The afternoon was beautifully warm, enabling all 14 of us to enjoy Claire’s garden complete with pond, hens, ducks, rabbits and a reticent pheasant. We started with tea and cake, then moved on to the serious business of how to keep hens!
We saw the chicks that had been hatched from our first batch of eggs.
Claire has lots of her own chickens and the children saw all the different foods they love to eat, and some they hate (demonstrated beautifully by the hens), and looked at various sizes and colours of eggs, matching them to the hens. One hen was especially cuddly! We learned about hen diseases, houses and fox-proofing, seeing the aftermath of Mr Cunning Fox’s determination to rip the doors off a hen house (teethmarks).