Wednesday, July 09, 2008

New member of the family

Welcome ... Georgie.
Our dear friends, who will shortly be on their way to live much further North (or North West to be precise), very kindly have given us this absolutely stunning, funny, full of character, hen - Georgie.

Must admit, the idea of having chickens kind of goes hand in hand with country living, but I was a bit dubious to start with as was P who loves his manicured lawn far too much to have it ruined by a pecking hen. However, in the very short space of time that we've had her, we've all fallen head over heels in love with her and can't wait to get her a mate.

A typical member of our family already, she loves food and will run up to us as soon as we venture out of the kitchen door. Reading up on hens on various websites (this one being my favourite), it seems this is actually the norm and that they can eat virtually anything (although not the onion or garlic that is growing in my veggie patch - it could make her ill. Luckily she hasn't, as yet, gone too close to them). However, she does like destroying the beautiful flowers that Katie enjoys planting in the garden. She doesn't eat them, she does pecks them off and throws them around the place - perhaps she thinks it makes the garden look prettier!

It took her just under a fortnight to start laying eggs for us and has so far produced one a day. Fabulously rich yolks in neat little packages! Yesterday she hadn't laid by the time we'd opened her run, but she certainly let us know that one was imminent with all the noise she was making.

Today, she has settled for an afternoon nap on our kitchen door mat. Must be feeling at home.



At 10:05 am, Blogger Hannah said...

Wow! How does Georgie get on with your cats?

At 12:22 pm, Blogger Elaine, Ellies Treasures said...

They tend to leave her alone Hannah, although the smaller white cat (who is a visitor) is quite playful and can chase her a little. We have loads of ducks just over the road and I've noticed all the local cats take a very wide berth near them - must be those beaks! Elle


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