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Spring Clean Failures

I bought my chickens about a month ago and they have been a marvellous addition to my suburban farm. They’re inquisitive, endearing and hilarious personalities make me smile and laugh every day.

The problem is I didn’t realise how smelly four chickens could be. I knew they’d smell a little bit… nothing a quick brush out of their run and coop once a week couldn’t control, right? Wrong! So I had the brilliant idea to give their run a hose, thinking the poop would sink into the ground and disappear. Big mistake… I just managed to increase the smell 10 fold. A quick bit of research on Google led me to the knowledge that water only makes the smell worse.

So, tonight I decided I would use compost from my giant compost heap to spread over the bottom of the chicken run. I couldn’t cover the whole area due to the wheelbarrow breaking in half, so now all I have is a barrow, but I covered about 80 percent and the smell has almost vanished. If anyone could give me some suggestions for a long term solution to my odour issues with minimal effort, that would be greatly appreciated.

XX Brooke

We’re getting chickens!

The Unenthusiastic Gardener (now to be referred to as Tug hehe) has finally agreed to get chickens. We’ll be rescuing two battery hens to begin with. I will be calling one Anne and the other Frank. We will be building a hen-house tomorrow. We’ve decided we’re going to build a chicken ark because they take up less space and you can move them around with garden. We’ll make it large enough for 5 chickens so that we may add to the family later. Tug and I will be going to the demolition recycling shop to purchase materials for it tomorrow. Oh gosh, I am so excited!

XX Brooke

Sometimes sulking works

Yesterday I discovered my partner who I shall now refer to as the unenthusiastic gardener has been secretly (to my horror) buying factory chicken. Although I have a mostly vegetarian diet, my meats of choice are kangaroo and free range chicken. I do plan on eventually becoming completely vegetarian but I believe meat is an addiction that is difficult to kick.

Anyway, back to the factory chicken. This turned into quite an argument. The argument ended with him saying “Well it’s way cheaper and I’m going to buy it” (I wanted to make a cheep-er pun but that’s a little twisted) and me saying “Well that’s gross and see ya” and then bursting into tears. I slammed our bedroom door and spent four hours sulking. After the four hours he came in and said “Ok I wont buy it anymore” and I said “Good” and we hugged and all was forgiven. We will eventually rescue some battery hens so karma might cancel out his mistake. Anyone wanting to adopt a battery hen around South East Queensland should go here http://homesforhens.net/adopt.html.

I have no gardening news. I watered the plants and left them be today.

XX Brooke.