|...and the wire goes up....|
|cute aren't they....?|
Well, things are moving on apace. Having acquired almost all the materials I needed to construct the run, I only needed some more concrete for the support posts and the buried fencing wire. I recently completed a fence post job and noticed that there were some broken bags of postcrete at Homebase. Having cheekily asked, I got four bags for half price – result!
The chicken wire was buried 18” into the ground and support posts were concreted in on top. The wire extended a foot or two above the top of the posts – some 9 feet in total – to give an unsupported upper edge to outfox any agile, acrobatic Vulpes that may fancy chicken for dinner.
It’s not a large run at this moment, but as we are relative begHeners (sic) there is plenty of room for now. Cleverly, I have left sufficient space to extend the run if we need to and once the potatoes have been dug up.
We are indebted to our wonderful neighbour, Wendy Rainthorpe whose friend supplied the eggs and her hen, Babbs supplied the necessary heat to hatch them. Of the eggs that did hatch, the three Sussex Reds are for us – two hens and a cockerel, we believe. Having met them, we’re getting very keen to bring them home.
As they are only 8 weeks old, we won’t be getting many eggs this year, but that gives us time to get used to them and them to get used to us. I have to finish off the door to the run, buy the bedding and the food and tidy up around it, then we will be ready…..