Cast you minds back, to November and I’ll tell you the adventure of a bold, but not very bright bird. Primrose the chicken.
Dusk arrived early, and the role call of chickens showed we had a problem. Primrose was missing.
We called the neighbours, searched their gardens, scoured the lane by touch light, looked in the shrubs and bushes, all to no avail. Eventually we had to conclude she might have been picked off by a fox, who, made bold by hunger, made twilight strike, or she had gone broody and gone off somewhere to make a nest. We called off the search.
It was bonfire night, rockets streaked across the night sky scattering glittering stars in their wake, Spud the dog shifted uneasily in his bed. Eventually all fell quiet, and then the rain came by the bucketful pounding on the roof in the small hours.
At first light, Mr Uphilldowndale went out to resume the search, to be honest he was expecting to find a drift of feathers somewhere nearby.
He couldn’t find anything. However, he could hear something. Cluuuuccckaaaa, Chahhhaaa, Cluck! But where was it coming from?
As befits the start of a pantomime ‘It’s behind you!’ he turned on his heels to find…
Can you see in the bulrushes, in the middle of the field pond? Oh you silly bird.
She’d been standing, up to he knees (do chickens have knees?) in the water, all night.
Mr Uphilldowndale gallantly went in , braving chilly waters and slippery pond liner to get her*. If you’d like to see how he got on, pop over to the video.
We took her into the kitchen to warm up. She can’t have had much sleep she kept nodding off in Mr Uphilldowndales arms.
we don’t know why she was there, she will flap and fly a little, especially if startled. She obviously didn’t have sufficient ‘runway’ to make her way back again.
* I think I’d have built a bridge, I’ve never been fond of cold water.