ONE AMAZ­ING FACT ABOUT CHICK­ENS

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RE YOUR STORY in the July is­sue on amaz­ing things you prob­a­bly don’t know about chick­ens.

In the be­gin­ning, a new house was built on the ad­ja­cent block. No prob­lem, as it was at least 400m from our house. Ac­com­pa­ny­ing the fam­ily were two pet brown Shaver hens, which were later joined by two younger brown Shavers so there were four ‘girls’.

As the new neigh­bour hadn’t yet got into de­vel­op­ing the land or build­ing a run for the ‘girls’, they soon made the trek across the pad­dock to our house to help with re­verse plant­ing (ie, dig­ging up) of the seedlings in the gar­den, and gen­er­ally en­joyed a good scratch around and a dust bath. Then came the day when the neigh­bour no­ticed the ‘girls’ weren’t lay­ing eggs in the pro­vided nest­ing boxes. A rum­mage through nu­mer­ous plant­ings and un­der­growth in our gar­den and we dis­cov­ered a num­ber of makeshift nests and over 90 eggs.

It was crunch time. A pala­tial house and run was built, and it was eight months be­fore the door to the run was left open.

The ‘girls’ promptly climbed through the fence, came up the pad­dock, over the drive­way, onto the deck and through our back door, mak­ing a bee­line for the cat’s meat and bis­cuits, a treat they’d pre­vi­ously en­joyed when we had failed to close all the doors.

So here is my amaz­ing chicken fact: chick­ens have very good mem­o­ries. Also, they turn tail when the word

‘OUT’ is ap­plied.

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