The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


23 February 2011

Challenging Chicken Changes

       Above:  Newland Grange Egglu's
Right: Bluebelle in the jetway

As stated, the holidays are over and it's back to reality but - not just for us! The hens are back from their luxury Hen Hotel at Newland Grange.  They spent a week in an Egglu with Sarah caring for their every need!  It seems she must have spoilt them for they laid as many eggs as ever and all 4 girls have laid today.  However, they're back home and having to acquaint themselves with new arrangements in their own home too.  When let out into the Hennery, they soon found their way out onto the Strip via their new jetway but had a little difficulty retracing their journey!  I put them a temporary ladder and hung a feed bar as a bribe!  It was then a case of lifting each one in just to get them used to going in and out.  Sandy used the jetway to take off into the field and had to be retrieved but so far so good and all four made several journeys to and fro.  I suspect that, come dusk, more help will be needed!  Whilst I was getting the girls acclimatised, Al was busy making a door at the other end of the jetway inside the Hennery.  At night this will be kept closed in order to deter Monsieur Le Reynard.

Above: Al's new door

I know what you're thinking!  What a lot of trouble 4 chickens have caused.  The truth is that it's lots of fun! Now Al's working on an egg stall to hang on the gate! The present one sits on the grass verge in the lane and seems very popular with our neighbours.  Maybe a bespoke one hung on the gate would look smarter!

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