10 Silkie chicks hatched here at Mountfitchet Castle on 12th Oct 17.
Who’s ruffled my feathers!
Staff at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex were delighted when they recently discovered their first Easter chicks wandering around with their proud mum within the grounds of the medieval village. They are a rare breed called Frizzles which have feathers that grow curling backwards towards the head.
They look eggsactly like they have had their feathers ruffled, and it’s no yolk! We think it’s because their eggs have been secretly hidden around the historic castle grounds and also within the toy museum which is part of the castle complex so that over the Easter holiday children can join in the fun of finding the missing eggs and claim a prize.
The Easter Egg Trail runs from Saturday 1st April until Monday 17th April and is free to participate – just normal admission fee applies. Lots of family fun in store for the whole of the Easter break.
Here are the latest additions to our ever growing animal family. They are Frizzle chicks hatched today and are so cute.
Many of the chickens here at Mountfitchet Castle are breeds that the Normans would have kept in the medieval times. Lots of them are rescued from less fortunate backgrounds and battery farms.
We also have some rare breeds here which we like to keep. The most striking of these rarer breeds are the Frizzle Chicken.
A Frizzle is a type of chicken with feathers that curl outwards and back towards the head rather than lying flat as in most chickens.
Mrs Frizzle is very chuffed with her brood and will soon be displaying them in the grounds of the castle for all our visitors to enjoy.
Battery Hens Donated to Mountfitchet Castle
15 rescued battery hens have been donated to Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex where they are now receiving the best possible care and attention. Although the hens were healthy, they were in a very sad state, almost bald with missing feathers and terribly overgrown toenails and very frightened. With continuing care, kindness and patience from Miss Johanna Brown, who cares for the animals at the castle, they are already beginning to grow new feathers and beginning to explore and will soon be allowed to mingle in with the many other rescued animals including deer, goats and sheep and lots of other feathered friends within the safety of the 10 acre medieval castle grounds.
Meet Grace our new goat
A lovely friendly goat has been kindly donated to Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex to join all our other rescued animals including deer, sheep, other goats and lots of chickens, ducks and other feathered friends.
She is a one year old Saen/Boer and Toggenburge cross called Grace and has settled into castle life a treat.
She already loves to greet all visitors and being hand fed and will now live out her life in luxury and safety roaming freely throughout the 10 acre medieval site.
Orphaned baby deer meets her new pals at Mountfitchet Castle
Little Petal, a Fallow deer, was orphaned at just a few days old and was found near Barnston, Dunmow by a very worried couple on 26th June this year. They contacted us at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex for help and we immediately took her into our care.
After three months of hand rearing at a quiet location Petal was moved to the medieval village yesterday where she met her new life-long friends in the shape of the resident five strong herd of rescued Fallow deer already living within the castle grounds.
She has settled in beatifully with all the other deer and she loves nothing better than to be hand fed by everyone and is looking forward to the many visitors coming next week for half term.
Medieval ‘Banter’ going on at the castle!
Archaeological work being carried out on the 12th Century Barbican wall at Mountfitchet Castle in Stansted, Essex by English Heritage has uncovered a very significant find within the first hour of digging, some Norman stonework called ‘Banter’ which is very scarce to find in Motte and Bailey castles. Representatives from English Heritage are working on the site for several days this week before full restoration work begins on the original 12th Century Barbican wall located at the entrance to the inner Bailey where the Baron and his family would have resided during it’s medieval occupancy. This vital work is being carried out to save our disappearing heritage and will also ensure that thousands of school children and visitors will all be able to view and learn about history for many generations to come. English Heritage are overjoyed to find such a significant discovery within the castle grounds and with the further restoration work scheduled for August it makes you wonder what else lay undiscovered on this site that has been occupied for over 2000 years.
So much for Zebra Crossings – we want a Peacock Crossing!
Last Thursday mysterious Peacock Crossing signs popped up overnight in the village of Stansted in Essex. A flock of Peacocks, belonging to Mountfitchet Castle which is located in the centre of the village, are often seen out window shopping along the street and are generally adored by residents, visitors and shop keepers – however some do find them too noisy! A local goodwill citizen has gone to the time and expense of having three signs made and erected around the medieval village to warn drivers to slow down after tragically one Peahen was run over and killed.
A spokesperson for the tourist attraction has commented that they are very grateful to the kind donator of the signs as the Peacocks are all kept free range and not penned up so that they can come and go as they please. We also feel it makes the village different from others in a quirky and quaint way.