This is Lucille, my plucky little rescue hen. We have been getting to know each other this weekend, as she just came to us Wednesday night. Before her arrival here, she had lived her whole life alone without a flock, in a cage, had never-free-ranged or eaten any greens. She wouldn't try the treats I gave her, because she didn't seem to recognize that they were food.
But this afternoon she spent about 35 minutes in my lap, soaking in lots of affection, and watching the rest of our flock. Lucille is pretty clever! When the flock moved on to another part of the yard, Lucille jumped off of my lap and ran over to try the watermelon! She gobbled up a bunch of watermelon, then tried some grass too! Her first free-ranging experience!
Gotta tell ya, I'm as proud as a mother hen myself!