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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Thursday 24 November 2011

Rehome a hen!

If you've always thought you wanted to keep some ex battery hens - NOW IS THE TIME! : 
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As regular readers will know I have kept a lot of hens, including rare breeds, hybrids, ex battery and also ex free range commercial rescue hens. Looking after some ex caged birds has been one of the most rewarding things I have done. This December there are a lot more ex battery hens needing homes, as there is going to be a MASS CULL in the UK. The battery cage is being replaced by the 'enriched' cages in Jan 2012 and in order for the re-fit to occur farmers will be clearing out their stock this Dec/early Jan... so there will be a mass cull of thousands and thousands of battery hens. This means there is a need for lots of forever homes for these hens. 

So...please rehome some rescue hens, they are very rewarding to keep ( although they do need a little more care initially)

Sometimes they are very bald...

(Thanks to Hen at Heart and Soil for the link about the jumpers for the baldy hens)

1 comment:

  1. Earlier this year, I was asked by my rather patronising Adult Social Services team what my ideal house would be - I said a bungalow in the country with maybe a garden and some chickens...and they laughed. Silly me expecting to have a NICE place.

    Well I have the bungalow in the country bit now...and I'm eyeing the chicken coops and hens. Hmmmm. Just not sure about the care, but I will keep this in mind and save the link. Cheers for this.


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