You’ll know that we were down to only 2 hens last weekend when Miss Marple died. I immediately phoned the breeder we buy our fowl from and reserved 2 new hens which we collected on Thursday.
The first 2 days, we kept them shut in the coop, with food & water, just to let them settle in. However they were in close contact with Miranda and Miss Moneypenny at bedtime. Then we let them explore the inner enclosure for 2 days, so the old gals could see the new gals in daylight, but not peck them to death.
The following photos were taken during this introductory stage, so apologies for the chicken wire. Please allow me to introduce you to . . .
Our two new laying hens.
Having to undergo full inspection.
Miss Plumpton, a hybrid Sussex, all beautiful and white with black tail feathers and a very pretty “collar” of black around her neck.
And Mauricette, a French Blue.
Both Miss Plumpton and Mauricette are 20 weeks old, and “on the point of lay”. We’re not expecting any eggs from either of them for a few weeks, until they’ve settled in properly. Anyway, they’ve now been allowed to explore the outer enclosure and things are going fairly smoothly. Miranda is being very bossy and she doesn’t seem to like Miss Plumpton very much – we’re wondering if it’s because she’s such a bright white? Early days yet though. I’m sure they’ll all be scratching and happily clucking together before too long.