Saturday, 14 January 2017
A gale earlier this week blew open the gate on the chicken run, letting the hens out. The whole of the country is under poultry restrictions because of the bird flu outbreak. All birds have to be confined to an enclosure to stop them mixing with wild birds. We think our hens had been out for only a few minutes before we discovered the great escape. We spent a few minutes rounding them up. It was interesting to note that many of the hens, on getting out, had gone straight to their favourite dust bathing spots. So in the hen house I put in a box full of earth and watched as the chickens rapidly dived in for a dust bath.
Meanwhile, we have made the gate more secure.