Archive for October, 2011

Don’t Dump That!

Don’t Dump That ( – the site which encourages people to swap or give away unwanted items rather than chucking them in the bin – is now on Twitter.  Follow them @DontDumpThat


You’ll not believe this – after the disappearance of one of the chucks over the weekend, we’d assumed the worst.  Presumably she’d been snatched by a crafty fox and dragged off.  Or she’d hopped over the wall, wandered up the road and been knocked down by a car.  Whatever, we’d not expected to see her again.  So imagine our surprise when she wandered up the drive as my husband was clearing leaves.  Who knows where she’d been in her three-day absence, but we were very happy to see her back in the run. 

The following day, I dubiously let them out again, but at chuck-bed time there were, yet again, only eight hens in the gypsy caravan.  This time, our escapee was located in….the third compartment of the compost bins!

So, for the moment, they are staying in the run…  Sorry girls, but it’s for your own good.

Lost another chicken.  I don’t mean in the euphemistic sense of ‘lost’ as in it died – I mean lost.  It was there on Saturday morning when I let them out, but somewhere during the day it disappeared.  At hen-bedtime, there were only eight chucks in the gypsy caravan.  We’ve been out looking for signs of carnage – a mass of feathers, or whatever – but no sign of a distressing end.  Has she been hen-napped?  Or did she make a break for freedom?  I guess we’ll never know.

The remaining hens seem a little subdued, poor girls.  And I’m anxious about letting them out now, so they’re still in their run at the moment.  As I’ve mentioned before in a previous post, it’s a tough call – safety or freedom.  If they could choose, which would they prefer?