It has been 4 months since I first became ill and today I was well enough to visit Hayley on her mini farm. My friends Lollipop and Marshmellow still remembered me and ran to the gate to greet me.
The first thing I noticed was how many chickens there were, far more than there were 4 months ago. Looking around I soon discovered the reason why. Three of them actually, cocks.
Story-book is the king of the yard.
He is a very handsome cockeral. He sits on the steps of one of the railway carriages and surveys his domain.
This chock knows who he is.
Then I spied another cock in another part of the yard. Not as big but his feathers are beautiful.
These males certain win in the beauty stakes.
Then there are the chocks who know how to look after their broods and those that don't.
This one had 10 chickens but is a poor mother. She just leaves them on their own and the crows, magpies and snakes have reduced her brood to one.
On the other had this mother keeps a weather eye on her brood all the time and 6 chicks are surviving, for the moment.
There are plenty of half grown chickens following their mums around, and so it goes. An explosion of chickens. I did suggest they would make good eating but this went down I like a lead balloon. Looks like the snakes will be well fed.