Fewer chickens have come back each evening recently – whereas, a few weeks ago, they all followed me back when I went to shut up the run, now they have to be rounded up and some of them amble off to the shrubbery and don’t come back at all. I’ve been planning how to get them back by not leaving food out in the run in the afternoon, because they come in to feed and go out again, but I arrived home a little later than intended yesterday, after 4 o’clock, and they’d already gone to roost. So I felt rather sorry for those that had slept out. There were eight of them waiting outside when I went to feed them this morning, which made a full house altogether.
However, I’ve been thinking again and it doesn’t really matter if they decide to sleep out after all. So I’m going to let them be. I don’t want them to go to sleep hungry and they need plenty of food at this time of the year. They laid four eggs yesterday, which is the most for weeks, so I’m very kindly disposed to them anyway. And I’m not the argumentative sort and don’t feel I have to impose my will on them without good reason. If we get snow, I daresay they’ll be back in quickly enough anyway.
Those who have replied to yesterday’s post have suggested not after mid-June and not early June, so it looks as if the end of May might be a possibility? That would be Saturday 30th – or the Sunday, of course. I could come forward another week to the bank holiday weekend, if everyone is free then – the first blog party was held on a Bank Holiday Monday, I remember. I’m free any weekend anyway, at present.