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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Saturday 6 June 2009

Chickhen House name!

Oh you lot HAVE made me laugh! Well done, all of you!

I love the names you all have come up with for the new hen house, I really do!

I think I like " Sandr-egg-ham House" and the "Pent-egg-on" the best!

Compostman thinks we are all potty BUT when he read the "Pent-egg-on" comment, he decided to build a 5 sided house and call THAT "The Pent-egg-on"...so I think he is secretly quite amused....

At the moment I really like "Sandr-egg-ham House....or "Peckingham Palace"

The house is the same height and width as the other wooden house, which is a "Handy 10" from Flyte So Fancy and is supposed to house up to 10 hens, BUT is is not as deep
( only the double nest box deep rather than the nest box plus about another foot...)

So I would guess it would easily hold 8 hens?

Especially as Cluckingham Palace has lots of room even with 10 hens in there, its the attached run which is tiny! BUT as my hens are only in the run first thing in the morning, just until I go and let them all out into the Orchard, its not really a problem....

I am hoping to get another 5 or 6 hens and put them in the new house, put the run from Cluckingham Palace on the new house and Compostman is making me a bigger run to put on Cluckingham Palace....

THAT was the present, really...a new hen house and a new run, BUT he has been so busy he has only done the house, so far...

Still when he DOES get the run finished, I "eggspect" it will be as "eggcellently" splendiferous as the house..!

And I haven't forgotten my 500th post/Birthday givaway...I will announce it in a later post.....(ooh ramping up the tension...!)


  1. :-) I too was laughing aloud at the names, right along with admiring the creativity everyone shared!

  2. Thanks for your comment on HUGH AND CAMELLIA. I'm glad it was ok to mention you. I was here earlier this morning to let you know and check it was alright - when blogger went down. (I knew it would some time today but hadn't noted when.)

    There are some wonderfully daft suggestions here.


  3. I missed that post! I am going to go look for it. And what an ingenius idea! I might have to do the same. I would love to see the responses we'd get with our trailer coop. lol.

    Peckinham Palace is AWESOME!!!

  4. LOL...they are so funny. Just what I needed :-D


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