Last night, as soon as it was properly dark, I went out to move the Littlees from their Cube into the Big Girls cube. Head torch on, down the garden, louse powder in hand.
I stood behind the two cubes. Couldn't hear anything. I opened the Littles egg port (they sleep in the nest box), and saw a lonely Poppy sitting in the corner.
I opened the roof on the Big Girls' cuve, and slid the roof forward. Lotti was sitting in one half of the divided nest box.
I had noticed that Poppy tends to go to bed in front of Lotti. She must have gone to bed expecting Lotti to follow her in..only she hadn't. Poor Poppy.
Itransferred her into the other Cbe, pustting her in the nest box with Lotti. I shone the torch on them for a few seconds so they could sort themselves out, but that made the Big Girls start to chunder. I shut the roof, shut the other egg port, shutt off the torich and stood there in the pitch black listening.
A few squeaks. Then silence. Then a really loud "ow" as I managed to get whipped across the face by a climbing rose (or it might have been a bit of the pear tree, they are interlinked).
Let's see what tonight brings.