I hadn't expected to see any eggs for another few weeks. Last weekend I had found the remains of a soft egg which one of the chickens had laid inside the coop, at this point I was a little worried they were not eating enough grit or calcium. I spoke to someone at Marriages Animal Foods just off Cowdray Avenue, he assured me this was normal for new layers, but just in case I put a little more oyster shell in their feed.
I found the eggs while cleaning the nest box but the chickens had chosen a completely different and somewhat inaccessible spot to lay! Well, I'm really happy, there is no Lion mark on the eggs, the chickens are happy and my carbon footprint is down.
Many thanks to Geoff Lawrence who donated the Encyclopedia of Chickens, this book can be found in the Wivenhoe library with other free TTW media.
If anyone is interested in keeping chickens and would like to hear how I did it and learn from my mistakes please get in touch via the blog. The chickens we bought can be seen on Station road right next to the station pub, cheers!
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We had an early view of the land for the proposed Community Supported Agriculture project last week. Clare and I visited the land, just north of the Thorrington level crossing to hear from Danny and Meg about their plans and ideas for the land.
Its a lovely location, somehow, once we stepped onto the land (albeit after risking our very lives walking down the road from the nearest parking space - something they have on the agenda to sort out asap) we immediately felt transported into a different world. The field is fringed by a wood on the far side from the road, and there is a line of trees down the middle, so already, despite limited planting as yet, there is a feeling that here is a space that will feel really pleasant to be and work in.
As yet Danny and Meg haven't fully settled on how to divide up the land, what to plant and where, though there is a plan for one area to be an orchard, and rotational planting around the main part of the field. They are looking for feedback from people who might want to be involved in the Community Farm project about what sort of vegetables people want, what sort of community uses we can imagine.
So come along on Thursday 8th March 7.30pm to William Loveless Hall to find out more and contribute your ideas, questions and enthusiasm.