Monday, July 25, 2011

Chicken discoveries

Just a couple of months in the company of our first birds were enough to turn me into a great chicken lover - and that's before we've even reached the egg laying stage! Sure, they are a handful, but along the road we're having the time of our lives, not to mention making entertaining discoveries, such as:

* Chickens like to flock together, which makes it a lot easier to locate them when they cross the border to the neighbours' garden.

* Having chickens means a lot less food goes to waste, since chickens eat practically anything...

* ... including Styrofoam, which they will devour as though they've never tasted anything more delicious, if we only let them.

* Your efforts to provide a nice "nest" for your birds might go to waste if they express a sudden and unexpected culinary interest in its insulation.

* Chickens will flock near you and poop on your shoes when you least expect it.

This is by no means an exhaustive list, so feel free to add your own observations!

10 comments:

Ganeida said...

Chickens will clean up every bug in your yard ~ AND the surrounding neighbourhood!!! Honestly, we had no ticks [which are a real pest here] while we kept chooks. Mind you, they ate most of the veggie garden too but them's the breaks.

Anonymous said...

So Fun !!! What I have learned..Do not wear red nail polish and then walk bare foot among the chickens!!!! Birds of a feather DO flock together ( we always had a wide assortment of different types and colors and the first year or so they do tend to keep with their own kind) They have eaten all the foam insulation on our basement walls that was above ground and did act as though it was the best!!! My favorite part is the cluck cluck the hen makes while laying the egg which calls the rooster to her side and the when she cackles when she is finished the rooster crows (like he had something to do with it !!)and they rush outside together!!I wonder if other chickens act this same way. And I have never met a rooster that I trust. I have heard others say they have had nice roosters but ours have all been wicked, dangerous, My daughter has scars where the rooster attacked her, and we tried being kind and petting them and being gentle, maybe it was just the breeds we had but yikes!!!I have gotten more entertainment over the years watching them And got a deeper understanding of the bible where it speaks of the hen etc especially when you see them raise their own chicks and how they are so fiercely protective. "Mad as a wet hen "has proved false here as my hens will spend all day scratching in the pouring rain even when it is near freezing it bothers them not one bit.Karen

Jacinda @ Growing Home said...

We talk about moving to the country and getting a coop of chickens one day so thanks for the heads up! ;-)

Gothelittle Rose said...

Chickens in my area love to feast on ticks, mosquitoes, and poison ivy, making them invaluable as pest control.

Petunia's mom said...

LOL. This cracks me up. My husband is from Puerto Rico and there are stray chickens everywhere there. I once saw my MIL feed chickens spaghetti. That was interesting!

Leah Brand-Burks said...

"Your efforts to provide a nice "nest" for your birds might go to waste if they express a sudden and unexpected culinary interest in its insulation."

That is hilarious! I hate that your effort was wasted, but I bet you got a good laugh out of that one in the end too! So glad you all are having fun.

Anonymous said...

Ha ha! How fun! I'd love to have chickens someday.

Susan

Anonymous said...

Dear Anna,

So nice to hear about your chickens!

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Take good care!

Anonymous said...

My chicks love to peck at buttons and it is a little embarrassing when that button is on a back pocket when kneeling! They love to sit all bunched up 3-4 at a time on my patio chairs, as if they are made for them. They also play together running towards each other with wings outstretched culminating with an almost chest bumping with fluffed up feathers. They are great entertainment.

Fiona said...

My family had chickens when I was in my teens. I too loved their 'egg cluck', so proud when they had laid. Dust-bathing was cute, as was the pensive and quiet long chirrup they would make as they looked around just enjoying the day. The scratch and shuffle from foot to foot then pecking for bugs in the dirt was good to watch too. They are lovely to have around.

It's satisfying that nothing ever goes to waste - 'put it in the chook pot', 'ooh they'll enjoy those roast potatoes'. If one was lucky enough to grab a prize leftover something they would run off and eat it in a far corner of the garden to avoid having to share.