Thursday, 16 September 2010

Hen in a Manger

I was watching the Girls through my kitchen window.

We have a large fruit bed (with raspberries, gooseberries, blackcurrants, a jostaberry and a tayberry) and we've removed all the netting so the Girls can scratch around inside it.

Custard (LG), who is a very compact-but-heavy girl, decided that one of the leaves at the tip of a raspberry cane was irresistable.   She jumped up and caught it, bending the cane over. It sprang back as soon as she loosened her beak to get a better grip.  She tried again. And again.

Florence (LG) pootled over to see what Custard had (or, didn't have). They both tried.

Lily (BG) could see that they were having fun, and came rushing over, shooing them away from HER raspberry cane.   She wasn't interested in it, she turned her back as soon as they had gone.

Custard snuck back and was mid leap when Lily turned round.   Lily was furious, and ran at Custard, who tried to run away whilst her beak was clamped around the top of the cane.

She let go. 

I don't know who was more surprised at the rebound, Custard or Lily.

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