Going back to my roots

One of the main things we wanted to do to prepare the orchard for the chickens was to make sure they had plenty of grass. When it comes to free range eggs one of the most notable characteristics is the deep orange yellow colour of the yolks. Grass certainly plays its part in creating that colour, alongside the maize that they get in mixed corn. Also, it is just fun to see them scrabbling in the turf. It looks like it is more of a challenge for their powerful claws, and I can’t help thinking that it must be good exercise for them. We earmarked an area of ground around… Read More

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Pyracantha short back and sides

Each morning when we eat our breakfast we have a wonderful view of a mature pyracantha, fully 40 years old, trained against an old brick wall. Over the years the fierce thorns of that bush have claimed several footballs and a few tennis balls. However, they have also provided a safe haven for birds beyond the reaches of neighbourhood cats. Carelessly, we had let the pyracantha have it’s own way for too many years, and it was so big it had smothered all other life out of the bed and was threatening to pull itself off the wall. The last straw was when Mavis started laying her eggs deep underneath… Read More

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