'I am fond of pigs. Dogs look up to us. Cats look down on us. Pigs treat us as equals.'
You can thank Winston Churchill for that quote. I wonder what he thought of chickens? As far as I'm aware, history did not capture his thoughts on these feathered mercenaries of the garden. I'm sure if he did have something to say about them though, it would be considered, erudite and finely tuned - purposeful you might even say. Whether he said anything or not, I have a few things to say about these delightful birds. I was warned that they would wreck the garden so I really, honestly was prepared for this. However, looking out onto the sea of mud that was grass (not quite a lawn but manicured somewhere between a roadside verge and a sand-dune with a liberal spattering of moss added in for good measure), I have to admit that the ladies have beaten me. The garden is no great thing of beauty but it was more beautiful than it is now so that is something which needs to be addressed. I have a cunning network of a variety of fencing materials all designed to keep the chickens out and the foliage safe. It has become clear that when necessary and often by accident, my feathered friends can fly. Blast. I need to up my game so a new, longer and taller fence is on its way to me and the free range opportunities for my little egg layers will shortly be curtailed.