The hens are loving the good weather we’ve been having recently. They’re picking and pecking like crazy, and they’ve really been enjoying their evening free range time (we cannot free range 24/7 due to the local fox population which just waits on a hen to wander a bit too far from the flock and then become their tasty snack).
The flock is so funny. Each chicken has its own distinct personality. Francesca the Fearless is the most curious and ferocious; she is the one that will travel the furthest away from the coop by herself and is the most tolerant of the dogs.
Francesca does her own thing, and the others just follow her around.
Scaredycat is the hen that will outlive them all. She’s afraid of everything and everyone, and she’s hypervigilant. She rarely goes out to free range because she doesn’t seem to feel safe away from familiar surroundings. She runs any time she deems anything scary (ie: pretty much all the time). She even sleeps as high up in the coop as possible! She won’t follow Francesca the Fearless for all the treats in the world.
The hens are happy, healthy, and safe, and as always…happy hens produce happy eggs!