I have been neglecting you, my blogging friends recently, and for that I apologise. Life has been full, mostly in a good way, and the blog falls by the wayside when that happens. One day I will master the art of dashing off blog posts really quickly, and one day I will be organised enough to stack up a pile of super interesting blog posts in my drafts folder that I can release into cyberspace, at the press of a button. Easter came and went and I had plans of a seasonal blog post about eggs, and our chickens. Remember when they looked like this?
That was back in November 2013 (which coincided with another pause in blogging, although that was not a very happy pause).
Four of our chickens are ex-commercial laying hens, from the British Hen Welfare Trust. And they were in a sorry state when we collected them.
It wasn't long before their feathers regrew however, and they are now the finest looking, healthiest chickens, imaginable. With their ginger feathers glowing in the evening sunshine, they are one of my favourite sights. (One day, I will take photography more seriously to give you a better window on my world).
We got the chickens to keep the last remaining of our original feathered friends, Yoko (now 4 or is it 5 years old), company. After some initial sibling rivalry she has grown to love her sisters.
Between them all they are laying sometimes half a dozen eggs a day. More than we know what to do with, ourselves. (Any of your favourite egg recipes would be gratefully appreciated!). We can't sell them (rules of the allotment and besides, we wouldn't want to get into all the 'elfin safety issues), but we do give them to our fellow allotmenteers who lavish the chickens with lots of attention and crop thinnings and kitchen scraps, and we swap them (yesterday's swap was a jar of home-made marmalade). Daughter takes the odd order and delivers eggs in return for a small donation to her fundraising for World Challenge Iceland Expedition.
The British Hen Welfare Trust (whose aim is to see only UK produced eggs on sale here, resulting in a strong British egg industry where all commercial hens enjoy a good quality of life) is celebrating its 10th birthday this year. They now have 32 teams around the country, nearly 400 volunteers and are aiming for the rehoming of their half a millionth hen soon. That's amazing...Our hens are egg-stremely thankful for all their hard work...
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