Recently from time to time my cluckles seem to disappear. Usually they chatter amongst themselves & come running when I whistle.
But every so often I seem to 'loose' them.
A bit later they turn up again in an apparently satiated & restful state & go about preening at a time that they would not normally do that.
Well today all was revealed! They had found the bag of blood & bone!
I buy it in a 30kg bag which is a great bulk buy for me but it is still a plastic bag.
On occasion I have had rodents make holes & have a good feed. But the holes I saw in the bags today were different.
There was blood & bone scattered all over the potting room floor & down in the cracks between the pavers.
There were a few little mouse pellets in it but this mess was the work of 3 rouge hens!
The trouble is, they are not short of food or protein. I do actually give them a little tray of B&B occasionally & they never eat it all so I felt they were getting enough.
I guess they decided to do a bit of self-serve because they didn't want to bother me.
Anyway I gave them some more outside today then cleaned up their messy feed site. I double bagged the B&B into horse feed bags.
But I might be forced to build a wall & door for that section of the underneath of my house if they keep going in there to nick the B&B.
I'll give them B&B more regularly in future as they obviously need it.