I haven’t posted anything on my wife’s chickens in a while; mostly because there hasn’t been much to post. Over the past couple of months they have been doing what young chickens do. Unfortunately, during this time, they have fully established their pecking order. This is very upsetting to Sally and me. We really expected more out of our girls. We read somewhere that the chicken on the bottom of the pecking order would become your favorite. We can now affirm that bit of wisdom is 100% true.
Tiger Lily is one of our Ameraucanas. She is the smallest of the six birds and as such they pick on her regularly. When it is time to roost at night, they kick her off. If she catches a nice, fat grasshopper they chase her down and try and take it away from her. Because the other chickens are so mean to her, she stays pretty close to Sally and I when we are outside. Not only does she know that we will protect her from the bullying, she has learned that we usually have something special in our pocket just for her.
My wife found a treat on-line called Chicken Crack. This stuff is amazing. We have experimented with different treats for them, but this stuff is by far and away their favorite. We used to share it equally with all of the girls. However, when they got so mean, we mostly cut them off. Now, treats for the five mean girls is plain old hen scratch. While they are scratching away, we call Tiger Lily over and let her eat all of the Chicken Crack she wants right out of our hands.
Even though our girls look all grown up, they are not yet producing eggs. They are only 4 ½ months old so we are hoping for some October eggs. Knowing that they will soon be laying encouraged me to make the final push to finally finish the coop. Sally and I spent a lovely Sunday afternoon building their nesting boxes. We also got the door painted and the outside lights installed. It has taken me almost three months to get the girl’s coop finished. However, I think it was worth the effort.