Days of Thanks: Chickens (Week 3)

As you may remember, in July, we got three chickens. I failed to update when we got our fourth. We’ve enjoyed eating fresh eggs (we’ve had to supplement from the store, but I’m hoping they’ll pick up in the spring) and we’ve enjoyed watching their antics.

Alan-a-Dale (named because his head made both of us think of the character in the animated Robin Hood movie – even though in the movie he looks more like an old English game bird than whatever breed we have) is especially funny when he finds food. He makes goofy noises and pokes around to call the hens (I’d link a video, but no one seems to have posted a to-the-point video on YouTube).

One thing that I thought was really interesting was the way the birds’ behavior changed after we got our frost. As it moved toward shorter days, the chickens seemed to be less excited about finding bugs (because there were fewer?). Once the frost/freeze hit, though, they really haven’t been finding anything in the yard. I’ve been having to feed them more and they spend more time hiding under the porch than out looking for things to eat in the yard (I reject the claim that they are foraging less because I’m feeding them more – they seem to prefer foraging to the feed).

Anyway, introductions are in order, since I’m not sure I ever shared their names. See if you can find the pattern (Alan is not part of the pattern). Far left is Rhône (Roan), next to Rhône is Beaujolais, and on the far right is Burgundy.


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