Monday, 28 March 2016

Chickens, Fruit Cages And More

 Two little Easter chicks have hatched out, one nice and fluffy the other is that scrawny mess on the right, it will fluff up soon enough, the third fertile egg was dead in shell, there was a crack in the shell running lengthwise probably a weak shell and at some point it has cracked and the chick died.
Mrs Broody is still sitting tight on her clutch of 10 eggs we hope to have more chicks from her.
The two OAP's Enid and Doris are still happy doing pest control in the garden 
Here are the eggs they laid either side of a normal hen egg, very pointy and a lot smaller, 
for there size they are mostly yolk.
Not bad for a pair of 8 year old chooks.

The week-end has been spent working on the fruit cage 
 Marking out the base
 putting together the frame
 The frame all constructed ready for netting
 Roof netting on
Two sides all netted, the other two sides will get done next week end, a lot bigger than I thought it would be.
Once complete Flash the tortoise will come out of hibernation and move into the fruit cage this will be his temporary home until we construct a proper area for him.
Over the week-end I got the greenhouse empty
It will be going to a new home at the week end.
Everything has been moved into the Poly Tunnel
 All the citrus trees are sitting on the path
And the staging has been set up as a temporary work area 
Once the new poly tunnel is up it will all be moved there in time for the rest of this tunnel to be planted up.
This small poly tunnel frame ( I have three of them)
has been put to use, I have netted both sides 
One side will have beans growing up from the raised bed on that side
And peas from the other side, I like to grow tall peas.
The four raised beds in the background is were the new poly tunnel is going.

I cooked a hogget ( hogget is 18 month old lamb) shoulder yesterday 
 It was studded with garlic thyme and rosemary out of the garden
Slow roasted in the oven it was falling off the bone, I much prefer hogget to lamb.

 Today I used up a jar of the canned chicken I did 3 years ago
 The meat is already cooked and was very moist
It went into a curry for dinner, a nice quick easy meal.

BT came out today we were gobsmacked, bank holiday and the engineer came all the way from Swansea, a temporary fix has been done to the broadband, it keeps dropping off.
I will be glad when can can drop BT off. Perhaps it will be sorted by BT soon who knows they are a law unto themselves. 
Storm Katie didn't seem to hit us so we had no damage, I woke up just after midnight and could hear the rain and a bit of wind,
There was a bit of snow out there this morning.
I turned into a lovely day weather wise.

Hope everyone had a good holiday week end.


24 comments:

  1. You have been busy, glad Katie missed you, made loads of mess along the south coast, but our garden survived.

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    1. We were surprise that Katie missed us, for once I am glad the weather forecasters got it wrong

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  2. Poly tunnels are next on my list of things to learn about.

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    1. I think you call the hoop tunnels across the pond

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  3. Very nice!!! I so wish we could build a green house here but the wind would destroy it I fear.

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    1. The greenhouse is no good here too exposed I am happy to change it for another poly tunnel

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  4. Dawn, all looks fab and the hogget looks yummy! . What fruit will you be growing? The chicken looks fab. I am very envious of you and others who can food. I love the idea but to be honest I'm a bit scared of the process. I think I will cope with making things like tomato and apple sauce to start with.x

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    1. If ever you fancy having a go at a canning session just say

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    2. That is very kind of you Dawn.x

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  5. Flash will be in his element in the fruit cage! Hope he's hibernating well :) Little chicks are very cute, I could hardly see the scruffy little one! Hope you had a lovely Easter xx

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  6. awww those fluffy babies are just soooo cute!
    Your garden is looking amazing! i'm pea green with envy!
    Congrats on getting the internet back again haha, what a pain in the rear end BT are! xx

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    1. There has been a lot of hours put into the garden from the two of us and now its paying off

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  7. All that building in the garden looks fantastic! I confess to being very envious, LOL. Congrats on the chicks too. The losses are always disappointing, but the ones that make it are a welcome addition.

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    1. We need it here if we didnt put any protection we would not be able to grow enough :-)

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  8. Super work done, as always. I have free range fruit, but may cover them over this summer as I lost all my berries in one fell swoop last year. The birds must have heard me thinking, tomorrow I'll pick those now they are ripe.

    You are very organized - I fear I am not of that ilk!

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    1. I am reluctant to share my fruit anymore with birds :-)

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  9. P.S. We used to have hogget, when we had a neighbour's sheep on our land, but the fencing is too dicey for them now. We far prefer it to lamb too.

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  10. We prefer hogget to lamb as well, much more meat on the bone, less fat, and more tender. Love those poly tunnels. Still deliberating as to whether or not to order one!

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    1. I would recommend poly tunnels for people who aim to be as self sufficient in there food, not cheap but a good investment if used properly

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  11. I am speechless Dawn..all I can say is "wow" .xxmaria

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  12. May I ask...how self sufficient have you managed to be...I don't mean rice and toilet paper...but with the things you can grow and your citrus trees? Jackie x

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    1. Good comment Jackie I will put together a post for Friday on what we have achieved so far :-)

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