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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Wednesday 18 April 2012

New hens

     Now have 5 more hens:-) Collected them on Sunday afternoon from near Hay on Wye.
    They are in as poor shape as the caged ex battery hens were, despite being from a "barn" system - have never seen the sky or grass ( boy, you should have seen the way they tucked into the grass in their run!)

    They were baffled by a gust of wind, and enchanted by some straw and twigs - they picked them up and passed them to each other for ages.

    Positives are they have good legs and understand about scratching the ground for food.

    And they put themselves to bed without help :-) but all in a pile :-( I had to go and spread them out a bit as Titch the very tiniest hen was at the bottom and looked a bit stressed.

    Two of them lay down in the sunshine and purred as soon as we put them in the run on the grass. (Hens CAN purr!)  I sat and watched and felt very good about the world.


  1. A few weeks of free range and sunshine and these girls will look like a million. Enjoy the new girls!

  2. Brilliant. I look forward to reading about their progress.

    Sue xx

  3. Absolutely brilliant; can't wait to read more about how they progress.

  4. It looks like you and they have found each other at the perfect time. :)

  5. Oh Compostwoman! You know this melts my heart, right down to my welly boots!

    You're right, hens do purr! I love their bedtime noises too. Lovely girls x

  6. Well, I can't say they look beautiful, but they do look happy doing the things hens should. I look forward to watching their transformation from poor moth-eaten creatures into beautifully feathered birds under your tlc.


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