About 10 days ago we bought 6 hens, 3 red and 3 black, and put them in the old pig sty at the side of our buildings. There is a small yard outside which we have fenced so they have plenty of space but our intention is, when they have settled, to let them loose in the olive groves during the day. As this is an agricultural area acquiring chickens is quite easy. A local pet/bird food shop in Huétor Tájar informed us that he always has chickens for sale on Tuesday evenings. They are young hens not used to so much space and spent the first few days huddled in corners. They cost €5 each.
Last week, when we were in Loja for Dia de la Cruz, we took the granddaughters to look at the animals and birds in an agricultural merchants where, in the poultry section, there was an enormous, black, very handsome cockerel which made us jump out of our skins when he let out the loudest cock-a- doodle-doo anyone had ever heard. Some time later, after a few drinks, Digby suddenly announced that he was going to buy “that cockerel” and promptly did (€14). He has certainly sorted out the neurotic hens and has shown them how to roost. We hope that they will start laying soon.