Saturday, 19 September 2015
To our Medical Centre at 8.30 this morning for our Flu Jabs - over in a few minutes and back home. Their system works like clockwork.
Now the farmer and friend T have gone tootling off to a village quite a few miles away to buy new 'point of lay' hens. They will be hybrid hens, bred to lay eggs - nothing beautiful but 'serviceable'. Still, we shall give them the best possible life - their half of the shed (the other half has the old hens in until they get used to one another, when they can mingle) has been cleaned out, de-flead and laid thickly with clean straw. The farmer has scattered corn among it to give the hens something to do while they are shut up and getting used to being with us. In a few days they will be let out into the fields - where they will experience grass for the first time - and also feel the sun on their backs.
When they arrive I shall nip out with the camera and take some photographs (hopefully), so watch this space.
Here are the photographs. The hens were quietly standing in the corner of the hut and making charming little noises - obviously a bit shell-shocked after their journey. Because it is such a lovely day and the sun is shining, the farmer has already put a small run out for them so that they can venture outside if they dare, and perhaps meet the other hens through the wire - and at least get fresh air and sunshine for the first time in their 18 week life.