As some of you may know, my birds are split between two areas of land. All my chicks, growers, broody hens etc I keep at home where I can check on them regularly and give all the attention they need. The older growers, breeding groups and my laying flock are kept on an acre of land in the neighbouring village, which means just popping out for an hour or so to get the odd job done isn't so easy.
The land backs onto the house which was my husband's family home and where my eldest son now lives.You will often hear me refer to the land as either the platt or the yard. It has been in the family for over 100 years.The 'yard' is the buildings etc for the family's building business, the platt the paddock which was originally used for the work horses, at a time when the work vehicle was a pony and trap.
Over the years and generations, livestock of all description - poultry, sheep, pigs, donkeys, ponies have been kept and the land and housing adapted accordingly but at the same time staying much the same.