Skip to main content

Keeping chickens with young children

Keeping Chickens in a small garden
Hurrah! We finally have livestock. Today we introduced chickens to the pub garden. I'm very excited as I feel this is a huge step towards becoming self sufficient. 
I've been thinking for a while about the connection between Attachment parenting and teaching your children respect for the planet and animals.Our lives are no longer cohesive with eating mass produced meat. But we don't feel like going vegan is for us either. After proving I could care for a kitchen garden -it was a natural progression to introduce chickens to our lives.






What sort of housing do chickens need


We chose a well established local poultry farm Chalk Hill to get our flock. We bought four birds, on the presumption that each bird will lay 4/5 eggs a week (18 eggs) which will be more than enough for our family of three. 

Our birds are all hybrids and aged between 16- 20 weeks. They seem to be very happy in our pub garden and we've created this simple enclosure for them to keep them safe from all the dogs that visit during opening hours.


How to get started keeping ChickensWe used some old chicken wire and 4 basic posts to create the enclosure in the corner of our pub garden. We found this upcyled cupboard at a local tip. It makes a perfect hen house for four hens. I added some beat up old trellace that was hanging around from the storms earlier this year. My husband has lots of plans for building a custom hen house. But interim this homemade run complete with pub sign gate makes for a nice set up.

Popular posts from this blog

Little Bloom- Cloth Nappy reviews

If you are a newbie in cloth its hard to know what to buy. I've been using Cloth Nappies for 16 months with my first born, and am preparing to have two in cloth when my daughter arrives in May. You could say I'm somewhat of cloth nappy pro.
I've moved on from my start up stash, and invest in nappies that will see us through til froggy potty trains, and ideally ones his baby sister can use afterwards too!
Pocket nappies are great for this purpose and this week I'm reviewing the little bloom nappies
You can grab little bloom nappies on amazon from as little as £2.89 delivered. So they are a cheap option but are they cheerful enough to do the job?

Starting our kitchen garden

Growing our own food has been an ambition of my husband and I. We both really value locally sourced produce,  and enjoy spending time outdoors.  In our first home together (a basement flat in the city centre) we planted anything and everything we could in planters on the windowsill.   I had green beans trailing up the bars of our windows. They bolted and twirled up the bars but never got enough light  to produce anything edible.

Then we moved into our first pub which had masses of outdoor space, unfortunately,  all car park and no dirt. We managed to sustain some hanging baskets with strawberries and a few herb planters, but that was about it. 
Now we are in our new home.  A lovely country pub in the new forest, whiich offers a private garden just for our little family.  We moved here when I was 8 months pregnants and ever since, I've been desperate to make the most of it. 
Since the new year we've been planning what to do with this neglected space.  I found this article from nu…

Lovely leftovers- healthy peri-peri turkey

I hope all of my lovely blog readers had a fabulous Christmas. We were pretty hectic with 10 for lunch on the big day, and 20 eating on Christmas night.
We were kindly given our turkey this year by our local farm shop, we run with weekly meat draw at our pub for them. It was a little larger than I would have ordered otherwise.
I got them to remove and bone the legs, so I could stuff them and roast them as mini joints. They were really yummy, but we had a lot of meat left over.
I used up my turkey and veggie (carrots, parsnips, sprouts) left overs to make this yummy peri-peri one pot dish. Which is yummy but nice and light after the Christmas carb fest. Made in the slow cooker in just over an hour, it's a great meal to chuck on before a walk in this lovely wintery weather we are having.
Last night I simply chopped up the left overs into chunks and sprinkled with peri-peri seasoning.
Then this morning I put a small handful of pasta in my slow cooker with a third of a pint of water. I…