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    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 10:31pm (Jun 16th 2008) edited
     
    Our chickens are daft. They stand outside in the rain and get soaked. I was thinking of dipping them in butter or goose fat to make them waterproof. Maybe even a coat of WD-40?

    Anyway, we covered the end of their run with some plastic to give them somewhere to stand around. If it was a pub they lived in, this'd be the smoking area. It's been like that for months now and it looks untidy in our garden so I spent this evening knocking up a little shelter for them, more in keeping with their coup

    Before: A shoddy job



    Here they are, 'helping'



    During



    After. It's getting dark now so they've gone in to watch their TV or play poker or whatever it is they do in there at dusk



    The have a little sheltery bit inside and outside their run now. We usually leave them out all day to crap everywhere round the garden and patio and especially the back door mat. They can stand under the end section now if they're out and about. Or probably just still get soaked

    We also have lots of veggies growing. Here's our solution to the devastating beaks of a pack of hungry chooks



    and the potato patch



    Does anyone else here have a solution to the old chicken VS vegetable patch conundrum?

    Cheers

    Ferg & Andrea->(who built all the veg cages and mostly looks after the hens!)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 10:49pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    Wow - what a lovely urban garden. Do those cubes over the vegetable boxes just lift off? Or how do you weed/harvest them? How do you cope with chicken poop (yes everyone...I said it, well, a version of it... control yourselves) in the gravel?

    Its such a sweet garden and that hen house is beautiful. Thanks for posting the photos!

    *Hi* to your girls. :D
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:01pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    Thanks for the compliments! The cubes just lift off and the soil in the raised boxes is a mix of top soil, home-made compost and shop-bought compost so the weeds are pretty thin on the ground. The boxes are on weed-proof membrane stuff under the gravel. We're actually right out in the countryside but in a small village with an even smaller back garden

    The girls do most of their #2s on the patio so cleaning up is a dustpan and brush job. We have one with a rubber lip at the front so it gets almost all of it up. That's a daily chore. On very hot sunny days though it's almost a hammer and chisel job!
    We thoroughly jet wash every few weeks as required. The odd poop in the gravel or bark chips is spotted and lifted with the dustpan too. The whole coup and run lifts up for the major excavation of the ground once in a while - nasty job!

    Ferg
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:38pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    Your coop etc are great!!! I notice in the one picture that there are 2 plant pots - one looking very sad. Is that where the chickens take out their frustration on your denying them their fresh veggies!!!! You've proved that you don't need a big garden to have chickens. DO YOU HEAR THAT HUBBY?!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:41pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    My garden's 26' square. YOU DON'T NEED A BIG GARDEN TO KEEP CHICKENS!!
    My solution to vegetables & chickens in the same garden can be roughly summarised thus: WAITROSE. Easy...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:42pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    I'd lose the chickens in the weeds in my garden. Who am I kidding. I'd lose a bloomin' ostrich out there!! Foggy (the cat for any newbies) adores it. She can go about 10 foot from the french door and disappear into the undergrowth.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:44pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    Nonononononono...not WEEDS, Kate; it's 'set aside'. The thieving gits in the Common Market might give you a grant for it...
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:46pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    I'd better get my 45 page grant application filled in. In triplicate. And authorised by an aging big wig who'll want a cut of the profits to sign on the dotted line.

    I like to refer to it as natural habitat to encourage butterflies etc. (In reality all I get is a couple of wasps and a hidden cat!)
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 16th, 2008 11:54pm (Jun 16th 2008)
     
    There you go; it's a cats' playground/wildlife garden. Of course, chickens will help keep the vegetation down...
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2008 6:15am (Jun 17th 2008)
     
    You know, I'm not sure what is / was in that plant pot but it's not one that's suffered the chooks' beaks

    Ferg
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2008 8:15am (Jun 17th 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    The only way i know of keeping chickens away from plants is to surround them with gravel, as it's supposed to feel uncomfortable on their tootsies so they won't want to stand on it. However your garden is already gravelled...so other than that i have no idea :)

    I know some plants are less likely to appeal to chickens. Those little conifer-type plants, and herbs too, i seem to remember have been known to survive around chickens.

    You really do have some smashing girls :heartsabove:
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 17th, 2008 1:40pm (Jun 17th 2008)
     
    Looking at the pictures, I was wide eyed at all those dangerous plants that needed cages!
    Explanations came much later.

    Great set-up you have. I admire your dedication.
    • CommentAuthorgoosegog
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2008 6:40am (Jun 18th 2008)
     
    They happily wander round the gravel. I'm looking out the window and they're doing it now!

    Ferg
    • CommentAuthorLynnW
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2008 7:58am (Jun 18th 2008)
     
    Ferg, you have a beautiful back garden. I love your chicken house. Your girls are luck to live in such a lovely home.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2008 11:47am (Jun 18th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Other than that i have no idea then, sorry. That was the problem we had with our chucks, they murdered all my mum's plants...we didn't think of building neat little protection boxes like you.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 18th, 2008 2:03pm (Jun 18th 2008)
     
    One of my customers has just lawn with raised beds around the edge which are fenced. The chickens enjoy the lawn but can't destroy the flowers that way.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 22nd, 2008 10:02pm (Jun 22nd 2008)
     
    All of a sudden I read the title of this thread and imagined Goosegog segregating his flock from vegetarians. I must be overtired...
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      CommentAuthorLuke
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 5:36pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    I thought that when I first saw it!
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 5:37pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Did you?
    •  
      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 6:09pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    And now I'm thinking they need to be kept away from vegetarians AND alcohol...
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 6:11pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Who? The chooks?:confused:
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:03pm (Jun 23rd 2008) edited
     

    Keeper of the hens

    My dad was supposed to be giving the big girls Guiness on Saturday after a promise he made on their holiday to Dublin...I have no idea why, my mum mentioned something about it :o
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:06pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Wot?
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:13pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    I don't know. They visited the Guiness Factory in Ireland, and my dad wrote something in the Guestbook about hencam. He told people to watch on Saturday because he promised to give the girls a drink of Guiness...thankfully he forgot, i'm not sure if alcohol is okay for chickens!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 23rd, 2008 7:33pm (Jun 23rd 2008)
     
    Ace; yes - dry = teetotal .
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 5:50pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    I had a guinea pig named David. He was such a sweetie. And he used to love taking lettuce leaves from me as I held them in my mouth. Then, one evening, I dipped the leaf into champagne (during a party.) David trustingly took it from me. He would never take a lettuce leaf from me again. :cry:

    Don't do it Neil.
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 7:46pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    I'll have a lettuce leaf...:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 8:31pm (Jun 24th 2008)
     
    Now we have to decide what to do with the Guiness!
    Any ideas?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 24th, 2008 8:50pm (Jun 24th 2008) edited
     
    oOOO, please miss, MEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEMEME...
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 3:19pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We once tried to fill a watermelon with vodka...the strawberries worked and soaked it up like sponges, but we accidentally put the hole right through the melon (didn't realise until it was too late) and it just bled vodka everywhere :D

    Can you do that with other alcohol, or is it just vodka?
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 4:33pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    I too soak up alcohol like a sponge...
    You can make a vicious drink by hollowing out a marrow and filling it with brown sugar, apparently. I don't know how long you have to leave it to fester, though.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 25th, 2008 9:48pm (Jun 25th 2008)
     
    I've done the vodka one. It took about a week before it wouldn't accept any more.
    It was the hit of the BBQ!!
    Highly recommended.
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2008 4:58am (Jun 26th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    We tried to do it on the day of the party, i'd never heard of it before then :-\

    LOL CC :rolling: And what?? :o
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2008 6:04pm (Jun 26th 2008)
     
    And you drink the resulting liquid. And you decide you must be allergic to marrows because the next day you have a terrible headache and a moulting dog appears to have slept in your mouth overnight...
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 26th, 2008 9:43pm (Jun 26th 2008)
     
    Just bought my marrow - they were down to 60p in the supermarket - now for the brown sugar.
    Will let you know - if I survive....
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2008 1:06pm (Jun 27th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Ew! No Ollie, don't do it, save yourself... :rolling:
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2008 5:18pm (Jun 27th 2008)
     
    WAIT, Ollie; you have to add rum to it as well, apparently. And put it in a stocking and hang it up for some months. Eric can't remember exactly...you'd best google it!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2008 11:04pm (Jun 27th 2008)
     
    Give me a clue just what to Google, pls.
    'Marrow' will give vast amounts on how grow/cook.
    I like the sound of adding rum.
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      CommentAuthorAce
    • CommentTimeJun 27th, 2008 11:09pm (Jun 27th 2008)
     
    I looked up Marrow rum on google and that comes up with some stuff.:)
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 2:12am (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    What is Hen Cam coming to? Wazza, can you arrange to have an ambulance on standby to rescue Ollie if this experiment fails?
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 2:13am (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    Ferg, ain't it a marvel how far afield one's thread can go? :P
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      CommentAuthorRed
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 6:36am (Jun 28th 2008)
     

    Keeper of the hens

    Oh dear...
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 3:13pm (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    Nice to know we're on form...:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 3:23pm (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    Had a quick Google. The first I read said to keep two years before drinking. I don't make any plans for so far ahead in case I aren't around any more, then I would be so very disappointed!
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 6:21pm (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    When that happens to me when I goggle, Ollie, I keep on goggling until I find one I like...:)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 8:45pm (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    Further research will be done when I have helped daughter sort out why there is water dripping from her kitchen ceiling.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJun 28th, 2008 10:21pm (Jun 28th 2008)
     
    What? Thats not good. What was it Ollie?
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2008 4:17pm (Jun 29th 2008)
     
    How's the ceiling Ollie?

    Why don't you just amend the recipe - cut out the marrow and brown sugar and just drink the alcohol!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJun 29th, 2008 5:10pm (Jun 29th 2008)
     
    We partook of said alch once all the water was dam(n)ed back.
    Seems water tank overflow had blocked, revealing that the ball cock was not functioning properly.
    A good rodding of the overflow pipe and a quick trip to the DIY shop for replacement ball cock saw it all fixed.
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      CommentAuthorDianeonWhidbey
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 1:34am (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    Nice.
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 8:07am (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    Now we find the central heating has blown all the fuses!
    Water must have got into the electrics somewhere. Leaving it a week to see if it dries out and settles down.
    to be continued............
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      CommentAuthorKateb
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 8:16pm (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    Where are they going to live for a week?!!!
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 8:22pm (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    Luckily the weather is warm so no need for relocation. I do live only a hundred yards away so could take them if it had been winter.
    In fact today has been a scorcher!
    I was doing garden stuff in the afternoon and now have a white stripe on one shoulder from my strap - other strap doesn't stay up due to my odd shape!
    = Ollie the Ogre.....
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      CommentAuthorchief chicken
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 8:33pm (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    No, Ollie the Unique!! :)
    • CommentAuthorollie in UK
    • CommentTimeJul 1st, 2008 8:56pm (Jul 1st 2008)
     
    Oh CC, that is so sweet of you. Thank you.