Re-homed chickens and dodgy killings

The day started with a bit of a puzzle.  First this

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and then this

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one dead rabbit, minus head, plus feathers. Are the feathers from the predator? Does this mean there was a bit of a scrap? Between a rabbit and a…? Or are the feathers just part of the two-course meal?

Much of today was spent settling the chickens in their new fox-proof (?) home. We have blocked out the digging opportunities (?)

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[It appears that everything to do with foxes should be qualified with a question mark – so we will take that is read from now on]

After previously having a freer range, the chickens now have a defined space for dust bathing

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which they took good advantage of

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Bringing the the two tribes closer together in an enclosed space means that food and water have to be more widely distributed to try a stop mafia rackets

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Fanny and Shelia, the two almost-cockerels, stick together in the face of female aggression

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a completely cosmetic house is brought in so the boredom can be alleviated by playing at home

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Things settle down a bit with reciprocal behaviour occurring more often – here preening

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We remember when budlia in our urban backyard, 15 years ago, attracted a swarm of butterflies of a number of species

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Today we have a bee

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and then just one Red Admiral

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It seems the late second brood swallows in the wood shed consists of two nests, one precariously balanced on a few canes

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Meanwhile work continues on laying water supplies to the pig enclosures

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and we do have lemons setting

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Elsewhere on the plot today

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