I witnessed another fascinating scene the other day with the hens that convinces me that chickens bond with each other or perhaps not in some cases.
Branwen was happily dust bathing when tiny charity (one of the ex battery hens) came up and tried a bit of mutual grooming. Branwen was incensed, she made the most terrifying growl that sounded like the biggest dog on the block and pecked her.
Moments later Blodwen her old sister appeared on the scene and went straight into the bug removal process with Branwen rolling over like a soft puppy!
Amazing to watch, it was like an elderly lady going into a hairdresser and being faced with the apprentice stylist when all she wanted was her old sister to give her the weekly beauty treatment.