My life… with a few chickens thrown in for good measure

Archive for December, 2010

Hatching in 2010

At the beginning of 2010 I bought a little 3 egg incubator.
I was intent on hatching little chicks from my girls and my dear
little pekin cockerel,Dave, after seeing everyone hatching on

Unfortunately a week before they were due to hatch, dave
died in an accident. We all miss him, he was fab.

Two of the three eggs hatched and the little chicks were named tikka and nugget.
They were the naughtiest chicks I’ve ever hatched!

In went another 3 eggs as soon as tikka and nuggs vacated the incubator, 2 from eBay-frizzle mix, and one of dave & flowers 7 day old eggs.

I shared 9 eggs between @mumsmuddyducks and @seren9 lovely friends from twitter.

21 days later only 1 of my eggs hatched, frizz! From the eBay eggs. None of @mumsmuddyducks hatched and I think @seren9 had only daves egg hatch- little davina

Frizz was sweet, but as an only chick she required a lot of attention and constant cuddles,
basically she sat in someones hand most of the time, She’s very very tame!

Next some eggs from the lovely @chickenstreet and @seren9 frizzle mix pekins!

Two hatched, beautiful little chicks!
First was a lavender (Sally) next to hatch was spot, a little penguin pekin.
Very cute and a proper frizzle!

I then bought an rcom20 incubator on advice from @seren9 which was the best thing I did 🙂 now I could hatch lots of babies in one go!….which I did!
Soooo More eggs from the fab @chickenstreet! 5 frizzle pekins, 5 lemon cuckoo
pekins and 2 gold laced bantam orpingtons 5 hatched , 2 frizzle
Pekins moony and tallulah, 2 lemon cuckoos jelly and hattie and 1
I got a m&f set of each pekin and dobby the orp is a boy.

I might *definitely by accident and a bit on purpose* hatch some more in the spring 🙂


Sainsbury’s, taste the difference?

Sainsburys online. Convenient? Great service?

Ummm no not really!

I stopped using them earlier in the year because I’d order a weeks worth of food and it would turn up all set to go out of date by two days later. Ergo not lasting a week.

I don’t let them substitute after ridiculous substitutions (crumpets instead of fabric conditioner)

And to add to that half the time they can’t be bothered to go down certain aisles, I know this is true as I’ve overheard pickers instore discussing such things)

I had a delivery on the 18th and my Christmas slot booked for the 22nd (today) well on the 18th after my shopping had been delivered they text me
” you have multiple online grocery orders booked this week. Please cancel the slot you don’t need online or call 08003281700 to ensure you get the right delivery”

So…. They want me to cancel my Christmas slot? There are no other slots. Next i am on hold on my mobile for over 30mins its not a freephone number. I tweeted and got told to hold and they’ll answer eventually.


lots of trying to get that sorted and eventually got given an email address. I emailed them headed URGENT and got a reply 3 days later followed by an apology and it’s still unknown why they sent the text.

Next, my Xmas delivery arrives this morning devoid of meat products but does have short shelf life products. Lucky me.


I dispatched the husband to sainsburys, where our delivery comes from an hour or so after. He takes pictures in the fresh meat aisle. It’s full.

I complained to @sainsburys on twitter but they want me to play the hanging on the phone game again. Told them to email me. They won’t.

Basically todays delivery was a waste of time because we had to go to the same store on the same day and get our ‘missing’ stuff by ourselves.

Hubs complained instore, but guess what? they don’t give a toss.

Sainsburys have left a bad taste in my mouth. I’m off to ocado.

UPDATE: I emailed my complaint to Sainsburys on 22nd & they got back to me today.

“I know that this must have left you with a poor impression of us, especially as you rely on our online service to due to your personal circumstances. I would like to assure you that this is not typical of our normal high standard of service.”

They also sent £20 e-voucher to spend on Thomas.

To be honest I just wanted the shopping I ordered, delivered. Not too much to ask really is it?


Couple of pics of flower…



*brushes away cobwebs*

oops neglected blog…
Lots of goings on since I last posted, I shall endeavour to update a bit more frequently….life does gets in the way a bit sometimes…
Sooo lots of baby chicks since I last posted and I’ll be posting plenty of pics soon 🙂