The hens are still in our polytunnel and wow do they love it - they are laying like mad! The students have been busy health checking them each week; scaly leg treatments, being on the their favourite - they look fantastic, and hopefully we can let them all out again at the end of the month. If not, we are going to organise a tunnel roof between the poly tunnel and the fruit cage, where they can scratch round our soft fruit....saving us too much weeding!
Perry continues to cause us problems - he just doesn't seem to be coming sound enough. We moved him into the yard, in order to keep a better eye on him. He seems very happy there, but still holds up a foot when feeding.....Meanwhile we wait to see if Sandy was properly 'covered' when she went off to a boar near Brinkworth for a holiday! Hopefully the scanner will be able to come within the next two weeks. We still have 3 gilts ready to sell, so are advertising them locally....fingers crossed they will go within the next few weeks too. Then the woodland can have a rest and recover from all this wet weather.
The ewes look fantastic on the bank, and they will soon be coming back for lambing. We are due to bring them back at the end of the month.
The students have a two week break now, but for us....there's still all the animals to feed each day, and training to catch up on and of course the mounds of paperwork!
We are located 4 miles north of Cirencester, between the villages of North Cerney, and Woodmancote. From A435 you take the turning towards Bagendon, go up past the Church to the T junction. Turn right towards Woodmancote and Scrubditch Farm is approximately 100 yards on the right. The Care Farm is situated down the drive, up the track on the left.
From A417, turn off at Perrotts Brook/Daglingworth, and proceed towards Perrotts Brook. Just before the A435, turn left towards Woodmancote. Go for approximately 1 1/2 miles and Scrubditch Farm is on the right, just past the Bagendon/North Cerney Cross Roads.