Saturday, May 01, 2010

Gardening and chickens

So working on the back yard again at the moment. The removing of some grass gave the chickens the best day of their lives. Am a bit worried about the brown chicken (Godzilla). She's got a lot of patches where the feathers seem to be snapped off. Not sure what is going on there. She seems happy enough, and there doesn't seem to be anything visibly wrong apart from the broken feathers.

On the flora side of things, we've been planting things in the back yard too. Mostly natives, like this correa reflexa (Australian native fuchsia):

The wire cage at the back is protecting the fig tree from the chickens. Turns out that they find the leaves irresistibly delicious. It needs two layers of protection to keep the chickens out, otherwise they reach through and pull the leaves out.


Mousicles said...

Dulcie was looking a bit frayed at the edges about a month ago. She stopped laying for two weeks but seems just fine now. I think it was some sort of mini moult.

MrSnerg said...

Interesting... this hasn't affected laying but has affected the egg shape. Two weeks you say? Did the feathers all grow back nicely and quickly?