During the last week, we have been chook sitting. A bit like baby sitting but with chickens.
Our neighbours asked us if we would like to look after their little hens as they were going to Fiji to get married, so we jumped at the chance.
Les (our neighbour) brought over their little house which fit easily into one of my vacant garden beds. They were very willing little workers, turning over the garden bed, getting rid of weed seeds and fertilizing it for me.
The girls were a Silky, which Ben thought looked like a Grenadier Guardsman, and a White Wyandotte.
I think that these chooks were not cheap, so I looked after them as well as my own!
I believe that they enjoyed their time with us, and it was a little sad to see them go. I can tell they liked it here, because the Silky laid her very first egg the day after they arrived!
These little chickens have given me the motivation to make my own little chicken tractor that will fit the frame of the raised garden beds. I will make it as a triangle shape with a perch and put in a nesting box and put my Pekin bantams in there when for a week each bed during seasonal change over. It is a bit late now, as I only have one bed free, waiting for the garlic to be planted in a couple of weeks time, but over the winter, I will get it built. I might as well get the little girls to pay for their keep.
Les picked the chooks up today and took them home, and I suggested that he use the cage he has as the main living quarters, and build a larger run around it for roaming around during the day. They also need a place for a perch, as they were quite upset that they didn't have on. The cage was just not large enough to put one in.
Anyway, I am glad they came, as they are a great talking point for anyone who walked into our gate. Every single person who visited over the week, had a sticky beak and commented that they were lovely. I think that this might be just the thing to set up during Sustainable House day in September!
Has anyone made their own chicken tractor? Did it work okay in your garden beds?