All The Single Ladies
Our latest pet sit is on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula. As well as two dogs, a cat and a beehive we are looking after seven chickens.
Vera goes all Beyonce as she struts her stuff “If you like it then you should have put a ring on it”.
The single ladies are fed daily with a seed mix and any kitchen scraps. Twice a week they get a tin of butter beans or chick peas or other tinned beans, definitely no Heinz beans, plus some bird grit.
There are some things that should not be fed to chickens including banana skins, which they don’t like, citrus fruit, which interferes with their calcium absorption, or rhubarb leaves, which can be poisonous. On the whole they love a good nosh.
Does my bum look big when I bend over like this?
Maintaining bird health includes providing comfortable and spacious living quarters, clean water and a balanced diet. Snack foods such as cakes and biscuits are not a good idea as these are nutrient poor and, like humans, can foster obesity.
Chickens can become broody, it reflects the age old instinct to ensure the survival of the species, this is shown when they decide to sit on the eggs in the nest for extended periods of time. Beryl, one of our chickens, became broody in week two of our pet sit. We discovered that she was nesting on the eggs where she remained overnight and into the next day. This is not good for the chicken or the eggs as the eggs can pick us diseases from the droppings.
After speaking with the home owner, we were instructed to move broody Beryl into solitary confinement. Here she enjoyed a seven night fully inclusive, all meals and non alcoholic drinks, Luxury Escape in a private villa for one.
After a week on her own broody Beryl was returned to the main resort. The rest of the single ladies gathered eagerly around the entrance to the main resort awaiting for Beryl to return. They were very interested to know what the private villa area was like and if it was worth getting broody themselves so as to enjoy a seven day luxury escape and a bit of a chill out.
It’s very important to keep the chicken shed and the main resort clean so as not to encourage any illness or spreading of diseases amongst the chickens.
On muck out Monday the girls get a full room service that includes a total floor sweep and removal of any left over foods and droppings. The resort pool is drained, cleaned and refilled with fresh water.
There is also a complimentary bed turn down service where the nests are remade with fresh shredded newspaper. A golf ball is placed into one of the nests, this entices the girls to lay eggs there.
During the room service the girls run around and check that the cleaners are up to scratch and are doing a full service, otherwise they are straight onto Trip Advisor to write a poor review.
Perks of the job
In return for looking after the single ladies we get five fresh eggs delivered each day. This is an incentive to get creative in the kitchen. As well as scrambled and fried eggs we’ve baked custard, made ice creams, cooked quiches and made shakshuka.
Sit and Paws
Here’s a few of our instagram photos
But I would walk 500 miles, and I would walk 500 more
Believe it or not, I’ve never had a pedicure
Have I Lost weight? No, I find that if I stretch up like this I suddenly look thinner
Doris loves the high fibre options at the all you can eat breakfast buffet
I love the 5:2 diet. I get 5 and Vera gets 2, but don’t tell her
Why did the chicken cross the road? Because it loved to end the day with a glass of Chardonnay.
You can find more of our chicken and pet sitting photos posted on instagram at Sit_and_paws.