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over here we are…

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Planting garlic. Clove by clove, a centimetre or two under the soil, pointy end up. Six months till we have a whole lot of aioli.

 

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Watching lettuce grow. More interesting than it sounds.

 

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Watching piglets grow! And watching them revel in a manic accidental mudbath created by a bumped water hose. Oops.

 

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Admiring the carrots. Dreaming of carrot cake.

 

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Getting our heads around the fact she's about to turn two. TWO?! And trying to recall a time she didn't talk in (attempted) sentences. Wasn't that yesterday? There goes my baby.

 

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Talking to chickens. There is always lots of talking to the chickens. Hello, chickens.

I had an email this week about the chook fence we use, and I thought I'd mention it. We bought a 'chooknet' from Allsun. An electric netting fence that's fox proof. It wasn't cheap, about $350 for 50 metres. But it's portable, relocates very easily, and certainly seems to keeps out foxes. The birds don't fly over it. Hens typically won't fly over something floppy, although they'll fly over a 1.2m paling high fence in a second!

We haven't had any flying over this, not even when they've eaten out their paddock and the grass is presently greener on the other side. 

I think it's great, but when it came to more chook fencing this week, we've gone for an old school fixed fence – posts, 6ft wire. (I say "we' but I mean "Adam". What do I know about post hole diggers?). Cheaper. 

We dream of another mobile chicken house, out in the paddock, and the chooknet would be perfect for this. Our chickens are also locked in at night though, we don't rely on it solely. Although reports are that foxes cannot dig under it. It packs an electric shock punch – ask Ivy. We call it the "hot fence". 

Over here we're also very grateful for the many lovely comments you left on my post about Max. Thanks so much. 

Buena Vista Farm Bikkies are at the Gerringong Markets this Saturday; if you're in the area, come and say hello!

Happy Tuesday, lovely folk.

xxx

11 Comments on “over here we are…

Bruisemouse
June 12, 2012 at 11:01 pm

I love talking to chickens too. The hours can just fly by and I always feel so much more relaxed.
You seem extremely busy (and productive).

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Darren (Green Change)
June 13, 2012 at 8:28 am

I’ve gotta get my garlic in soon too! Those pigs are looking really good. I bet they’ve been enjoying the mud after all this rain.

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Christina
June 13, 2012 at 2:09 pm

Gorgeous! And your carrots are so neat. I think it is high time I thinned mine out… 🙂

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JenK
June 13, 2012 at 5:03 pm

I bought my Allsun fence after seeing yours but the chickens haven’t got to use it yet as it is protecting my fruit trees from sheep. And in a couple of months will be protecting lambs from foxes. I am sure the chickens will get their turn one day.

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Tracy
June 13, 2012 at 6:43 pm

My son accidentally touched an electric fence when visiting an animal farm – he was about 3. He screamed….I panicked. Scared the daylights out of us both, but he was fine.

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Mom24boys
June 14, 2012 at 5:56 am

It just amazes me how the chickens avoid that floppy fence, even if it isn’t “hot”!
We don’t have a problem with foxes here in our area of Oregon but coyotes, hawks and eagles take their share of chickens at my sis-in-laws ranch. At our out-of-city-limits-on-the-edge-of-wilderness home the racoons and bobcats do more damage to our chickens so putting them in at night is plenty to keep them safe.

We are just coming onto summer here and putting in the last of our garden today. I am hoping for more successive plantings of beets, carrots and salad stuff but it isn’t my job anymore; Hub has taken over the garden and chickens. I am now the outside income generator since his fibromyalgia has progressed to the point it has. (Can I admit that I really miss talking to my hens? They brought such a grounding and peacefulness to each day.)

Ah well. Babies grow into 2 year olds, fall moves into winter, parents take the back seat and help others take over, life goes on. I guess it is better that life changes but it is bitter sweet, isn’t it.

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innerpickle
June 14, 2012 at 9:01 am

It is, it is. xx

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Vanessa
June 14, 2012 at 9:23 pm

I would love love LOVE to be there watching your pigs having a play in the mud. My 4 year old would probably join them.

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xania
June 15, 2012 at 11:34 am

so nice… [SMILE]… Makes me want to give you all a [[hug]]… even the muddy piggies… lol… Have a good day!

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I have never planted garlic before….can you just put some cloves in the ground and they will produce more for you…that is exciting and I am going to investigate this idea. Clove is the name of our new baby deer that we are raising! So I need to know how to grow garlic “cloves” right”? I think so…thanks for the idea!

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katepickle
July 1, 2012 at 12:25 pm

Thanks so much for the chook fence advice… we are still not sure what we will do about our day time fox problem… for now it means no more chooks which makes me sad.
And talking about sad…. my baby turned two last week…. waaa!!!

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