Late yesterday afternoon, 4 or 5 of the hens who had remained penned until a stop scratching up my gardens solutions was decided, had Houdinied there way out of the small temporary pen. I grabbed the roll of bird netting and a fistful of fiberglass poles and headed to the walled garden to at least temporarily stop them. As I was covering part, a persistent Olive Egger was trying to dig up my parsley and oregano. She was chased off and more netting was spread over the edges near the stone wall where they were hopping in. I fully expected to find one or more of them tangled in the fine plastic mesh when it was time to secure them for the night. It is not a solution I care for. The mesh is nearly invisible, but as plants grow, they will get tangled in it which will damage the plants when I try to remove it and will leave bits of plastic in my garden, neither of which I want. I foiled the deer from eating my rose by putting a tomato cage tines up, but that is a hazard in itself and I don’t want tomato cages all over the garden either. Until the bed it full of plants and flowers, it will continue to be a problem as long as I raise chickens.
Once they were secured for the night, it was the littles turn to be locked in. They had other ideas, most of them still exploring the pen and the under side of the coop. I sat in the hay and watched them for about 20 minutes as they explored their surroundings and me sitting in their midst.
I wish this was a better photo, with two of the black Marans with their black feathered legs. Such pretty birds and I can’t wait for their dark chocolate colored eggs.
They are persistent, stubborn, and inovative about getting what they want and trying to put them in a pen or coop before they are ready is akin to herding cats. Maybe I should teach the German Shepherd to herd chickens.