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


5 November 2014

Eggseptionally Good Layers!

Well, the girls have eggselled (sorry!) themselves over the past few months by working really hard!  In four months, our five hens have produced the following eggs:

  • July   77
  • Aug   103
  • Sep   116
  • Oct   102
Eggsess (sorry again!) numbers are sold at the end of the road - £1 for 4 or £1.20 for a box of 6 which pays for their food.  They always sell out and our neighbour is a very keen baker and so we never have left over eggs. Of course, as the days get shorter, we know that egg production will drop.  As said in previous posts, these are five different hybrids so will lay all year round.  Their fruit supplements will reduce as windfalls are nearly all consumed now.  They will continue with their layers mash and mealworms as well as layers pellets and, being the world's most spoilt birds, they do have Dodson and Horrell's best! For our foreign followers: Dodson and Horrell hold a royal warrant as they supply HM Queen! With so few birds to feed it's a case of 'because they're worth it!'

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