|Fiona, Cicely, Marigold & Winifred|
|Fiona emerging from the Hennery|
We haven't mentioned the girls for a few weeks and as they've been laying so well during these winter months, they deserve a mention. Their day shelter has been boarded up as a couple of them have been roosting in it instead of roosting their pole house. I'm not at all keen for 2 reasons. Firstly if anything ever did get in (ie Monsieur Le Reynard) they'd be sitting ducks and secondly, 4 chickens roosting all together will be much warmer than 2 during long and cold winter nights.
Chaos reigned the other day as one of the perches on which the nest box rests had become detached. Their nest box was overturned on the floor with hay everywhere and covered in droppings. One egg was outside on the wood chip and 2 more had been laid in the Hennery (their conservatory) house nest box. All four were looking most indignant at this break from their routine security! Remember these girls are the WORLD'S most spoilt . How lucky they are to be have such luxurious alternative accommodation! Today's treat was half a box of lawn clippings and a fresh apple on the fruit spikes. We do believe in a varied diet for our girls. As well as layers' pellets in their hopper, each morning their breakfast consists of layers' mash, meal worms and any household treats. As well as this, they have a couple of handfuls of mixed corn. If it's raining, they dine in their conservatory - I did say the world's most spoilt!!
NB The fruit spike was an idea I had and is made using 4" nails in a block of wood and screwed to one of the Henclosure posts. It's perfect for all types of fruit treats.