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What does hens actually mean
« on: July 21, 2015, 09:29:02 AM »

I know s12. 1950 allotment act says about keeping hens and rabbits on allotments.

What does hens actually mean?

Someone on one of the FB groups says he's being stopped from keeping quails cos they're not hens. But his argument is that they are 'hens'...

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Re: What does hens actually mean
« Reply #1 on: July 21, 2015, 09:49:40 AM »

"Hens" are the egg laying female of any bird you use for it's eggs. I suppose you have to draw the line with species - otherwise you might find someone who wants to keep ostrich 'hens' on their plot! However I think section 12 of the 1950 Allotments Act is badly worded as it does not specify chicken hens as the only bird you can keep. I believe that it should have been drafted in a more specific way (probably drawn up by a 'townie' lawyer who did not understand the differences in the wording). Many people mistakenly call all chickens 'hens', wheras it actually means the female of a bird. I know that cockrels are prohibited on some sites and they use the terminology in the 1950 act to empower that rule. Quail 'hens' are a case in point - I would argue that as quail eggs are laid by quail 'hens' and they are accepted as a popular culinary source of eggs then I'm sure that the legal interpretation of the 1950 act would automatically cover quail hens. It's really a case of common sense - a rare commodity these days!
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Re: What does hens actually mean
« Reply #2 on: July 21, 2015, 10:45:27 AM »

I'd only got as far as peacocks( peahens) in my size scale, but you're right, in theory, ostritches are also hens.

Now that'd give them something to really make them look twice!
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Re: What does hens actually mean
« Reply #3 on: July 21, 2015, 11:04:13 AM »

 lol(1) Did you know that one ostrich egg is enough for about 15 peoples breakfast. When I went to South Africa in 2010 we went to an ostrich farm and we had breakfast there. I have become quite a fan of ostrich meat, I have it once a month.
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Re: What does hens actually mean
« Reply #4 on: July 21, 2015, 11:16:51 AM »

Do you just dip a whole bagette in the top if you're having a dippy egg? :)
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Re: What does hens actually mean
« Reply #5 on: July 21, 2015, 07:40:24 PM »

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Do you just dip a whole bagette in the top if you're having a dippy egg? :)

 ROL :-))
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