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!

Thursday 4 September 2008


I went out to feed the hens today and GUESS WHAT I FOUND!!!!!!!


Can you see a little face peeping out?

The two first hatched chicks with their eggshells.

Ooo where is Mum off to?
Smile for the camera, chicks!

2 other eggs clearly show "pipping" where the shell has been cracked from the inside. In fact ALL of the unhatched eggs have cracks and little holes in them!

You can see the network of blood vessels inside the discarded eggshells

It will be 20 full days this evening since I put the eggs under Sweetiepie, so it just goes to show it CAN be quicker under a hen compared with an incubator!


I am SO eggcited....I could have done without the worry of 2 other hens having a respiratory infection at this time....but Babs is much better, Goldie shows no sign of it and all the other hens seem fine...so I HOPE all will be well....

please all keep your fingers crossed that the other 5 make it out ok and all goes well with them!


  1. Brilliant news - and aren't they just adorable. Looking forward to seeing more pictures as they grow.

    Rosie x

  2. Good on her! Well done Mum, keeping everything crossed for the others, hope to see lots of updates too :)

  3. Lucy. Rosie, there is more news further up my blog!


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