Chick, chick, chicken.. lay a little egg for me

Our new arrivals: Lutikka – the beautiful black hen very kindly given to us by some of our campers. We’ve learnt that you should never introduce just one hen to a group… they are cruel! Think “hen pecked”, “pecking order”…. all friends now but it took a good few days before they let her out of the house.

Then a couple of weeks ago, a family in Wookey gave us their 4 hens and 2 ducks as they are moving away. We built a new pen for them but as you can see one of the white ones thought she’d go off for a day trip…. in come the scissors to clip the wings. Sorry hen but there are far too many dogs and foxes lurking about! The ducks are a bit camera shy so its very hard to get a good picture of them. They’re great fun to watch waddling about the pen and dipping in the little duck pond.

Egg laying – so you may think that with 10 hens we’d be over-flowing with eggs? Well not quite – they all decided to go off laying. Apparently its perfectly normal at this time of year – they’re just doing their autumn moult thing. I’m getting 3 or 4 a day now so hopefully they are getting back on track.

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  1. I am not an expert, but I do beievle chickens cry. I have a rooster who loved his hens in more than just the normal rooster ways. He pecked severely at my son and so was confined where he could still see the hens and get sunshine but could in no way escape. He would sit there and make the saddest sounds ever. He still does from time to time but has accepted his fate and seems happier now. My marans was hurt and she had to be separated so that she would not be harmed while healing. She would cry alone in the coop and the other hens and roosters would come over and do the same. How cool that you are so in touch with your hen’s feelings.

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