A couple of posts back, I mentioned that Tu-Tu had moulted so many feathers that she's half-naked now (the hussy).
We've been a bit concerned because the nights are getting quite cold. We're aware that chickens en masse - well only a small masse in our case - generate a lot of heat between them. Even so, we were worried that she might not be warm enough, as she tends to sleep in solitary splendour in one of the nest boxes.
But we hadn't counted on her new best friend. We were very late closing the coop last night, as we'd been out for the evening. We opened up as usual to count them and reassure ourselves that they were all present and correct. The light from the torch played across the nestbox and there, as usual, was Tu-Tu. And there beside her was Maggie. Maggie could easily accommodate all the bantams in among her abundant feathers, but she chose to get in with Tu-Tu and keep her nice and toastie warm.
Aaaah, isn't that sweet.