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Saturday, 24 November 2012

Chickens

Dursune's chickens are beautiful.  The best kept chickens in this village.  I admire them greatly and we have decided to  get some of our own.

Note our old washing machine. Still in Dursune's garden!


Yesterday, Mr A helped Dursune to build a new chicken house in her yard.  The old one had collapsed because she just didn't have the strength to make it secure enough. 






Daily visits from one of Dursune's chickens

Most of her chickens are happy in the new house now, but there is one who prefers to be outside day and night.  She makes several trips into our garden and is very tame.  Poppy barks at her but she just ignores it and continues to forage for tasty morsels in the soil.





Excuse my appearance...just out of bed!



Dursune came round for coffee early this morning, and we had a long discussion about chickens.  Her advice is invaluable, and today Mr A has set about making our own chicken house in the garden. 

When it's complete, we will buy some chickens from Milas.

I'd still like a donkey and a goat...so watch this space!

(Click on photos to enlarge)

20 comments:

  1. I'm so glad you are going to have chickens...they are a constant delight....individuals with their own views on things.
    I had to laugh at the chicken who will not accept the change of quarters. So typically chicken!
    It's just dawning on ours that the rainy season is over...so no more clustering indignantly around the kitchen door demanding to be put to bed for the night: out and about till all hours!

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    1. They are delightful characters Fly.I could watch them for hours. I call the one who visits us Tessie..don't ask me why..no doubt our chickens will all have names! I actually make chicken noises at Tessie and she stops and stares at me. OK ...yes I am quite mad!

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  2. My aunt and uncle (and my grandparents kind of) had a farm and chickens are, they told me, an excellent means of controlling pests, like all but the smallest ticks. The manure from chickens has to be diluted somewhat because it is too rich but when carefully mixed into soil can be a boon to your garden.
    I remember as a kid collecting eggs and finding a white ceramic doorknob in one of the nests. My aunt told me that if you put a fake egg in the nest the chicken will lay better. But I tend to think that the truth is that they won't lay in some place where you can't find.

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    1. Nomad you have just told me almost exactly the same things as Dursune was telling us today. I never imagined that chickens could be so useful!

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  3. Oh my gosh Ayak I'm so jealous....I always tell my husband that I want a Donkey some day and chickens (especially those fluffy ones)and not for eggs but just to enjoy them as pets. He just gives me a weird look, and reminds me live in a city.
    Love the photos....and of you and your lil' neighbour Dursune.
    Had a laugh about the chicken who preferred to be outside and ignoring Poppy's barking, so cute.
    Nice of Mr. A to help build a new chicken coop for Dursune.....and building you one also. Will wait to see the photos.
    Enjoy your weekend....and I loved this post.

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    1. Thanks Erica. I am looking forward to the chickens and no doubt they will be treated like pets..I just can't help myself! I have made sure that Mr A knows that we will never ever kill one of them for food. But I do look forward to the eggs.

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  4. I love chicken too - not sure how they'd fare on our terrace as Mr Fox visits in daylight.

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    1. Yes that could be a problem BtoB. I've never seen foxes around here, but that's not to say there aren't any. Although all the chickens in the village seem to run around everywhere, so I guess it isn't a problem here.

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  5. Have always loved chickens...how delightful you're going to have some of your own.

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    1. Hi Theanne, yes I love them too. So looking forward to it xx

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  6. I was thinking only this afternoon that it would be good to keep chickens. I don't think that they would be too happy on our roof terrace, though. Nowhere for them to root around for whatever it is they root around for and I'd have to clean up after them. Several of my colleagues in my last job used to keep urban chickens. They always had such wonderful stories.
    I hope you will enjoy your chickens.

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    1. I am just trying to remember your garden omentide and wondering if you have enough room between your main house and the house at the back for a few chickens?

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    2. Possibly there is, though I think things would feel a bit cramped for them. What was once concrete is now stone and there are only two very small flowerbeds so nowhere for them to scratch and peck. There are plenty of street chickens in the vicinity though.

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    3. To be honest omentide, Dursune's garden isn't really bigger than yours, and it's also all rocks and stones, and as well as her chickens she has a donkey and two cows! So it might be worth considering!

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  7. Oh How exciting.
    It must be so rewarding keeping chickens and getting regular fresh eggs.
    Mr A is very versatile, being able to tackle most things.
    Maggie X

    Nuts in May

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    1. It is exciting Maggie. Mr A loves building things out of odds and ends we have hanging around, and I love the idea of recycling all this stuff.

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  8. Lovely post, Ayak and you will so enjoy having your own chickens. I used to keep them when I first retired and would love to have some again, but will have to wait until we settle down and stop travelling. You can't put chickens in kennels. :-)

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    1. That's true Perpetua. One of the reasons I was reluctant to have them before now. But Dursune has encouraged us and insists that if we are away, she will take care of them. She is really such a lovely neighbour!

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  9. That's a lovely post, love seeing your village life - looks so peaceful and serene from here :) Enjoy the chickens, look forward to reading their adventures;)

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    1. It is peaceful most of the time Ozlem...except when we have a wedding' circumcision or the young boys are going off to do their national service...then the drums will be beating for days on end...I don't mind that though!

      Will keep you updated when the chickens arrive.

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