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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
Following on my from “Battery Hen Spa Day” post, I recieved the following twitter question from Val Darroch (
Well, it was time for our Ex Battery Hens to suffer their regular red mite dusting regime again. With 18 hens it’s never a 2 minute job. So donning the old clothes (I get as much a dusting as they do) I set off down the garden to sort them out. First I took their coop apart and gave it a thorough clean and dusting. This meant any lurking beasties hopefully were cleaned out too. So far we haven’t seen any sign of red mites and I’d like to keep it that way too, nasty little critters. Ok hutch cleaned … Continue reading
Some of the new hens have been pecking the other girls’ tail feathers. To prevent infection and further pecking Liz has sprayed their bottoms purple. Hens are attracted to blood and will continue to peck and make it worse if action isn’t taken.
Mark thought he heard something roaming about the hen coop last night so we’re being extra vigilant even though we haven’t actually seen anything. I hope the smell of us and our dog helps to keep anything at bay. Not that we or our dog smell you understand but knowing other animals are around helps to some degree to deter predators. And Mark does occasionally mark his territory close to the chicken run. The theory is that testosterone acts a deterrent. And even if this is an old wives tale, the nitrate is good for the garden! Though even with … Continue reading
Whahoo! I’m very excited as we have a date to collect our new ex bats! Though, when I told the told the girls they’re going to be getting five sisters more they didn’t get very excited! As the new girls are coming on the 25th, Mark should enough time to finish painting the hen house and get everything ready for when they are strong enough to be introduced to existing flock. It’s not a good idea to mix newly rescued ex-bats with an existing flock straight off. This is because the new girls will be weak, vulnerable and could be … Continue reading
Yesterday was a good day. After a traditional birthday breakfast (celebrating my 21st again), Liz and I visited B&Q to buy some animal friendly wood preserver to paint the coop. It took us ages to find a suitable product in the store – as I couldn’t spot what I originally used when I built the house and it seemed that none of the products clearly mentioned that they were specifically animal friendly. Anyway, we eventually found a safe less effective water based product. I started by taking the house off of its stand to give it, and myself a good … Continue reading
I (Mark) built our chicken coop last year using WBP hardboard. It was a simple design with a nest box area, a perch, removable front and back and pop hole on the side and an onduline roof. Being a wooden construction, it requires yearly maintenance – as it looks like it’s a reasonable day – I’m going to get some green matching animal friendly preservative and get out there and give it a fresh coat. So, we may have some green girls by the end of the day.
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