Posted in Chickens, In the garden, Self reliance

R.I.P. Ziva – Testing times!

Well that wasn’t the day I had planned! Instead of Christmas stuff (My department) we’ve been having to take serious measures to protect our chickens, having lost three and had one injured over the past four nights to ratty and his friends. So, our remaining 13 hens and Hugh have been temporarily rehoused in a new secure fenced in area right in the middle of the garden, well away from rat territory and we’ve been handy with the rat bait and bait boxes. If you’re a rat, you’re on notice to avoid Hillside Lodge garden!!

It is sad that the deceased chickens included Ziva one of the very first to come and live with us.

R.I.P. Ziva beautiful girl! ๐Ÿ˜ฆ

Ziva 2

Posted in Chickens, family, Food, In the garden, Permaculture, Self reliance, Summer

More Chickens

A couple of days ago we were given the opportunity to adopt three more chickens, how could we resist!

Meet – Alaska


and Martha.

We have 16 Chickens now (+ one cockerel) most of them are laying, so pay for themselves through the sale of eggs. I’m very happy about the additions to our family ๐Ÿ™‚

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New Chickens

We were delighted today to go and collect eight new chickens and a large chicken coop kindly given to us by a friend. Thanks to our lovely neighbour who is a man with a van, this was done quite quickly and easily!

Here’s a group shot!

New chickens
I’m very happy about this, there’s something so comforting about chickens:-)