The good times

A warm, sunny and almost dry day …


I’m not sure you can make them all out, but there are five, yes five, bantams in the nest boxes … in this heat!

I’ve been keeping the Vicarage Girls in the Hen Run most of the time … not only because we’ve been out, but also to impress on them that the Run is ‘home’. But I had some kitchen peelings for the compost, and it’s been a lovely day, so I let them out onto the grass after lunch …


One of the girls flies over the side of the composter to get there first! I may have to rethink my fencing arrangements …

After the initial rush to get to the best bits, the girls run off to hide their prizes to be eaten in peace, alone. So there’s a lot of coming and going …


Molly wastes a lot of time trying to see what everyone else has found, and chasing them around the Hen Garden if they try to hide a tit-bit from her!


After a while, she is left in sole possession of the composter while the others take their goodies away from her beady gaze …


There are still a few lettuce leaves to be had!

eta – when two of the B Team flew out of the composter to come and greet me I decided enough was enough and clipped their wings!

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