Little Pip has a Best Friend
I got Milky Legs so that she would be a friend to Little Pip who spent most of her time alone. The other four hens are older and have pair bonded so there was no room for Pip to join in, even with her mother Simone.
Their first encounter, in the trailer, was not auspicious. Both were terrified of the other and even after three hours of confinement together they had chosen separate ends of the trailer. However, gradually they have begun to spend more and more time together.
They are the youngest of the flock and both get picked on and pecked on by the others. Circumstances and events have thrown them together.
They are now such firm friends that Milky Legs sits patiently next to Little Pip when she's laying her egg. Milky Legs is about 8 weeks away from egg laying but she's been watching Pip's every move. She'll be an expert when she starts.
It warms the cockles of my heart to see them together, browsing in the grass for something to eat or sitting side by side for a quick 40 winks.
A complete success as they have pair bonded, are best friends and the other hens aren't picking on them quite so much.