"Well, there is only one piece of advice I can give you," said the wisest of wise men. "The secret of happiness is to see all the marvels of the world and never to forget the drops of oil on the spoon."

('The Alchemist' Paulo Coelho)

Tuesday, January 27, 2009


Elder Daughter has acquired some hens, three to be precise. They are ex-battery rescue hens, but although their feathers are a bit straggly in places, they are not in bad shape. Some arrive so badly pecked and plucked that they have to wear little woolly jumpers until the feathers grow back. These have names too, and personalities, apparently...
Meet Babs, Bette and Talulah, the Mother Cluckers! (Her wording, not mine, ;))


  1. Awww...what a lovely idea :o) Bit concerned about the interest shown by the cat! ;o)

  2. Elder Daughter1/29/2009 12:43:00 pm

    Anyone interested in giving a badly treated hen a happy home for the rest of its life should look at the Hen Rehomers UK website.

    My girls are settling in lovely now and its wonderful to see them going from timid little creatures who've never seen outside before to cheeky nosy mischievous individuals, each with her own personality.

    ...not that I'm biased or anything...;0)

  3. I see your maternal instincts are taking over already!

  4. The only thing that worries me about keeping hens is what do you do with them when they stop laying? I don't think I'd be up to wringing their necks and I think I'd end up with geriatric hens with glasses, zimmer frames etc. Any advice from Elder Daughter, please?

  5. Gorgeous shots! I love the pink bottom. And the name is wonderful. Mother Cluckers indeed!
    I think they are Ross Browns, same as my 6 new 'end-of-lays'.

  6. Thanks for that info, Katherine. I'll pass it on to ED.
    Daphne, I suspect that ED's hens may well end up as pampered geriatrics!

  7. Elder Daughter2/01/2009 07:49:00 pm

    Yes - no plans to get rid of 'em once they stop laying...the eggs are a bonus really... But considering they're no longer commercially viable I've had 16 eggs off them this week and its only the first few days with me! Hopefully they'll live long and happy lives rampaging round my garden and getting rid of my slugs for me;0)

  8. Keith says can he have a leg. (Ignore him!)



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