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

Monday, June 27, 2016

Who Lives in a House Like This ?

Nope ! It's not the volunteer Nil. Lol @ Jules.

Broody Hen Number One has finally squeezed a chick out of an egg !

And we moved them into the Wendy house. They were making themselves vulnerable to foxes, crows, magpies, mink and whatever else, by fleeing the chicken run and wild camping.

The turquoise arrows are for your benefit or you possibly wouldn't spot the chick.

Thank goodness the broodiness is over for another year (or so we hope)

The other chooks are thinking what tasty bits did they get ?  The same as you, but you wolfed everything down in no time. Tssk.

Finally the Chicken Wendy House is in use.

Have a great week.
Patricia xxx...x


  1. It's always nice to have new life around the place ... especially if they can get to live in a posh Chicken Wendy House ;-)

    Fingers crossed it's a girl.

  2. How cute is the wendy house! And finally a chick. How exciting

  3. I know nothing about keeping chickens, but isn't it unusual to get just one chick? Don't they normally have a whole brood of 10 or 12?

    1. That would entirely depend on the amount of fertilized eggs they are sitting on.
      In this case she was first sitting on an empty nest of straw. Then one egg from the others got stolen by her, and a second, .... The first one got a head start in the hatching process.
      A broody hen will usually sit for an extra day or so after the first egg hatched. She'll leave the other eggs if they take too long and that's what happened here.

  4. Oh' so that which I thought was a trapped Blackbird fledgling is actually a hen chick eh ?

  5. It looks that house is the perfect place for chick rearing!


Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...