My name is Charlotte, sometimes known as Ms Lottie, occasionally as The Slightly Mad Quilt Lady. This is my blog, where you'll find me writing a lot about my quilting and textile arts and a little about my family's life in a small seaside town in New Zealand. Haere mai!

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Flip, change, move, swap.

I've set up a breeding trio of Silver Laced Wyandottes.

I find myself constantly planning and moving and organising my animals.  I thought I'd have a perfect system after a while.  But we've lived out here on the land for more than a year now and it's still in a state of flux. 

But I think it's always going to be like that. 

Animals grow.

They eat all the grass in a pen or run or paddock.

You want them to have babies.

Or you don't want them to have babies.

They start to crow.

Or they start to lay eggs.

A breeding group of Light Sussex.

Every now and then I eat some, I sell some or (heaven forbid and don't tell my husband!) I buy some.

Time for a bigger cage.  Nine babies and Mummy Bunny just don't fit in the nest box anymore.

I am becoming more observant, more flexible and creative in using my animals in different ways.

These chooks are penned in an area I want to be a garden.  Why should I dig up all the kikuyu grass when they'll do it for me?  (And they'll enjoy the process a whole heap more!)

One day maybe I will have the perfect set of systems.  I hope not - that might get boring.


  1. your light sussex look amazing! very lovely!
    I reckon you've got to move things around - life would get awfully boring if we just sat back and thought " ok, I'm finished now!"

    I'll stick some elderflower sticks into the ground and see what happens - here's hoping!

  2. Love those bunnies.

    I'm thinking of getting some larger hens in to do our garden beds too :) Very good idea!

    I think we're into hen house number 6 approximately and number seven will be made shortly (with luck)

    I've actually updated my blog !! So its safe to take a look and hopefully I WILL keep it up this time :)

    viv in nz

  3. I forgot to add; sometimes they attack you! My Light Sussex rooster is now permanently locked up after he had a go at both kids and then me. But he's happy with his ladies, and I'm happy to see him behind bars

  4. Flip, slide, turn very much sounds like my children's math homework! I remember the rooster we had when we were growing up could be fairly vicious too!


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