Frugal Family

Meet Our Chickens

We have wanted chickens for a long time, and a few days ago we finally took the plunge.

As a kid, my nan always spoke of keeping hens and my husband attended a working farm school when he was in education. Up until we moved into our new home, keeping chickens was not an option (we didn’t think our landlord would be as keen as us on the whole idea), but now we can freely keep our own hens we decided to go for it.

I stumbled across a selling page on Facebook and a local lady was advertising the chickens and coop for a very, very cheeep (geddit?!) price. I couldn’t just let the opportunity pass. For frugal reasons we always wanted our hens to cost a low start-up price, so that the efficiency of receiving eggs was worth it I the long run. I also want our daughters to grow up understanding basic animal husbandry, because I believe hat not many children these days truly understand where their food comes from, and if they do, I can only assume many only know a world of mass produced, low quality food that is no longer connected to the land and the respect of how much time, love and energy goes into producing proper quality food. Chickens are an amazing and easy to keep animal that helps children learn just how fun and simple producing eggs can be. You feed a hen and give them some love, and in return they deliver us with their goods.

Of course, eggs are not vegan. And since I have been living a vegan lifestyle I have avoided shop bought eggs. I don’t know the welfare of the laying hens, and I query how free-range, they supposedly are. And don’t even get me started on the subject of caged hens! But, eating the eggs from my own hens I view differently. I know my girls are happy. They are fed a good quality range of food, they are free to roam the garden and most importantly they are happy. My girls are loving finding fresh eggs every day, and the eggs taste delicious.

So, everybody, we have Barbara and Margo, named perfectly after the leading ladies in TV sitcom The Good Life.

the newhouse hens


Hazel Newhouse

Hazel is a mum to 3 daughters and a son, she lives in Bedfordshire with her husband, kids and pets. Hazel has written for various publications, and regularly works alongside popular parenting and gardening brands.

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