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chicken_houseWe seem to have diversified into chickens! Four hens to be precise. Barnvelders is the breed. They came from friends of ours, Tanya and Craig Winchenbach.

So, abandoning boat design for a week, I built a chicken house for them. Which, after serious research and careful design (and also looking closely at Craig's chicken house), seems to have turned out quite nicely! Cathy painted it "barn red" with a yellow door.

We are pretty much vegan, but if we know that they come from really happy well cared for chickens we do eat eggs sometimes. Our chickens are certainly well cared for and seem very happy (they can and do free range during the day).

At the moment (about 5 weeks in) we get about two eggs every three days; estimated cost per egg = $30.00. Worth every penny?

But they are great guys, very individualistic and surprisingly fun to hang out with.

chicken_houseMy last experience of chickens was when my parents departed for two weeks holiday on the boat, sailing to Holland, leaving me and my baby sister in the care of our grandparents.

This was August 1948. I was four and a bit; my sister was just a few months old. I still have a postcard from my dad, from Holland, exhorting me, among other less important things, to "remember to feed the chickens"!

Back to boat design! Currently working on the twin rudders for Design No. 152. Twin rudders, specially spade rudders, are quite a lot of work because the linkages to the tiller get fairly complicated and it is difficult to use standard components.



The cost per egg has escalated to an estimated $40 each! They are very nice eggs, but very small ......
Date posted: Friday, 28 Sep 2012 | posted by: debenriver

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