The Chicken or the Egg, the same old question only slightly different…..

Here at Clarendon, I do my best to give the guests local ingredients, and you can’t get more local than our own eggs from the chickens in the garden. Delicious!
For the past month, we have had a problem, and maybe someone out there has an acceptable solution to a tricky dilemma. We have 6 chickens: Snowy, Misty, Gladys (after Granny who lives with us), Henrietta hen, Pinot and Grigio. Now then, clearly we are fond of them, they’re not pets, but we’ve named them after all. But now 4 of them are old and aren’t laying eggs. The henhouse ideally sleeps 6. We can’t just buy 4 more because the house is too small. Do we do the unthinkable? I know what a Devon farmer would say, and I know what the cat would like to do. But could we seriously do away with Gladys?

Are there retirement homes out there for old hens? Can I put them on Preloved or Gumtree? Or should we build a henhouse extension? Or we could just buy eggs from Ullacombe Farm shop, just up the road, and let ours live out their days in Clarendon luxury?

Answers on a postcard please, and half a dozen eggs for the winner.