It’s spectacular …. it’s spacious …. it’s the new poultry run!
After the difficulties we’ve had with stray dogs and our chickens, we’ve made the rather sad decision that the poultry can’t be routinely free range any more. They’ll still get for out for a scratch about when we’re working on the big veg fields, but during the day they now have a funky new run to explore. It’s a big extension on the back of their existing run, and it’s roofed to allow the pigeons to get out there too.
We’ve got plans to make a permanent bed around the outside of the perimeter fence to plant with some trees for forage and shade, and perhaps some climbers that the chickens can nibble on where they poke through but won’t be able to completely decimate. It would be great to think I could get something to grow inside the run, but having seen how quickly they’ve destroyed the grass in there I don’t think I stand a chance. I might dig up a few native shrubby things from the top land and see if they will survive in there for a little shade in the short term.
Jeroen is creating a two depth pond under the edge of the roof and we must keep an eye out for some old guttering for the main roof.
Photos to follow. I took them, but have forgotten the lead to the phone.