Maron family have gained amazing jumping skills overnight!
I swear I had to catch 8 of the little beasts, but there were still only 4 in the bucket.
I allowed both the Maron and the Blondie families access to the outside World yesterday afternoon (under strict supervision). The main flock were about and took very little interest except for Buffy (Buff Orpington thoroughbred Cock) who inspected the chicks shelter in great detail before I got alarmed and shushed him away.
The youngsters were not impressed and the ducklings actually failed to leave their run at all but the Mums were delighted. It is the first time for some 6 weeks that they have been out of cramped conditions. They Jumped, stretched, scratched the ground and luxuriated in any dust they could find, flapped their wings and yelped for joy. All without moving more than 4 feet from their babies. Then after about 20 minutes they walked slowly back to their respective groups and I shut the doors and that was that.