Then again the next day she was at it again. This called for drastic reinforcements. Here she is pecking away in feigned innocence.
Meanwhile, I attempted to increase the height of the fence by a few inches.
I was feeling less than exuberant about them when I shut their coop for the night and then I saw that I'd forgotten to open the door to their sleeping quarters after I'd cleaned it. The poor hens were roosting on the ramp and there were only three of them! Where was the Mother!!!!
It was dark and quiet, as we listened out for any sounds from the birds but nothing...The led wind-up torch was a bit of a let down as it didnt' have a wide beam but eventually we found her asleep in a hollow she'd dug earlier in her enclosure. I realised that she couldn't help herself, I mean spinach is always greener on the other size of the fence.
Come to think of it, egg production has increased recently, I wonder if some of the eggs will be green...
Today, a friend has kindly helped to clip the hens feathers. Hopefully they are too lopsided to make it onto the compost bin now because otherwise they may prefer the neighbours' flowers on the other side of their fence.
If that doesn't work, we have another method of bird control...our new puppy. She is our first puppy in the family so again everything is new. She is adorable and well loved already. Welcome Rosie!