|Almost all of my 'peep' of chookies|
Well I thought it was about time I got some photos of the new hens out there to let them say hello to anyone reading. I've had a 'peep' (the collective word for a flock of hens), of 6 chookies (hens) from the early summer (the 6 brown hen bums on the far right in the picture!) - My original hens arrived off the ferry on a summer morning (by a haulier you understand they didn't travel all alone) and they were in their new homes by lunchtime the next day - we get these kind of hens in once a year at the local builders merchants. I don't know why the builders merchants orders point-of-lay hens as well as things like bricks, but I'm very glad they do. They have very funny personalities and one especially keeps having her own wee adventures - Karin the explorer!
|(I can't help but sing at them when I see them) 'Black bottomed girls' ........... you make the rocking world go round' (Misspelt Queen lyrics - but very appropriate, I think)|
The new hens (another 5) are slightly different to mine, they've all got black bottoms like they been in the coal heap - it does make me giggle. These new hens had far less distance to travel, they came from my nearest neighbour, down the field, for free as they moved house and couldnt take the hens with them. Thier bad luck is my good luck, we've an understanding that should they decide they can have hens again, they will come and have a few of our flock in the future. I think thats a nice arrangement.
|Hens are the perfect family 'pet' to teach children about where their food comes from and for looking after animals who provide lovely fresh grub for us.|
Very egg-citing (groan sorry!) we often can have alot of eggs and we try to barter with them, sell them to friends or we freeze eggs if we've alot in the summer so we can have eggs in the winter time when the hens might not lay as well. In terms of other great things they provide - well, they do provide alot of material for the compost heap from their bedding and thier poop is an excellent fertiliser once its rotted down a bit - which I can reycle into the garden. Hens are a real all-rounder!
|Lots of lovely eggs which we can eat, swap and sell to friends to pay for the hen food - we all win!|