My last post was a sad one. Mr Fox had killed my rooster and three of my hens. I spent the next few weeks trying to keep the two hens I had left occupied and happy but ultimately they were used to being in a bigger social group and as they were no longer allowed to free range in the field but kept in a large enclosed space, they began to fight.
It broke my heart to see them so unhappy. I made the decision to rehome them. My Aunty Car (Caroline) is an expert chicken keeper with a mixed flock of chickens and ducks on a big pasture where her chickens roam securely in a huge open air run. I asked her if she would adopt my two hens and she did.
So, my dear friends were happily rehomed. All I had left was an empty coop. Over the next few weeks I watched the grass grow up around the abandoned coop and I missed the quiet cluck of a hen and the crow of a rooster.
My birthday came around and Aunty Car, knowing how I missed having feathered friends around, suggested she buy me a trio of Pekin Bantams. (A trio being a rooster and two hens). She explained to me that Bantams are smaller, happy to be in a run and don’t require as much space as the hybrid breeds I had previously. I was delighted. I had just had a tax rebate and so I was on the internet straight away researching the Pekin Bantam and all they would need.