Thursday, September 24, 2015
A Chicken Update and Odd Behavior
I continue to just play catch up on various odds and ends that I put off during the hay harvest. There really seems to be no end to them. Today I gathered up some left over hay from last Winter that was laying around in preparation to get rid of it. I was hoping the remnants of the big round bale would hold together enough for me to dump it into the drainage ditch I have running through the middle of the nag pasture but no such luck. I brush hogged the overgrown failed pumpkin patch hoping it will dry enough in the next few days that I can till it up and leave it sit over Winter and I began making the first marks for the next stage of my never ending fence project.
We actually got three eggs today and sometime yesterday we got another one of those shell-less eggs too. I don't think there is a lack of calcium going on I think the shell-less eggs are the young hens beginning to lay. Or I hope anyway.
The general stress level seems to have bottomed out and I neither see nor hear much bickering out of the hens at all. Rocky struts around like he is king of the universe but seems to only have the four Barred Rock hens fooled into actually caring one way or another. I haven't seen the rooster mount or chase a hen in well over a week. He seems too busy trying to convince the un-impressed hens he is something special and failing. All but the Barred Rock hens pretty much just ignore him.
Each morning the chickens are anxious to be let out of the coop/stall. They are all pressed right up against the door waiting for it to swing open but then most of them just mill around in front of the coop in a little hallway or go to the stall next door and hang out all day. Each of them have a little resting pit dug and all they seem to do is snooze. A few venture out into the main barn area and one or two (including Rocky) will sometimes poke their heads outside but by and large the hens just seem content to lay around all day.
Then about 3 or 4 in the afternoon about half of them will begin wandering out into the barn yard.
I swear they are the laziest chickens I have ever seen.
I know for a fact at their old home the Black hens couldn't wait to run around the yard. When their owner opened that door they were all off and running like crazy birds. Now that they are let out every day I guess the novelty has worn off and they would rather hang out inside snoozing.
The only chicken that constantly seems to be on the move is Littlebit the Hamburg hen. She is constantly poking her head out but never goes far from the barn cover.
I really had hoped to see them out and about more. They do seem to be making a real dent in the various bug populations but honestly before late afternoon you wouldn't even really know there were chickens on the place. Rocky doesn't even crow but maybe once an hour these days either and then half the time he is so deep in the barn you really have to listen to hear him.
Maybe there is just so much rich pickings in the barn that it takes most of the day for them to work their way outside or something? It is a pretty good sized barn and they have complete run of the place as I shut the front door so nothing can get in with them except the sheep through the back. I just find this afternoon only walk about thing kinda strange is all.
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