Omlet Newsletter September 14th 2005
It’s all go, go, go here at the moment. If you haven’t visited the Omlet club for a bit there is a new library section where you will find all the past newsletters as well as so called White Papers – here. Ok, ok they’re not that highbrow but they are fact sheets for eglu owners. And if that’s not enough why not have a peek in the galleries – here ? There are masses of great photos up there which don’t make it onto the star photo section of this newsletter.
And finally, there are lots more opportunities to see eglus over the next few weeks as we keep adding more dates to the Omlet tour. This is the closest any of us have come to being in a real rock and roll band so please humour us! We will be playing at the following festivals:
Royal Berkshire Show, 17th and 18th of September
RHS Garden Show, Malvern 24th /25th September
South of England Show 1st /2nd of October.
Come down and dig the vibe dudes!!
Izzy’s unusual nest box in the runner been pot.
This Weeks Star Photos
Carwash the cat started to get desperate
for attention after the chicken arrived!
Aggie the rabbit can’t believe that
he gets to live in a gaint carrot.
Barbara’s Weekly Diary!
Rules and Regulations! Don’t fall “fowl” of the law. ( sorry !! )
Hard to believe that any one could have something against you keeping a couple of lovely hens in your own garden! But I do get lots of emails from people asking whether there are any laws which prevent them from doing just that. I phoned my local council and after chatting to a friendly chap found out that there aren’t any bylaws in my county and that this is the case generally. He did point out that it is a good idea to check your house deeds or rental agreement in case there are any clauses which would prevent the keeping of chickens and livestock in your garden. This is rare but occasionally new houses and some older ones do have this written into the deeds. If this is the case, don’t despair! The only people likely to know or object to the chickens are your neighbours so it is well worth having a word explaining that the hens won’t be noisy, they won’t smell and that they might even get some eggs every now and then. Thankfully most of the time no one minds and neighbours are often fascinated to see hens in your garden, you could even find that they volunteer to look after the hens for you when you go on your hols!
What’s on the forum?
Desperate to get an eglu… but?
“I am DESPERATE to get an Eglu and chickens, but partner is worried it will a) kill off all the grass and b) chickens will eat all the flowers etc! Do chickens poo on the grass much or is it mainly in their Eglu? How easy is it to clear up?! I love the idea of them pecking around my garden all day till dusk – is it necessary to put them in the run when you go out? And if so, how easy is it to ’round them up’? Sorry for all the q’s – I’m a total chicken novice!” – Bungo
“I guess there’s no hiding the fact that ours hens do eat some of the plants in the garden, and will keep the lawn nice and trimmed. If you keep the Eglu on the grass it will obviously rot the grass underneath. You can avoid this by moving it regularly, which will also stop the chickens scratching and pooing in one area of your lawn. The other alternative is to make them a bark chipped area that the Eglu and run can stay on permanently. I find this much more practical, and it saves on the lawn. Chickens have no preference as to where they poo! They will poo in the Eglu over night and they will also poo wherever the mood takes them. The poo is easily picked up, and if you compost it down it makes a fantastic fertiliser for your plants. Mowing the lawn will also get rid of any poos, as will the hose pipe.” – Gina
“I agonized in the same way, as I am very fussy about my garden. You can only keep the Eglu on grass if you have quite a large lawn and can swing it round in a complete circle regularly. NB: The Eglu + run seems huge when you first get it set up in a modestly-sized garden. I kept moving my run around on a small lawn but got rather distressed at what was happening to the grass. Because the chickens were confined in the run all day, they were digging their own dustbaths everywhere, destroying the grass. I made a bark base and have been delighted ever since. You will love your chickens so much you will forgive them anything, but if you love your garden too you will have to compromise. And I couldn’t leave them out in the garden all the time even if I weren’t so garden-proud, as we have daytime urban foxes here.” – Gallina
“Chicken poo seems to do the grass the world of good – it just breaks down or I rake it up and chuck it in the compost bin. I let mine roam around the garden when I’m there and they have occasionally helped themselves to my herbs and make themselves dust baths in the borders but I’m very garden-proud and neither of these bother me. Sometimes I have to round the girls up to go back in the run but mostly I find they just bimble back in when they’ve explored enough. I haven’t noticed mine scratching holes in the lawn yet but maybe I’m just lucky on that front??” – Tom and Barbara
“I have to admit, my girls are partial to a pansy when they are out in the garden, love sticking their heads through the fence and eating next doors privet, and have scoffed the low lying leaves on the cherry tree. Apart from that they are fine – they have a spot under a hedge that they use for dustbaths, so leave the grass pretty much alone, and have made short work of the dandelions, slugs and snails! – Shona (Chookiehen)
Egluowner of the Week
Forum username: dispic1
Occupation: Lab manager
Hobbies: Baking cakes, travelling and of course my birdies!
Where do you live? Robin Hood country, nottingham
What pets do you have? 2 chickens, 1 loach, 2 goldfish, 1 comet, 1 redcap, 1 fantail and will soon be getting a mussel! yes really!
If you where stranded on a desert island what would be your one luxury? An infinate supply of cake [ We could think of anything better ourselves – Ed ]
How many chickens do you have and how old are they? 2 chickens and they are 8 months old
What are your chickens called and why? nuggett, cos its funny, and henno cos she’s hard like henno in ultimate force
How many eggs do you get a week and what’s your favourite way of cooking them? We eat numerous, and the best wy to eat them is in cake
What do your friends think about you keeping chickens? They think its all a bit mad, but quite typical of me to do something that’s not the norm.
Do your chickens have a party trick and/or have they ever got you into trouble? They haven’t got us into trouble, but as for party tricks…..they go fruit picking, only we don’t get to eat any of the fruit cos they have already scoffed it! and eglu diving, its abit like highboard diving but off the top of the eglu! they have yet to score a perfect 10
What question have we missed? Do your neighbours think you are barking??
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Have an eggcellent day,
The Omlet team!
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