Monthly Archives: February 2010

Second weekend in

Interesting whilst I was building the Ferret enclosure we met a couple of the neighbours who told us that the previous owners had a problem with foxes. So we have decided to go for a team of geese. They will serve as a Fox deterant, give us eggs and meat birds. We will be going for a lighter breed such as Chinese or Pilgrim.


Chickens geeses and duck enclosure

Sitting here chatting with the Pyle. Celebrating the good news about finally completing on the plot!!!!

Pyle has made a very brainy suggestion about the poultry enclosure. External fox fencing around the pasture in which 6 geese freerange as a fox deterant. Within this area are 2 large chicken wire areas for chickens and ducks. This will allow everything to freerange, keep the grass down, allow rotation and prevent bully.. Amy you are a legend… We will name the enclosure after you!!

Jens eye eye fishy pie

700 g fish = smoked fish, cod and prawns
1 kg of potatoes
2 carrots grated
2/3 cellery grated
100 g cheeses grated
Lemon zest and juice

Mix it all up in abig dish
Boil mash potatoes pile on

40 mins 180 temp

Cool Saying

If you don’t need to spend it, you don’t have to earn it.

Camping on the land

After having done quite a lot of research it looks like land owners are allowed to let people camp on agricultural land for upto 28 days a year in a tent without any sort of permission or license, although it does look as though the local authority can take this right away from you if you are being a nuisance.

I have emailed DEFRA for confirmation of this.

Hatching Eggs- Incubator

Have just bought an incubator on ebay……really excited. Yipppeeeee

£25 plus £5 postage

Hatching Eggs ‘How to’

Taken from ‘’

Incubation Check List

Ø Wash your hands thoroughly before setting eggs in the incubator. Wash your hands after setting eggs in the incubator.
Ø Be sure the incubator water channels are full of water. Refill with water that is at room temperature.
Ø Mark an “x” on one side and an “o” on the other side of each egg with a pencil.
Ø Best day of week to set your fertile eggs is on a Tuesday or Wednesday.
Ø Regulate temperature between 99 degrees F. and 103 degrees F., most preferably at 100.5 degrees F., if using a still air incubator.
Ø Turn your fertile eggs three times a day beginning on day two until the 18th day of incubation.
Ø Wash your hands thourougly before and after handling the eggs. Keep records on turning the eggs.
Ø Candle eggs on day 3, 6, 9, 12, 15, 18 and after 21. Do not candle after day 18 until you are sure that hatching is complete.

At the End of Day 18

Ø Place a thin layer of cheese cloth over the wire rack, then place the eggs on the cheese cloth.
Ø Add wet sponges to bottom channels to increase moisture, and if your incubator has vent plugs, remove them as appropriate.
Ø When chicks hatch, lower incubator temperature to 95 degrees F. Do not remove chicks from incubator until they are dry and fluffy.

When Hatching Begins — Day 21

Ø Set up a brooder box.
Ø Get out feeder and waterer.
Ø Place wood shavings or other suitable litter in the bottom of the brooder box.
Ø Regulate the temperature around 95 degrees F.
Ø Provide water and feed for chicks after they are placed in the brooder box. Place marbles or rocks in the waterer to keep chicks from drowning.
Ø Return hatched chicks to the Extension Office or take them to the farm at the agreed upon time.

After Hatch

Ø Clean your incubator with a diluted bleach solution.
Ø Allow to dry.
Ø Wash and dry feeder and waterer.
Ø Put incubator and other equipment away for next year.
Ø Return evaluation