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Happy Hens-2

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Yesterday I shared briefly about my happy hens.  They each have their own unique character and I could spend hours watching them interact, chasing bugs and having communal dust baths.  In this picture they are looking for insects and other tasty bugs in my flower border.  Needless to say they do cause some 're-arrangement' to my flower borders!

My journey with chickens started 5 years ago when I first introduced them to the school where I work.  I visited a local farmer who kept hens on a large scale and bought my first five birds from him.  The girls loved their new up market lodgings!

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Over the last few years I've had a selection of different breeds and 'heinz 57' chickens when I purchased 'pic and mix' hatching eggs.  For a while I had a gang of silkies who made wonderful mothers and would hatch and care for their chicks regardless of breed.  The chicken run above (now somewhat well used) was purchased from 'Omlet' and is promoted as a fox-proof run.  There is a metal skirt around the edge of the run which prevents access to foxes - an important consideration in a rural setting.

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For the children at my school the biggest excitement is to check for baby chicks, closely followed by collecting freshly laid eggs.  This mother hen is in a red 'Omlet' chicken run, hence the red background.

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These chicks were hatched in an incubator at school which generated huge interest across the school.  The chicks spent time in most of the classrooms where the children could find out more about hens and enjoy the sensation of handling young chicks.

I have sold hens and hatching eggs to help pay for the cost of keeping chickens but of course I'm not likely to be able to retire on this!

Working in education can be rewarding but the financial rewards don't always match the experience which is why I have joined the digital revolution and now enjoy being able to provide for my retirement through an online business.  This business only requires a laptop, internet connection and the determination to do the work to make a success of the business.

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