Chickens on Lockdown

We’re not the only ones on lockdown, the chickens have been banished from the garden since December due to avian influenza. I really miss watching them strutting around the veg garden before tootling off to bed.ย 

At the moment they are all confined to the walk-in enclosures, which isn’t so bad really as they have shelter from rain and plenty of room to move around, they can see pretty much everything going on around them. Of course they disagree and look very sorry for themselves.

I miss the Fluffy gang

To make up for the lack of grass in their diet I’m feeding them whole cabbages and chard leaves overwintering in the veg patch, I’d much rather see them helping themselves even though I’d complain after they’d completely trashed everything. The garden feels empty without them following me everywhere, I keep checking the DEFRA website for updates.

Hopefully better weather is coming, spring can’t come soon enough this year. How are your chickens doing?

Make a No Dig Bed

Last weekend we made a no dig raised bed using left over wood, just a basic rectangle frame screwed together in each corner using decking screws. It measures 4ft wide by 7ft long.

making a raised bed
making a raised bed

We used cardboard to kill the lawn by excluding light, each piece overlapping the other to prevent grass growing through gaps. Tuck it underneath the frame so that it’s just showing on the outside, this prevents lawn coming through on the inside edges of the raised bed. The cardboard will rot down naturally over time.

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