Fred has not been doing his job and was facing redundancy/replacement.
However, knowing the employment rules, you cannot make someone redundant and hire a replacement, unless of course you change the job description.
This is Fred with his chocolate wages in 2014.
He was engaged as a deterrent to birds pooping on our roof, and has failed. Miserably.
With the addition of our veg buckets and trays, we had hoped that he would at last do something in the pecking order, but No. Poop rules, and the roof looks like a painter and decorator’s apron.
Taking pity on Fred, we decided maybe we had made a mistake and he needed a facelift.
Fred has now been painted as a Barn Owl, which hopefully will make a difference as he guards our veg pots as well as the roof.
We shall be watching, and would remind Fred that Barry is waiting in the ‘wings’ (aka shop).