It was a lovely, hazy morning when I went down to open up the chickens this morning. The sun (which has now disappeared yet again) was busy burning off the mist that lingered lazily over the field at the back of the garden. Two Canada geese and their three teenaged youngsters had dropped by to inspect the lake which has formed there again - thanks to all the recent rain. There was a calm, peaceful air about the place.
This was in complete contrast to a few days ago, when there was complete mayhem!
Earlier in the day, when the coop had been opened up, Titian and Fizz had had a glaring match. Necks were stretched forward, beaks were mere inches apart and they glowered at each other. Neither was prepared to look away first. At least not until Fizz forgot why he was glowering and took himself off for breakfast.
All was fine until that afternoon when the chickens and I went into the garden. Titian and Fizz found themselves on the lawn, about a yard apart. Fizz was wondering which girl to bonk next; Punk was handy, but Tu-Tu was looking rather tempting. So it came as a complete surprise when Titian fluffed up her chest feathers and charged at him.
The force of her onslaught sent him staggering into the temporary chickenwire fence. Deciding that a getaway was his best defence, he tried to escape. But Titian employed some fancy footwork (for a heavyweight) and walloped him just as he reached the hen run gate.
He took off again and managed to get as far as the smoking shelter when Titian caught up with him and hostilities continued. And this time, she had reinforcements. Rebecca came galloping in and jumped on Fizz's back. I could almost hear the thought rushing through her little brain, "Now you know what I have to put up with!"
I was about to intervene when Fizz managed to fly up onto the smoking shelter roof and from there into the upper part of the run. Titian decided she'd done enough to teach him a lesson and wandered back into the garden. Rebecca, looking hugely disappointed, followed her out.
There was no obvious reason for either the morning scowls or the afternoon fracas. Maybe Titian was irritated because Fizz has been bullying Irene (see my last post). Or maybe it was something else entirely. You can never tell with chickens, can you.