The girls had a great day out on Monday. All 8 are doing well and we still get about 4 eggs a day during winter from the hens that are not moulting. The original ISA browns we bought in 2008 are dropping feathers everywhere, but growing back new hair-doos just as fast. Ginger has changed her markings for the third year in a row and is now a speckled hen. The two bantams stopped being broody about three weeks ago all by themselves, as I simply gave up trying to get them to break the habit. I figured that they weren't hurting themselves and nature would take its course. Maybe next year when they go broody again, I will order in some fertile eggs for them to hatch. Poppy and Pippa would make great little mothers.
Anyway, here are a few shots of the girls that I took after I let them behind the shed to do some weeding for me.
The flood gates are open. Off to free range down behind the shed.
Most of the girls getting stuck into the weeds
Edwina and Poppy surprisingly getting on well. (#3 and #4 in the pecking order)
Look girls, there are more bugs over here!
These two scare me. They act like the twins from the Matrix movie, going everywhere together and getting into mischief.
Finally, getting them all back into the chicken run with a handful of sunflower seeds.
Backyard chickens are simply a joy to keep, and so much entertainment from a distant relative of a carnivorous dinosaur! Jurassic Park got it so wrong.