Today was scorchingly, stupidly hot, 34 degrees centigrade at lunchtime. When I let the laying hens out, they all ran straight under my horse trailer to dust bath and chill. Now the new ones, apart from Colin the Buff Orpington cockerel who's in with the laying hens, are in temporary accommodation in a large shed until their new hut is built. Now this shed has an openable window, but that's all for ventilation, so on welfare terms I opened the door and left it open.
Three hours later they still hadn't come out!
'I'm not looking. If I ignore it, it will go away'
'Don't look Elsie'
'Maybe you're right Mavis'
He's getting braver
'Hey Ladies, look out here'
'Now, how do I use this again?'
'On second thoughts'
'Right, come on, follow me'
'Look Mavis, I did it'
'Thats enough for one day'
He is darn handsome
Bless them, I am so impressed with them, really glad we bought them, AND, they all went back in the shed for bed, what clever little chickens they are.
Stats today -
Eggs produced = 14, including one from the Exchequer Leghorns girlies
1 & 1/2 dozen eggs £2.70
2 x bags Tomatoes £2.00