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Tattling chicken!

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by Sjisty, Dec 26, 2013.

  1. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

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    We have a dark Brahma, Frack, who for a while laid an egg upstairs in our bed, until one day she fell down the stairs. Almost 4 years ago, we found an end table/dog crate, so we convinced Frack to lay there instead of going up stairs. Well, she "told" Blackie (Jersey Giant) about her posh spot. The next thing you know, Blackie started coming inside to lay. Sometimes there was a traffic jam, but most times they lay at different times, so there's no problem.

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    Well, Frack got sick this summer and I thought we were going to lose her. She quit laying around October, I think. After some tender loving care, she recovered from her mystery illness (I think it was botulism), but she was no longer laying. I figured because she was pretty old (around 7 years) that was normal. This week, surprisingly, she started laying again. So far it has been three days in a row.

    This morning, Blackie came in to lay her egg, same as usual. About 1/2 hour after she went back outside, I heard pecking at the door. Expecting Frack, I looked up to see Domino (light Brahma), pecking at the door. I opened the door to ask her what she thought she was doing (yes, I talk to my chickens, doesn't everyone?). She came marching in and went straight to the crate. This is a chicken who has never come in before! She didn't even have to look around, just marched straight across the living room floor to the crate, went inside, and started rearranging the hay. About 1/2 hour later, she gets up, steps out of the crate, and starts her egg song. Sure enough, there's an egg in the crate!

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    So, logic tells me that Blackie or Frack "tattled." How else would Domino know about the crate? And ... what the heck am I going to do if they tattle to the other 30-ish hens!!??
     
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  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    I think that it is time for a chicken door, and perhaps two or three new dog crates. That is TOO funny. How the heck did she know?
     
  3. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    What a CUTE story!! They are pretty smart. I think the term "bird brain" needs to be redefined.

    Love it!
     
  4. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Chicken see, chicken do? [​IMG]
     
  5. TwoCrows

    TwoCrows Show me the way old friend... Staff Member

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    Word must have gotten out via "chicken wire". (chicken telephone)
     
  6. XD Love this story!!!! Soon enough you'll have a line of chickens waiting to lay in that crate....
     
  7. scratch'n'peck

    scratch'n'peck Overrun With Chickens

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    Hopefully Domino was just eavesdropping (or spying through the window?) on Frack and Blackie. If they don't want a line for the indoor nest box, those hens will keep the special laying spot under wraps.
     
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  8. chicksurreal

    chicksurreal Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Too funny! That's the cutest story! I hope you don't have to get one of those ticket dispensers like they have at the deli! I can just see a line of hens with numbered tickets in their beaks[​IMG]
     
  9. b.hromada

    b.hromada Flock Mistress

    [​IMG] How cute! What a great story! Who says chickens are dumb anyway??? Thanks for sharing!
     

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