It strikes me that, lately, I have been dwelling too much on the sad side of keeping chickens – death and disease – and not celebrating the joyous side, so today’s post will be relentlessly happy!
The current flock stands at eleven hens and three cockerels. These are our happy girls and boys. The hens are named Betty, Hetty, Polly, Katie, Isabella, Rosie, Tamsin, Primrose, Tulip, Amber & Goldilocks, and the boys are Angel, Charlie & Freddie.
Having an electronics geek for a husband has some distinct advantages. First came the lighting and watering system for the greenhouse, then the lighting system for the chickens linking three chook houses into a 12-volt battery and a small solar panel. Back in the winter, we upgraded the chook compound defences and included an electrified fence along the top. This required a car-battery to run it, so Paul went on to EBay and acquired a large 20-watt solar panel.