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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Thursday 12 March 2009

Update on Cathy

Cathy is still sneezing, but not as badly as at the weekend and she is looking MUCH brighter now, and more like her old self. She is obviously not liking being away from the other chickens, but as she is on antibiotics and has an infection I am keeping her separated.

She can still see her friends as she is only separated by electric fence netting, but she is isolated in the Broody Ark for the next week, just in case she lays an egg. The egg would be contaminated by the antibiotic, so I don't want to risk not knowing who has laid what!

She is getting lots of cuddles and treats and fingers crossed she will be OK. The egg peritonitis seems to have cleared up as well, for now :-)

and THANK YOU all for asking how she is, and for your kind words about Genghis Hen.


  1. So pleased to hear that Cathy's doing better - fingers crossed that she's on the road to recovery.

  2. Wonderful to hear that she is on the mend. How long will she be have to be isolated and how long would the antibiotics remain? I have very severe reactions to five antibiotics and contaminated eggs have always been a concern. I think it's great you are being so responsible, many would not even think about it, margaret

  3. Margaret, the vet said 7 days, but I follow soil association rules and so they say to multiply any withdrawal time by 3, so thats 21 days after she has finished the course....poor thing! ( you might want to bear that in mine?)

    It is highly unlikely she will lay an egg, she hasn't for 9 months BUT her eggs are quite similar to most of the other hens and I really do not want to have to take the risk (!)

    Lucy, Margaret, Mrs C I will pass on the good wishes :-)

  4. Glad to hear Cathy's on the mend. And my condolences about Genghis Hen.

  5. Thats good news, hope Cathy continues to improve. Chickens are such a worry at times xx


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