Tuesday, January 15

chicken update

Sadly, last year dear Henny and Martina
had a close encounter with the fox.
We were so upset and for a while afterwards
 we didn't have any chooks.
Then a friend-of-a-friend
 phoned and said her two had stopped laying and would we like them
"otherwise I'll wring their necks".
Only one response to that - go get them QUICK!
Melaine has deformed feet but manages to strut about quite happily
and Mrs Browne is exceptionally bossy.
Both hens free-ranged in the lady's garden and frequently got caught
by her terrier dog, but she didn't think that had
anything to do with the fact they didn't lay!
Two days after they arrived we were presented with
a perfect, speckled brown egg.
Just before Christmas I collected Joan and Edie Warren
from the local battery house.
At 14 months old they were nearing the end of their commercial lifespan,
so another pair have escaped the chop!
They've settled in well, quickly learning their place in the pecking order
 and trying to avoid Mrs. Browne's very sharp beak!

Their feathers are gradually growing so hopefully by springtime
they'll be two plump girls with nice red combs that stand tall.
Unfortunately Joan lost a toenail and was quite lame
but after bathing her foot for a few days in warm saltwater and
treating with antibiotic spray she's back on form.
In the mean time I'm more than happy with a couple of eggs each day
throughout the winter, but I have no idea who is doing the laying!


Vintage Jane said...

They're lucky girls to have found you ... ! M x

Trixie@ the vintage bothy said...

what a lovely story.
T x

thriftwood said...

Aww, I love this story! We have had ex battery hens in the past (still have one left) and it's lovely to let them live out the rest of their days in peace ... An added bonus that you get the odd egg too! Happy days ...

Love Claire xxx

Hesta Nesta said...

What a happy ending, they can live out the remainder of their lives in luxury.
Jo xx

Sylvia said...

So glad those sweeties have a new nice and warm home, Elaine !
Nice day,

the vanilla squirrel said...

hurray you saved them and what a reward for your kind endeavours!..... Lovely story and gorgeous chooks

lettice leaf said...

Melaine might have deformed feet; more than made up for by her mighty fine feathery apparel.

'Strut your stuff lassie, with an outfit like that... no-one,
but NO ONE will notice your dodgy toes!'


Young at Heart said...

you're eggsactly what they needed!!

Winkel's Crazy Ideas said...

They sound like some very lucky ladies, lovely to see :-), Pam

Hen said...

What a great, uplifting story. Good on you.
Hen x

Su said...

Lucky hens. I don't have any myself but my neighbour does, along with ducks, so I often get fresh eggs left on my doorstep :-)

Annie said...

What a lovely story, they are beautiful girls and very lucky to have been rescued by you.
Ann x

Vintage Sheet Addict said...

I think they will have a good time with you! Well love chickens means lovely eggs! :) x

nilly said...

I have only two things on my bucket list: to keep a few chickens & to live in a house that's just a bit older than circa 1900.
You are so lucky!

Attic Clutter said...

wow lucky duckies(:)


Perhaps its a little personal and impertinent ...for you to ask who is laying.. just enjoy the eggs ;-)


KC'sCourt! said...

Lucky hens to have found and nice cosy home.
Julie xxxxxxx

Lazy Daisy Jones said...

Oh you are so kind and good to enable them to have some quality and extra life....good on you
d x

delia hornbook said...

aahhh thats warmed me right up this morning what a lovely story. you have a big heart of gold.They must be very happy and content to be laying :-) dee x

Sue said...

Those eggs look like Hyline eggs, so that will be your ex batts or Mrs Brown.

Melaine looks like a Bluebell so should give you slightly darker eggs.

All lovely girls and very lucky to have found a home with you.

I have just lost two little Lavender Pekins to Mr Fox but he was seen off by our large Light Sussex cockerel, Harold who is only slightly worse for wear. Now the geese are on guard until I can get everyone back behind the electric fence, they are not keen to go behind the fence as that was where the fox struck.

They've been extra-free ranging for the past few weeks due to the mud but now the fox has found them they need the fence back in action.

Sue xx

BadPenny said...

Bless them

Annie @ knitsofacto said...

I so wish we had the space for some chooks ... nothing better than eating a fresh boiled egg to the sound track of distant clucking. But sadly my chosen rescue animal is the whippet and with five I just wouldn't be able to keep dogs and chickens apart.

sandiart said...

Lambkins and chookie love, awwww!!!
xxx Sandi

Sylvia said...

Thanks for your lovely birthday wishes, Elaine, belated Happy Birthday to you :-)

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

What a nice way to say thank you with freshly laid eggs.

How are tha ladies finding the snow?

Purrfect Haven said...

... so glad you went right for it and took those lovely two in... (wring necks.. unthinkable)... .. it is always wonderful visiting you. Love Darcy, Bingley and Helen xxx

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