When one of the hens feels the need to lay, she goes off quietly to the shed and then comes out calling for the rest of the flock. There is much clucking when she returns. It makes me wonder what they are talking about.
Today I raked up most of the autumn leaves and, having read the idea in a composting book, I put about three barrow loads in the hen house. It looks like the Autumn Tones Axminster carpet you may have seen in your Granny's front room. The chooks were a bit nervous at first about the change to their home's decor but with a bit of encouragement (i.e. some grain) they decided to try it out. They looked as if they enjoyed scratching about in the deep leaves and I am sure I heard Henny, Jenny or Penny, say they liked the way the colour co-ordinated with their outfits.