Look at our two newcomers! This is Alanis and Avril
and they arrived on the 12th. Alanis is the louder
of the two. They're a lot easier to tell apart on
land than on water because Alanis is more vertical
than Avril (she is also a lot LOUDER than Avril!).
Since losing Jezebel and Vida and since Deirdre has
cataracts and is showing her age, we decided we need
a couple new sanctuary hens to show newcomers the
ropes and make them feel at home. Plus, Matthew and
Jeffrey could use some female companionship, if you
catch my drift.
I have a funny
story about Benny... A bad storm came through last
week, so I ran out to the barn and started calling
everyone in around 5 p.m. It started pouring at the
last minute, when only Benny needed to come in. He
was sitting on his little pond swimming around.
I called to him
from the doorway: "Come on, Benny! Come on!"
But he just kept
on swimming and said: "I don't wanna!"
I said, "Don't you
make me go out in that pouring rain. Come on, let's
And he said, "I
I was about to
step out into the rain when he hopped out of his
pond, so I said: "Good boy! Come on now! Come up to
And then he looked
up at the rain and said, "I don't wanna!"
By now a downpour
had begun, so I bolted out into the rain and coaxed
him up to the barn while he laughed. "Got you wet,
Well... the very
next night it was really warm and we decided that
Benny and Demi would be better off staying out in
their pen for the night, enjoying the thick grass
and shade trees. It also means they can swim all
night and be under the stars...
Well, at bedtime,
Benny stood at his gate and said, "Let me through!
Let me through!"
"You and Demi are
going to stay outside tonight. You'll be much
happier in your outside pen. And you can always
sleep in your little house. I put fresh hay in it."
"I don't wanna!"
"Sorry Benny, but
you'll thank me later."
And he said: "If
this is about that thing in the rain, I was only
"No, Benny, it's
not about me getting soaked in the rain."
The next morning
when I came out to let out the barn gang, Benny was
already happily floating in his little pond.
"You like that,
Benny? Not so bad staying outside after all!"
"Humph! It was all
MY idea. I didn't wanna go in the barn!"