The chicken or the egg

Which came first? Who knows? Who cares? Anyway, I’m not writing about the evolution of poultry but about keeping chickens. In the Sunday papers I read an interesting article about hen-keeping and posh plastic coops called the Eglu (a strange breeding between an Egg and Igloo by any chance?). Celebrities are snapping these up and at £360 – £700 for them I think they are the only ones. Having said that they do come with a pair of hens so no need to keep a pair of eggs warm until they hatch. I don’t know of anyone who keeps chickens but I imagine the traditional way of keeping them (chicken wire and a wooden coop) is a lot cheaper. Maybe the Eglu is for those who need the latest handbag or car.

The best thing about this particular article was that the supply for rescued hens from battery farms has a three-month waiting list. The Battery Hen Welfare Trust, has rescued and re-homed over 80,000 birds. That is such a nice thought – scrawny battery farmed hens getting a new life in a free-ranged environment. The idea of keeping hens sounds like an ideal way of having eggs on depend and giving hens an enjoyable life in my back garden but the local foxes would have a field day with them, either by getting in the coop and eating them or by scaring them to death. Also, I’ve never held a chicken so I’m not sure how I would react to them – my hamster once bit me so I kept him at arms-length after that. Poor thing but I did make it up by giving him lots of chocolate drops, which couldn’t have been too bad for him as he lasted for well over two years, albeit he did look more like a rat at his most chubbiest!

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1 Response to “The chicken or the egg”


  1. 1 Karen June 2, 2008 at 12:08 pm

    I enjoyed reading your blog entry. So many people are wanting to give battery hens a chance at life, and yes there are now waiting lists!. We have 6 ex battery hens, they are very affectionate considering what they have been through, and they are very easy to care for. Foxes are always going to be a problem, but with a bit of careful planning and being one step ahead you can keep hens in the garden.

    Please take a look at our website if you are interested. Many thanks


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