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Under attack!

16 May

As some of you already know, we have three hens, we did have five but the fox got two last year. I let them out into our field to roam free everyday and they take their chance. I hate to see them cooped up. Our field adjoins my veg patch and once or twice they have managed to get in and scratch about a bit but we have always been about to shoo them back out. Not this time!

What a mess!

The ironic thing was before we went out l had cut a beautiful lettuce to take to friends. That was the last one l would see for a while! They must have had about 5 hours in there to scratch, eat and peck at everything. The salad took the worst of the attack. Lettuce leaves everywhere. Potatoes ripped out. Squash plants pecked to bits.

Spuds blitzed!

This is too much to allow so now they are off to pastures new. My veg plot means more to me than those hens. My brother-in-law has said he will have them as he already has hens out here and it is one less thing for us to have to worry about when we come to leave here. A big clear-up operation will be under way this morning. Mind over matter!

Let-us prey!

I have a small idea of how people felt back in the war when their veg plots were damaged by bombs or covered in broken glass and they couldn’t eat anything or the allotment has been hit by vandals. The feeling is horrible but as the war-time poster says: Stay Calm and Carry On! I will be able to replace most of it and worst things are happening out there right now. I will put it down to me being too blasé and regard it as another lesson in life! Anyone for a half eaten lettuce?

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Posted by on May 16, 2011 in The garden

 

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9 responses to “Under attack!

  1. Janet/Plantaliscious

    May 16, 2011 at 16:41

    Hens can wreak a quite amazing amount of havoc in a short space of time. If I ever do get some, they will roam free – within the confines of a carefully chicken-proofed wire run! That way I should be able to have eggs and lettuce as well. Good job salad crops mature fairly quickly! Sorry for your losses.

     
  2. trevorhunt

    May 16, 2011 at 21:24

    Thanks Janet. I had a good tidy up and its not too bad, but they are still going!

     
  3. greg becker

    May 17, 2011 at 11:26

    I am tempted to say that the chickens must have been feeling very peckish but that would be far too corny even for me. Really nice post (but sorry about lettuces and chickens), and liked the roses one too.

     
    • trevorhunt

      May 17, 2011 at 14:19

      Ha, very good Greg! They hate being in their run but there is no way they are coming out now.
      The roses are stunning. When a dear old Airedale Terrier of ours died the other year, l surrounded her in rose petals. She looked beautiful.

       
  4. wartimehousewife

    May 17, 2011 at 22:16

    How heartbreaking – chickens can be fiends. I have abandoned my vegetable plot this year as the horses in the next field eat everything. I inherited the plot with the house but the stupid previous tenants dug the plot within reach of the horses. To counter this, last year I just planted onions anywhere there was bare soil which meant the flower beds and very successful it was too.

     
  5. Mal

    May 17, 2011 at 23:49

    Keep your pecker up, Trev.

    We have suffered the occasional irritating but persistent theft in recent years. Rhubarb, potatoes and parnips! Recently (the last 4 weeks) our site has been visited by petty thieves/vands on several occasions. Just hope it’s not a sign of worse to come!

     
    • trevorhunt

      May 18, 2011 at 08:13

      Hell Mel, How do you cope with that? I would be laying in wait for them with an extra large Parsnip and they wouldn’t want that one l can assure you! Seriously, is there nothing you can do? When l hear of stories like this l really can’t get my head round it. I can only put it down to idiot kids who will grow up one day and realize the error of their ways or go on to be bank robbers!

       
  6. Toffeeapple

    May 18, 2011 at 14:35

    How sad, it really is frustrating when something like that happens to crops.

     
    • trevorhunt

      May 18, 2011 at 16:34

      Yes, Toffeeapple, but l have bounced back and its not so bad out there now.

       

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