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, which we share with Chickens, Cats, Guinea Pigs 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 work as an environmental educator, lecturer, writer and Forest School leader at Moors Wood . I am a Master Composter and have spent the last 11 years as a volunteer Community Compost adviser with Garden Organic and my local Council. I offer talks and run workshops and events where we talk about compost, veg growing, chicken keeping, cooking, preserving and sustainable living. We also make crafts and have fun.

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!


Thursday, 29 July 2010

A new companion for Fudge the Guinea Pig

Fudge is our three and a half year old Guinea Pig. He used to have a male companion (possibly brother?) called Coffee but sadly Coffee died 2 years ago.

Since then I have felt SO guilty that Fudge was all alone but couldn't face more young male GPs and the possibility that they would not all integrate. I wondered about getting a couple of young male piggies to be companions to Fudge but the age difference would then probably mean I was left with two older piggies when Fudge finally died...so what to do for the best?

So today we have finally got a cute dwarf lop rabbit, who has been reared from young with male guinea pigs so, although he will live in a separate house in the same room as Fudge, should be ok for short periods of supervised time with Fudge in the run outside.

This has already perked up Fudge no end and he spent a lot of time this afternoon happily running around, wheeking contentedly and nibbling the same bit of hay as his new friend. The rabbit was gentle and they spent a lot of time grooming each other(sweet). Previously Fudge just sat in the corner of the run, looking miserable.

This way, Fudge gets a friend for some of the time, and when he eventually dies Peter Rabbit can carry on with us as a pet. Yes I know about the name (rolls eyes), but the cats have Beatrix Potter themed names, so Compostgirl came up with Peter as a name, immediately...

Peter Rabbit is a dwarf lop, very cute...

1 comment:

  1. I completely understand where you're coming from with two animals that don't get along. We have two (predominantly) house bunbuns that don't particularly like each other, despite our best efforts... so for now we're living in a divided house! Hoping in the future perhaps they can get on together. And our lives will be somewhat easier!

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