Sunday, October 30, 2005

chicken's new roost

the chickens have taken to the new wood pile for their roost. this little pile of wood besides the wood by the door is the only "dry/cured" wood that we have. this should last until the end of december. i hope to cut some more dry fell trees to last the winter.

kassi is so cute in her little wool diaper cover, pink converse shoes and tibetan dress.

coco, our rooster, has just started crowing. he is one happy bird he usually has half of his harem following him around at any given moment.

this is the area where our garden will be located. we are desperately looking at measures to keep the chickens out after we plant our precious years future next spring. those chickens ate all of our turnip sprouts this fall planting. we are looking at doing "wattle" style walls as in "wattle and daub". we can't really afford any other attractive solution. yes eventually we'll probably do earth-bag cob/lime plastered garden walls but we need an interum solution. i guess we could put in a normal chicken proof fence but they are ugly unless expensive.


pablo said...

How high would you have to make a wattle fence to keep a chicken out? If they can get to the top of that woodpile, couldn't they surmount a typical fence? I like that wattle idea, actually. You must have plenty of raw materials for it, and it seems like it would be easy to engineer, relatively permanent, and (if it worked) very satisfying every time you looked at it.

I once made a woodpile like that between two trees in my forest. A ground fire came along while I was away and consumed all of the wood as well as killing the two trees that probably would have survived if there hadn't been all that fuel piled at their bases.

karl said...

there is a little wood pile step in front of the larger pile that encouraged them to assault the summit. a wattle fence, hopefully, won't be as enticing.
that is sad about the two trees being killed that way. who could have known that there would have been a fire before you could use the wood.

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