My Chicken Farm

Happy New Year to you and my best wishes for 2016. It’s has been pouring rain heavily for the last 10 hours here on the Barrier, accompanied by cold, northerly gusts. Quite an ugly start into the new year weather-wise, but it’s All Good.

Today, I wanted to post a couple photos of my little chicken farm and setup. There are two chook pens, the new one was established only weeks ago and has an area of about 40 square meters. A few days ago, I managed to get all the chicken together into the new pen. There are 13 hens, 1 rooster and 14 chicks.

Let’s start with the bad news, I haven’t had an egg in the last 6 weeks. The five laying hens are looking after their chicks and the other eight hens are too young, but hopefully there’ll be plenty eggs coming soon.

One of the smallest chicks got left behind, trying to keep up with the others as they were relocated. I gave him a hand and Rani – the dog – can’t get enough of watching the chicks.


13 hens + 1 rooster + 14 chicks.
13 hens + 1 rooster + 14 chicks.

Tiki Tour To Awana

David – who’s been helping out on the farm – and I went on a Tiki Tour (sight-seeing) yesterday up to Windy Hill and then back via Harataonga and Awana.  My plan was to show David some nice spots, visit a couple of friends and see whether there are any young/party-keen tourists camping. To my surprise, the camp sites were all rather empty and the people I had hoped to have a drink with weren’t home.

It was a great day nevertheless and I finally checked out a road I always wanted to. I got different shots from the Awana area and had a chat with a local. You know, it is great to get an idea of who lives where on the Barrier and listen to their stories.

In the back of my head, there is this project/goal to follow long-time Barrier residents photographically. Capturing their properties, life-style and the essence of what it means to live on a secluded, private and rural property on the Barrier. One day…

As usual, there are more photographs on my photography site. Happy New Year guys, enjoy, your Ben Island.

The Okiwi basin, today with a handful of people hanging from parachutes...
The Okiwi basin. Today, with a handful of people hanging from parachutes…



awana_beachAnother surprise was to see the Awana Information Sign for the first time. I was commissioned to take this photograph of Awana Beach, Estuary and Pa Site and it is great feeling to see it in print.

Ben Island standing proudly next to the Awana Information Sign.
Ben Island standing proudly next to the Awana Information Sign.

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