Sunday, 27 May 2012

Welcome to the Nut House!

Yesterday we picked up the girls! Things don't always go to plan though and instead of coming home with two, we've now got three chickens! We drove to Moira to pick them up from Nut House Hen Rescue and brought them home to meet their furry sister Mary. Mary doesn't know what to make of them, intrigued, a little scared even, but doesn't seem to mind too much, then there's the matter of a certain Seymour, we may have finally found something he's scared of! We sat yesterday for ages just watching them, making chicken noises (us) and getting to know there personalities...Let me tell you about them, Betty seems to be the motherhen, she's the one to show the other two the ways of the coop, she's cool, calm and collected and has the most feathers, then there's Ethel, quite nervy but has been sticking to Betty for guidance, she's lost a few features in her troubled life but hopefully they'll grow back soon and finally Beryl, the renegade, the naughty one! She seems highly strung, she's been bullying the other two but Betty won't be standing for it! And boy does she love to eat! Maybe she's comfort eating due to stress, I'm not too sure, but I'm hoping she'll calm down soon! Definitely a learning curve, but a fun one!
 "Saving one hen may not change the world, but it will change the world for that one hen"
The girls

Like Christmas morning! Two eggs! One with a hard shell one with a squishy one! It makes getting up in the morning even more eggciting (Sorry)
The glamorous Ethel, enjoying a peck of fresh rocket
Beautiful Betty!

Unfortunately Beryl wouldn't stand still for a picture! it's extremely difficult to take a good picture of hens!

We've just put the girls to bed, so it's all quiet on the city farm, so it's night night from me and a buckaaahh buck buck from them xx
Hope you've all had a lovely day, and have a great week xx


  1. Linda,
    I love this post! Good for you girl..rescue is the way to go. Okay, you have to get oyster shell chips to mix with their food to harden up their eggs! But how exciting to get eggs right away! Yea!
    I put up a chicken post today too, let me know what you think!
    PS - Your girls are SO cute!

    1. Thanks Crystal! and any chicken advice is definitely needed! I'll head over to yours and check out your chicken post!

  2. Linda,

    Congratulations on your new brood. They are pretty happy if they laid straight away. The poor wretched little things, you will be amazed at how fabulous they will look after a little love and attention. Mixing grit in with the food will get rid of the soft shell. It wouldn't have been a 'bad' egg, just not quite packaged correctly. I would aslo advise that you cover your veg beds, or they will eat and scratch it all up. Well done you for giving them a nice life. They are going to really love you for it.

  3. oh they are so lovely! we only got our chickens a few months ago and it has been so exciting! fresh eggs are the best thing ever :)

    Kel x


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