I like the idea of easily moveable chicken houses with integral runs. The chickens can be moved around the garden to fresh grass. If rats move in (as sometimes happens) everything can be picked up and moved and the rat holes safely baited with poison without posing a risk to the birds. But due to the inevitable size restrictions I do feel that chickens kept in this type of housing should be allowed time out of their pen to free range the garden.
and was sorely tempted to add to my little flock of Bantams.
But I have to say that if I had some they wouldn't be looking nearly as lovely as these because it's just so very muddy here at the moment and I really can't imagine myself finding the time to tie those crests up ( see below). So for now I'll just enjoy looking at someone elses beautifully kept birds.
Known in England as the Poland, this is the most popular of the crested breeds. It is also one of the oldest. The origin of this bird and its name is still not clear. Crested birds have been described all over Europe, not just in Poland. It has been known as a pure breed as early as the 16th century. They appeared and received classification at the first poultry show in London in 1845. Then available in four colours.
The Poland is an unusual and beautiful bird. They do look rather strange with their big hair do! They lay a good number of white eggs. Generally classed as a non-sitting bird, they can occasionally become broody. Breeders tend to tie the crest up to keep it clean and allow the bird to see well. The Poland has a thin skull and can suffer from hypothermia quite quickly in the cold. Mites need to be looked out for, as they cannot preen themselves very easily to remove them.
Colours of the Poland are very varied. The best known being the white crested black with its black body and white crest. The other two similarly patterned colours are white crested blue and white-crested cuckoo. These three colours do not have a beard and have wattles; all the other colours have a beard with no wattles. They have white earlobes. The crest of the female should be very round with the males being spikier. The eyes are red in all colours and beaks and legs are dark blue in all except the white crested cuckoo, which has a paler beak and legs. The chamois, gold and silver are all laced.
I was sorry to discover that Francine Raymond has moved from Troston, The Kitchen Garden one of those places that I always intended to visit (one day). I suppose this should be a lesson learned, not to put off what can be done today....
No I haven't been on holiday just an apalling blogger but now that Spring appears to be in the air me thinks that I'll be rather more inclined to catch some of the chickeny goings on for the blog. I thought I'd kick off with this rather fetching chicken residence recently spotted in a friends orchard it's a bit battered but it keeps the chickens dry and safe from foxy loxy that is unless he tries to enter through that broken window. Anyway that rooster seems quite proud of his new des res!
I'm incredibly lucky because my family and I live in town but also work in an orchard growing apples, pears and plums. We're only a few miles from the sea so we get the very best of British Town, Country & Coastal Living.
We have dogs and cats, horses, ferrets, chickens and quail, a tortoise, a parrot and a jackdaw called Sparrow who was rescued from the orchard with a broken wing.
We have a lot of fun.
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