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Chickens, eh? Not just a bird brain!

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Funny creatures.

Covered in feathers and fluff. Generators of lots of strange sayings.

They’re hen pecked.

Our chief hen does a certain amount of that. She’s now boss to four other girls and she decided what they can do and when. If something tasty arrives in the coop even if there’s five separate pieces no one else eats before she allows.

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There’s a pecking order.

She’s the boss. There’s two new chicks so they’re the bottom of the heap at the moment.

They’re cooped up.

Thankfully there’s been a break in the rain now. After three days of solid rain pouring. The plants might like it; the hens don’t.

They’re bird brained.

When we put a steel bin in the backyard this is what happened.

<a href="http://“>squeaky vs squeaky the big fight!

But in this case Squeaky was no chicken.

(Poor Squeaky, courageous to the last, she hid her illness from the other hens and us and died last year. So we got the Bronte sisters!)

I’m thinking about their characteristics because of their instincts. We gave them a fertilised egg a couple of weeks ago.

Now the three senior hens are intent on sitting on it. It’s due to hatch in a couple more days.

Hens know what to do. They can scratch for food and preen their feathers. They all dust bathe in the same way within a few days of emerging from the egg.

When they turn over ground it’s ritualistic. I expect they’ll know how to be mother hens too!

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12 comments on “Chickens, eh? Not just a bird brain!

  1. andy1076
    May 13, 2014

    Structure in the hen house eh! 😄

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  2. Uncle Spike
    May 13, 2014

    Just as mad as ours then 😀

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  3. Expat Eye
    May 13, 2014

    That video was so funny! 🙂

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  4. Debra
    May 13, 2014

    That was absolutely charming! Made my day. Thanks.

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    • lizard100
      May 13, 2014

      Thank you! I hadn’t planned it. It just came to me!

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  5. Rambling Woods
    May 16, 2014

    Not bird brains…glad I don’t eat them anymore

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