Wow .. where to even start! OK, at what I think is the beginning …. Saturday evening Blondie decided that she was going to be broody; yep, good plan, apparently 5 days without a broody is sufficient for me
Saturday night she spent sleeping on the timber panel which has blocked off the nest box.
Sunday morning, however, she was showing no interest in the nest boxes whatsoever and spent Sunday in the garden with her flock mates.
This morning, she was out having breakfast and spent the majority of the day in the run. By the afternoon though, she had plonked her blowfish impersonating self on an egg and was not budging. So I booted her out and blocked off the nest boxes. For the past three hours she has tried to pancake on the nest box cover.
KiKi who I think is semi broody, cos apparently one is not enough and I need another one, was parked on the roost and every time Blondie tried to pancake, KiKi dropped down, beat her up and chased her out. Then back up onto the roost for a repeat performance when Blondie came back, wings out, blowfishing and tooking up a storm.
Closer to bed time, Crystal, who uses the nest box cover as a launch pad onto the roost could not go to bed because Blondie was on the cover and when she eventually managed to get up to the roost, a semi-broody KiKi beat her up and pushed her off.
While all this was going on, Dusty kept rushing in to try and break up the squabbles as this is what she does in her role as rooster!
So, basically, I have Blondie strutting around doing her ‘I wanna be a mumma’ impersonations; KiKi strutting around doing her ‘Not on my watch Sunshine’ performance and Dusty strutting around doing her ‘If you two do not pack it in, I am going to knock your chicken heads together … Do Not make me have to split you two up!’
Poor ole bottom of the pecking order Crystal and moulting LuLu are walking around bug eyed and tippy toed trying hard to keep out of everyone’s way and Cilla is being typical Cilla ‘Squabbles? What squabbles? No squabbles in my bubble’
.... well it is Teila. It's the way you tell the stories. !! Absolutely always, I get a great chuckle out of your writings. ( where's that book - is it started yet ? ).
What on earth do you feed them ? Sustagen ? Red Bull drinkies ? .... Vitamin B6 ( good for reproduction and hormonal surges etc. ) ?
Ok ... news flash - you need to become HEAD CHOOK. .... Queen of the run - dominant bod. And if that means extra work in making new areas to separate that lot - then go for it.
I honestly couldn't stand the fracas and dust-ups in the chook pen. But I think we'd all miss the broody stories you have to tell - it might however work, especially for your peace of mind.
Sounds like they start each other OFF, and then it's ON for young and old. ... Now all you need is Cilla to become broody again ( and gee whiz - it could happen !! ) ... and you have pancaking chooks all over the place, interspersed with punch-ups between them.
Good luck with all that ( says she still chuckling ) .... I am honestly not laughing AT you, but rather WITH you.
Your broody stories are the best.
Edited by Anniebee - 1/18/16 at 2:49am
Aussie chook enthusiast !!!
Aussie chook enthusiast !!!