Monday Magic – Finding Peace with Backyard Chickens

Well, those wintry frosts have receded, giving way to milder wet weather. There’s no getting around it; when  warmer climes arrive, us gardeners just have to put up with a few months of damp, wet gardening. However, with blue skies above and green shoots beginning to appear all over the place, there is time for a little optimism.

This Monday Magic was found in the chicken shed. Hens have a great way of lifting your day with their funny voices and quirky antics. Sadly, there has been one victim of the DEFRA lockdown; Ivy Winters. He was the first chick I ever hatched out in the incubator, but he’s become increasingly aggressive, despite daily handling to try and pacify him. He was hard on the girls, and brutal with my legs and hands; I have the scratches as evidence. Then, locked in a smaller space he just became too much and I’m afraid I had to cull him. Though it’s sad, the coop has instantly become a happier place. The three remaining roosters are much calmer – as am I!

Next week it’ll be February. I’m excited, for it means a new round of seed sowing can begin. But, for now, I’ll keep enjoying the lovely little hens and their chortling.

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