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


22 February 2012

Comments from the the Coop

Lulu - too cold for 2 feet!
Despite the recent cold snap and the loss of Amelia a couple of weeks ago; egg production has been eggsellent (sorry!) all winter long and sales have boomed - well relatively speaking!  The flock is now reduced to 4 and only Black Betty remains as one of our original girls.  Even so, frequently we are finding 4 eggs daily.  Given the short days and low light levels, we reckon that's pretty good.

Of course our girls are very spoilt. On the breakfast menu is warm mash with a sprinkling of mealworms and generous handfuls of mixed corn.  They also have a block of mixed grain and molasses suspended above their outdoor perch to peck at all day as well as layers pellets in their hopper.  Surplus greenery from local farm shops and bruised apples are always demolished with great relish.  Grit and oyster shell along with fresh water are always on hand and each morning their day old Daily Telegraph is delivered and spread on the floor of their house.  All droppings are wrapped up and composted.

Funny how very satisfying it is to find a pile of perfectly aimed fresh hen's droppings on the smug face of some idiot politician/celeb!  A good start to any day.

All round Poultry Paradise you might say.

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