Well, sixteen actually. Finally we have our very own flock of Catalan 'del prat' (cross) chickens under our trees. All through the summer we chicken-sat friends' hens, and then we had a brief hiatus (buying eggs seemed so wrong), but now we're full steam ahead with our own.
As you can see from the orchard photos, their impact is really impressive. On the left is a terrace grazed through the dry summer which has greened up brilliantly. On the right is the current terrace the chickens are enjoying and you can see lots of dead standing grass and plants that are in need of trampling back into contact with the soil. This will put carbon back where it belongs as well as allowing sunlight to the seedlings below.
The hens are a while off laying yet but we hope to be supplying customers in the village with gorgeous pastured eggs in the new year.