Saturday, 28 August 2010


So this one has nothing to do with photography.  This one's all about chickens!  We have 4.  We used to have 2.  Then we had 1.  Now we have 4...

We started off last September with 2 rescue chickens.  We called them Zinger and Nugget which we though was hilarious (and still do!)  We got them via a friend from the British Hen Welfare Trust.  I've never really been big on animal rights.  Don't get me wrong, I'm not for it, I've just never really thought about it.  But these 2 arrived skinny, pale and with only half their feathers.  It's disgusting.

We put them in their new house on the lawn.  The lawn was quickly destroyed!  So we built them a new run which was much better for them (and the garden).  We would let them out to roam the garden and let them dig up the beds and have a mud bath wherever they wanted.  And they saw snow for the first time!  Until one day, in broad daylight a fox took Nugget.  Didn't eat her, just killed her and dropped her in our neighbours' garden.

So we were down to 1 poor little lonely chicken.  She didn't really know what to do with herself.  Until April when we got 3 more!  Then I think she would have quite like to be back on her own again.  Tilly, Rosey and Poppy arrived (again from the BHWT) and peace was shattered!  Tilly soon established herself as head chicken and Zinger had to take a bit of a back seat.  They all get on OK though.

I could go on for days but I won't.  Instead I'll just say go and get some chickens!  They're brilliant!  And if you can why not rescue some?  Anything you have to offer has to be better than a battery cage with no room to stand and nothing to do all day but peck each other's feathers out...

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