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Turkeys and New Seeds…..

Person Author: Helene Coleman Calender December 9, 2012 Posted Tags: , , Comment No Comments
Turkeys.

We’ve been so busy over the past two weeks, we’ve barely had time to get down to our allotment, but today we braved the cold but sunny weather to check out how our plants have been doing. Everything seems to be faring well, the only exception being the Mizuna which had finally started to wilt and die off following the recent cold weather, so we pulled it up and fed it to the pigs. Mizuna was one of our success stories of this autumn’s planting, so we’ll definitely grow that again next year. Steve didn’t really fancy putting in the other raised bed today (he claimed it was too cold!) so we just had a cup of tea in the warm allotment Club House by the woodburning stove, admired our plot and then had a quick look at the turkeys. They’ve got a couple more weeks to fatten up

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Poultry housing part2

Person Author: Pam Thompson Calender June 21, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , Comment 1 Comment

Further to my last blog post on how to build a cheap and excellent chicken house, I thought I'd cover some more options and give my opinions on them. So here are some things to consider. Firstly, and obviously important is how much space do you have and where is it to be sited? Will they have a run attached or will the house only be for sleeping and egg laying. Then you have to think about how easy it is to clean. Obviously, if it is low on the ground, cleaning it will involve bending down or even kneeling on the ground. If cleaning is awkward or difficult, the temptation might be not to do it as often as it should be done. The ark type coops seem to be popular but aren't a great design. The sloping sides mean that the edges of the ark cannot be used by the birds. They will only have a

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So you want to keep chickens?

Person Author: Pam Thompson Calender June 15, 2012 Posted Tags: , , , , Comment 3 Comments

Once you've made the decisions to keep a few chickens, you have a lot of things to think about before you go out and buy them. The first thing you need to consider is the amount of space you have available to house them. Often, you'll see advertisements for hen houses and coops, and the seller will state that it is for up to X number of birds. Ignore the number as the seller will be operating on getting the buyer to think that the house is spacious. His calculations however will be based on the number of birds which can be crammed together on a perch. You need to be thinking about how to give your birds the best accommodation and not "what is the minimum I can get away with". Over the coming weeks I hope to be able to give the budding poultry keeper information, tips and advice about poult

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Make space for chickens

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Image courtesy of Ryan's Garden Keeping chickens at home or at the allotment is becoming increasingly popular and when you look at the positives of doing so it’s plain to see why so many people are doing it. Yesterday, the Seed Parade forums went crazy with chicken talk and so I thought it only right that we acknowledge our feathery friends. Chickens make excellent pets and offer hours of entertainment. Any chicken keeper will know just how easy it is to simply sit and watch these creatures go about their daily lives. Watching how chickens interact and behave, depending on their place in the pecking order, is truly enthralling. Chickens are often very fond of human attention too. Three of my chickens, which I keep at my nearby allotment, battle for attention and make a racket when y

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