Back In The Allotment Saddle

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The long hot summer has been and gone and I'm reaping the rewards in the kitchen garden. The autumn tidy up has begun and having chickens roaming around the garden smallholding means I'm never alone, the hens readily help themselves to crops and scratch the soil to a fine tilth. I'm happy to let them … Continue reading Back In The Allotment Saddle

What’s Growing on in January

I love writing these monthly catch ups on our kitchen garden, documenting the activities and plans. It's a good excuse to get the camera out and really study the garden changing throughout the year. I use these posts as a reminder to look back on too. January is usually a hard month for a lot … Continue reading What’s Growing on in January

Poultry Worms

From time to time your chickens will get worms, and not just the juicy kind they find in the garden. They'll also get intestinal worms. Icky. Poultry worms are a common occurrence, especially if your flock free range frequently. I realise this is a gross subject, but if you keep chickens then you should learn to recognise the signs of … Continue reading Poultry Worms

Chicken Moult

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Around this time of year, when our chickens are going through their late autumn moult, coops and pens resemble a chicken crime scene. Huge bundles of feathers strewn everywhere! For the new chicken keeper, experiencing chicken moult can be alarming! When your flock decide it's time for a change of clothes feathers literally drop out overnight - … Continue reading Chicken Moult

Happy Halloween 2017

Wooo it's Halloween (eeek!) and it's a bit chilly outside! I'm having a rummage through seed packets and giving them a sort out, then I'll be splitting garlic bulbs into single cloves ready for planting soon. Vampires won't bother me today *cue evil laugh*. Meanwhile, the latest news from the garden smallholding....the hens are busy … Continue reading Happy Halloween 2017