The ex-bats have all settled in well now, and run around the orchard quite happily. Now when I go to feed the ducks and chickens instead of having just four hens around me, and the seven ducks and the cockerel hanging back five or six feet, I now have twenty-four hens mobbing me! It’s meant that I have to step rather carefully as they get under my boots, and squawk rather loudly if I catch their feet. Also on occasion one of the hens will ride part of the way by standing on one of my wellies as I walk forward!
It’s great to see them all so happy though, and they’re definitely starting to re-feather. We’re barely getting an egg a day from them at the moment, but I have hopes they’ll soon be giving us a little more. When they do I’ll test them against the eggs from the old hens to see if they’re truly free range now!
The chickens mob me:
While the ducks look on: