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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Friday 1 November 2013

RIP Titch

Sadly Titch the rescue hen*, died last night. 

She had recovered well from wandering off into the wood overnight while ill, a subsequent chest infection and she settled into several weeks as a House Hen, under careful treatment and care. But, she also went blind and largely stopped eating despite my best efforts to help her by putting her in a carefully designed small indoor run, with food and drink always in the same place and with me feeding her by hand, many times a day.

An extra job but one I did not begrudge her as she deserved every possible chance to enjoy her life And I loved her

She finally had what looked like a heart attack last night, not long after I said goodnight and stroked her head and crooned at her - she purred back at me as usual

(* ex so called "enriched" or barn " caged hen)


  1. Sorry for your loss.. at least she got to know what it's like to be loved and to roam free. RIP Titch x

  2. Ah, what a shame but I am sure she had a good time with you and a peaceful end.

  3. Sorry to hear about Titch. What a good way to go though: safe, warm, cared for and well loved. Higs to you xx

  4. Oh I'm sorry to hear this :/ You've really had a grim year with your ladies. But she had a good life while she was with you.

  5. Thank you all for your comments - I have just worked out she had been out of the cages and free with us for longer than her caged life

    She had 23 months of freedom and somewhere between 12 - 18 months as a caged hen.

  6. So sorry to hear of Titch's passing. But good that you were able to spend so much time with her at the end.


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