A very sad day for Team Pugh, Paul the Chicken has passed on :(. Paul lived a very happy little life, we reared her from a little chick, and she outlived her little chick buddies by quite some time, loved scratting around for food and giving herself soil baths in the borders.
Now as you will know Paul’s egg supply has somewhat declined of late and so in terms of food production Paul’s loss will not be too acute, however we will certainly miss her rather quizzical looks and Ian will miss her pecking at his toes when he is stupid enough to go into the pen with just his flip flops on (as in on his feet, he is always fully clothed when outside, thankfully).
What with Paul’s passing and Barry also giving up on the egg production (she is at least 7 so we don’t think badly of her) we are left with just Kevin popping out eggs for us, at the rate of about 4-5 a week, not enough to sustain a family that loves cakes, baked treats and not to mention plain old eggs.
Therefore we really must get around to getting some more – we did have a look at buying some from a chickenmonger (if that is not the correct term it should be) and whilst they had some very beautiful varieties we feel that we really should get some more hens from the British Hens Welfare Trust, who purchase chickens from farmers who have fulfilled their useful commercial laying life and are destined to be made into cat food. Rescue hens are still very productive and hardy, and it is great to see them come alive in their new surroundings and see their coats and combs flourish and fill out. So…….. We have had a check out when our local centre will next have some available for adoption and we have found that there will be some we can get on 18th May! Amazing! Lonely little Kevin and Barry will soon have some companions, in the mean time they can make the most not having to fight so much over the best bits of food………..