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Whilst researching chicken keeping a while back I found an article about the deep litter method. This is a traditional method of dealing with chicken waste. It requires minimal maintenance, doesn’t smell, produces heat which keeps the hens warm over winter and is super eco. Putting it simply all you need to start the process is an earth floor to your hen-house with about 6-8 inches of brown material such as wood chip, pine or oak leaves on top. As the chickens waste builds up you just add layers of pine shavings or bedding. The girls scratch around in it and mix it up for you and you … Continue reading
It’s been a long time coming but finally we have put up our new hen-house. We decided to buy a new hen-house as ours had seen its best days and needed replacing. Having spent hours looking at hen houses on the internet and in shops I was very disappointed at the quality and exorbitant prices of most of them. Added to that with 13 hens to house the coops we saw were rarely big enough for our requirements. So we decided to buy a shed and adapt it. Looking at sheds we discovered a plastic one that we felt would be perfect. Plastic would mean minimal maintenance. As I … Continue reading
Well after much discussion, cogitation and note making we have started renovating the hen run and house. The last one had just about run it’s course and we needed to get things sorted before the winter really sets in. This weekend the old gate into the run was removed along with the rotting posts and a bigger gate made. I had the task of paining all the wood with wood preservative. As you can see from my photo below (yeah, I know, it’s scary!) I’m not the tidiest of painters. In my defence, it doesn’t help that some of the wood … Continue reading
This is what we are all about. Please help support this campaign. Do you have a notice board at work you could put this poster on or maybe in the back of your car. It is down to us as the consumer to change how we shop and stop the inhumane business of caged hens.
The trials and tribulations of putting up a electric poultry fencing when you’re not built like Pluto
We recently brought an electric poultry fence in order to be able to move the hens and keep them safe as their run needs some seasonal work and the ground needs resting for a few weeks. Never having seen electric fencing for poultry let alone source or use one, we had yet another learning curve to climb. Mark and I researched as much as we could and asked friends who have hens and our wonderful friends on our Facebook page for any advice they could give. So suitably educated (or so we thought) I was set the task of buying one. Not being terribly good at measurements … Continue reading
Yes it’s true. In a straw poll (of my 15 hens) when presented with the choice of weetabix, cornflakes or rice crispies the girls preferred the weetabix. Don’t panic I don’t usually pamper my girls by giving them branded breakfast cereals. Not even my kids get that! It happened because I found some very out of date cereal packets in the family caravan. As you know I hate waste and as the cereals weren’t too full of horrid sthings like sugar, salt and fats that can harm chickens I let the girls have them! :0)
If you’d like to know a bit more about how your hens think and why they behave the way they do have a look at this. It’s a 4 part programme that features Jimmy from Jimmy’s farm and Jane Howorth the founder of the British Hen Welfare Trust formerly the Battery Hen Welfare Trust.
Liz has gone away for a few days… so I’ve been given the important task of looking after her girls….. So, things started OK this morning. I put the hens food in their enclosure, before opening their coop (much easier as I’ve learnt you don’t get mobbed) and let them out a 5am before I dropped Liz off to catch the coach. Later on, I went to replace their water when I momentarily left the enclosure door open…. only just for a few seconds and that was it, 4 of them were gone, out and free. So I resorted to all the … Continue reading
As a treat I thought I’d let my girls free range around the garden for the last few days. I must admit this was mainly with the vain hope they would see my ever growing weed patch and clear it for me. Having let them out to roam, I disappeared into the shed to do some “bits”. A while later on leaving the shed, I found the girls had completely ignored the weed patch and instead were engrossed in searching for worms and “titbits” amongst my flower borders. So now not only do I have to still weed my weed … Continue reading
NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH! NEWS FLASH! Fabulous news from the USA about barren caged hens. It looks as if they’re coming into line with the EU. Fingers crossed it won’t be long before all the worlds hens will be living as nature intended free to roam and scratch and enjoy life. Rant over! Follow this link: