Our dogs get fed on a raw meat diet rather than processed biscuits or tinned meat, and part of that diet is a regular intake of proper bones. We get them from the local butchers, and usually they come in rather large pieces, so the dogs don't get fat (again!) Dad chops them in to snack size portions for after their walk.
On Thursday Mum and I went in to town to get the Christmas shop done, and this time the butcher handed over 3 turkey carcasses... these turkey's must have weighed nearly 40kg, they were as big as our dogs!
The chickens like bone chopping day, anyone who would like to think of their chickens as grain eating birds needs to look away now, as fights will break out at the chance of some juicy chunks of protein! They might be eating bits of their close cousin, but it's rather hard to stop them scavenging the scraps and fragments...
First comes the anticipation... how they know what's about to happen is a mystery, but they always appear even before the first bone is chopped!
Then if you happen to disappear for a minute they'll happily help themselves!
Dad has to be careful as the silly birds do sometimes try to do this just as he brings the axe down...
Then afterwards comes the cleaning up.
Then comes a little siesta in the workshop to do some digesting.
These 2 are of course the little chicks of 6 months ago, now all grown up. Froome in particular is the most magnificent bird, he'd bigger than Boyo, and has a much deeper crow, I suspect it won't be long until he's boss of the gang of ladies.
Cav is absent in all these pictures, fear not, she is still with us, but has grown in to the flightiest, scardiest chicken. She's bullied un-mercilessly by the other chickens so usually spends her time hiding out under the caravan, and comes out when they've all gone to do the last bit of tidying up. She also now has her own private bedroom, not that she goes in to it... I've become an expert at spotting her in the twilight and climbing trees to retrieve her! She does however love to be cuddled and eat from your hand so her life isn't all bad!
Today is my last official day of work, parcels will be going out on Monday as usual, but not on Thursday as that's Boxing Day. I'll still be answering messages, just no new stuff for a little while, though the new wool free blends are dyed up ready for photographs in the new year.