On Autumn and chickens

by admin on October 12, 2009 · 6 comments

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A short post today about a couple of different things.

Seasonal eating for Autumn
autumn.pngRather than re-posting it, I thought I’d just mention last year’s Seasonal Fruit and Vegetable Guide for Autumn.  If you’re after meal and snack ideas for seasonal eating, or fancy a pretty print-out of seasonal fruits and vegetables to stick on your fridge door then look no further.

Potential chicken-keepers – ask your questions here!
A couple of people have asked me what our day-to-day routine is with our backyard chickens so I’ve started to write a post about our daily and weekly routine. I’ve also included answers to the sorts of questions we had before we decided to get our girls, such as “can you leave them alone if you need to go away for the weekend”.

It occurred to me that some of you guys might be more actively thinking about getting your own chickens and might have questions that you’d like to ask somebody who already has chooks. We’re very much novices ourselves so don’t worry about asking anything too daft – just post them in the comments and I’ll answer if I can (you can even ask the one about whether you need a cockerel to get eggs).


Arwen from Hoglet K October 13, 2009 at 11:35

How are the chickens treating your grass? I know they can dig up seedlings, but I’d like to know if they dig up the lawn.

kathryn October 13, 2009 at 21:48

I’m definitely hoping to be a future chicken owner, although it won’t be for a while. But I mainly wonder how much space they actually need – to be healthy and of course happy chickens?

Elaine October 14, 2009 at 05:51

Such a lovely photo to begin your post, Sophie. I love the soft, subdued colour.
Thanks for the autumn installment of your seasonal eating guide. I post the guide on my office door at work – it stimulates questions and discussions.
I’m looking forward to your chicken-keeping posts though I won’t be able to have a hen on my balcony.

Sophie October 15, 2009 at 09:07

Thanks for this automnly guide to fruits & vegetables!!

chelsea October 15, 2009 at 20:06

Lovely autumnal photo…
I’m curious to know just how much time you spend each day tending to the chickens. I’d love to acquire a few someday, but am not sure how they would be when left to their own devices for 8 or so hours a day while I’m working…

Sophie October 18, 2009 at 14:20

Hi all,
Thanks for your chicken related questions. I will endeavour to include what we’ve learnt so far about these things in my blog post.
Elaine – of course I had to google to see if anybody had tried keeping hens on a balcony. Apparently it’s not unheard of to keep a couple of bantams, though I suspect Piper the westie might have something to say :-)

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