Temperatures rise, hormones race

After a few days of proper January weather the warmth has returned

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One of the ducks spots a rabbit busy in the long grass

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She is collecting mouthfuls

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and taking them to a newly dug burrow or stop

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She re-emerges

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and continues back and forth

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Later she covers the entrance

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until it just looks like a patch of bare earth

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Elsewhere rising sap has been causing trouble in the hen run

Cockerels Shelia and Fanny, who have been living happily side by side for several months, have a bloody set to.

Shelia requires gentian violet treatment

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and lots of sympathy from his ladies

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Fanny gets locked up

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and has a compassionate visit from the ducks

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Floppy, cockerel number 3, looks on

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Meanwhile the small birds are happy to keep on feeding as if it is still winter

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