Our chickens are free range so are out all day wandering around the land forraging for worms and insects. They are a nuisance when they come on to the terrace and into the house if the door is open but on beautiful spring days like today they are happy scratching around in the underrgrowth. They like the river because the shade of the poplars is welcome in the heat and the rich undergrowth there harbours many insects and they have been known to catch frogs in the river. The hens produce lovely brown eggs with rich yolks. El Gallo, the cockerel, can be quite feisty. This week he assaulted an officer of the Guardia Civil who came round with an enquiry regarding an absent neighbour. Fortunately I was able to chase him off before the officer had time to draw his gun! El Gallo has never been a problem with us though and, when we sell this place, we hope the new owners will take the poultry on as they are very content here.