- Check new site and remove anything you want to keep or eat yourself.
- Remove feed and water containers.
- Remove eggs.
- Remove laying box (ie, old mower-catcher). It's a good time to clean it well and dry it in the sun.
- Step inside dome.
- Take perch out of its loops and leave on ground.
- Grab two opposing ribs and lift the dome about 15cm off the ground. This is low enough to keep the chooks in but high enough to clear small obstacles. Make use of any handy children to shoo the chooks in the right direction.
- Move dome to the new location (ideally, right next to the previous one -- no need to exhaust yourself!). Lift the side if necessary to clear any large obstacles.
- Place dome on new site and step out.
- Check that there are no hollows where a chook might escape under the dome. Bricks are useful to cover any gaps.
- Replace feed and water containers, perch, nesting box.
Actually, my move took a bit longer than that, because I spent extra time at step 1. Here's the harvest from the new site right before moving the chooks in:
650g beetroot (one large, the rest small)
2 small heads celery
1 head silver beet
I was astonished by the number of snails I found, but the girls were pretty pleased. The rest of the bed is mainly warrigal greens and flowering chervil.
Last week's Good Living had a recipe (not online) that is actually useful right now: a salad of grilled goat's cheese-on-toast, roast beetroot, hazelnuts and broad beans. My garden has supplied me with the fresh young broad beans as well as the beetroot, so I made it for dinner. Rather fiddly for a weeknight, and not exactly frugal, but it tasted great.