The green and rolling countryside of Worcestershire, England, is home to the cider apple orchards which surround the gardens of Pear Tree Cottage. They enjoy a sunny south westerly aspect with sweeping views across to Martley Hillside, Woodbury and Abberley clock tower. The Teme Valley lies just over the hill and, not far away, is the Herefordshire border. Although our climate is temperate, our seasons are often uncertain and always a challenge to a gardener! This began in 2010 & follows the weekly ups and downs of garden work chronicling both successes and failures but, above all, demonstrates the fun enjoyed by three people who regularly garden in all weathers


7 July 2011

Beaks Breakouts & Broody Behaviour!

Lulu & Priscilla

I was going to start by saying that things are getting back to normal in the garden following our super successful Open Gardens Weekend.  However, things have been anything but normal for these two!  First off all, Priscilla became extremely broody and spending all her time in the nest box refusing to eat properly. Her days were spent continuously 'growling' at everything with feathers all fluffed up.  A possible diagnosis of being egg bound had been mooted but we won't make mention of that.  Suffice to say; a very careful medical examination revealed no presence of eggs - bound or otherwise!  After a couple of days in Ollie's dog crate (with no nesting facilities), she's now back to her usual happy self.  

Lulu had other ideas about her absent friend and decided that things weren't right.  A search party was needed and an escape plan was hatched (ahem!) .  First of all she flew between the upper bars on the gate.  After this escape route was obstructed with a panel of weld mesh and with much determination, she then flew right over the top and was found happily scratching around in the raspberry patch completely oblivious to all dangers that lurk nearby.  That left only one course of action.  Out came the kitchen scissors. We reluctantly but very carefully clipped her flight feathers.  The risk of her flying out and straight into the jaws of Monsieur Le Reynard is far too great - especially as he was seen again yesterday afternoon in the orchard - in broad daylight!

So far - so good.  No further escapes.  Of course, now she is reunited with her friend and access to the Hennery is restored, it could be that she no longer has reason to escape.  We'll probably never know why she did it having shown no previous inclinations whatsoever (sigh!)

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