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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Sunday 4 April 2010

New girls

A photo of one of my new hens, Coriander.

She and her sister Cumin are rescued ex free range organic hens, so not ex battery hens but still , have come from a very large flock and would have been dead, otherwise!

I got her and her sister as a swop for Spot the Cream Legbar Cockerel. He had taken to attacking me, aiming at my face, so he had to go, one way or another. I didn't really want to kill him so was pleased that a friend, J wanted him and was prepare to swap him for a couple of good laying hens.

We are having fun integrating these two into the established 10 hen family..especially as Coriander is obviously a VERY dominant hen who expects to be "the boss" We have had some quite nasty fights, already.....!

So..I suspect I have some fun and games to come, as I try to integrate them all in to one happy henny family....

Cumin is much quieter and very friendly , and Vanilla the remaining Cream Legbar is so friendly she follows me around like a puppy... and croons at me to pick her up :-)

Ah I do love my hens! Compostman is in the middle of building me a Mega Hen Pen , so they can all be kept safe from the foxy laidy who keeps visiting and eating my hens..

I really WANT to have Vanilla as a house hen pet..but hens are not easy to house train, so I can't...but she is SO cuddly and friendly...it is hard not to want to have her as a lap hen!

CG says "you spoil those hens Mummy!" and I guess she is right..


  1. Oh just love your Henny stories and pictures, and Coriander looks so beautiful! I am so glad you have some new hens to love and bond with as you have had so many sad losses of late! Will be so glad when the hens are secure and that blasted fox will be unable to murder any more of your lovely ladies!!
    Much Love, Jane xxx

  2. Love the names of these two.
    My friend keeps hens and she spoils hers too ;0)


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