Psycho Hen

Don’t be fooled by the vacant, docile stare. Elspeth means business, and by business I mean sitting on eggs at any cost. She’s got three at the moment (none belonging to her) and she repeatedly shrieks like some prehistoric monster and bites my hand if I try to take them. Her butt is like a…

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Sophie

You may have seen her shadow, but I believe this is the first time you’ll have seen our Sophie. She’s our oldest cat — nearly eleven! She’s also our smallest, weighing in at just over five pounds. A permakitten.

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Sunny

Our daylight situation here is definitely improving. Today the sky was cloudless, and we had light until just after 6pm. Even the cats have noticed the difference. Sophie spent most of the day following the sun around the house.

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Fluttering By

What a week! In seven days I’ve 1) worked like a dog, 2) planned, purchased, and arranged the installation of a kitchen, 3) kept house (barely). March is shaping up to be one of the busiest months I’ve ever experienced. At least the weather should be warmer for a bit of hen watching in my…

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New Bantams

This gorgeous girl is a Dutch partridge bantam. We picked her up from a lovely breeder in the village next to ours today. We’ve named her Violet. We also brought home two of her ‘sisters’ — beautiful black Barbu d’Anvers Belgian bantams. These two are impossible to tell apart, so we’ve decided to call them…

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Thief!

When you bring home a new pet, you have no idea what bizarre behaviour they’re bringing along. Meg is a collector and will take anything that fits in her mouth. She’s hauled off guitar picks, pencils, and pens, but her favourite things to steal are cherry tomatoes from the kitchen counter. I have found ten…

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Olive

We have eight hens, all of different breeds. This is Olive. She’s a crested cream legbar which means she has a punk-rocker hairdo and a giant comb. It also means she’s a bit nervy and doesn’t like to be handled, but we forgive her because she lays the most beautiful blue eggs.

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Bike Inspection

In an attempt to get fit, I brought home a shiny new bike today. The towpath along the canal goes almost directly from my house to my work, so I plan to ride to work two or three times a week. New bikes need a good looking over to be sure they’re safe. Meg is…

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It’s Good to be King

It’s been a trying couple weeks — burst pipes (plural!), floods (plural again!), a broken dishwasher (!!!), and my taxes are due. I could easily become a giant stressball. Instead of freaking out, I’ll take a page from Logan’s book and just chill. Nothing bothers him, except being held down and smooched on top of…

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