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bodger

I've got the runs!

Chickens runs that is. I've got a few chicken runs but as any chicken keeper will tell you, you can never have enough. Here's a photo taken by me this afternoon of my latest project to make a super duper new large chicken pen. Its getting there.








Here are a few more pictures of some of the stock that I have on at the moment.
I've got six of these young Light Sussex cockerels. They're from my own strain of utility birds with a dash of blood from the birds bred by Fred Hams. I think they're coming on nicely. Perhaps not so nicely coloured as my own birds but hopefully I'll sort this out next year when they're run with some of my originals.









Now to my ducks. I have eleven in total. I have three Indian Runners and the rest are of Welsh Harlequin type. I say type, because they're a long way from being what I want. I'm going to have to do a lot of work with them and it might be that I have to buy in some new stock in if I'm going to reach my goal. IMO, they're still pretty nice to look at anyway.
























Dave C

They are lovely to look at mate  

So your staying put then ?
bodger

We've got a viewing on Wednesday but in the meantime life continues. If we get an off then we'll be off like a shot.
Dave C

Your dead right there pal, I know to many people put there lives on hold waiting for houses to sell.

Good for you  
Dave C

P.S. I really like them Welsh Harlequins  
bodger

Dave they aren't supposed to have the blue flashes on their wings but they are really nice to see out in the orchards. I'd like to get them right but its not really essential. I've done with showing poultry.
bodger

It was a lovely calm sunny day here yesterday, so along with my mate from across the fields AKA Blind Pugh, we got the netting up. It looks really well and should do the job.
In the evening, I ordered a hundred 9 inch tent pegs off the internet to peg the bottom of the netting down with.

Today my task will be to make a door for the enclosure.
bodger

My new plastic netting and my Ancona stock cock whose still waiting for his new feathers to arrive,









bodger

I made the gate for the new run late yesterday afternoon. I did measure up but its fingers crossed this morning, when I take it through the orchard to see if it fits.
bodger

Tonight, I've caught up the twelve pullets that I've bred this year out of two coops and put them all into the one shed. Tomorrow morning, I'll be able to let them out into the new run.  
Hopefully, then I'll be able to get some decent photos of the birds that I've bred. I have four LS and eight Anconas. The LS felt like terrific substantial birds in the hand. I'm chuffed to bits with them.
bodger

Well I let the pullets into their new accommodation this morning but I'm sweating a bit that they settle in OK. Although the fencing is six foot, I reckon that the Anconas in particular could be up and over if they're spooked. I've put two groups together, so they're sparring up a little to see whose boss.
bodger

Its a new day, it a new dawn and I'm feeling fine !  

The first thing this morning  I let my pullets out of the shed into their brand new run. The sun was shining and they definitely seemed to appreciate my efforts and the wide open space.





























PS. Later on today I'm off to Denbigh to fetch a pair of young Welsh Harlequin ducks.
Dave C

Looking good bodger  

Is there a cockerel going in with them.
bodger

Not his year but I've got plenty of last years birds and older to go in the breeding pens.

There'll definitely be some WHD eggs for you next year.
Dave C

Might just hold you to that mate  
bodger

Fingers crossed, it shouldn't be a problem.
bodger

Not a second runway but a second run.
I had 25 metres of the plastic netting left on the roll and I'm now well into  the process of making another chicken enclosure with it.
By using part of the first run as a shared boundary, I've already knocked the posts in to make a six by twelve metre enclosure.
I'll be putting the wire netting up tomorrow, followed by the electric wire which so essential to keeping my birds safe.
The new pen will be used as a breeding pen and will probably house just  three of my best hens and a brood cock.
My new style pens seem to be working well and they're certainly making life for the chickens and their keeper much more pleasurable.

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