Friday, September 30, 2011

Goodbye to the chickens...

        OK so that's another one of my misleading post titles, what it really should say is 'Goodbye to the chicken's house, Poultry Towers'. But hey if it grabbed your attention then mission accomplished me thinks.


       But yes today was the day when 'Poultry towers' ceased to be. The obvious and most labor saving method would have been fire me thinks, and after today's pantomime I'm beginning to think that would have been a good choice. Firstly I should explain the reasons behind the ending of said chicken coup, remember that we started with just two cute n cuddly bantams (with a hint of loveliness)? then one of the buggers went all broody, and then my friend (?) Mr. J. Grey cajoled me into taking six fertilized eggs and then all the buggers only went and hatched (damn Penny for being such a good mum)? OK so one sadly didn't make it but the other five mini dinosaurs have positively thrived and now require larger accommodation - bugger. Mini dinosaurs you ask? bloody right they are, have you ever seen the veloceraptors in Jurassic park? could have been my chickens I'm telling you straight!


      So back on tangent it was decided to donate Poultry Towers to a deserving cause, and what better cause than the bugger who finally got me hooked on chickens, especially as he's suffering from a case of the worst illness known to mankind - yep man flu.





    Having carefully deconstructed said creation to enable easy (ha)  reassemble   it was then loaded into the Fun Cruiser and trailer (yep that big) and off we set. At this point I should just perhaps mention a couple of things about my trailer: firstly it's old - me and my dad made it when I was 12 ish, secondly its number plate does not exactly match mine (OK it does not look anything like mine), and finally I don't plug the lights in because they blow me brake lights. Yes I know as a engineer I should fix this but do you know of a green keeper who likes gardening? Damn thing is though it's about 15 miles to John's abode for chickens and other fowl and I swear to god that in that short journey I have never ever seen so many bloody policemen sitting in their jam butty cars, talk about a fraught journey! Needless to say tomorrow I'll be working on the trailer repairs, bugger.


      Once the Beverly hill billies (that'll be us and our trailer) safely descended on John it was quickly apparent that he wasn't at deaths door after all and was able to provide a hot brew and plenty of moral support and chicken advice as I manfully struggle to erect my temple to chickens.







      After a brief construction process Poultry Towers was finally relocated in its new home, I'm sure that it'll give plenty of future chickens a safe haven, especially with John looking after them.




     Oh and another thing just crossed my mind, you know how I damn well struggle to take furry animal pictures when upon the trials? Well ha, no I think a double is required here so Ha ha mortals. For your perusal a selection of photographed animals from John G's menagerie ;-











       OK so I didn't take the feathered ones, or the cave man in the earlier photo by Poultry Towers, but the pig ones? mine all mine I tell ya. 


      Oh and what of my own, coup-less chickens? fear not dear reader for I can take great pleasure in unveiling;-




Fluttering Heights - ta daaaa


Right that's enough bunkum for one post, as always thank you for reading and until the next time take good care.


Your friend, John


     





18 comments:

Gorges Smythe said...

Ah, the trials and tribulations of a chicken farmer!

e.m.b. said...

I really did think this was going to be about a butchering. ;-)

Le Loup said...

Good post John, good video!
Keith.
http://woodsrunnersdiary.blogspot.com/

Bobby said...

Fluttering Heights, Nice.
Them birds sure will keep you busy.

Frugal Queen said...

Note to self - must get chicken! now need couple of blokes from wales to write blogs called - keeping chickens for the first time...or settling in your chickens

Murphyfish said...

Trails and tribulations indeed Mr. Smythe.

The only butchering is my writing :O)

Thank you Keith, although I cannot take credit for the vid.

Thanks Bobby, and yes 'busy' being an understatement!

That would be John Grey for the proper advice Froogs, mine would be more like how many things can you do wrong when keeping chickens! But they are great fun though...

John Gray said...

thank you again for the coop!
much MUCH apprecated...
feeling like shite today........I owe you and claire a large few pints at the local pub
x

Jennyta said...

Fluttering Heights - I like it! Hope the chickens do too. :)

Kath said...

You are going to tell me next that 2 of your birds are called Cathy and Heathcliff...

Meanqueen said...

That's a funny story. Lucky chickens to get a new home.

Murphyfish said...

My pleasure John, hope your man flu clears up soon, oh and that'll be a cider then for me.....

It's as if they've never lived anywhere else Jennyta!

Not yet Kath - but I like your thinking...

MQ, Wasn't so funny when we stopped of on the return leg for a bite to eat and low n behold a traffic plod walks in behind us - suddenly we're playing bingo - eyes down!

Casey said...

Yep, I thought roast chicken would be the topic, as maybe all the new chicks had turned out to be cockerels. Their new home is nice!

Lon said...

That was a good one, for that really did take hold!

Shoreman said...

Wow, I saw the title and all I thought was "John was going to have tons and tons of grizzly hackle". Ya got me.

Mark

moschops said...

Best not show that to Flossie and Delilah...they will think their cosy cottage is not good enough!
:-)

Hope you have recovered from you man flu.

xx

Murphyfish said...

Hey Casey, looks as if only one may be a cockerel but not sure yet. I really must get around to writing to you this week my friend.

Lon, glad that you enjoyed it.

Sorry Mark, though I'm sure that I could make up a macabre post if you want ;o)

Hey Megan, well if ever Flossie and Delilah require larger accommodation Mr. Grey reckons that I should go into business making coups for chickens - oh by the way it was poor John G. with the man flu I'm still in tip top condition all things considered!

Rachelradiostar said...

I was ready for some good recipe ideas! Chicken Pie, Chicken soup, chicken curry, Chicken salad, Chicken casserole etc etc! Looks like a fun day was had by all xx

Murphyfish said...

Ah welcome back Rach, nice to have your humor here once more ;0)