Wednesday, 29 January 2014

January in the Chicken Coop

This month our hens have been....

... laying eggs! Well, Pepper has anyway. As with last year she's been the first to end the winter break and is laying most days. We were very impressed that she started again within a week of last winters date, and that gives us great hope that Frog and Lemon might not be too far behind. 

... continuing the festive season. We've been filling the nest box with shredded wrapping paper (avoiding the shiniest stuff) which has been making things bright and colourful.


... enjoying weekends in the garden. While the weeks are spent wallowing in the muddy run, at the weekend we let them out into the garden still where they have a good rummage in the compost heap and scratch through the lawn. We took a sunny Sunday afternoon to get some jobs done in the garden recently and I was reminded of how pleasant pottering can be with the hens wandering around to keep you company.


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  1. I can't wait to get my chickens now. The weather has been so good lately for gardening I have managed to get loads done.

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    1. Do you have a date for the arrival of your hens? We've not managed to get much done in the garden, but did squeeze in a couple of hours last weekend.

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  2. How lucky you are to have chickens, I do love them, the ones in the rescue follow me around like dogs. A great use for the waste paper!
    How wonderful to have fresh eggs already.xx

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    1. Thanks, they can be real characters and they enjoy watching us garden - but that's probably because we throw them the bugs we find!

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  3. How lovely to have a continuous supply of fresh eggs

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    1. Yes, a steady trickle of eggs from one bird keeps us going nicely so long as we're not doing too much baking. Once a second or third joins in we have to start giving them away!

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    2. We had a segment on the news today about the recent popularity of locals keeping chickens. A lady was petting her hen like a cat and I never realized how lovely they could be. We have too many feral cats, eagles, hawks and foxes here to even think about it in our woodlands. I would be a wreck worrying about them.

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    3. Ours can be tame too, but we have to catch them first. It gets better when we spend more time with them, and bribe them with treats!

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  4. Eggs will be on the breakfast menu again then. I can't think of anything nicer than having a nosey hen wandering around the garden with you, checking what you're up to.

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    1. Ours are less nosey, and more interested in how many worms you turn up in your digging!

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  5. Jenny, is that beautiful girl in the left of your photo a Wyandotte? Don't think we will have chickens at Bag End, even though we initially considered it, but I love seeing everyone else's.

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    1. Lemon is a Gold Laced Orpington, though its more common to see the laced colouration on the Wyandottes so thats a pretty good guess. She is very pretty and rather fluffy!

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