Camp Tenko on Full Lockdown!

As some of you may have read on the chicken update page, the girls have been locked up. Our very patient neighbour came  to the door this week and said something had to be done about the hens, they had eaten all his silvet beet (spinach like), not to mention the droppings left around his property, I’d say they have been going over to his garden for a good ten months or more. 

 Camp Tenko on full Lockdown

Tenko for chickens

The chicken run had fallen into a bit of disrepair as it wasn’t really in use other than first thing in the morning at last thing in the evening. So when the hens were put back in with the gate shut, they soon found holes in the bamboo fence big enough to get through, which was helpful to me for patching up the right places, it was a bit of a process, patch up one hole and wait for them to find the next way out. They made quite and effort in one case pulling back the wire fencing in one corner and wriggling under it, once that had been repaired they then searched for the next chink in the fence. After two hours of this, it seemed like I had found all the ways out, only to get up the next morning to find them all out, they had pushed the wire on the gate out at the bottom and crawled underneath it,  honestly they make David Blaine look like an amateur, that’s David Blaine now not David Bain, don’t what to get those two mixed up.

After day two of observing them escape and patching the gaps, they seem to be contained, however they are intent on escape, so I imagine I will ahve futher work to do yet, well it’s hard to see them locked up in a space about one twentieth of what they have gotten used to. As I type this Nancy has escaped, she just wants to get to the old nest which is at the front of the house.

The others seem ok about laying their eggs in the new nest areas I have provided for them, mainly though they look a bit bored in the run, I have been trying to find things to put in the run to keep them occupied, yesterday a put a grapefruit in for them, it was amusing to watch them peck at it, then shake their heads, simularly to a child given something bitter for the first time, but they went back for more, with the same result, which made me wonder about their memory time frame.

Hopefully they will get used to their new situation and so will we, it will benefit us in the long run too, as they would eat our vegetables too and the mess they leave around the house is undesirable, the garden should get a chance to recover from the constant pecking from the hens, maybe we can get some kind of lawn happening at the back now. I sign off  heavy hearted.

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Running around like a Chicken

Hi there, today has been the most disaterous day for missing birds,. Normally Gloria and Nancy are the two most reliable hens for staying put, however today it seems an escape party had been organised, with probably Nellie and Daisy at the forefront of the plan, as they are the two that my 11yr son has to wrangle after school from the neighbours garden, on near enough a daily basis.

 I hear you cry , fences!!, yes well  i have built fences from bamboo, but they have taken to flying over them, last week there were two men digging a drench for a gas pipe next door, well do think i could keep them away from fresh worms, no is the short answer, so it took the workers a bit longer to dig the trench, as they played with the hens, i did offer to lock them up(the hens that is), but they were quite happy to have the girls along side them as they worked, made a change from their daily trench digging duties i guess.

But i digress, so back to the mass escape, a bit disconcerting to come out to give your 5 hens their afternoon snack, to find only one solo hen, looking at you as if to say, ‘ i told them not to do it, but they wouldn’t listen to me’, so off i go again, first to the neighbour to the right, where i normally find Nellie digging the bark, sure enough she’s there, 1 down 3 to go, spoke to the neighbour on the left, no sign of them, ummm, this posed a bit of a problem, it is easy to find the ones who escape regularly, because i know there favourite spots, but where to look for the others was a bit of a mystery, i live in a cul-de-sac, so i walked up to the end, looking in all the gardens, met another neighbour Vicky, no sighting from her either, it was as i turned to go home, i saw the siloutte of Gloria, in amongst the vegetation in the garden of the house on the corner, thats when the trouble started, Gloria, does not being pick up, and is a fast runner, so the end result is me running around stooped over in amongst the neighbour bushes, finally chased her back up the road to the house, i had broken into a sweat, 2 down 2 to go, well Daisy came out of hiding to see what all the commotion was about, grabbed her, 3 down, 1 to go, Nancy was no where to be seen, she had never been out before, and there are plenty a cats in the area, to chase her about, i searched all the front gardens of my short road, then went around the corner to the main road searched another 10 or so houses, eventually in got in the car, and drove off to find her, i didn’t have to go far, she was up the road under a bush, honestly, i’m wiped out. i think project fences is going to need an upgrade.

thechickenkeeper