21 November 2016

Hen's nest woven from straw

"Woven out of plaited straw, this hen’s nest represents an object that was once commonly seen on Irish farms. Typically oaten straw was used to weave the objects, but on occasion wheat or barley straw was also employed. The nests were normally placed in a dark room/space, often in an outhouse, where the hens were more likely to lay their eggs. This particular example comes from Drumcliffe in Co. Sligo and now resides at the Museum of Country Life, near Castlebar, Co. Mayo."
Impressive craftsmanship.  Via Irish Archaeology

1 comment:

  1. I think my chickens are pretty spoiled, but no way am I weaving them a nest. I give them loose straw; they'll have to weave it themselves.


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