For the first time in over a week, the hens came out of the coop.
It didn’t happen until the afternoon, but when I went out to feed the animals, there were Kitty and White Hen under the birdfeeder. They were eating up all the seeds that fell the to ground. And there are a lot of them.
Every once in a while a big bird will rock the feeder emptying it. I imagine they’re hunting a smaller bird who is on the feeder when this happens.
When I saw just the two hens, I looked in the coop for the third. And there was Anne laying an egg. I thanked her, then left her to do her business.
After feeding the sheep and donkeys, Zinnia and Fate and I went for a walk in the woods. It was Fate’s first walk in almost a week since she cut the pad on the back foot. When I took her bandage off this morning her foot looked all better. She was excited to be back running again.
When we got back to the farm, the hens were in the pole barn. Zinnia just couldn’t resist chasing them. She never hurts them and stops running after them as soon as they run away from her.
Anne missed all the excitement. When I checked the coop, there was not one, but two eggs in the nesting box. By the time the dogs and I were on our way to the house, Anne had joined Kitty and White Hen in the barnyard.