The hens’ rush hour

The veg patch has been distinctly sluggish this summer – check out the big black beast snapped this morning.

There couldn’t be a greater contrast between the speed of these slimy lettuce-munching pests and that of the hens when the coop pop-hole is opened and they’re released out into their run – their morning rush hour, perhaps more like ‘rush minute’ (as captured in rather poor-quality video on my phone in rather this morning),  could rival that of Liverpool Street commuters.

There’s no holding back – the girls will walk all over each other and barge past in order to be the first to have some greens from the garden. I can’t help thinking that getting onto a train home this evening through Stratford – just before tonight’s Opening Ceremony for the London 2012 Olympics  is held at the stadium – might resemble such a scrum.

Did you know that there is a kind of chicken olympics held in Derbyshire every August? This year it takes place Saturday 4 August at 1.30pm. Click here for full details

If you know of any other poultry-themed athletics, please let me know! You never know, it could even make a feature in Country Living Magazine.

I love filling bowls with the Araucanas’ pale blue and khaki eggs

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