Ma & Pa Kettle’s little blog

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

Lazy chickens

In Spring, we let our chickens out of the run after about 10am and call them back in for lettuce and corn around 3pm. That gives them 5 good hours to go hunting for worms, slugs, insects and voles and generally explore our 6 acres. So where do they go? 6 feet away from their … Continue reading Lazy chickens

Buy local

In order to ‘buy local’ things have to be ‘made local’. To that end, we are busy planting, pruning and creating all manner of goods here at Joleen Meadows. Our eggs, fruit and vegetables are all from our little patch. We sell them from the door and also take our fresh produce to the local … Continue reading Buy local