The snow has gone and the hens are out and about again. Here is one of the cockerels at the base of the side garden wall. Somewhere along the foot of the wall snowdrops are just beginning to show. I shall not be impressed if they are scratched up but mostly at this time of year the hens are good garden companions and will probably not bother with any good sized clump. It will be another couple of months before we start the frantic seed sowing which means that every bed needs to be protected until the plants get to a decent size.