When new hens arrive, they all stand still, hold their heads up high and keep still, sensing the new presence. One day I’ll be ready with the camera, but not this time. They are kept seperate for a week to become accustomed to each other, minimise competition for resources and establish their pecking order gently. Introducing hens in pairs is better.
None of these are rescue hens; they’re all heritage. We are experimenting with how many can be accommodated. By the way, City Council regulations allow 20 on a premises of 800 msq + (EF is on 802 msq)
Another lady to arrive recently is the beautiful Zoe, who loves gardening, caring for householders and generally pitching in wherever she can. We met through BrisLETS in September. Living at EF seemed ‘too good to be true’, she said, so within weeks, she was part of the household.
In September, our first Leghorns arrived because neighbours Glen and Kay asked for eggs, hence the name ‘Gay’ for one of them. We put them in the mix immediately – not knowing better – and the younger one got harrassed a lot, so she’s “Britney” – Leave Britney alone!!!! come the cries of Chris Crocker.