    Hehe so incongruous that 2 city girls have chickens in the backyard! Not for long though, need to focus on finishing that thesis :(

  • hotlyspiced

    Best wishes for that doctorate!  What a work-load.  I love the look of your hens and the moveable hen house.  The hens look very happy so no doubt you’ll be blessed with wonderful eggs xx