OK, so when I made that awful pun in my last post, perhaps I was being a little harsh.  The hens are, I think, the secret weapon of anyone attempting self-sufficiency.  They ensure kitchen scraps which can’t go on the compost heap do not go to waste.  They provide eggs for the household.  And, with our egg sales going as well as they are currently, they earn enough to cover the cost of the corn and pellet feed – with some over which goes towards other expenses.  In addition, they are comical and entertaining, and bring the garden alive. 

So, thank you hens, your work is appreciated!  😉