Not quite so free ranging chickens

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Using the tree posts,  I half arsed together a temporary enclosure for the birds.   The can range in a restricted nature rather than destroy our rhubarb, strawberries, gooseberries, fruit trees, grapes, raspberries etc.   Neither our cats not the birds have worked out how to enter/escape.

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IBC cladding

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The IBC ‘s are now clad keeping sunlight, leaves and animals out.

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Double yolker

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So yesterdays large egg was a double yolk. Which might be nice if I was eating it, but Helen and Sam are. :(

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Rhubarb, comfrey and trees

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Not doing so well.

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Cherry doing much better than expected

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Peach not so well

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Victoria plum is starting to get going. Only its 4th year…

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Braeburn very well

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Granny smith is beating all the rest

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Comfrey very well in both parts of the garden. Need to make more comfrey tea.

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Which one is commercial

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Eggs!

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It was only going to be a matter of time until the first eggs started to appear! Like buses obviously.

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I was working away from home, so Helen had a fry up for dinner.

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Egg!

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Tea spoon for scale. Yes its tiny!

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Freeranging

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Today I clipped the right wing of all our chickens.  This was not symbolic.

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Jalfrezi quite liked her comb being stroked

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I also built an axe target stand

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And let the chickens out to roam a bit

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And fed them some grapes by hand

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Mirror mirror on the wall

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Who’s the prettiest chicken of them all?

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Yes yet again we have gooseberry sawfly.

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We have some natural defenders – Piri Piri has stepped up to the challenge!

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Took a walk with Sam today to see the bluebells.

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And to play chase chase (Sam’s current favourite game) and play pooh sticks in the stream.  I won. Sam didn’t seem bothered.

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The chickens move in!

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What’s that? Chickens?

We have Jalfrezi, Korma and Piri Piri

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They’re very interesting

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Up top and darker is Jalfrezi, below is Korma.

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And Piri Piri, previously the bottom of the pecking order is now at the top!

All the girls are loving the ramp and the open area outside.

They also eat bind weed! Score!

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