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 22 September 2008

Be warned if you are thinking of getting hens.....

This is what happens to a nice bit of lawn when 2 hens are kept on it for 7 days........ this is where Babs and Goldie were kept in isolation for a week while they recovered from a cough....can you see the worn patch? We moved the fence out from it so as to show up the worn-ness better!

but on the other hand this is what the Sweetie Six and their mum get up to!

Here is a VIDEO! I have managed to work out how to do this and am very pleased with myself! I have also put on a clip of the chicks bouncing on yesterday's post!


  1. Sweetie pie and Sweetie Six and so lovely. Do they ever stop cheeping?! (not that I would want them to)

    We will definately have to have chicks next year.

    Rosie x

    (I did post this yesterday but I think Blogger threw a wobbly as it didn't appear)

  2. Rosie...the short answer is NO. They only stop when they are asleep, if they get separated from Mum the cheeping gets louder...and louder...and LOUDER.....until she appears like a big bundle of fluffy angry feathers, all ready to fight off whatever was the threat...

    They are HYSTERICAL to watch, the clips DO NOT do them justice and the bouncy flapping is SO funny...

    She croons at them when they are all settled under/on her, too..( ah bless....)

  3. The chicks are soooo sweet!


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