Wednesday, 15 April 2015

My fine four feathered friends

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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  1. Sarah, have you tried freezing the extra eggs? I freeze eggs when I can get a great deal on them. Then in leaner months, we still have eggs for quiche, frittatas and baking. I have a post on freezing eggs on my blog. You can find the link to it on the first page, if you need directions.

    Your hens are beautiful!

  2. Glad that you've been busy--in a good way. You hens are beautiful and it sounds like they're laying well also. I enjoyed the before and after pictures of them.

  3. Wow those hens look so different and healthy. Well done you on looking after them so well, they obviously have such a better quality of life now

  4. Hi Sarah- have you come across Genevieve Taylor? she started a blog some years ago called 'an Egg a day' to cover exactly this issue!
    Now Has a cook book of the same title.

  5. I have been looking at the title of your blog post on my sidebar for a couple of days and wondering why the rhythm of it felt so familiar, until I started humming 'Chitty Chitty Bang Bang' this morning. Such a relief that my subconscious worked it out for me!

    Gorgeous chickens! I am working up the courage to do chickens.. next year..