The Great Yogurt Caper

Discussion in 'Pictures & Stories of My Chickens' started by featherbaby, Sep 26, 2009.

  1. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210

    Well, just to update you on the chaos de jour out in my SILKIE INSANITARIUM (coop) on the back deck:

    Upon the advice of “good friends” (who are probably laughing their butts off now) I got some Yoplait strawberry yogurt (live bacterial culture) at the store to feed my beautiful little fuzzy chicks that are growing like weeds after a rainstorm. I’m sure it will help their little tummies digest food easier.

    With one side off the coop, I placed the small bowl on the shavings, dipped my finger in the goo and held it out to the nearest chick. They acted like I was offering
    Them poison on a stick and ran to the farthest corner of the coop. Undaunted, I patiently waited for the first brave one to come back and give in to her curiosity.
    Surprisingly it was the smallest splash baby who came. Probably since she’s at the bottom of the pecking order and gets shoved around by everyone, she figured she had nothing to lose by trying the alleged hemlock. I didn’t know you could see “surprise” on a chick’s face, but I did. She soon decided this was a great treat and continued to peck it off my finger until the others sauntered over one at a time to see what was going on. Not one to be upstaged, “the Queen” circled us cautiously and came close enough to see there was some sort of food being dispensed. Instead of sampling it off my finger, she decided to peck the uneaten droplets off the little one. By this time, a few more regained their courage and tried the strange looking stuff…both on and off the little chick.

    And then the food fight began.

    All 7 chicks were trampling and jockeying for position nearest the bowl and finger. It didn’t seem to matter that they were smearing it on each other as they pushed and shoved. One was unfortunate enough to have her head in the bowl when another one planted a big feathered foot squarely on it, shoving her head down into the yogurt. Now that was a sight to see. When she came up sneezing and cheeping she was as mad as a wet……well, you know. She then proceeded to shake her head so that she could share all the yogurt with her friends….and me. Do you know what it’s like to have yogurt flung at your eyeglasses? Now it looks like I’m seeing things through a hail storm. Ever tried to get dried yogurt off eyeglasses? While trying to catch 'spiky-haired-girl', the other chicks stampeded and at least 5 of them planted one or more feathered feet right into the bow just before walking over the backs of the others. Before I could grab the slick footed stompers, they ran for the nest box, gathering woodchips and dirt into that featherduster they call feet. Now you chemists out there know that milk products contain casien, a common bonding agent used in making glue. I don’t have to tell you what their feet and feathers looked like after this feeding frenzy. I spent the next hour and a half in a foot washing exercise that was almost as messy as the initial yogurt food fight. I believe I have been soundly, and repeatedly cursed in “chickenese” and have a few cuts and scratches to go with it.

    As I carefully washed and dried each little foot and each little head, I gently placed them backing the coop. They went straight to the regular feeder and got chick starter dust and crumbles imbedded nicely in their damp head feathers.

    Then the entire flock, bless the little darlings, all piled up in a heap and went to sleep. Something inside me wanted to wake them up, but my kinder- gentler side let them sleep. Besides, I had to go in for my second shower of the day and clean my glasses as well. I think I need to lay down and take a nap now too. Maybe they had the right idea after all.

    Is there ANYTHING cleaner and dryer that I can give them as treats? Frankly I don’t give a flying fruit fly whether I ever give them yogurt again.
  2. Sjisty

    Sjisty Scribe of Brahmalot

    May 18, 2009
    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    Thanks for the laugh - I don't think I'll try that with my guys.
  3. Thortherooster

    Thortherooster Songster

    Jun 10, 2009
    crackers, noodles, oranges, fruit, vegtables, no bannanas!! they are sure to like something, but they can be picky.....[​IMG]
  4. featherbaby

    featherbaby Songster

    Jun 18, 2009
    Jacksonville, FL 32210
    Tonight I discovered that applesauce is much easier to remove from eyeglasses than dried yogurt! HA!

    They are sooooooo cute. I came up to the coop with a bowl in my hand and they ran for door to see what I had. They made little piggies of themselves, then lay down in a pile and went to sleep like the little angels they are. Awwwwww!
  5. insiderart

    insiderart Obviously Insane

    Apr 30, 2009
    LOL! I love my silkie/showgirl babies. So cuddly and fluffy.
  6. Lund121671

    Lund121671 Songster

    Mar 2, 2009
    when I feed yogurt I mix some of there crumbles along with little pieces of bread that way it isn't just yogurt and more like a paste. This is easier for them to eat and keeps the flinging to a minimum with no dirty heads etc.
  7. AmyBella

    AmyBella Songster

    May 26, 2009
    Western MA
    Oh, that was so funny! I really enjoy your writing style.

    A yogurt feeding frenzy is something to behold...
  8. catwalk

    catwalk Songster

    May 19, 2009
    Should've used Dannon........
  9. Fuffy

    Fuffy Songster

    Sep 3, 2009
    Jersey, GB
    LOVE the story!!! Made me laugh!!! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I tried mine on low fat unsweetened natural probiotic yoghurt. I just put it in a dish and left them to it. Obviously it was going to jump up and attack them until nearly bedtime. Which was when my intrepid little bantam pullet thought it might be ok. And then suddenly everyone wanted some! [​IMG]
  10. Cetawin

    Cetawin Chicken Beader

    Mar 20, 2008
    NW Kentucky
    Applesauce with a bit of their food mixed in it...great treat and does not sling with the fury of yogurt. hehehehehe

    give them yogurt as follows

    prepare bowl, put on rain coat, approach chicken area cautiously....sit the bowl down and RUN!

    Only way I know to do it.

    My girls love steamed brown rice, watermelon and grapes....those are the favs here

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