This morning I went to see the chickens after taking Kane to school...
...I was rather pensive as the holding pen is an unknown as far as safety from Mr Fox is concerned.
As I walked up to the run from the veggy plot, I noticed something strange...
...one of the chickens didn't have a chicken wire pattern on it.
It was a few seconds before my brain put two and two together and realised that the hen was actually OUTSIDE the run!
I hastily unlocked the gate and ushered her inside...PHEW! I thought, and I suddenly couldn't see the other four... my mind raced as the worst situation possible came into my mind - Mr Fox must have taken them...
... it was only after I looked round the back of the coop that I found the other ladies...PHEW! I thought for the second time.
We went to a fairly local big supermarket and decided to pop home to eat a spot of lunch, then the idea was for me to go back down the new place and put the netting over the top of the holding run so no more could escape.
It was weird, I looked at the runs, and could have sworn that there was more in one run than I had previously thought.
Indeed there was - one of the new ladies had done something so clever that I now don't think chickens are so stupid after all.
What this hen had done, was to jump up onto the old coop, walk along the apex, jump onto the netting over the main run, then she had walked over the netting (the holes are just over 1" square) and managed to fall down a hole right by a corner!!
I put the one I thought was new, but unfortunately i made a mix up and put the 'leader' of the new ladies in with the old lot.
Why I say unfortunately is because the leader of the new ladies didn't only get angry at Rhydian the cockrel, she absolutely kicked his behind into next week!
It was like looking at a spitting cobra - her feathers all around her head and neck exploded into action, making her look very scary (even to me!) and she made short work of getting Rhydian... he was cowering and running away from her she was so viscious!
I managed to get her away from Rhydian and into the holding run - but BOY was she miffed!
Later that afternoon I managed to cover most of the run with the netting, but one hen still tried to get up on the top of the coop again.
A very strange day.