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Posted: 19/05/2014 at 20:23
KEF - yes my neighbours chickens would get quite foul when they weren't cared for but I found when I looked after them for a few months we never had any problems with smells or such like. The worst bit I found was keeping the coop from becoming a mud / poo bath come autumn (actually the worst is when you watch a chicken run through the cat flap to gobble all the duck and turkey cat food! They went mad for it! Fighting off anything that got in the way).

Apparently my vegetable garden is having a picket fence around it! Lucky me!


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:24
MrsGarden wrote (see)
clari willies were my fave as well.

I'm sure Mr Garden is pleased to hear this.

Thanks Dove - I've written it down on my phone now. Will have to see what my partner says although its possibly a little early to be choosing! (Still he needs to know what size they'll be so he can plan the coop right?! )

Under-gardener Award

Posted: 19/05/2014 at 16:16

I'm not awarding my under gardener anything just yet less he thinks it means he can drop a few things off his to-do-list


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 14:30

Hmm. Thinking about it I don't think he'd cope well with the idea of having to dispatch a cockerel (I'll happily do it and think no more of it - wonder what that says about us!!)


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 14:25

OL - could you put them out and be prepared cover them with a fleece if we do get a late frost?

Mrs G - oh I'd love to hatch chicks but I'm not sure what my partner would think. (Although the difference in price between point of lay and fertile eggs might help me convince him and its not like I'll be having babies of my own to pace the kitchen floor nervously about).

I've just been looking at Silkie chickens - small in size with a calm temperament are as important as good layers with us right now as I want chickens that will not get overly stressed with visitors / dogs in the garden. Dove suggested a breed whose name I wrote on a bit of paper and put somewhere "safe"


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 12:08
MrsGarden wrote (see)
Morning all.
One bright ref poppy so far.
Clari have you decided where chickens from? Looked into a farm at bank view farm, hiring incubator and hatching your own. very helpful, course to do as well. Not for us though.

Morning Mrs G!

No we've not decided where to get the chickens from yet. I'm still umming over which breed would suit us best (and of course trying not to get too excited since I'll no doubt have to wait a while til we're ready to invite them into our garden). I'll google them and see if we can perhaps sneak over for a visit!


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 09:38

KEF how odd your poppies aren't open yet. I'm only a couple of miles away and mine  (all big yellow devils) are in full bloom if not going over. I'm looking forward to catching some seeds to plant in more appropriate places when we sort out the flower beds. I'm currently waiting for the daffodils (who are looking far too healthy) and tulips (dying back slowly) to go over to I can dig up the bulbs to move elsewhere. Not entirely sure where they'll go yet but they are some of the few plants I like for the sake of prettiness. I'm sure I'm not alone in being the kind of person who prefers plants that are "useful".

Partner informed me yesterday that he'll be making my chicken coop (I had been looking at those plastic Omlet ones thinking plastic would be very easy to keep clean and mite free) in wood for three chickens so I think its safe to say he's starting to open up to the idea (although he'd rather have ducks). Of course his to do list is now so long what with the two greenhouses, the slabs up the garden, helping me Rotavator the vegetable patch and lay railway timbers around the pond and edges... I may have to be patient for a year or two!!


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 07:32

Ma is just to get the jumper off when the sun hits Dove fear not. Get that vitamin D in you else you'll never grow strong.


I was making nettle stew last night and caught my arm with a bunch. No big deal there is a distinct advantage to chronic pain - nettle rash comes as a "welcome change". BUT what I have just noticed that despite showering and washing my arms regularly over 12 hours later I still have the nettle rash.

That can't be right surely?!


Posted: 19/05/2014 at 07:24

Morning all! 

Very warm here already. Can't believe on Thursday I still had a vest on.

Refusing to look at the weather report - just enjoying it while it lasts!

Market Stall/Polytunnel

Posted: 18/05/2014 at 17:52

Like Dove I'd be looking at small local restaurants, farm shops, and perhaps have a hunt around to see if there are some other small scale jam / chutney / pie makers that you could venture forth with getting a contract for.

If nothing else it'd give up a huge amount of time spent at markets which you'll need.

I'd give it all up tomorrow to live the Good Life but unfortunately for us its just not practical. Good luck with your dream!

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