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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Friday 3 July 2009

Update on Ginger..10 days in...

Ginger is well and recivering from her fright and illness..she has finished the antibiotic and the liquid Calcium ( boy did she HATE the liquid Calcium!)

She is now scratching and furtling around on the ground as normal and looks much more her usual self... although she is still isolated from all the other birds by a net fence for her safety while she recovers. Henny ( of course) has been in with her, as has Attilla ( ah, bless!)

She has not laid an egg yet...but it has been so hot and humid that a number of the other hens have gone "off lay" so I am not worried ( and neither is our vet Tamsin...)

So...Ginger seems ( fingers crossed) to have got away with it, this time...but I have advised her NOT to take on any more foxes, if at all possible!

Can't help feeling she has lost a life, though...!

DO hens have multiple lives like cats, do you think? ;-)


  1. Glad to hear it, Compost Woman. I prefer good news stories. :)

  2. After the sadness of losing Genghis and Cathy the ex battery hens.....I am glad, also!

  3. Thanks CW for the update, I was wondering how Ginger was feeling! I am so glad she is so much better the little sweetheart! Give her a gentle hug from me!!
    With Love, Jane xxx

  4. Glad to hear Ginger is feeling better. Also quite relieved to hear that some of your girls have gone 'off lay', Squeak has been a bit hit and miss this week, and I was wondering if the heat could be affecting her.

  5. I hope hens DO have multiple lives like cats, my Latte is on her second!!

    Glad to hear Ginger is doing well.

    Sue xx


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