Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Thorleif’s blog

Hi, all! I am Thorleif, originally from Norway, but now running a lovely little B and B in the beautiful Brecon Beacons. Sue asked me a few months back if I could send her some eggs, as she really wanted to have some large fowl Croad Langshans. I said yes, and I organised two pens of hens to breed from this winter. I am 61 years old, and have been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. I am finding it harder to walk now, and I thought to myself, “I shall have to reduce my number of hens as I cannot look after them myself anymore. Why don’t I offer to give Sue some of them, and hopefully she will keep breeding this lovely old breed"?

Sue's Croad Langshans
Sue was happy to come all the way from Yorkshire here to South Wales to collect them. She (and her lovely partner, Howard) came and stayed overnight. It was so nice to see them again, and to ‘talk poultry’ all night. In the morning we put four birds in big boxes and away they went. It was so strange in my back yard when they drove off; it seemed so quiet and empty. I have 3 hens left now, and a pen of young cocks.

I have a hard job deciding what boys to use for breeding. I had planned to use Yestyn (born in January 2012) on all three hens, but now I am changing my plans a bit. I have promised to send eggs to quite a few people, at home and abroad this coming winter. Some I will manage to send out, and some Sue will post. I have planned a very interesting egg exchange program with a breeder of Croad Langshans in Denmark.  Sue and I will send eggs to him this year. Then Sue can have all the eggs we get back from Denmark, and hatch some Danish Croad Langshans!

- Thorleif

1 comment:

  1. What a very nice post Sue. Thorleif sounds to be a very nice bloke. In looking up the name on the net to check whether Thorleif was a male name(!) I came across this -Thorleif Schjelderup-Ebbe who studied the pecking order of hens!


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