It’s 3 am and I’m wide awake.
I’m sitting up in bed, laptop balanced on my knees, watching the antics of a flock of hens, a rabbit and two goats, on the other side of the world.
It’s late morning there, the sun is shining and it’s only when I look at the temperature recorded on the bottom of the picture that I realise it’s only a few degrees above freezing.
There’s a huge, orange, half-pumpkin in the foreground. A rabbit hops up and gives it the nose-over, then settles down for a quiet nibble. An imperious-looking hen strides into view and glares at the rabbit, who decides that sharing the pumpkin with a larger being, with a disapproving eye and a sharp beak isn’t a good option and sensibly lopes away. The hen takes a few pecks and turns away. I wonder if she knows she’s on camera and someone on the other side of the globe, who can’t sleep, is watching her:
Welcome to HenCam.
The rabbit’s name is Phoebe. The goats are Pip and Caper and the hen is Owly (or is that Beatrix—I still can’t tell the difference). There are two white hens—Twiggy, long and lean and Betsy Ross, the bantam; one large and one small. I can’t believe how white and clean they always look as they zip around.
There are others too, whose names escape me for the moment.
Who in their right mind would put a webcam in a chicken run; who in their right mind would sit up in bed at three in the morning and watch it.
Just as well some of us are out of our minds!