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.

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Sunday 20 July 2008


The 6 hens are now giving us 5-6 eggs a day which considering the 4 new girls are in various stages of moulting ( and 2 are recently rescued ex battery hens) I am rather imprssed with!

The bullying has abated a bit...I have separated out the culprits Atilla the Hen ( formerly known as Tuesday!) and Genghis Hen ( formerly known as Friday!) out into their own run the Eglu ( aka the Sinbin!) , where they are kept penned in for some of the day whilst the other 4 are allowed out around them....it seems to be working!

Mind, you...we did have a couple of funny eggs in the week!

This picture is what I found last Tuesday in one nest box...the LARGE egg is from Henny and weighed 88 g and measured 2 1/2 inches...the small egg is only just over 1 inch long and weighed less than 25 g....


  1. You've got yourself a wind egg there (the little one), aka a 'fart egg'. Lovely!

  2. I thought that as well Lucy...but no it was a "proper" egg..yolk mainly! and Compostgirl delighted in eating it as a soft boiled one for breakfast!

    Mind you, with 5 plus eggs a day we are eating boiled eggs for breakfast EVERY day!

  3. Well done your girls *big round of applause* they are doing well. Love their names :D I get egg sizes similar to yours, and its funny because the largest hen lays the teeny weeny egg, and the small hen lays whoopers.

    Just to let you know I have tagged you on my blog, but dont feel obliged to continue with it x


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