Broody Bantam Bundle

Not only do the four bantams continue to be broody … but the other two have decided to keep them company! This is the site that greets me most mornings …


… one hen in the cat box in the run, one hen in the right hand nest box, and four in the left! Just occasionally there might be three and two in the coop nest boxes, but the one outside has a box all to herself.

I’m not convinced it’s going to work, but we’ve started locking them out of the coop in the morning, and removing the cat box, so that they spend the day outdoors. By evening, they are queuing up to get back in … they will even ignore some corn thrown into the run in their rush to get a place in a nest box once the ramp is open again! One morning I came down to find (apparently) three in one and one in the other … only to realise the three were on top of the fourth who was completely buried … how did she breathe under there? :doh:


Once I throw them out, they gather around the feeder/drinker, chuntering all the while …


After a while, they settle down in the sun or to have a dustbath …


… before queuing up outside the coop. Once they realise they can’t get in, they settle down in twos and threes to wait out the day, but as soon as the sun goes round the garden, long before it begins to get dark, they start agitating to get inside and, so far, we’ve let them … I’m not sure that leaving them out all night will make a lot of difference while the weather is still mild?

On the other side of the garden path, the ex-batts are happy to be on grass for a time each day.


I’ve already moved them onto a fresh area – it doesn’t take much effort to move the fencing around. They don’t appear to be doing too much damage, so I’m hopeful we can let them onto the grass throughout the summer. If the weather is mild, there may even be sufficient growth for part of the winter, too.

We’re in and out of the house all day at the moment, so they don’t bother to rush together to the nearest corner to see what’s coming when I open the back door … they just set a lookout …



Actually, I think Bertha is simply trying to keep out of the way of the others … most of her feathers are through now, but she is still the butt of the pecking order. Belle wasn’t high enough up the order for her absence to necessitate much of a renegotiation, but Bertha is struggling to adjust to her new place in the hen hierarchy. I really don’t think she’ll be at the bottom for long once she’s fully recovered …




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