Ma & Pa Kettle’s little blog

The Beetles

Yesterday, I was confronted by a large flying object at our front door at 6am. We leave the porch light on at night so I assumed it was a hawk moth though it was made a very impressive noise in flight somewhat reminiscent of a chinook helicopter. Thankfully, after inspecting me closely it flew off. … Continue reading The Beetles

Fun with Poles

…and I am not referring to Jan here With planning permission foolishly approved by a local authority clearly distracted by a virus, we can now make a start on the building of our pole barn. I already had a working sketch scribbled on the back of a seed packet and critically we had acquired ten … Continue reading Fun with Poles

April catch up

This has been such a busy month there has been little time to write a blog. The first big event was the decision to mix our old girls and new girls into one flock. It was a hot sunny day and we decided to first let the old girls out into the meadow and then … Continue reading April catch up

Farmyard tales

So Jim blasts his horn to maintain his social distance and let me know he is delivering near enough 3 tonnes of horse muck to the top field. I dash out and open the gate. He backs just inside the field gate and tries to use his hydraulic tipper. No way. Far too heavy. Realising … Continue reading Farmyard tales

Free range

What is free range? In the EU free range means that one hectare (2.4 acres) of outdoor range must be provided for every 2,500 hens (equivalent to 4 m2 per hen; at least 2.5 m2 per hen must be available at any one time if rotation of the outdoor range is practiced) Continuous access during … Continue reading Free range