La Chatte Gitane (or The Gypsy Cat) was the name we chose for our cottage in France at the time. We chose it while on the road, moving house the first time round, from Ireland to France with 2 dogs and 7 cats in the car.
This blog began its insignificant life as a recipe book for friends and family who would ask me repeatedly for a recipe of this, that and the other.
Since then it has taken many different directions, like we did and like gypsies tend to do. Sometimes making a U-turn and revisiting familiar roads and taking a break when necessary.
You'll find recipes here, but also musings about the places we've called home, the gardens that we've established, not always successfully, the homes we've improved and the environments we've lived in. Currently, after yet another stint in Ireland, we're back in France @ Le Mas d'Ayen

Friday, May 27, 2016

A Wendy House for Chooks

Broody hen Number Two has left the barn and her eggs behind for home. She really has had enough ! Scratching away with the others and no sign of broodiness anymore.
Broody hen Number One who came home a few days ago is still sitting on the nest, but in the coop, trying to hatch straw.
That leaves us with broody hen Number Three. She is still in the barn. But soon we will need that enclosure for 15 broilers, so madam will have to move again.

On Wednesday, I surfed the internet to see what's available in hen houses. We need something for broody blummin' hens and hopefully a chick or two.
Found something and ordered it. Today it was delivered, in flat pack.

Fragile, indeed. I don't think it would stand up to one winter storm. But...we can easily bring it into the barn once everything returns back to normal in the hen household.

We started assembling the Wendy house straight away. It looks like a doll's house next to the other one. 
Saturday evening, Number Three will have a new home near her other family. Fingers crossed it'll stand up to scrutiny.

Flappy is thinking of moving in.

Patricia xxx...x


  1. Well, I hope it proves to be durable enough. Some things like that are just too flimsy - planned lifetime:- approx. 3 months!

  2. It does look rather darling, but I agree a strong wind and whoosh it will be gone!

  3. Ah stop, guys. ;) It will live in the barn over the winter months. And autumn. And spring....
    We've placed it so that the prevailing winds can't touch it.
    Here's hoping. xxx...x

  4. Well it's pretty even if it isn't durable, although I think it might surprise you. I'm sure it will be fine, as you will be looking after it well. Your girls are so pretty, especially the grey one, which breed is she? x x

    1. Hi Gem,
      The grey one is a Bluebell hen. A hybrid of Rhode Island Red and a French Maran. xxx...x


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