Working from home today, I was here at the right time – just as it became light – to observe the morning habits of the hens. The girls are usually more than ready to emerge from their quarters when we surface at around 8am at the weekends, while during the week we open up the houses’ pop-holes at around 6am when it’s still too dark to tempt them out. So it was interesting to note the difference between the behaviour of our pure-breed Araucanas, Audrey and Mabel, and our gang of hybrids. The two flocks are kept in separate coops, one near our house and the other down the end of the garden.
While our lovely assortment of hybrids were waiting by the door and nearly sent me flying as they burst out and headed towards their breakfast of lettuce and layers’ pellets, Audrey and Mabel clearly weren’t even thinking about leaving the warmth of their nesting box for some time.
Similarly, I realise they tend to head to bed long before the rabble down the end down tools for the day. In conclusion, it seems to me that our pure breeds are out and about for less time than their mixed-breed counterparts. Have any other henkeepers out there made similar observations?