The gardens at Pear Tree Cottage sit in a cider apple orchard in the green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England. It enjoys a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury & 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!

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12 April 2019

Chicken Chat

Tosca
It's been a while since we looked at output so I've just checked our winter statistics.  Bear in mind that Wilhelmina wasn't laying before she died on 31st March so these stats are from 4 chickens.  As the number of daylight hours increase so does egg production.




Month
October
November
December
January
February
March
TOTAL


Number of Eggs
75
51
44
60
57
73
360


Sales £
8
9.25
6
4
6
10
£43.25



All sales profits go to buying mixed corn, layers pellets and layers mash.  To date no one has worked out exact feed figures but I reckon that in 6 months they've consumed approx 3 bags @ c. £7.50 each.  It's a definite profit which, for short and dark winter days is excellent!  Being such spoilt girls, as well as their usual grit and oyster shell, they are given LOTS of other treats on the side in the way of  fresh fruit, green vegetables, lawn clippings through which they love to scratch.  At intervals, they are also allowed out of their own Bamboo garden to go on slug patrol around the garden.  

We miss Wilhelmina's whiter than white eggs! R.I.P!

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