Beefree Designs Greetings Cards
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Beefree Designs Greetings Cards

We got a wonderful package in the post today - 12 greetings cards from the lovely Elaine Innes at Beefree Designs that she sent to us to sell to raise funds for the hens. The cards are beautiful, and we received the 'Roaming Free' series of 3 cards whose designs…

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Fly High Lupin
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Fly High Lupin

Today we said goodbye to Lupin. She was one of the group of 12 hens that we named 'The Laurels' that were re-homed in May 2017 and she had over 11 months with us. Lupin had a limp when she first arrived and spent her first few weeks indoors recuperating…

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Harebell, Jasmine and Lupin go to the Vet
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Harebell, Jasmine and Lupin go to the Vet

Lupin has gone downhill the last couple of days and Harebell and Jasmine were due a check-up after their visit to the vet a few weeks ago, so all 3 hens put their seatbelts on and we drove to the vets. Unfortunately Lupin's condition wasn't good. Despite medication for the…

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Fly High Lilac
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Fly High Lilac

Today we lost Lilac. She was one of the group of 12 hens that we named 'The Laurels' that were rehomed in May 2017 and she had over 11 months with us. My lasting memory of Lilac will be of a sweet little hen that, last summer, decided she wanted…

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Fly High Campion
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Fly High Campion

Today we lost Campion. She was one of the 11 hens that became 'The Petunias' that were re-homed in August 2017 and had just over 7 months with us. She was quite bald when she arrived but soon grew a lovely coat of feathers back and enjoyed the remainder of…

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Fly High Tulip
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Fly High Tulip

Today we said goodbye to Tulip. Despite treatment a week ago today the fluid had returned to her abdomen and we did the only kind thing we could for her, and took her to the vet to ease her suffering. She was one of the group of 12 hens that…

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Tess and Tulip go to the Vet
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Tess and Tulip go to the Vet

Just two hens this week that needed to see the vet – this time It's Tess and Tulip! Since rehoming, Tess has displayed strange behaviours with her eyes – she closes them a lot! Otherwise her demeanour is normal but what seems like every few minutes she closes her eyes,…

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Pip, Ruby & Willow’s 18 Month Henniversary
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Pip, Ruby & Willow’s 18 Month Henniversary

A sunny day today celebrating 1.5 years for Pip, Ruby and Willow's 18 month henniversary! This group, known as 'The Barn Girls' (as they came from a commercial barn rather than a caged environment) continue to thrive and have now passed the milestone of having spent more time with us…

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Fly High Lavender
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Fly High Lavender

Today we lost Lavender. She was one of the 7 hens that became 'The Hazels' that were re-homed in July 2017 and had just over 8 months with us. Lavender had a bad limp when she arrived but she overcame that and blossomed into a lovely hen that soon became…

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Blossom, Harebell, Jasmine and Orchid go to the Vet
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Blossom, Harebell, Jasmine and Orchid go to the Vet

A quadruple vet appointment today as some of the girls have been under the weather for a few days and we wanted to get them checked out. For Blossom, Harebell and Orchid, they have crops with fibrous material in them that has reduced, but not gone completely. Their demeanour is…

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Hazel’s 30th
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Hazel’s 30th

A celebration today as Hazel reached 30 months with us! We mark every 6 months and it's great that Hazel's enjoyed 2 and a half years here. The last member of the 'September 7' group she's outlived the rest of those hens by some margin and she's still one of…

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Happy Mother’s Day Ruby
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Happy Mother’s Day Ruby

Happy Mother's Day to Ruby today! Last summer Ruby informed us that she would like to be a mum and after deliberating what to do, we wanted to help Ruby do what nature was telling her, and so arrived Crystal, Pearl and Sapphire. Ruby spent weeks keeping them warm and…

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Tess Comes Out of Her Shell
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Tess Comes Out of Her Shell

Tess has grown in confidence over the last week or so and has changed from a hen that was petrified of the girls around her (except her best friend Gertrude!) to one that is fairly comfortable with the rest of the flock! She's still living in the coop with a…

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World Book Day 2018
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World Book Day 2018

It's World Book Day today and that prompted a memory from much warmer days - the adorable Laurel looking over my shoulder admiring the eggs on the cover of 'Fresh Eggs Daily'! Not quite short sleeved shirt weather today though as storm Emma paid a visit and brought with her…

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Escaping the Beast
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Escaping the Beast

The 'Beast from the East' has arrived - and the girls don't like it! Most of the hens are okay with winter conditions and have lovely thick coats to keep them warm, but those that were re-homed recently, or those that are not feeling 100% will benefit from a less…

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Tess Moves House
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Tess Moves House

Tess has decided that she's outgrown the broody coop and now wants to live in the bigger coop with some of the other girls! Over the last few days she's becoming more confident and not as scared of the other hens so we're going to try her in the coop…

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The Petunias 6 Month Henniversary
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The Petunias 6 Month Henniversary

Having re-homed several groups of hens last summer we're now enjoying henniversary parties every few weeks! This time it's The Petunias turn to celebrate as they mark 6 months with us. These were a group of 11 hens re-homed in August 2017, and sadly whilst Clover is no longer with…

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Campion, Peony and Ruby go to the Vet
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Campion, Peony and Ruby go to the Vet

After a recent health check I had a few concerns about Campion and Ruby and a current 'dirty knickers' issue with Peony meant a triple appointment at the vet today. I weigh the hens every 2 weeks and the last 3 weights for Campion and Ruby have been increasing steadily…

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