Well, yesterday it rained like you wouldn’t believe and the chickens bless them seemed to relish standing out in the miserable cold weather. Believe me when I say they have plenty of covered spots with which to shelter but not our fearless chickens. Anyway needless to say at about 4.30pm we decided that they were just too wet and we worried if we just left them whether they’d all emerge from the coop in the morning with terrible colds. I mean see for yourself just how wet they were. Absolutely bedraggled, like wet cats looking only a shadow of their former selves.
Nothing left for it, we turned our kitchen space into a temporary coop. Lined with newspaper, food and water bowls, we constructed temporary fencing using the back of the couch, the breakfast bar and stools draped in blankets. One by one we bought them inside not knowing whether to shriek with laughter at their drenched and sad looking state or be worried for their health.
An old pile of towels was quickly put to use gently drying out their feathers and they seemed to love standing around the small fan heater. I even brought out the hair dryer and dried them off further one by one.
They all seemed to really enjoy their pampered evening. Towards the end they all started to preen themselves and fluff out their feathers.
After an hour or so they started looking like their normal old selves and seeing as it was getting dark outside we took them one by one back to the coop to settle in for the night. Then set about returning our kitchen back to its usual appearance. It’s not everyday that one’s kitchen becomes a chicken spa!!
Has been on list of things to do like forever!
Our main crop surplus of vegetables turned into kimchi and sauerkraut. Fermentation is one of the oldest forms of food preservation in the world and utilised constantly at Zaytuna Farm.
Please share with your friends the 25 Seeds of Goodness Fundraiser…
On the 18th of May in Brisbane and the 30th of May in Sydney Muslim Aid Australia (MAA) and Muslim Charitable Foundation (MCF) will formally join hands by co-hosting fundraising events. With the aim of the events being to raise funds towards exciting new international projects in Permaculture, the aptly named event “25 Seeds of Goodness” will see the two organisations combine forces and increase the aid and support provided to people in need both locally and internationally.
Guest speakers including Geoff Lawton, a world renowned permaculture expert, Sheikh Hassan Elsetohy, MAA’s CEO, and Yusuf Khatree of the Muslim Charitable Foundation.
Guests will also witness the signing of MAA and MCF’s Memorandum of Understanding – a first in Australia.
Limited number of tickets are available by calling Riyaad Ally of Muslim Aid Australia on 0434 984 520 or Yusuf Khatree of Muslim Charitable Foundation on 0401 246 228.
To purchase Tickets please visit our website
Individual Tickets: $50 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisIndividualTicket
Group Ticket – Table of 10: $450 http://9nl.eu/25SeedsBrisGroupTicket
This is a unique event and definitely not to be missed.
- See more at: www.muslimaid.org.au
Spent a lovely day helping out at Old Sleningford Farm near Ripon on one of their workdays. Got to see an actual food forest! Can’t wait to have one of our own!
Living the view from my office #spring http://t.co/FPM2Nnt5KL
Get the whole picture – and other photos from Katrina Thompson
Anyone know of a farm based eco campsite or gite in northern France for a week in summer? Pls rt