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!

Wednesday 3 December 2008


Well it finally HAD to happen...

Sweetiepie has left the chicks and gone back in with the other hens in Cluckingham Palace.

The hen you can hear in the background to the chick video clip is her making her normal noise, she stopped going " bok, bok bok, as soon as she went back in with the others.

The Sweetie six looked a bit lost, ..............

but are all OK about it now!

They have adopted ME as "mum" and are following me around, shadowing my every move outside.....



  1. Just listening to your adorable girls has made me determined to rescue some lovelies next spring. So many memories, thank you

  2. Hi Margaret!

    Well done! I love my hens...and the 2 young cockerals..Compostman thinks I am besotted...and I suspect he is right... ;-)

    I felt SO sorry for the chicks on the first day they were motherless..and I kept on going out to see them and feed then titbits....

  3. Ohhhh the poor chicks... good job they have you as a substitute mummy!
    Guess this is what has to happen but they look so lost and forlorn!
    Jane xxx


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