Tuesday, 8 April 2014
The wanderer returns
On Friday evening, we thought we had had another chicken setback. The one remaining chick from the batch of eggs hatched in January was taken over to join the flock on Wednesday. On Friday evening I could not find him (we think it is a cockerel). We searched and searched but came to the conclusion that something - a rat or a weasel - had caught him. It was a bit depressing, thinking that the whole exercise of hatching that batch of eggs had failed.
The next day I went to a local fair to run a stall and whilst I was there, I got a text from David: the chick had turned up. It had wandered some distance to the other side of the site and must have spent the night under the shed (where it has attempted to spend every night since, until I picked it up and put it in one of the henhouses.)
The chick is getting used to all the ducks and chickens around him. He spends most of his time next to the shed and haystack, a favourite place for the ducks to nap, as indeed they were when the photo above was taken.