It’s raining again …

… but the forecast for Friday is dry. However, DH is expecting to go into town on Friday, too … so I’m not too sure how much we’ll get done on The Moppet House.

They are OK in with the ex-batts, they’ve learned to take avoiding action as necessary, but the ex-batts are still fairly vicious with their discipline if a Moppet strays over the line. And although our egg numbers are good, we would still like to get a couple of other hens sometime soon. So giving The Moppets their own space seems the ideal solution. DH is still not keen on the little dears – he’d rather have a proper sized hen. But I’m enjoying the eggs. I wouldn’t particularly want more ‘true bantams’ – they weren’t our choice and I prefer the chutzpah of the ex-batts – but I think I might enjoy a diminutive Sussex for example. Perhaps one day. For now we have enough to be going on with :rolleyes:

Bantams have a reputation for going broody at the drop of … well, an egg! So far, removing the egg/s makes them give up for the day. However, they are still determined. This morning I found two hens in the next box … an ex-batt laying, and a bantam waiting right by her side to snaffle the egg the moment the layer moved :o

Bantam eggs are delightful for being so small and perfect – but they are useful as well as cute. I often need an eggwash for bread or scones and a large egg (our ex-batt eggs aren’t simply large, they’re enormous!) often means some gets wasted. A bantam egg is ideal. It’s useful too if you want to halve a recipe that needs just one normal sized egg. And I’m really looking forward to making Scotch eggs with the bantam eggs, for a picnic at the weekend!

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  1. Glad they are settling in, mine are laying again now , neighbours say the foxes and pinemartins are busy though, so I must remember to shut them up promptly at night.

  2. Loving reading your blog. I recently moved to a house with a garden and nurtured an idea of getting an eglu and a couple of hens with feathery feet….until I moved in, that is and realised the place is a hot bed of urban foxes. So I hope you wont mind me following your exploits vicariously…!

    • The Eglu is fox proof … and even in a small garden you might be able to make space for a short length of electric fence? I’d be sad to think you want to keep hens but can’t 😦

      My hen sitter is such a blessing because she too would like to keep hens herself, but her husband isn’t too keen, so she shares mine. But you can’t cuddle a hen over the internet …

      • Thank you so much for your reply, and you are right the internet is rubbish for cuddling a hen! I never thought about an electric fence but wonder if my cats would run into bother with it. They only get out when I am in the garden so I dont think they’d be an issue for hens with a bit of care and thought. My previous pets were a cat and a budgie and both were well loved and kept safe so birds and cats are do-able I think. I might just have to wait till I get my retirement place in the Peak District to indulge my desire to have a new-laid egg for brekkie from one of my feathered frends. Till then I’ll be avidly following yours, even if I cant get a cuddle of one.


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