Well haven't we had an amazing few weeks of weather! It's been glorious in the garden but unfortunatly it hasn't been very productive for me!
In my post last month I promised an update on the chooks and a look inside my shed. Well I have decided to do a big move around in the shed so it's not quite ready to share but I will give you a sneaky look...
More on the shed soon!
So onto the chooks. They really are a delight to have around and come running when called. Two weeks after bringing them home we let them out to free range the garden. We only let them out for a few hours each day and only while we were around. When left alone they caused havoc! Running up and down the access road and getting in the way of the cars. Thankfully it's a very quiet access road and our neighbours are lovely.
We get 4 eggs a day (photo taken before Rose had a chance to get in the box and lay hers.)
Now keeping chickens is pretty easy, but I had no idea they drank as much water and pooped as much as they do! Heavens me. All I do is clean the poop box (one of the nesting boxes that has turned into the pooper place!) and fill the water tray. I guess there is a lot of water in an egg so they do need it. Apart from poop clearing and water and food filling, they are wormed once a month. This is done by adding pellets to food or drops to the water.We opted for the pellets, and they get a scoop each in food enough for the day over three days. So it's 3 scoops each a month. Administering was a challenge to start with as my nerves got the better of me and I was worried one wouldn't get any of the pellets and not get the treatment.
The other job is to have a thorough house clean every so often so they don't get red mite. This is pretty important as you will get very unhappy and poorly chooks if they get it. And that would be quite cruel.
Besides spending time watching the chickens, because they are total time wasters, we have started to go for evening walks in the fields around our village. The views really are breath taking and the fresh air is a treat.
I still plan to plant some veg this year, but um, I don't know when. I really am bad at this good life thing ;)