Friday, May 22, 2009
Pecking Order in Action
It's spring. So it's chick time.
A teenaged barred rock hen is the newest addition to the Cat Crossing Farm menagerie. The owner of a local coffee shop called my husband Doug and said there was a chicken running around their parking lot. The coffee shop is in an urban area so it's not likely that the chick just hatched somewhere in the bushes and developed a taste for coffee...
So, of course, Doug went to get her. Now's she's living in our greenhouse until she's big enough to go into the hen house.
We also inherited 8 cute fluffy chicks that were used for a magazine photo shoot. They are in the greenhouse too.
And here's what we learn from chickens: That pecking order thing? It's real. Our big hens tried to peck Coffee Shop Chicken (and that's why she's living in the greenhouse). And although you'd think that this experience would soften Coffee Shop Chicken to the tiny chicks, she has nothing but evil-chicken-eyes for them.
I assume they will all get along someday...