Saturday, May 29, 2021
So our new chick integration plan has been decided upon. We will wait until the babies are 12 weeks and thereby more similarly sized to the adults before putting them together again. If Lilly the meanie hasn't developed better friendship skills by then she will be sent directly to chicken jail for 2 weeks. With any luck, after the 2 week period she will be a new womhen and find better things to do with her time than try to murder youngsters. If that doesn't work then, well, we will establish a new plan. Hoping it works, because chicken jail really is a last ditch effort to save Lilly from being sent off to a new home. And when you rehome a single adult chicken, you DON'T ask what they are going to do with her.
Right now the babies are in a run within the run most days so the big girls can be right next to them while the little girls remain safe, but Lilly STILL tries to intimidate them through the mesh wall. She lunges at them and chases them back and forth along the run wall, and because she's already traumatized them, they run. That. in turn, encourages her to keep on doing it. It's a vicious cycle. Quite literally. Hopefully over these next four weeks the babies learn that she cannot hurt them through the wall and they stop running from her. It's doubtful though, as Lilly is VERY territorial and actually seems to enjoy tormenting the babies, like it's the best form of entertainment. And the babies are very meek and mild, and not the brightest birds in the flock. So.
On a brighter note, against all odds, my dill came up! Lots and lots of it. The boys garden is all sprouting as well so things are looking good. Rain has been very plentiful around here this last week, so even forgetting to water for a day we're still sprouting like crazy.
So that's my chicken chat update. Pray for Lilly.