Many thanks for the gift! So sorry to hear about minnie, what bad luck. My Grandad used to keep hens and he always said that they" went into a decline really quickly". I'm sure the experience will arm you with a few pointers for the future-all the best wisdom comes from difficult times. Keep your pecker up(sorry!).
I'm glad you enjoyed Animal, Vegetable, Miracle. I don't foresee a lot of time for reading coming up. Maybe spring will come early this year... I'm already shuffling around the shed looking out my trsuty propagator to get those celeriac and tomatoes underway.