The chickens are really getting into the laying now, and we are getting them all different shades of brown (and white from the Shumens) Yesterday we even got an extra large brown one, which must have been a little uncomfortable for a young chook, bless her. We now have the delightful problem of what to do with half a dozen eggs per day. Good job most are small. Dave is making a very substantial nest box unit for them, so we can dispense with the apple boxes. We can't get plywood here so Dave buys six inch planks from the wood yard, and everything he builds is very substantial. And very re-usable should anything become redundant. Dave is being very good and keeping off-cuts and previously used timber, something alien to his nature but definitely part of our life in Bulgaria.
The problem of the flea beetles has seemingly been solved by Jordan's spraying. I am worried that something that potent may not be good for other creatures in the garden though. I am not mentioning the ants!
Dave is progressing with the windows. While up the ladder painting one in the roof space, which has a gaping hole at the top, he found the missing part of the window inside. It had been crudely 'mended' by nailing a piece of baton across the front arch and sticking some plastic in lieu of glass on the back. So he has tidied it up and painted it, stapling another piece of plastic on the back and it looks so much better.
Jordan's wall seems to be a building wall rather than something to protect them from our two madly vicious looking girls. So we are expecting a new shed to appear, which will add to their, and our, privacy. Something we all value.
We are having a problem with little meeces. When the floor was put down and tiled it was uneven, so the solution of door not opening was to chop a piece out of the bottom of the door! (Not us, I hasten to add) So when the door is shut there is a nice mouse sized gap. They/it is only tiny, but incontinent and smelly and not hygienic. We hate using poison, and the terrier cross Bella is no use, she wants to play or run away, however the mood takes her. We have tried using the rat traps we bought with us, but the mouse/s are so small they can feast on bait without setting it off. So we have been trying to find the old fashioned spring traps, both in the town and here in the village, but all they have are the awful sticky glue traps, not exactly the instant solution we are after. So the mouse/s live, until we can find a solution, and all care taken to make sure it is not the self-service hotel they would wish for. Another job For Dave's improving DIY skills, finding a solution to the door problem.
And finally for now......
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