The blackbird who thinks she’s a chicken

9 Oct
A handful of corn: Garden volunteer Ian feeds the chickens

A handful of corn: Garden volunteer Ian feeds the Scots Dumpy chickens

We’re into the final month of our open season – Wordsworth House and Garden shuts for the winter in early November. That’s when I go off to my cosy winter abode, otherwise known as Amanda’s shed.

My friends the Scots Dumpy heritage hens will be heading off on their winter holidays at the same time – they go to stay with our coastal ranger Chris and his flock of feathered friends.

Normally, that would mean the team’s bird-keeping duties were over for the year, but not this time. We have a young blackbird who thinks she’s a chicken. She’s spent most of her life so far in their enclosure, enjoying their food, water and companionship. On sunny days, you can find her basking in the sunshine with them, wings spread out just like theirs.

Sadly, we don’t have a photo of her as every time we try to take one, she flies away – she might like the hens but she doesn’t like Amanda with her camera.

We’ll be putting out food and water for her throughout the winter – and we’re hoping she won’t be too lonely without her pals.

Home frome home: Poppy, the Scots Dumpy hen, on her holidays last winter

Home frome home: Poppy, the Scots Dumpy, on her holidays last winter

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