Roaming free

Now Charlie has the taste for the good life, she flies out of the Hen Garden and Moppet Pen whenever she wants … short of replacing the fencing, what can we do?!

When she’s in the Hen Garden, she simply flies over the fence. When in the Moppet Pen, she has a two-stage strategy … this morning, we watched her fly up onto the Moppet House and then out over the fence. We tried putting her back and she did it again. We put her back again, and then watched from the dining room window as she patiently climbed the climbing frame and jumped over the fence from there! Not only two stages, but two different two-stage routes … she is an intelligent hen who knows what she wants and knows how to get it!


The Moppets don’t seem to notice her once she’s in the air –
they clearly have no interest in copying her.

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