Most of my ideas are formed by just sitting in the run and watching and day dreaming. I loathe ground based feeders and drinkers, as they spoil so easily, and when suspended they give the hens a bit more room. After these photos were taken I discovered the trigger happy chickens gizmo feeder so I have removed my ground feeders and now the slugs cant slime the food anymore. If anyone has any doubts about how many slugs visit each night, just pop out in the summer with a torch, you will be stunned to see the amount of slugs chicken pellets attract.
Plants were always very important to me, as I wanted to give obsticles to allow the odd hen who might be chased by another some form of protection. All of the run roosts are used regularly, and the dustbath is such a big part of their entertainment I didnt want to scrimp on that. They love to have a social session where they all bath together.
I 'still' don't eat things that had a face!