Sunday, 29 September 2013

September in the Chicken Coop

This month in the chicken coop the hens have been....

...enjoying windfall apples by the beak-full. They love anything sweet and have been delighted this month to find such large quantities of treats just landing at their feet. I'm not sure how many apples they got through, but it certainly inspired us to go and pick all the ripe fruit every few days!


...moulting. I know I said Fizzy was last month, but she's made a pretty poor show of it compared to Pepper who has been looking decidedly scruffy for the last few weeks.

Refusing to pose for photos!
...dodging the neighbourhood pets. We were eating breakfast in the conservatory last week and there was a sudden kerfuffle outside. Often this is just a case of someone reasserting the pecking order, but to our horror we saw our hens scattering in all directions as a cat made an attempt to grab one. The hens were far too quick, and Joe soon saw off the cat, but this is the first time we've seen a cat brave enough to do this - normally they steer well clear of them as our larger hens can be quite assertive.

Until now our garden has seemed remarkably predator free, leaving us with a rather blasé approach to our hens security, but time has come to reassess. They won't like it, but I think we'll be going back to only giving them freedom of the garden while we're at home to keep an eye on things. We'll just have to put up with their indignant clucks!

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  1. Yikes. I hope the cat stays away. Sounds like a good plan to keep them safe.

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    1. If only we could stop them squawking at us to be let out!

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  2. Oh my, bad kitty. Our woods are full of cats and some are as big as dogs. I have seen what they do to the poor squirrels and it isn't pretty. On the other hand my house cats are more than terrified of my parrot. She has nipped an ear or two and that is all it took.

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    1. Most cats do seem rather wary of our hens. Pepper and Lemon are rather large and intimidating - but apparently one has gained some courage!

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  3. My mother used to squirt the local cats with a super soaker, which seemed to deter the cats. Well, she said it worked but I wonder if she just enjoyed an excuse to use the grandchildren's water pistols.

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    1. That does sound like a fun solution - in particular I can see Joe taking great relish in seeing them scarper!

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  4. I wouldn't have thought that cats would bother hens, it just goes to show that you can't be too careful.

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    1. Indeed. One lesson well learnt I think, we'd become far too relaxed.

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