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Cuckoo birds

Sunday, October 25, 2020

Last night my oldest went out to coop the girls up. After securing them, he checked to see how they'd arranged themselves for the evening. He opened the nesting box to find that Rosie had grabbed the favorite side and was sitting comfortably in it. And Bev was standing right on top of her! The other perfectly good nesting box remained completely empty. Lilly appeared to be the only normal one and was on a perch while Agnes had somehow gotten herself crammed sideways into the small area between the two perches on the coop floor. So apparently, that's what they thought was best.

My youngest, after observing our girls for the few months we've had them, doesn't believe that there are such things as wild chickens. His reasoning is that there's no way they'd be smart enough to survive in the wild. Of course he was joking and certainly knows that birds in captivity appear of little wit, because they probably are, but in the wild, what saves them is their skittishness combined with their ability to fly along with their biological wiring for eating and reproduction. They really don't need much more than that it seems.

In other cluck cluck news, I am currently on the hunt for a chicken watering container heater to keep the water in liquid form through the icy months. Someone posted that it can be done with a round cookie tin fitted with a lamp kit and a 40 watt bulb inside placed under the water container. Creative, but I really don't have the desire to do a DIY craft involving power tools nor am I wanting something that requires another sloppy extension cord. I remember lugging 5 gallon buckets of water out to my horse twice a day in the winter when I was a kid, but I wasn't working full time and I had more energy back then so it wasn't a big deal. Fast forward 35 years and now I want things easy! So we shall see what the great interwebs bring forth.

Happy Sunday!
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  • GARDENCHRIS
    good luck finding something that works, can't wait to hear what it is !
    37 days ago
  • MARYJEANSL
    Considering how tasty chickens are to many different predators, it really is something of a miracle that the species is still around. I know some people who own chickens, and they have to worry about so many different creatures that want to eat them - snakes, foxes, birds of prey, just for starters. Even skunks, who eat the eggs and the chicken food, although not the chickens themselves. A friend of mine has a skunk problem. The skunk got into the chicken coop...her dh went out with a 22...and shot and killed one of the chickens. Missed the skunk altogether. We couldn't help but laugh as she was telling us.
    38 days ago
  • IAMTHEELLIE
    Maybe a lizard induction heater under it? If it's inside by the heater it shouldn't freeze too quickly anyways! The problem with breeding animals for meat/eggs is that something has to give... Usually brains!
    38 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    I would get so attached to these clucking sweeties.
    38 days ago
  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    Those girls are so pampered. And I am sure that there is a heater of some kind to keep chicken waters from freezer. Right now I have Shorty curled up on my lap and partial on the computer delete button so I have to keep checking as all of a sudden several letters or words just disappear. lol
    38 days ago
  • BCHARIE
    Hilarious!!! I was scared of the chickens at my grandparents as a child, now I would love some but suburban Chicago, not having it. Chicago does have a pretty large population of "wild" chickens. They apparently were let go by people who thought it was a good idea then bailed on them leaving them to fend for themselves. It's sad that people are so irresponsible.

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