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


12 November 2015

Mutinous Moulting Marigold & Rebellious Roosting

A more sensible Marigold.

Who wouldn't want to roost here???

Marigold is moulting and is suddenly rebelling against social roosting and sleeping solo!  Instead of roosting in her elevated penthouse (or should that be henthouse) with the rest of our mini flock, she is roosting alone and out in the open on the roof of their day shelter exposed to the elements.  With many fewer feathers than would be considered ideal for normal November temperatures, we have been sneaking down after dark and putting her up to roost with the others in the House for Hens.  This is met with much ingratitude, squawking and pecking! Now - why in the world would a moulting hen give up the safety, warmth and comfort and decide to start roosting out in the open??

Naturally, in these darker shorter days, egg production is down and with the loss of Henny Penny, we're down to about 1-2 per day.

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