Hello and welcome to The Compost Bin. I'm Compostwoman and I live with my family in rural Herefordshire. We have nearly four acres of garden and woodland, all managed organically and to Permaculture principles, which we share with Chickens, Cats and assorted wildlife. We also grow a lot of our own food, run courses in all sorts of things and make a lot of compost!

I am a Master Composter and have spent more than a decade as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council.
I'm a self employed Environmental Educator so I run workshops and events where I talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. I also run crafts workshops and Forest School/outdoor play sessions in our wood.

We try to live a more self sufficient lifestyle here, as best we can, while still having a comfortable life and lots of fun.

To learn more about us click on the About Compostwoman tab and remember to click on the photos to make them full size!

Monday 4 June 2007

hens free range

Well we have now got the chicken run sorted out tempararily....the girls are shut in the Eglu run at night, but we are leaving the door of the Eglu open at the moment so they can go out into the run in the morning. Opening the run and letting out the hens is the job of compost miss!

Then around the Eglu run is a 25 m length of moveable netting ( it can be electrified but isn't at the moment....)which we move every week to a new bit of the garden. We also move the Eglu and run every couple of days sideways so the hens get fresh grass ( and to TRY to save the grass!).

The intention is to build a permenant fenced run in the orchard area, with a hen house as well, as I an intending to get some ex battery hens to add to our little flock.

But the current resident fowl in there may not be so keen to move out!! (he IS a cock pheasant, so he might decide to stick around and get to know the hens!)

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