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!

Friday 15 October 2010

A featherless tale....

Queenie in July 2010

Taken 3 days ago, lots of feathers gone now...feathers dropping gently, everywhere! Queenie is a Blue Orpington and they have a lot of feathers to change...

Taken today. Poor Queenie! She is hiding in the hen house most of the time now as I think she is embarrassed at the lack of her normal feathery splendiferousness....! The floor is carpeted with her feathers....and all over the run as well


  1. Does your egg production drop way down when the girls are moulting? Mine have.

  2. Yes, when they moult they do not lay!


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