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!

Sunday 18 October 2009

Ruby and the chicklets, week 5

The Cream Legbar chicks are now 5 weeks old and have largely lost all their baby fluff and have proper feathers now. The cockerel is a bossy little chap to his sisters and steals their food whenever he can. He comes running to me whenever I go outside, though! I think he has worked out I mean food is on the way!

I turn out Ruby and the chicklets into the veg patch every day, they are safe from the other hens in there although not from cats!

They love to scratch and furtle around in the soil, eating all sorts of stuff. Ruby is a very attentive mother and teaches them well.

Ruby and the chicklets dust bathing in the sunshine. See how big the chicks are, now!


  1. Hi Just love your Ruby and her chicks. I am so happy we finally have four chickens Barnevelders so wonderful, only had them for 24 hours but they seem to be settling in really well.

  2. Lovely pics. I could get quite broody myself, but we don't have the room or the time for chicks.

  3. They are absolutely beautiful. I wish I was allowed to own a rooster so that we could have chicks, but local council rules only allow a maximum of 12 hens.



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