Tuesday, December 8, 2015
Very Little Chicken Drama
There was little to no chicken drama at all today surprisingly. I opened the door to their coop and the original flock of hens and Rocky came running out as usual and scattered off in their little groups.
Rocky briefly tried calling the new hens out to him but they completely ignored him. In fact I think only one or two of the new hens even left the coop the entire day and only one was brave enough to actually put a foot outside of the barn. She quickly ran back in to the safety of the darkness.
Rocky quickly returned to his duties of escorting his special girls around and finding them food.
Once he had to protect his special red girls from a fearless feline attacker that he just knew wanted to dine on chicken.
There are three of these Rhode Island Red hens that think Rocky is just God's gift to chicken-kind and pretty much follow him everywhere. Occasionally they are joined by one of the Barred Rock hens and one of the Buff Orphingtons but quite often it is just Rocky and his three Red heads. Of course when important matters are afoot Rocky can in fact manage to call the entire flock in for a meeting but it takes him a little while to get them to all agree and Hennypenny absolutely refuses to get anywhere near Rocky anyway.
Meanwhile the addition of the new hens did hit egg production hard as the main egg nest appears to be inside the coop and the original hens didn't appreciate the new hens being in there with them. Either they just refused to lay or they went and found a new spot I haven't located yet because we only got four eggs today.
These new hens are acting just like the batch of five poultry barn hens I got originally. Most refuse to leave the coop and ate at the feeder all day. A couple of them were enticed by the sun streaming in the doorway and ventured as far as the big door entrance to lay in the sun but wouldn't do more than walk over to the edge and peer out at the big blue sky. Only about four of them even figured out they could squeeze through the cattle panel gates I built specifically for chicken movement. Of course four of them venturing out the first day is tons better than the original ones but then the original crew didn't have old hands around to show them the ropes either.
By the time evening hit at the absurdly early time of like 4:30 all the original hens were mostly already inside and in their roost positions. Rocky tried romancing a few of the new hens who ran from him screaming like he was a big scary monster which obviously hurt his feelings since he went to all the wingtip dipping trouble and everything to try and impress them.
I must say though when Rocky was around he didn't put up with any hen pecking shenanigans though. If an old hen started pecking at one of the new girls Rocky quickly broke it up until all the original hens were roosting properly. The new hens then began piling up in on the floor like they did last night although one did get up on the lower roost pole tonight.
Gonna take some time but I think these girls will figure out the ways of their new free range life eventually. With a bit of luck maybe next Spring one or more of these 30 hens will go broody for us.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!