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orangecrush said: The ladies were in the hen [dog] house lately as they managed to get through my netting and ate ALL my kale plants! They had a good go at the rhubarb too and then once they'd trashed the veg bed they broke though the netting to the herb bed too... they ate an entire dill plant, then the apple mint seemed to be their favourite, maybe we will get minty eggs?! My son is getting to be quite the hen keeper and he's just turned 2. He wants to go and give the chicks a snack before bed, and put them in their coop every night. Every morning before nursery he says we have to water the chicks (he means give them water, not pour it on them haha) and he asks if there are any leaves (I feed them my bolted radish seedlings as they appear). Then we check of eggs and he goes off to nursery! It's so great seeing him interested in their lives. He's much kinder to the chickens than he is to the poor cats...
Cheery_Daff said: Much nonsense last night - the old ladies had gone to bed, I was in the chicken run on a video call to a friend, but we talked a bit too loudly and Rusty got back out of bed... She chased the new ladies - and Chippy ran to me (for safety I assume) and flew up and sat on my head! It was SO funny My friend was laughing and laughing, and so was I, until Rusty ran at the other two, and one of them tried to join Chippy on my head, and there was a lot of flapping and scratching and squarking and getting feet stuck in my hair, and eventually I tipped them all off, abandoned my phone call, shut the older ones in the hen house with the door shut, and left the young ones in the run on their own. Went back later and found the new ladies all huddled up on top of the hen house together, very cute. They were right above the door (which I'd shut, to stop the old ones coming out and harrassing them again), so I'm hopeful that they might be learning where to go to bed... Going to do better supervision tonight and sit there as the old ones go to bed, and see if the new ones follow... We'll see... They were certainly a lot easier to catch once they'd already gone drowsy!
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