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Bloomin' Hens

28 March 2011 23:43:47
Bloomin' Hens

Bloomin' Hens

Our hens escaped today (by burrowing rather than flying - they think they're rodents!) and made a big mess with the border around the stone circle.

Gallons of bark chip ended up on the stone and took some time to clean up. But besides that, the little angels dug up all the miniature campanula I had planted to grow in the cracks around the stone circle!

Do they not realise how easily chicken could be on the menu instead of eggs?

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HeadGardener HeadGardener 28 March 2011 23:46:56

Easy solution there Rachel just call Mr Tweedy she has a machine to sort those hens out :-) 

Sallykinos Sallykinos 28 March 2011 23:52:48

Aw! They can't help thinking the grass is greener on the other side.  Bet they thoroughly enjoyed themselves.  they look like right characters.  I love chickens they are so tasty.

Mart Mart 29 March 2011 00:10:06


Give them one more chance.......'till Easter at least !!!

chilipepper chilipepper 29 March 2011 00:55:17

Very healthy looking hens Rachel, great to see, well done

Jacinta D Jacinta D 29 March 2011 06:10:15

Ha ha that one in the middle has an expression on his/her face just like a bold child! 

"Freedom! "

Myrtle Myrtle 29 March 2011 07:55:06

Like Jacinta's remark! Ladies of character! but very annoying !

fran m fran m 29 March 2011 08:11:32

Show them a roasting tray,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,that should work ;-))

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 March 2011 08:28:24

I have found that the hybrid hens, like yours above, never did too much damage but I have two Jersey Giants, hatched and raised here, not at full size and they can dig an a frightening rate. To date I have left the hens ramble around the garden but I am going to build run to contain them in the next few days.


Hoeys Hoeys 29 March 2011 08:37:18

nooo. don't cook them. they are lovely. but i know how you feel they can do a lot damage with the bulbs and small plants.

Gracedieu Lass Gracedieu Lass 29 March 2011 08:53:30

I have one bed which has a large selection of snowdrops and I covered this in leafmould last autumn. The hens absolutely adored the leafmould and it became the first place they headed for whenever they got a chance and that really annoyed me to see the snowdrops being scratched so regularly.

Soon, their freedom will be severely curtailed and my snowdrops will be safer.


Lìga Lìga 29 March 2011 09:58:03


Periwinkle Periwinkle 29 March 2011 11:07:06

A love/hate relationship, huh?

Cloncaw Cloncaw 29 March 2011 11:25:52

Like my pups at the moment love hate relationship as Perwinkle says.

Rachel Rachel 29 March 2011 11:27:15

Those hens are not flavour of the month with me. So they better watch out otherwise they will be 'flavour of the month'!

Actually, it's been a miserable winter for them. You can tell how they are enjoying getting out and about.

Dave, they are very healthy considering the hardship of winter. One of the hens was poorly when we got her but she has made a full recovery (although blind in one eye) and now is a good weight and lays most days.


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