Boo adores our chickens -- and so do I!
Our fat, friendly brown hens lay four eggs almost every day. At the moment my parents are visiting Lord Howe Island for a week (birdwatching), so we'll have almost 30 eggs to use up in one household this week! Luckily the neighbours are more than happy to help out, and all agree that our free-range eggs are much nicer than those bought at the supermarket (and nicer for the hens, too!).
Never having owned any birds before, I had no idea how marvellously friendly and charming they would be. And while even in my besotted state I can't claim that the girls are 'clever', they're not ridiculously stupid, either, and will come hurridly when I call, whatever they are doing.
On our afternoon jaunts around the garden Boo and I are generally followed by our small flock, who watch our every move with interest. They soon cluster around anyone who is gardening or digging, and can dig like puppies themselves, throwing up huge mounds of dirt and leaves.
Of course, this behaviour isn't popular in well-presented flower beds, so soon the girls will have a roomy fenced in area of their own, where they can dig as they please.
But for now Boo and I are enjoying our four companions who join us on afternoon walks.