Oh, dear. I guess it's standard building practice to insulate the foundation with XPS (extruded polystyrene), but it does look just like cement/concrete when painted. Well, until pecked to pieces by chickens! It's toxic to birds that eat enough of it, right? Someone in another thread mentioned that she lost at least 1 (but I think it was two) chickens to the ingestion of a bunch of styrofoam (which, I think is also polystyrene). Dunno. I wonder if slapping some fine/smoothed stucco or drive-it (sp?)over the top of it would help at all. Again, dunno. Once chickens start doing something, they don't like to stop, so they might just keep pecking at the stucco and peck through a thin layer of it to get to the insulation.
Chestnut ridge, do you think the photo of the Basque you posted is a roo or a hen? Four of mine have that coloring, but with big legs, and those little combs sprouting out are making me nervous. Only one of mine has no comb. (Oh well, more dinner for SCG).
Some of you may have remember that I had gotten a few Emu eggs, and I had set them a few days before the setting for the Easter hatch? Well, one of my sister and I saw one of the eggs wiggle! Whoo Hoo!!!It means that it is alive!!! Only 9 more days to go, as today is day 41!!!So, there are one more egg left from the Easter hatch that may hatch.The other egg, I am 90 percent sure that is no good, but I am happy with the live one, plus have 3 more eggs that are just past halfway of incubation.