Chickens finally functioning as a unit…

So with the cold weather coming in I always feel a bit sorry for the chickens. We try to give them a bit more bedding to nestle down in if they want, but it does amaze me how they manage to keep warm.
The wet summer has meant that they have been hanging around in the porch quite a bit already, the only drawbacks are a lot of droppings and the occasional disdain from the cat as he has to get through them to his catflap! Sometimes he waits for a human escort through the rabble. We have a bench nearby that gives them the opportunity to perch at various heights, watching the changes in order has been quite amusing. It took a long time of for the new ones to settle in this time, but now they may be taking over.
They are loving the scraps, the picture shows them arguing over some rice with breadcrumbs and poultry spice, this lot will eat leftover potato too, other hens haven’t been so keen on them. Their favourite treat by far is the seeds from a pepper… We first noticed this while watching them attack the compost bucket en route to the heap, now we save every one for them.

They have been eating a lot of wild bird seed, one of their favorite hang out places is under the bird feeder, I reckon they eat more of that than the pellets we leave in the run, so their diet is very varied which must account for the fantastic taste the eggs have, (even our fish van man said they’re the best eggs he’s had in ages).
What is great to see is how they move around the garden together, often in pairs but not far from each other. Their behaviour is different from other groups we’ve had. These ones seem to like a fresh dust bathing area, so have made several new ones around the garden under the hedges and especially under the Welllingtonia (great redwood) we are lucky to have. It’s lovely and dry underneath, (so dry we store our big pile of kindling under there), but every evening – well around 4pm as the light fades, the girls are under some part of it or the hedge next to it, enjoying whatever grubs they can find.
Another benefit from this group is their apparent moss clearing ability, we’ll have to see what effect it has on the grass next spring and summer.

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