On the other side …

The grass is lush and fairly robust now …


It’s not full of weeds … that’s part of the grass seed mix specifically designed for hens! And they love it …

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Bertha is still in full moult, so is feeling vulnerable and is temporarily at the bottom of the pecking order, so she often stays near me for security, knowing the other girls won’t come too close if I’m there. Along with Babs  – who is also towards the bottom of the hen hierarchy – and Milly who is the lowest hen of the A Team, Bertha keeps close wherever I go, grass or woodchip.

I won’t leave them on the grass for too long … it wouldn’t last. And I haven’t yet worked out how to move the fencing so they can have access to the section under the fig tree, but I must soon find a way to rotate the ground so they can have fresh grazing from time to time without going over old ground. They would soon scratch it up if they had constant access.

But for now, the grass is greenest on their side of the fence!

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