Got up early (early for me) as the Tea Man was due. I got downstairs to feed the cats, and Tildawas chatting away to me. I'd partially shut her door last night, and I think she was objecting to being confined.
I opened the door and she waddled out, chattering away. She is definitely too well to be an indoor hen.
I gave her some food, made tea for myself and DH. I opened the back door and shuffled Tilda towards it. As soon as I moved forward to encourage her over the threshold, she turned round and pushed between my legs to get back in to the kitchen.
I've been here before.
I went upstairs to get showered and dressed. A little later, I tried again. Tilda was still not having any of it. This time she actually toddled back in the safety of the pied-a-terre. I could see I was going to have to physically force her outside.
I had to go out. I didn't want to put her outside while I was out, as I wanted to keep an eye on her interactions with the Mob.
When I came back, she was sitting tidily on the flor, tail up, watching outside. It was raining ice, so I decided to let her stay in the kitchen for the moment.
DH is saying nothing.