Favourite breed - posh bird or ex-bat?
When I was little, my mother kept about 20 bantams, and they were
fantastic until we were left with only one. She was called Penelope and
became very tame & loved being tickled while being fed corn! She died
when I was 15 and I was hen-less until 5years ago when my parents heard
about the BHWT and decided once again to keep hens. We got six who
looked like something I would buy from Sainsbury’s, they had few feathers
and were very sorry for themselves - I couldn't help but love them. I'm a
rescue hen girl all the way!
Hen names - sensible or silly?
To me the names make total sense, but I'm not sure others would agree!!
For some reason we have only had female pets but they always end up
apart from Penelope) having boys’ names! Two were easy to name - we
had a bigger chicken, and a smaller chicken that stood out, so Big Guy &
Little Guy! One of the chickens LOVED tomatoes, so I called her Plum after
my favourite tomato; Wee Willy went to bed first and Damien was named
after The Omen character, as she looked a little scary sometimes. Scruffy
never really got a great coat and when she did she had a receding feather
line, dear Scruffy!
Hen housing - good wood or plastic fantastic?
We have a great hen house: a wooden shed with six laying boxes, high
perches and a locking door to keep them safe. A little spoilt!
The weekend coop clean - yours truly
or hen helpers?
As I am away a lot on tour, the chickens
live at my parents’ home so they are
looked after by them. My Dad cleans
them and I do what I can when home
which mainly is digging holes looking for
worms for their tea!! (I'm like the cheeky
Your garden - hens on 'the green' or
Depends who you ask, if you ask me and
my Dad then the garden belongs to the
chicks and we let them out whenever we
can but we have to barricade my
mother’s vegetable patch!! I don't know
why we let them out really as they have a
big orchard, but the grass is always greener on the other side and I love
watching them run from one patch of garden to another!! If you ask my
Mum, she never would let them out of the orchard! ;)
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