During the last Winter, more than previously, spin-offs from the starling flocks ate a lot of our poultry food. Some groups are netted but for the others we have decided buying treadle feeders, where the lid is opened by the hens or ducks, is now economic.
There is a training period, where the feeder is set with an open lid
The hens had no problem but ducks, who are a lot more suspicious of change, gathered round to have a meeting.
After being tempted by some pellets on the platform
eventually The Saint (or John) took the plunge
Ian got the idea but since James was in charge of access he had to have his own supply
We are behind with our vegetables this year and are now scrambling to establish beans
Courgettes will always triumph