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Houses for happy hens

By Heather 11 years ago

The two most basic requirements for chickens are a house to roost in at night and a safe place to scratch around in during the day. It’s important to think about the siting of the hen house/run (some shade is good and avoid low lying boggy areas) and remember to take your neighbours’ feelings into consideration.

A good hen house should be free from draughts, but at the same time well ventilated, and provide shelter from rain and vermin. You should avoid overcrowding and allow one nest box for every 3-4 birds. In addition, each bird should have adequate perch space (9-12 inches each) for night time roosting.

A good hen house equals happy hens and lots of lovely eggs!

War on Waste!

By Heather 12 years ago

Betsy Reid has managed to reduce her waste going to landfill to one bag every five weeks. Over the summer holidays my aim is for our home at Lower Blakemere to be producing one bag full of waste every 2 weeks rather than our current level of between 2 and 3 bags a week. Obviously we compost our kitchen waste using our chickens and a Bokashi Bin and Wormery.
But for real inspiration check out this article about Betsy Reid's War on Waste. (She got her worms for the school from Wiggly Wigglers as I recall.)

By the way - anyone know what to do with yogurt pots?