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


21 February 2016

Chicken Chat

Fiona, Cicely, Marigold & Winifred
Fiona emerging from the Hennery
We haven't mentioned the girls for a few weeks and as they've been laying so well during these winter months, they deserve a mention. Their day shelter has been boarded up as a couple of them have been roosting in it instead of roosting their pole house. I'm not at all keen for 2 reasons. Firstly if anything ever did get in (ie Monsieur Le Reynard) they'd be sitting ducks and secondly, 4 chickens roosting all together  will be much warmer than 2 during long and cold winter nights.

Fruit spikes

Chaos reigned the other day as one of the perches on which the nest box rests had become detached. Their nest box was overturned on the floor with hay everywhere and covered in droppings. One egg was outside on the wood chip and 2 more had been laid in the Hennery (their conservatory) house nest box.  All four were looking most indignant at this break from their routine security! Remember these girls are the WORLD'S most spoilt . How lucky they are to be have such luxurious alternative accommodation! Today's treat was half a box of lawn clippings and a fresh apple on the fruit spikes. We do believe in a varied diet for our girls. As well as layers' pellets in their hopper, each morning their breakfast consists of layers' mash, meal worms and any household treats. As well as this, they have a couple of handfuls of mixed corn. If it's raining, they dine in their conservatory - I did say the world's most spoilt!!

NB The fruit spike was an idea I had and is made using 4" nails in a block of wood and screwed to one of the Henclosure posts. It's perfect for all types of fruit treats.

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