Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Life in the shanty town!!

Well the ladies are thoroughly enjoying life in their 'shanty town'. They troop over every morning to go in for breakfast and then have fun and games climbing the umbrella and sliding down. Some do get down to the serious business of egg laying (the nesting boxes are under the umbrella with the sides of the house being used to create a nice cosy dark corner).
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If they want peace and quiet they sit on the roosting bars in the roof space of the old chicken house, last night Molly wanted to sleep there and it took a lot of persuasion by LH to get her to come down.
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At night time they troop over to their usual house, have a mooch about for a while and then put themselves to bed. Hopefully today will be the last day they have to do this as our new electric foxproof poultry netting should be delivered.
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And while they are playing.......I've been busy. Yesterday saw me planting this last raised bed with 53 Spinach Beets (Perpetual Spinach) under the net tunnels and 6 Chicory, 8 Kohl Rabi, 1 Aubergine, temporarily under the bottles and 1 Narsturtium .
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Good job I'm married to an ex- Royal Navy guy, him and Popeye both love Spinach!!
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Sue xx

8 comments:

  1. LOL, love the shanty town. I bet the hens are really enjoying themselves in their 'activity centre'.

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  2. Oh Sue, bless the ladies and their undercover living - at least they're safe. Pop over to mine, I've got a little award for you to pick up, have a great day, Karen x

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  3. You just gave me an idea with the bottles. Thanks. I usually use them the other way around with a 'water spike' in the mouth-piece. This is pushed into the earth next to your plant for deep root hydration.

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  4. I sometimes use flowerpots like Jabacue uses bottles. Your garden is so neat, and not a weed in sight, it looks lovely!

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  5. An umbrella for hens to slide down ... it's clearly crazy, so why do I want to try it so much?

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  6. Hi Sue,
    I've just been reading your last few posts, and I'm so sorry to hear about your chickens having been taken. As you say, it can be difficult to accept some aspects of Nature, but on a farm these things happen and sad though it is, we get used to it, don't we?
    Well done you for getting on with the 'des res' for the chickens and getting so much planting done,
    Wishing you a happy rest of the week,
    Denise x

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  7. Mum & I like spinach - have you ever wilted wild garlic leaves like spinach ? - I saw it on a blog. There is a wood ful of wild garlic like this near my in laws in Scotland the leaves are lovely. I have never seen it grow here - we get the wild garlic that looks rather like a white bluebell ( if you know what I mean ! ) The leaves tend to look yellow very quickly & not very appetisng & I've never dug up a bulb to see what it tastes like but they smell lovely.

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  8. ...thanks for popping by my blog, always lovely to hear from new people. Have been visiting you and thoroughly enjoying your blogs. Helen PS. you don't live all that far from me (am in Henley) www.happinesskindled.blogspot.com

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