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 12 April 2012

More rescue hens

I know I said I was not going to get any more hens after what happened a few weeks ago.
But after much thought and discussion, we decided to get some more ex commercial hens - so at least I will have some new girls to love and make well again - they will not replace the girls who were killed , but we are giving some hens another chance of a better life. Also we can manage a smaller number of hens more easily so fingers crossed Fox can't get them this time. We now only let them out to free range when we are around them and we shut them back in their ( huge!) run when we have to go away from the garden.
When the new paddock area is done ( gods know when!) there will be a very secure large enclosure for them to free range in - and then I will get more of the pure breeds and hybrid girls - as well as more ex commercial " spent" hens.

But for now just a few ex commercial hens from rescue will be all we can safely manage. And we can give them a taste of a normal henny life.

That will do, for now.


  1. What a lovely thing for you to do; kudos!

  2. That sounds like a good plan. I hope they stay safe from the fox(es).

    Since the end of November we've lost 4 chickens to illness and complications, which is bad enough.

    After losing the last one we decided to restock straight away in the hope that our one original hen will eventually appreciate the company. It has meant we are focussed on the joy of new hens rather than the sadness of or loss.

  3. I'm so pleased you are getting some more girls to lavish your love on, lucky hens indeed.

    Sue xx


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