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Chicken chat

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. emoticon
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  • IMUSTLOSEIT1
    Lily is becoming one nasty chick. She better be careful, or it will be jail or something even worse. Do you think it is because she was picked on and her little tiny brain thinks that what you do to the younger ones. I do believe she would never make a good mama hen.
    61 days ago
  • GARDENCHRIS
    she better behave herself if she wants to keep clucking!
    61 days ago
  • SLIMMERJESSE
    It sounds like jail is in her future.
    61 days ago
  • IAMTHEELLIE
    Oh dear... Some hens are just jerks! Hopefully once she beats them up once or twice she'll feel like they've been shown their place and ignore them moving forward...
    61 days ago
  • no profile photo INCH_BY_INCH
    emoticon emoticon I know how frustrating this is for you. I remember when we were kids we had a cow, we called her Snorts, she would do similiar things to us when we can around her space. She was fine around adults, but watch out if you fell into the other category. Hopefully Lily will give up her ardous ways. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    61 days ago
  • no profile photo CD11945874
    I wonder if the Leopard can ever change their spots! ... Meaning Lilly. .. It does sound like the protection of these little ones is the top priority. No species should bully another and frighten them have to death! ... A few years back we decided to get a little hand for our male parakeet so he would have a companion. (Not all parakeets are sweet and wonderful).... We brought her home and not only did they not adapt to one another, But she had screaming outbursts several times a day! ... Our little guy stayed to himself and didn't go near her cage which was right next to him. She was often so loud and out of control that we had to take her to another room or else cover her cage until she settled down..... Before the end of 2 weeks we bundled her up and took her back to the pet store! ... Within went to a different store and found a sweet little female Home we named Simi. She is adorable and has a sweet little personality and I'm sure he's in love with our little guy! .... They are in separate cages beside each another but they have played time everyday and it is a hoot to watch them chasing each other in circles and kissing! ... Well I don't want to write a book here on your blog so I wish Well I don't want to write a book here on your blog so I wish you a wonderful day and a solution. ...(Thank you for commenting on my blog too about catching the wave!)..
    61 days ago
  • MARYJEANSL
    So sorry to hear that Lilly is acting more like a female member of the dog species than chicken, if you get my drift. What a meanie!

    It does sound as though your plan is the best option possible in the circumstances. Definitely praying that all works out with the cluck cluck crew and they learn to live in harmony.
    61 days ago
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