Dunno what was up with me this morning but I was up at ‘stupid o clock’ and out in the dark collecting material for around the hen house.
Not even the dog would come out with me it was so early.
It may not look very pretty just now but it’s hard, firm and well drained, a far cry from the swamp it was a week ago.
We’re making another large run for the hens so we can give the current one a rest, eventually there will be three and they’ll all be accessible from the ‘solar powered hen house’. The original plan was just to have the three separate runs and use the our old smaller houses but, our deluxe house with electric light, standing room and roll away nest boxes is just so much easier on the ‘hen lady’ and the birds.
The feed, cleaning materials, implements, egg trays and bedding are all stored inside and easy to hand. The eggs can be collected and the house cleaned out whatever the weather and the chooks love it, so it seemed like a backward step to go back to the individual small houses.
The new plan requires a little more fencing and a few more gates to allow the hens access to the runs from the house but it’ll be worth it in the end.
There was a serious amount of rock, gravel and stones shovelled, rolled, bashed and broken today.
That area between the posts will be a run into the new run if you know what I mean.
I did try and start putting the chicken wire up but it’s very hard in the dark, even with a head torch
As for other news, well I didn’t see a single dolphin or porpoise today but I believe that Hallaig is back home I know, I know, it’s rubbish, but it’s almost 21:00 and I need my bed, have to be up early in the morning to do some fencing!
So, I’ll just leave you with the only oak tree in Arnish, raised from an acorn by Dave Lodge and planted by me some twenty years ago.