You may recall that I posted about our having regular nightly visits from a fox who would throw up in one of the flower beds - most unpleasant. It had dug under the fence separating our garden from that of our neighbour's (who have a splendid hen house and run with two birds) so it wasn't surprising that a fox was hanging around.
Yesterday my neighbour J arrived at the gate with half-a-dozen eggs, laid on the 4th, 5th and 6th of April by her hens, as a thank-you to us for not complaining about the noise from the birds: they tend to cluck in the morning and sometimes in the early evening but it's not a nuisance, in fact it's rather comforting. She then explained that these were from her new girls, Autumn and Bluebell: in late March she and her husband had seen the fox making off across their garden with one of their original girls hanging from its mouth and the other was so traumatised by the attack the vet had to put her down two days later. He reckoned the fox was a vixen and has cubs to feed.
J has strengthened their coop defences so hopefully A and B will be around for a long time. I had all six eggs for breakfast (they were tiny) and they made a splendid omelette.
We also have another mouse (or maybe mice) in the roof space above our bedroom. DD
Have you got the despatches? No, I always walk like this. Eddie Braben