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02 December 2011

Kitty's News

Kitty's News

Hi Everyone,

It has been another busy spell on the farm with lots of things going on from introducing new chickens to the farm to saying ‘goodbye’ to calves and lambs that we have reared over the last year.  This is always tinged with a little sadness as you become attached to the animals.  All animals have their own personalities from dozy to adventurous.  The hens tend to be curious and like to go on adventures, often ending up in Mum’s garden!

With working on the farm, I understand the importance of animal welfare and try to make sure my hens, cows and sheep, all lead a happy lifestyle.  I try to make sure they enjoy their time on the farm as much as I do.

We endeavour to make the hens as comfortable as possible in their surroundings by providing them with scratching areas which they can dust bath in, perching areas for roosting, and the freedom to roam outside.  Inside the hens play with footballs which the hens like to peck at and practise their dribbling skills up and down the shed.  Unfortunately there doesn’t appear to be any David Beckham's or Wayne Rooney’s on the Kitty team!!  Old CD discs also dangle down for hens to peck at.  The CD’s are like mirrors to the hens, again they are a curious bunch!

Well I best be off.

Kitty

22 September 2011

Kitty's Summer

Kitty's Summer

Hi Everyone,

Hope you have all been enjoying your Kitty Campbell Free Range eggs!

I am glad to say the hens have been laying well but like us they have not been too fond of this British summer weather. They don’t like to get their feathers wet! The young chicks, in their ‘hot house’ are also thriving. They will be making their move into the laying shed very soon. How time passes.

At the end of August you may have met me in your local Tesco store! As well as answering any questions you had, it was also a chance for me to tell you more about myself, the hens and Geordie the dog! I enjoyed this very much.

I have also been kept busy with my veggie patch this summer which has provided my family with fresh strawberries (my favourite) and other seasonal veggies, which are great for jazzing up an omelette! Why not try making an omelette and let me know how you get on. We are always on the lookout for a new recipe or two.

To end on a high note we had a small celebration down on the farm after winning first prize for our entry of six eggs at our local produce show. The judges were looking for eggs that had good shell quality and golden yolks. Well done hens!

Kitty Campbell
 

07 July 2011

Shows, Shearing and Stamping!

Shows, Shearing and Stamping!

Hi everyone, wow this month has been hectic down on the farm!

Geordie the Jack Russell has got a new pal, cheeky Jim, our puppy. They both like to give me a help to chase the chickens into bed at night.

This week has proved a challenge for me and the team. New legislation has just been introduced which means all Kitty Campbell eggs have to be stamped by hand before they can leave the hen shed. This is to help improve the traceability of eggs throughout the UK.

We have also been busy shearing the sheep to help them keep cool in this heat and get the best tan possible!  I have been rolling the wool which has been keeping me busy - not one of my favourite jobs, because the wool gets everywhere and makes me itch like crazzzzy!

Last week my sisters and I had an outing to the Royal Highland Show, you may have spotted us handing out meringues made with our finest Kitty Campbell eggs: they were scrum diddley dummpshis! If you are having a party this summer why not make a batch of Kitty meringues and serve with fresh strawberries and cream… everyone loves them!

Next week I’m looking forward to a trip down to Newcastle because Amy my sister is graduating in Agri Business Management, the hens and I are all clucking for her success!   Next week we will be weighing the chickens to make sure they are in peak condition to insure they can keep laying Kitty Campbell eggs.

Best be off, lots to do and chicks to see!

Kitty Campbell

19 May 2011

Cuckoo's, Chick's and Pup's

Cuckoo's, Chick's and Pup's

Hi, A month on and the farm is looking great. The neighbourhood cuckoo returned at the end of April which heralds the arrival of spring, which is music to everyone’s ears! Every year we have a family competition to see who can hear the cuckoo first; this year it was Mum who won.

The baby chicks have settled into their rearing shed and are doing well. This is one of the nicest, most heart-warming sights you will see.

My family have also been very busy lambing for the last 8 weeks, here in the beautiful Scottish Borders. Everyone is very pleased how the lambing has gone and the weather has been fantastic throughout, which is always half the battle. The parks are now full of lambs enjoying the lush green grass.

My collie dog, Biz, is also preoccupied. She had 5 pups two weeks ago. At the time I wasn’t too popular, as my father was depending on Biz to give a helping hand with the sheep at lambing time. Never mind, accidents do happen! Anyway, the unexpected arrivals are very cute and have just opened their eyes.

At the moment I am busy getting our stand organised for Tesco’s Enjoy the Taste of Scotland event (a platform for Scottish producers) to be held in George Square, Glasgow on Saturday 28th May and Sunday 29th May. It’ll be open from 10.00am - 5.00pm on Saturday and from 10.30am -5.00pm on Sunday. This is my first time hosting a stand so fingers crossed everything goes well. So if you are passing please pop in and say ‘hello’.
 

03 April 2011

Getting Ready for the Baby Chicks Coming

Getting Ready for the Baby Chicks Coming

Hello, things are very busy down on the farm. This week I have baby chicks arriving and I am busy getting the rearing house clean and in pristine condition.  I'll then disinfect it, as it has to be spotless, just like a maternity ward.

Once it's all spick and span, I'll set up the feed tracks and water drinkers, then it's down with the fresh wooden shavings, which always give off a wonderful smell. The feed has been ordered and believe you me the price is through the roof!

Two days before the chicks arrive and it's time to turn on the gas heaters.  My shed has to be at 93 degrees before the chicks arrive – hot stuff – who needs to go abroad for the heat!!