Monday, February 8, 2016
Splitting Day Chicken Feeding Frenzy
It never fails now the minute the damned chickens hear the log splitter start up they come running from all over the farm to swarm me. I spend as much time moving chickens out of the way so they won't get squished as I do splitting the actual wood.
Yesterday after I put the first coat of Ford gray on the bottom section of the hood I carefully slipped out and quietly opened the gate, eased the log splitter out very gently and backed the truck into place.
There wasn't a chicken in sight. Near as I could tell they were all way down by the loafing shed a good 100 yards away from me with the entire barn between us.
I started up the log splitter and within about 2 minutes I was mobbed by a chicken feeding frenzy.
Of course here came Rocky all pissed off that I managed yet again to steal his show and his hens away from him. Rocky simply hates for me to be around his hens and tries everything he can to get them to leave the log splitter area but they are having none of his crap. They want BUGS!!!!
Even the normally much shyer hens come out and climb over my boots when the log splitter is running. This is the little Hamburg hen I named Little Bit but has since been re-named Chickenburger by my son. I am guessing because I told him she was a Hamburg chicken? Whatever his reasoning the name stuck. Normally Chickenburger is quite secretive, standoffish and usually by herself but the call of the log splitter is like a dinner bell.
The two Buffs we have came as well. They are usually way off in the pasture foraging and rarely stick close to the barn during daylight. They too made the pilgrimage in hopes of finding some juicy bugs and worms.
Even the normally well hidden and rarely seen Americuna or Easter Eggers came running and none were disappointed. I split up about half a row down to the bottom logs and there were all kinds of worms coming up to the surface there along with pillbugs and wood roaches. One log was filled with rotten wood and had some larvae inside I dumped out for the girls. They attacked like a pack of per-historic raptors.
When the splitting ended the hens all took off for their usual digging grounds. Not so much as a thank you.
Oh well least I get their eggs!!!
Working again today. Will be interested to see if this post actually updates. Been having bad luck with the updating again of course.
Keep Prepping Everyone!!!!!!!