The Girls (and a couple of boys…)

In 2020, we decided to introduce some chickens into the nursery. For two reasons: first, chickens are natural predators and help us to reduce the number of slugs and snails and other unwelcome critters. The second for fresh eggs! The first arrivals were rescue laying hens Clarissa, Priscilla, Ginger, Blu and Maude; they were followed by a fine cockerel named Prince, then Black Booted Bantams, Jack and Jill, and finally a Gold Dutch called Doris. They love to wander freely round the nursery and follow us wherever we are working pecking at our feet and any critters we disturb. Leader of the flock currently is Ginger, and she definitely likes to organise plans, just like her namesake.