Update on The Spice Girls – our ex-batt hens
The bad news is that Cinnamon didn’t make it, she was struggling to stand up and eventually just gave up. The other three worked out how to hop out of their little pen and joined in scratching for bits in the hen house – keeping a wary eye out for the resident hens and keeping out of their way as much as possible.
Ginger has become very inquisitive and now she always hops out to meet me and follows me around, keeping close to my feet to avoid Doris and Fliss and Floss – the youngest hens. Here she is pecking at the grass – it’s the first time she’s seen snow and she’s missing half her feathers but she’s happy to be outside when I am around.
Although the young hens don’t like the Spice Girls and peck at them if they get too close, the older hens are quite kind to them. Ebony, the oldest, really doesn’t think a lot of Dillon and has always kept out of his way as much as possible. She has found the little pen a refuge and spends quite a lot of time in there with the Spice Girls.
Whilst the rest of the hens perch at night, the Spice Girls all go back into their little pen. I wonder if they will ever learn to sleep in the rafters. In the meantime, they’ve learned how to perch on the edge of their pen in order to get out, that sunflower seeds are a treat worth running over for and grass is edible.
This is Dillon with Doris – she is the biggest bossy boots in the hen house and definitely top of the pecking order.