What a winter for the chooks! With the avian flu pandemic they were only allowed out of their covered runs this April, several months literally cooped up. This is how is should be, them running free below the orchard, scratching up over-wintered bugs, fertilising the ground and providing us with fresh eggs, in exchange for food, water and a safe home. The symbiotic relationship is certainly strained when they can’t forage as intended.
Still, they’re free now, and what a sight. In front of the green coop you can see Eric and his harem, the parent flock to the next generation of Marsh Daisy to live here at Merrybower.
And standing in front of their snazzy new grit feeder is Sidney and his ladies, son and daughters of Eric’s bunch, hatched last year. Sidney is actually off to a new home in Cornwall soon, but one of his brothers will step into his place.