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A tale of Lucy the hen

If you read this blog regularly you’ll know that four years ago  I got three hens.  Here they are: I think they had just started laying  around the time I took this picture of them perching on this old tyre.

Our three hens, a bovans nera, amber star and ranger

All three hens, shortly after they arrived to live with us

As soon as they arrived, one of them immediately established herself as top hen and the most sociable of the three.  This is Lucy, an amber star (the white one).

Lucy wandering round the garden

Lucy wandering round the garden

She was cheeky and inquisitive and soon found her way into our affections.  She was never a very good egg layer but made up for it in friendliness and personality.  Sadly, Peggy (the little brown hen) died about a year ago but Prudence and Lucy carried on until a couple of weeks ago, when Lucy got ill and died.  She was a good age – 4 .5 years is pretty old for hybrids who are bred to produce eggs and not for longevity and I think they had a nice life pottering round the garden and giving us eggs.

lucy looking in through the kitchen window

Lucy looking in through the kitchen window

While I was painting the wood slices, I decided to paint one as a tribute to Lucy.  I showed a photo of it to my eldest son who is in Australia on an extended backpacking trip and he asked if he could have it – until he realised that there’s no way a slice of wood would get through Australian customs.  So I scanned it and put it on Redbubble and arranged to have it sent to him as an art print. I was so touched that he wanted it, and I was going to finish it up and add more details but he said, no, I like the unfinished look to it…  While I was on Redbubble, I resurrected my shop there so this painting is available to buy there  now, as art prints or even as a cushion or a mug!



Hen book review

Here, at last, is the review of the hen book I was sent a few months ago! 

hen keeping book 

This is the cover of the book: Hen Keeping.  You will notice that the author has a very appropriate name!  The publishers, New Holland, have a series called Self-Sufficiency and this is one of them.  In fact, I just went to the category on their website and I think more titles have been added recently.  Natural Remedies and Foraging sound two interesting subjects to me, being a closet self sufficiency enthusiast! 

hen book review 

The book is quite small format, which I like, and very down to earth.  It was a very useful and straightforward guide for beginners to hen keeping like myself.  I liked it best of the out three books I’d reviewed.   It has sections on choosing your birds, housing, feeding, cleaning, all the things you need to know when starting out.  Together with the Omlet forum (the forum related to the Eglu, which is the henhouse I have), it gave me a very good start.

hen book review

The book is divided into two halves: The Basics, and then essentially a dictionary of poultry breeds, with pictures and a rundown of the characteristics of each, which are suitable for newcomers to henkeeping, etc.    All in all, a very useful little book.

Eggs galore!

Well, I’ve finally restarted blogging and feel a lot more enthusiasm for it.  Well, time will tell… I’ve also spent a lot of this afternoon learning to use the new menu navigation on WordPress and finally got it how I want it.

The hens arrived at the beginning of April and have definitely made their mark – on the slugs, on the borders in the garden, and now on the egg production!

Here they are when they first arrived:


This is Peggy.  She is a ranger. 


This is Prudence, a bovans nera, which is a cross between Rhode Island Red and Barred Plymouth Rock.  She has lovely markings.  She is also the most laid back and the peacemaker of the three. 


And this is Lucy.  She is an amber star.  They are all hybrid hens.   


They like perching on the garden bench.   Prudence was the first to start laying and now they’re giving us two or three eggs a day. 


This is the Very First Egg! 

I don’t seem to have any very recent photos of the hens but I’ll be writing a review of the hen book soon so I’ll put a few on here then.  Don’t worry though, I am doing textile stuff as well!!  Just not so much as I do seem to spend a lot of time sitting in the garden these days…

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