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New Year, New Chicken Pen!

Posted by Lewisham Gardens on January 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

We made the most of the bright, clear weather; we worked with residents at St Mungos Homeless Centre in Hither Geeen to improve their chicken pen this afternoon.

Task: 1.  A deep clean of the new chicken pen which they built last Septempber

         2. Laying a deep mulch on the  out new flooring for the birds. 

Residents raked out the thick waste-  mud, droppings and straw  (this was placed on the large compost heap and it will be ready to use in the gardens by the spring). 

Next,  roughly half a tonne of chipped bark was barrowed into the pen.

Very hard work but very worthwhile- it means the seven chickens wont be wandering around on on very wet mud in the cold this winter.

The birds will also be insulated from any ground frosts.

In addition, the 4 inches of bark will enhance the birds' environment, encouraging invertebrates and bugs which will be gobbled up when the chickens scratch about. 

Categories: Hither Green, Workshops/ Training, Wildlife

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