Chickens

Chickens can be exasperating creatures.

We moved the new chicks from the brooder coop to the main coop and I was concerned (as I always am) that some of them might not yet be able to reach the food in the hanging feeders.  So I put a couple of bowls on the floor of the coop, intending to keep them filled with feed so the new chicks would have ready access to food.

But here’s the problem (and it happens every year). Whenever I put feed in the bowls the adult birds dive on it like they’re starving and have never seen that kind of feed in their life. They won’t leave it alone until every crumb of it is gone.  Despite the fact that the exact same feed is in the hanging feeders, which they’ve been eating our of their entire lives.

Plenty of food in the hanging feeders

Plenty of food in the hanging feeders

“Hey, can you help a girl out? We’re getting hungry over here.”

Chick feeding frenzy

Chick feeding frenzy

Crashing the party, with her friends soon to join her

Crashing the party, with her friends soon to join her

So if I want to make sure the chicks get to eat, I have to stand over the bowls and chase away the adult chickens when they try to come eat the feed.  And every time I shoo away one of the big chickens, it sends the chicks into a panic and they scatter too. This usually continues until my shooing turns into cussing and kicking.  I could probably dump 50 pounds of feed onto the floor of the coop and the chickens would attack it as if they’ve never been fed in their lives.

As we like to say around here: “Chickens.”

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