Inkwell’s Guide to Gardening #5
It seems that with all the bird food I had laying around my greenhouse that I have managed to attract mice. I picked the bag of sunflower hearts up the other day noticed a small trickle of seeds pouring out of the bottom. In the past the cats have been kind enough to help me with this issue but this year they seem more intent on catching birds than mice. Unfortunately, because of the chickens we have living in the garden the mice needed to be dealt with as they can urinate in the chicken’s food and water which can spread disease. It is not the first time we have had mice in the greenhouse, and this signals a change in storage for the bird food. Sealed containers only from now on!
The chickens are now around twelve weeks old and they continue to grow. We spend lots of time hanging out in the garden with them. I could sit and watch them all day long rummaging around with their little t-rex ways! It seems that Mavis is the highest in the pecking order. She is always first to come when called and never misses a meal. Belle and Chicky seem quite happy to hang back and wait to see what is happening. As Mavis usually gets more food, she has grown larger and her combs and wattles have begun to develop ahead of the others. Belle and Chicky’s faces have begun to change to a redder shade but their combs and wattles remain small.
They continue to free range in the garden where you can generally see them foraging together and playing chase with grubs. They love nothing more than to eat a tasty slug or worm on a morning when the grass is dewy. The chickens have also realised that they can find tasty treats under the wild bird feeders. Much like dogs hovering up the crumbs after dinner the chickens keep this area tidy. As they have grown so much, we do not mind leaving the ladies to free range whilst we potter about in the house. The neighbourhood and our cats do not seem to pose a risk anymore due to the chicken’s size. They are however locked up in their run when we leave the house.
We are all excited about the prospect freshly laid eggs and the wager now is on Mavis. Our reason behind it? She is the biggest and her voice has started to deepen. Only time can tell though and it is all just a bit of fun and games at the moment.
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