Chicken Playdate!!

Today, we took our chickens out and let them run around. Then our neighbors brought over their three chickens and they had a playdate!!!, or (playdon’t) First, we left my chickens in the coop and we locked up the door. Next, we put my neighbors chickens in the big coop area and we let the chickens meet each other through a fence first. Then,  we let the chickens roam togethre. They immediately split into their own “gangs” and stood on opposite  sides of the coop. After a little while the two Red Stars got next to each other.  Pippy pecked Pippa and then Pippa pecked Pippy!! I came in as fast as lightning before anything could happen. I quickly ran over, stomped on the ground, and lightly pushed the chickens away from each other. I felt like the BOSS! I found out something very interesting that day to…the chickens only attack chickens of their same breed. If they are different breeds they do not hurt each other, they barely even look at each other! The playdate might not have been the best, but at least the chickens were introduced to others of their kind.

 

Chicken Noises (squawk!)

Have you ever seen or heard a chicken make a little high pitched squawk? They tilt their heads, but when they make the noise they don’t really open their mouths. I always wonder what makes them do that? How do they all do it simultaneously? Why is it so interesting to them? I think they might have heard a noise that they are not familiar with, and s it gives the other chickens a kind of curious squawk. I love all of their different noises!! Chirps and squawks are my favorite noises. You never really know what they mean. It is kind of like a secret chicken language that only they can understand. Just like when we talk it is probably very abnormal to them. Sometimes they will communicate by “sizing each other up.” Sometimes i see two of my chickens standing face to face. They will raise their heads really high at the exact same time, jump in the air, squawk loudly, and run away. Funniest sight ever!!! :)They can also tell each other that it is their territory and theirs only by pecking them, usually on the head, or getting really close to them and scaring them away from their away. But alls well that ends well because usually the chickens will end up sharing, after all they are all chickens learning to live together! 

Chicken Poo!

The chickens are now 7 weeks old! We are going to start feeding them the Grower food instead of the Starter food! They grow up so fast!!!!! (sob sob sob) They have even been going into the coop by themselves!! The chickens must have thought it got cold so they all strolled into the coop and went to sleep side by side. I am so proud of them! 🙂 🙂 JoJo is much friendlier now. I love dancing with the chickens, too. I am not sure the chickens like to be danced with, but it is very fun and i love hearing their little, almost silent, gobbles. Now it has come the time to tell the truth about are chickens poo. IT IS GROSS!!!! Whenever they are going to the bath room they squat down,spread out their feathers, wiggle their buts, and a very disgusting glob of poo comes out. EEWWWW!!!!! I don’t know how many of you have ever seen a chicken poo, but if you get the chance, SAY NO! But for all of the chicken owners out there you know exactly what i am talking about. I also love when they are pruning and they ruffle up all of their head feathers and it looks like they are wearing a crown! Then they puff up and they look like they have been filled with helium!! 🙂 🙂 🙂=Pippa in coop!   =JoJo, left, Mable, right( sharing quality time together!

Sleeping Chickens

Today  i took the chickens outside in the coop. I wanted to see what all of the chickens would do if i put them in the closed coop and shut all the doors. After i did that i went over to take care of the neighbors dog. I almost forgot about the chickens! When i came back i opened the small door to see what they were doing. Every chicken was lined up perfectly on the roosting bar in the coop. And almost all of them were asleep! It was one of the cutest things, sadly i don’t have a picture. But then came the hard part, I had to get the chickens out of the coop to put them back int their inside enclosure. I am not sure why we had to take them inside though because my mom said we could try leaving them overnight in the coop to see what they did. I mean they practically live their WHOLE LIVES outside now anyway. We found out that talking to them helps coax them out of the coop. After about 10 minutes we got all the chickens out. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I can’t wait until we can let them roam freely around the yard! It is going to be so much fun!!!! I almost saw JoJo go up the ramp into the coop, but she didn’t go all the way up, (just one more inch!) We have been trying to teach them to go up the ramp and into the coop.But we will just have to keep teaching them!  Chicken School!!! 🙂 🙂 🙂

Chicken Spirit!

At about 8:00 at night tonight, my sister, mom, and i went over to our neighbors house to see their chickens. (They took three of the chickens from the same brood we got) Their chickens are very different. They have different personalities, energies, and positively different looks!!! We figured out that their dog does not care for the chickens at all!!!??? All the dog does is sniff and then go do something more interesting like sleep!! And the dog doesn’t care for their pet bunny either. The names of the neighbors chickens are Pippy, Chloe, and Zoey. They all end in the ee sound.We have been wanting to let our chickens have a “playdate” with their chickens so they could get used to other chickens. Maybe even make some new friends! Our neighbors chickens are  very cute, there is never such thing as an UGLY chicken! I have a question for all of the viewers out there. What is your favorite breed of chicken or what breeds do you have? Thanks for tuning in!! Chicken Spirit Will Never Fail  C.S.W.N.F