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. 

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?

Lockdown Lowdown

This is an extremely testing time for us all and gardening has never felt as important as it does right now, for healthy bodies and mind. Many people are turning to their gardens for solace, even turning their gardens over to veg patches for the first time. I’m ashamed to say I neglected the vegetable garden while I worked on my allotments, and I’ve been a bit lazy since. Weeds took full advantage of my absence, enjoying a mild and damp winter. Worrying about the current coronavirus pandemic kicked me up the bottom to sort the veg garden out, the weather has been lovely since the ‘lockdown’ was announced and with plenty of time on my hands I have slowly worked it back it into shape for the growing year, accompanied by the chickens of course who love nothing better than scratching up weeds, and dustbathing!

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