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The birds and the bees: allotment visit with a difference!


Since starting to grow our own vegetables and be more conscious of our processes for doing that, we got interested in permaculture. The basic idea that a monoculture farm which works by clearing large tracts of land to grow single crops in isolation, it could be better to use more natural systems where plants integrate and live side by side.

It’s more sustainable and then if one crop fails there’s no disaster as something else should succeed.

One key principle is to have each aspect of your world interlinked with other aspects.

So we’ve got an allotment. We’ve got a house. We’ve got chickens at the house.

Chickens eat grain but they also eat kitchen scraps and weeds. They can also do weeding as they dig and scrape for bugs and plant material. They produce eggs which we can eat and manure that can feed the ground.


If we could somehow involve the chickens in our allotment it would create a more complete circle of processes.

There’s a permacultureconcept called a chicken tractor

This can be moved around land to spread the chicken benefits.

But we can’t keep the chickens at the allotment. They would deserve a visit every day and we’d find that hard.

So we’ve come up with a solution. Last week on Misery Monday, I posted that we’d done some digging and relocated the holiday home.

So today the sun was shining and


it was the perfect opportunity for a day trip. The plot is ten minutes away so we took them up.

The cage we use is small but they only had about ninety minutes in it which was time enough for us all to be busy weeding. This way they get a day out and we get some extra help on the plot. We make sure they have had worm treatment too, of course.


This was the other outing today. As the sun was shining there was honey and bumble bee action.


This giant bumble was very happy with the spring bulb strip that I planted in September.

We wanted a lifeline for pollinators so chose flowers that would cover January to July. The flowers are looking great along the path.


But what was more encouraging was seeing our own bees returning to the hive with pollen.


This is an indication that the queen bee is laying eggs and the worker bees are bringing pollen as a protein source as the larvae develop. That’s always good news in spring.


10 comments on “The birds and the bees: allotment visit with a difference!

  1. rabthepict
    March 2, 2014

    Cluck cluck…..


  2. tootlepedal
    March 2, 2014

    We used to have a pushable run to circulate the chickens round the garden but found it hard work. I am impressed by your industry.


    • lizard100
      March 2, 2014

      Thank you so much. I was impressed that the hens were all happy to be transferred and took to the task without a request for pay! They loved it!


  3. bmary
    March 3, 2014

    Please post a thousand more pictures of the chickens. I love chickens! I had them when I was a kid and I can’t wait until I can have them again! Still covered in snow here, so thanks for the pretty flowers and bees pictures! Spring will come to Illinois eventually, right?????


    • lizard100
      March 3, 2014

      I shall endeavour to include gratuitous chick pics from now on. Spring is on it’s way!


      • bmary
        March 3, 2014

        Yey! Thanks! 🙂


    • lizard100
      March 6, 2014

      One gratuitous chicken picture posted specially for you today!


      • bmary
        March 6, 2014

        Huzzah! 🙂


      • lizard100
        March 6, 2014

        I don’t need much encouragement!


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