A Happy New Year

Hi and a happy new year to those following the christian calender, or gregorian as it’s refered to, I hope all went well with the start to the new decade. The hens have started 2010 contained finally, it seems, in my patchwork run made of wire, bamboo, string and pieces of pallet wood.

Renee our Light Sussex has seen the new decade in still sitting on the eggs that will never hatch, yesterday when I removed the nest box to change the hay, she went back into the coop, saw that the box was gone, and then came back out to look at the coop,  then went back in to check again, like she was checking if she had the right house, on the second visit convinced she was in the right coop, she just sat on the floor where the nest box had been.

Good fortunes in the new year..

Doubling the Run

Hi there, today I am finally getting around to making the girls run bigger, it been 3 weeks now since they have been on full lockdown, we had one casulty, if the form of Manuella the Minorca got very depressed about being confined, she became ill, but as soon as I let her out she recovered the very next day.

Using more chicken wire, than bamboo this time, as it does let more light in, also it doesn’t look so opressive. Hopefully this will raise the wellbeing of our hens all round, they will have more space, more bugs, etc. As nice as it was in a hippy ind of way to let them roam free, but we do live in an urban area, and the back yard is definately cleaner now that they have been confined to the run.

The next task will be to double the size of the nesting box, as they have all decided to lay in the same box, and invariably a fight breaks out everytime one of them wants to lay, and at the moment Renee is broody, just about filling up the whole box, so it’s a bit of a squeeze to get two in side by side, although quite comical to see, I must get a pic to post for your amusement too.

Keep up the chicken keeping.