The Laurels 18 Month Henniversary

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A milestone today as The Laurels reached 18 months with us! These were a group of 12 hens that we adopted in May 2017 and the remaining 3 hens from the group celebrated their achievement today. Every 6 months is marked and 18 months signifies the point where a hen will have spent the majority […]

The Laurels 1 Year Henniversary

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A milestone today as The Laurels reached 1 year with us. This is the group of 12 hens we re-homed in May 2017, named after Laurel, and a few weeks ago we were hopeful that all 12 would make it to this stage but sadly we lost 4 from this group recently, so today was […]

The Laurels 6 Month Henniversary

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A milestone today as The Laurels reached 6 months with us. These are the group of 12 hens we re-homed in May, named after Laurel, a very special hen who passed away at the end of last year. Whilst we’d like all of the hens we re-home to live a long life, the reality is […]

The Laurels at 4 Weeks

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We’ve had the Laurels for 4 weeks now and they’re settling in very well. Integration has gone smoothly – with a few squabbles, but nothing that we’re concerned about. Petal and Lupin are back with the group, and are separated for most of the day, but we put them in the coop at night, as […]

Moving Upstairs

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The last few days both groups of hens have free ranging together in the afternoon and evening, and have made their way to their respective coops to sleep. Whilst some of the new hens have explored the coop and run, they’ve always found their way (or been carried!) to their coop – until tonight! Miss […]

The Laurels – Day 9 and Integration Phase 3

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The Laurels are settling in well! They’re more trusting of humans, particularly if they come bearing treats, and are starting to venture towards us and eat from our hands. The time that both sets of hens have together has been slowly increasing, as there haven’t been any major incidents yet. In the past we’ve had […]

The Laurels – Integration Phase 2

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Both groups of hens have settled down now and the Laurels are becoming more used to us and we’ve started to let both groups spend some time together and moved onto the next stage of integration, where we let them free range together, but supervised. For the next few days, one group will have their […]

Names for The Laurels

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All the girls now have names and unique colourful jewellery! We left it until now so that we could try and match personalities to names, and even in the few days we’ve had this group, their individual characteristics are starting to emerge. We had a list of 10 names that we decided on prior to […]

The Laurels – Day 3

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Day 3 for the new girls, and they’re settling in well; they’re becoming slightly less nervous of humans, but still lots of wing flapping and squawking when I go near them! I try and spend as much time with them as I can, sitting on a chair close to them, walking around them slowly and […]

The Laurels – Day 2

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As is usual for a rehoming, I am awakened several times during the night, worrying about the hens, and this first night was no exception! I got up at 5:30am and went outside to see how their first night had been, thankfully they were all okay. I let them out into their temporary run and […]

The Laurels – Day 1

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We arrived home about 6:30pm with our 12 hens in the car, 12 hens that we decided would be named ‘The Laurels’, after Laurel, who we lost last November. Without intending to, we’ve started to give the group of hens we re-home a name, as well as the individual hen herself, and this is something […]