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2015 – year of the pig

A flashback to a previous blog post, written in 2017, when I first thought about adopting animals. At this point, I did not have any guinea pigs or chickens. Now it’s hard to imagine Cosy Cottage without them!

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In 2015, I was all about the chickens. After seeing an article about ex-battery hens looking for homes, I could literally imagine them in my garden. My side garden wasn’t doing anything. It was just there, a spare piece of land filled mostly with stones or random plants, I knew not what they were. So that tiny plot was obviously waiting for my hens, right?

So I joined chicken internet forums, asked questions, made notes of the answers, bought books, became a regular visitor to Fulwood Library (great customer service, thanks Caroline and Chris!) read and researched, perused and contemplated. I saw images of poorly hens and dead roosters, articles on culling and roast chicken recipes, library book chapters on coops and breeds. My relatives told me about rats and smells and noise and neighbours who would report me for annoyances.

I attended jury service and bought a book one lunchtime from Oxfam about ultra-small smallholdings. Somehow during deliberation, among seriously talking about what verdict to reach, there was chat from jurors who knew people who had chickens. So many real people – that is people like me who had normal gardens, not acres – had them pottering about their patios.

For five months, I chatted about chickens.

In March, Simon asked me when I was getting them.

In May, he asked again. Had I got the garden ready for them yet?

Procrastination was in charge though.

I dithered because chickens seemed too ‘alien’ to me, too unusual. It felt like I would be giving farm animals a home rather than pets. I wasn’t a farmer. I shouldn’t have livestock.

And the pictures of poorly hens, queries about rats, criticism about smell… And then there was a case of bird flu not far from me! The last straw!)  ðŸ™

So I rehomed Loco and Bugsy (I did not choose those names!) instead. Not hens, but two guinea pigs who are very endearing and cheeky, and were residing in a pet shop’s Adoption Section.

Loco, the black and white guy, thinks with his stomach and is a first class beggar. Bugsy, the punky red head, can be a tad irritable and reclusive (not as much now he knows there’s food around so it’s worth getting out there to see what’s happening!)IMG_20170915_221432_BURST001_COVER.jpg IMG_20170915_221448_BURST003.jpgbut Loco is his best pal and he misses him when he’s not around.

I had guinea pigs as a child. I knew how to look after them. If you put in the time and effort, they’re pretty easy to care for.

2015 – the Year of the Guinea Pig. 🐹

Will there be a Year of the Hen? 🐔

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9 thoughts on “2015 – year of the pig

  1. I’ve never had guinea pigs before, but I had a white rabbit that was given to me after a visit to the farm of a great uncle when I was a child. I had “Scratch” for about two or three weeks and my mom made me keep him in a bushel basket so he would not hop away and be at large in the house. So I”d play with him at night and give him some exercise, but my mom said he should go back with his “kind” as he should have more space to play and be active during the day, so reluctantly we took him back.

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    1. I used to have rabbits as a child. They used to be seen as ‘easy’ pets to care for but it’s now recognised they need more care and space than it was once thought. I do sometimes think it would be lovely to have two free range rabbits hopping around the house and garden (apparently they can be house trained) but then I think about all the cables they might nibble!

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      1. I think now there are a lot more different types of rabbits that people keep too Mine was a white rabbit – now there are the floppy-eared rabbits which seem to be popular and their food is more complicated and extensive than what we gave to Scratch. Given the fact that I’ve had the phone company to the house twice in a year for chewed overhead cables, the rabbits would have a field day with internet and cable connections that are close to the ground. Cute, but destructive.

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