Friday 31 August 2007

Geordie’s demise has transformed the dynamic between the surviving hens. Bob Johnson is now in a minority of one, so she can ill afford to peck at her younger and increasingly stronger colleagues. There is no vindictive bullying from the black majority either, so the three go about their business in amicable normality. What’s more, the Black Rocks have begun to lay! Smooth, light brown, white-specked eggs. After a period of unsettledness Bob Johnson has resumed daily laying too, so we are now blessed with three eggs most days – one brown, slightly rough and jagged, the other two smaller, a lighter shade of brown, very smooth and with delicately placed white specks here and there.