Wednesday, 13 May 2015

Hens.



We only have three Hens at the moment; Richard above, and the two lazy Maran Bimbos.

Richard lays a good sized egg every day, the Bimbos are still too young (I presume), even though they were sold to us as 'point of lay'.

Richard is almost a pet, she sits/shits by our feet, follows us around constantly, and behaves rather like a dog. She is a Hen with identity problems.


These are her eggs, and they're beauties.

Thank you Richard, your generosity will be rewarded in gastronomy heaven.



p.s. And here it is; Lady Magnon used three of Richard's eggs to make a 'light-as-air' sponge cake yesterday, with Gariguette Strawberries and thick cream. 

Oh boy.... Lead me to the confessional.



48 comments:

  1. Of all the things I miss from the farm, it's the hens I miss the most: not only the eggs but their entertainment value.

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    1. Richard is very amusing.... if a bit messy.

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  2. Beautiful eggs by Richard which helped you to ake a wonderful cake!

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  3. What a handsome hen Richard is.And *sigh* those eggs look yummy!

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    1. I don't think eggs get better than hers!

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  4. What happened to your flock of pretty "almost black" chooks ? Did they fall prey to a pesky varmint?

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    1. We bought 4, but 2 died. The two (Bimbos) that have survived look very healthy; thank goodness. Keeping Hens is not always easy.

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  5. Nothing beats fresh eggs. Even a week old they seem fresher than shop bought. Poached egg from one laidd that day clovered in salt and pepper is a particular favourite of mine!

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    1. Now you mention it, I might have one poached for lunch

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  6. Doesn't Richard get on with the other two - is that why he's free-ranging? You can't get better than fresh eggs straight from the nest and that cake, pretty darn gorgeous if you ask me.

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    1. She's a bit aggressive with them. I'm sure that time will tame her a bit, but for the moment we keep them apart.

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    2. Sorry that was meant for the poached egg comment above - my phone makes me look more foolish than I am in real life!

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  7. 4 bimbos became 2. Fox been around?

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    1. Disease. The grim reaper.

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    2. I like to see the knife. Thank you.

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  8. My previous hens were characters too. They even tried to climb into the dogs bed. They were forever trying to get into our house. Our current ones have not developed characters. Two lay well and our Sussex refuses to lay.
    Apparently 14,000 ex battery hens need rescuing in Sussex this week. Shame I don't have room

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    1. Yes, I heard about the great Sussex give-away. Take the Hens to the people who want them, rather than making the people go to them. Good idea.

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    1. It was really good; even Lady M was surprised.

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  10. Richard looks great on the green grass , did he share the cake, hmm yummy, with you ? Gariguette strawberries are the best no sugar needed but wipped ??.cream yes !

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    1. You're right, Gariguettes are the very best... and the aroma is wonderful too.

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    2. I'm surprised you didn't find them too sweet SARA.

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    3. I'm a sweet addict....but Garguette strawberries are natural " sweeties" Mrx. Rachel.

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    4. Yes even older girls. Lol

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  11. I wish i could have hens here. I like the egg cup, recently I was looking for eggs cup here and could not find in the shops. I wonder why.

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  12. We had poached eggs yesterday. My favourite way to eat them, though I do like dippy eggs too.
    Some hens have great characters don't they?

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  13. Splendid eggs. Well done that hen.

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  14. That sponge cake looks soooo good! And I like your little egg trivet.

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    1. Home made; it requires a piece of wood and a drill. Voila!

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  15. That cake looks seriously wicked. We have to buy our eggs but at least we can pick our own strawberries!

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    1. Ripe ones? Ours are only just in flower.

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    2. Oh yes, we've got a bumper crop this year. Just started picking them this week. Got some later ones too. Worth all the hard weeding last year.

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  16. I am surprised that you are eating something sweet, however, I can't imagine resisting a beautiful dessert like that.

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    1. I do have my weaknesses, it was irresistible.

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  18. What a lovely way for an egg to end up.

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  19. Nothing like fresh eggs. Now I want strawberry short-cake. :) Deb

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  20. well . . . . i need that recipe if you,ve got time between eating those lovely eggs. thanks

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    1. I believe it was a Mary Berry recipe..... her book has become Lady M's bible.

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  21. Her name is Richard and you wonder if she has an identity problem?

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    1. Not guilty; it was two of my small grandsons who named her!

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  22. Richard is lonely
    She needs another hen companion..........three hens not good ...as two often bond together
    Hey ho

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    1. I think she quite likes the other two, she just wants to boss them around.

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