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 10 November 2008

October egg round up!

Well it is now November at Compost Mansions and I shall yet again bore you all witless with my egg tally for the last month ;-))

Henny has laid one egg on the last day of October as she had gone into a full blown moult for the whole of October

Ginger continues to lay well, she laid 21 eggs but in the last week of Oct she, too has gone into moult. Not really surprising as Henny and Ginger are the same age.

Attila laid 20 eggs and Cathy only laid 11 but still not bad as she is a baldy girl and an ex batt as well!

Sweetipie is too busy being a good mum to the Sweetie Six to bother with egg laying and Genghis Hen is too silly.......and has laid precisely NO eggs at all.....

But yet again, the absolute stars of the Eglu are Babs and Goldie! yep the new girls laid the most eggs! Babs laid 28 and Goldie laid a magnificent 30 eggs out of a possible 31

I think that given we are now into dark nights and shorter days the girls are doing magnificently to keep on laying at all...and I am giving them LOTS of extra treats and high protein nibbles to help them grow new feathers as fast as they can.....

Their favourite food is chopped up cheese...or stolen cat meat from the cat bowls.....if they can find the back door open they come inside "mob handed" and try anything they can get

THANK you all, my lovely, lovely girls, you are all a bit of a trial sometimes but I wouldn't be without you!


  1. I LOVE YOUR GIRLS!! What a lovely post and what gorgeous pictures!!!
    You have made my day... They look so contented and the way they are congregating in your house has had me in stitches.
    You have captured that picture so well and the colours are amazing.... I love that lovely red floppy bit on their heads.. (can you tell what a chicken eggspert I am!!) The way the sun is shinning on the red floppy bit is lovely...
    I want a hen now!!
    Joking aside.. cannot wait until the next 'girls' installement...
    Love Jane xxxx

  2. Hiya Jane!

    The hen nearest to the camera is Gengis the ex batty hen...she has a bigger comb than the others ...ex batts have HUGE combs when they come out of prison as the comb is a heat diffusing device and battery hens live in very hot crowded conditions so develop huge floppy combs to cope...

    The combs get smaller in size when they are freed, but my two still have bigger combs than the other girls!

    I get a bit worried , when I am faced with 8 hens and 6 chicks all looking at me from inside the kitchen...its a bit like a scene from "The Birds"....

    I give them what they want, no questions!

  3. They are fab pics. The pic of them in your house, they all seem to have lovely clean feet.

    I had my first two egg day yesterday and again today, hopefully it won't be long til my first 3 egg day.


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