Tuesday, April 17, 2007

New Extra run for the Chickens

At the weekend we had the job of building a more secure run for the chickens. We was making our way to Wickes to get the wire and bits and pieces to make the run when I mentioned to Steve I had noticed somone near our house had some old fencing in there front garden. We drove past the house and Steve said they would be perfect. The front door was open so we knocked on the door and asked if the fencing was still required. We got a weird look but she said she was taking it down the tip. Once we explained it was for chickens she said this would be perfect as the item used to be a Aviery!!! We could not believe our luck. It had a roof and a door to go with it.

Steve put it all on top of the car and took it back to the house and put it up.

Here's a quick photo

After building the run we went to the allotment in the evening to give it a good water.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Both Chickens escape!

When I returned from work yesterday I was informed by one of the children my chickens had escaped! He siad three of them, I then told him I only have 2 chickens. Found Lily in the Garden and put her back then spoke to Caroline, my neighbour and she told me both had escaped out of the front garden and she was chasing Daisy in her garden. So the chickens are now in the Eglu and will not be allowed in the extra run till we fix it which will be at the weekend. We will of course be letting them out in the garden when we are home.

Sunday, April 08, 2007

Easter visit to the allotment

We have both spent most of Easter Sunday down the allotmemt. We decided it was time to plant our potatoes. We are planting them in the area we placed manure on late last year, it had been dugg over once before so the ground was not to bad, just a few weeds. In total we had seven different types of potatoes to plant - lucky we both like potatoes. After speaking to Stan from the allotment regarding when to plant he told me to think about not planting all at the same time, so if one lot dont produce well I will have a back up and also you have dont get them all at the same time in the season, you get two batches, so we have only planted halve and maybe in 4-6 weeks we will plant the others.

Picture of the potatoe Bed

Last week we also planted some asparagus - we bought from mushroom and farmhouse manure. I can tell you its stinks! when we picked it up we had to have all the windows in the car open, luckily it was a lovely day! As the Asparagus is going to be in the ground for a very long time we needed to make sure the bed was well dug over and plenty of manure. We wont get any crop this year, just have to let it grow into a fern type flower then cut it back. The plants are 1 year old all ready so they will be hopfully ready next season.

Asparagus Bed