Life at the end of the road

March 19, 2014

Still raining :-(

Filed under: daily doings, shed/house — Tags: — lifeattheendoftheroad @ 8:47 pm

Even the dog is depressed, the pigs are well and truly sick of rain, the chooks have been nearly blown inside out with the wind and my hen shed is beginning to seem like an ark. That’ll be Noah’s ark and not a house for pigs, to be honest, had it not been set in concrete I’m sure it would have sailed away days ago.

Egg production is down by about 40%, Molly is only reluctantly going outside and has completely lost her ‘bounce’. Though that could be ‘cold turkey’ from weaning her off Bakers dog food.


After hearing someone remark that it’s ‘junk food for dogs’ I read the label of the stuff I’ve been feeding the wee dug for years. The stuff has more E numbers than a Macdonald’s meal and about 5% sugar!!! So I did a little research and found this


Half these things are banned in other countries


and I’ve been feeding them to my wee dug!!! Anyway wifey brought some Harrington’s back from sowf with her and we’ve gradually been introducing it into her diet. The wee dug’s depression and lethargy seemed to coincide with the total lack of Bakers, but again, it could be just the weather.

More windows

Anyway, with the dog in a mood I set off early on my own up to the hen shed in the pishing rain to bash on with the windows and door.



Two ex Land Rover sliding windows went high up it the two sections that will be reserved for the birds, these are ideal, for they can be slid open for ventilation. Next I made a door into the north western end for access to what will be the feed and bedding store.


The flooring is actually just laid loosely in an attempt to dry it out a little before fitting, it’ll actually be laid the other way in 8’ lengths. My logic being that it’ll be easier to clean with the grain running towards the doors at the back of the hen coops.



Though one thing for sure, I’ve a lot of work to do on drainage and a lot of hardcore to put down before the hens go in Sad smile



With George Rankine’s window at the south eastern end two old Land Rover ones in the middle I figured one from my parents house would be just fine for the store end.



A nice double glazed hardwood affair that probably cost a weeks wages Smile



OK, it’ll hardly win any architectural awards but I’m quite pleased with it Smile



  1. Hi Paul, re Dog food. For the last 2 years I’ve been feeding my now 9 year old springer on a raw meat diet and 6 month old springer the same since he came to us. Old dog is very good health, no sickness or allerigies. Behaviour is excellent. They can take 2 – 3 days to get used to the diet but love it after that. Plenty of places and companies sell the frozen foods. And you can get plenty of stuff locally from small butchers and slaughter houses however it is more work on you. All the best.
    P.S. I still think you need a mini digger

    Comment by Willie — March 19, 2014 @ 9:24 pm

    • Morning Willie, I would give my right arm for a mini digger, and my left one for a dumper 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:57 am

  2. Paul the chucky hut is looking well, with all the hard work you’ll have put into it you should have very productive chuckys. Just think of the possible export market. Walter

    Comment by Polite Scouser — March 20, 2014 @ 8:30 am

    • Morning Walter,

      we already have an ‘export market’ trouble is we don’t have enough eggs to supply it, yet 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:56 am

  3. yep, my border collie gets really sick if she gets Bakers

    Comment by seasalt — March 20, 2014 @ 8:46 am

    • Hi Seasalt,
      well she’ll not be getting anymore, that’s for sure.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:54 am

  4. I like the Asymmetry of the shed and can see echoes of that other “fine” and cheaply constructed building that Scotland is proud of – the scottish parliment.
    Kev (Mc Cloud)

    Comment by Kev — March 20, 2014 @ 8:56 am

    • I like the Asymmetry of the shed and can see echoes of that other “fine” and cheaply constructed building that Scotland is proud of – the scottish parliment.

      🙂 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:54 am

  5. Re the dog food – when I got my rescue dog from SSPCA 18 months ago, I initially fed him Bakers for a few weeks until a friend told me that it was full of nasty E-Number stuff and that some of them are banned for human consumption! Also I had noticed that my dog was always mega-hyper after eating a bowl of Bakers.

    I now feed my dog Chudleys and he is much better and calmer. His behaviour also improved considerably.

    Comment by Kevin — March 20, 2014 @ 9:02 am

    • Aye Kevin, noticed the same thing here too.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:53 am

  6. I just came across this, Paul
    which is probably not news to you, but it does sound rather dire

    Comment by cazinatutu — March 20, 2014 @ 11:23 am

    • Morning Caz,

      yup, I think it’s going to be a bumper midge crop this year 😦

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:51 am

  7. One of the dogs had a skin problem, and the really old one was put on an old dog mix by the vet which she hated, so about 5 years back we started making our own. No e numbers. Spuds lentils, carrots, beans rice, liver, eggs, excess veggies from the garden, brewed in big batches then frozen. Skin problem went in a few weeks, old one scoffed her tuck until she died aged 16.5. The current lot love it, all in good nick, glossy coats cold noses etc. Obviously not possible for everyone as it takes time and excess production to do, but cheaper and they don’t eat carp.

    Comment by Andrew — March 20, 2014 @ 5:33 pm

    • Morning Finisterre and Texas,

      aye, the wee dug is looking and behaving much better on a more natural diet right enough. It’s had an awful lot of raw meat in it of late so perhaps that’s helping. She’ll probably get depressed again when that runs out and she’s back on the biscuits 🙂

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:50 am

  8. A decade ago there was an uproar in the US when large dog food manufacturers like Purina were discovered putting auto anti-freeze in their food packed in China. Hundreds of dogs died. We switched to an “all natural” kibble. We also buy rolls of frozen ground chicken (Tesco) and fry it, then separate into 1 cup containers to mix in with any spare veggies. Who knew dogs like veg? Ours enjoy bananas for treats.

    Comment by drgeo — March 20, 2014 @ 8:52 pm

  9. Great looking hen house !

    Comment by Tony — March 21, 2014 @ 7:08 am

    • Good morning Arizona, wish we’d had a bit of your weather of late Tony, good to hear from you again.

      Comment by lifeattheendoftheroad — March 25, 2014 @ 6:44 am

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