Every Monday morning in Caussade there is a market where you can get your fruit, veg, and just about everything else(!) and there is also a poultry market. Andrew, Jacob and our neighbours headed off early and were greeted at the market by lots and lots of chickens! They decided to go to the stall with the most well looked after hens. We were after 6 chickens of varying breeds, who would be at point of lay soon. Some of them were handled pretty roughly and when your French isn't great and you haven't bought chickens before it's tricky to know what to look out for and what questions to ask. Yes I was gutted at missing out on the chicken buying experience as I had to take Reuben to school and a music class to teach, but I was just excited to greet them as they arrived back home!
They were transported home in cardboard boxes in the back of the car. When they were let out in their new garden home they had an almightly fight as they got to know one another and started to establish their pecking order. This resulted in a few bloodied feet, who knew chickens could be so vicious! They spent the rest of the day exploring their new surroundings and as we weren't sure if they would find their own way to bed in their 'chicken palace', we had fun trying to catch them and put them in for the first couple of nights.
Next time we'll introduce you to our 4 different breeds. Have you got chickens at home? Where did you buy your chickens from? Did they fight when you first got them? We'd love to hear your chicken tales!
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