Claire has been studying chicken books all week, and we went to the Rare Breeds thing at the Folk and Transport Museum at the weekend, coming away convinced that the mighty Arucana hen is the one for us. Specifically the lavender Arucana, which lays fantastic blue-green eggs.

Cue frantic hen-house building, so that we can get our new family members as soon as possible. Having spent the last week sorting out the Growing Connections hen tractor, I reckon I’ve come up with a winning design, and the frame is made….