What will the Spice Girls make of Dillon?
I was wondering what the Spice Girls (our newly arrived ex-battery hens) would make of Dillon – our Dorking cockerel – he’s grown into a really fine specimen. He was a bit small when he arrived and I wasn’t sure if he would grow to full size, but, as you can see, he has. I put an ad on www.preloved.co.uk when I lost my last cockerel and a very kind family from Kent donated him. A friend of theirs was visiting family in Cheshire and she offered to deliver him. We met at Audlem (which is how I came to write about Audlem for Today’s Treasures). It was a baking hot day and she was worried he might get too hot – she was also worried that he might crow all the way there but he was really good and arrived safely. I racked my brains of a way to say thank you – then spied the pumpkins – and thought they might be a good idea (it was September) so swapped Dillon for two pumpkins – one for Dillon’s taxi driver and one for his previous owner.
The Spice Girls have settled in – and are laying eggs! But (as I was warned) have stayed pretty much in their little pen. However, I went out at lunchtime to see how they were getting on and Ginger was ‘gingerly’ exploring the hen house, carefully negotiating around obstacles and looking curiously at the food trough full of corn. Head on one side she studied everything cautiously. Then Doris came in with Dillon to see what I was doing and if there were any titbits. Amazingly they ignored Ginger – even Dillon – who usually jumps on everything that moves – it was like Ginger belonged to a different species – or was invisible. Ginger ignored them too. So I guess it will be a while before they realise they are all chickens and then there will be a bit of a scrap until they have sorted out the pecking order – and the Spice Girls will eventually find out that Dillon’s a cockerel!