Whynnie’s latest diary entry is all about chicken behavior. Sometimes called pecking order, the coop hierarchy actually works to maintain order and contentment in the coop. Lately, a huge loss in the feather family affected the pecking order. The chicken behavior hasn’t fully recovered yet. But it will. I’ll let Whynnie tell you in her own way.
Dear Diary, I need to tell you about some chicken behavior here in the coop.
So much has been happening I hardly know where to start. Things around here have been way too crazy for this girl. I’ll back up and tell you that last week we had a snow storm. All this white stuff fell from the sky and I know it was a sign. You see, we had just lost Ms. Featherfoot. She had to go.So she did and never came back. The sickness was too much. She hid it as long as she could, you know, we do that so every other bird thinks we are ok and then we don’t get picked on. Ms. Featherfoot had been here longer than me and was everyone’s momma hen. She looked out for us and the humans loved her. But, she just couldn’t get better, even though the human tried to help her. A strange man even came and checked her one day. He gave her some drops. But they didn’t work well enough. We were all just a little bit devastated, and then the white stuff fell from the sky and made everything white and clean. It reminded me of Ms. Featherfoot and how pretty she always looked.
The day it snowed we all had to stay inside. Staying inside with King is challenging. These young roosters are such problems! Everyone spent the day trying to stay away from him but we were in the coop! The new red girls don’t seem to mind him as much as the rest of us. But I hear they are getting new clothes to wear because King is wearing out their feathers! They won’t be getting any new feathers until late summer so they better watch out. I wonder what the clothes will look like. Izzy said that it’s an apron. Izzy thinks she knows everything. The new Brahma girls are maybe getting aprons too although they have such thick feathers, King hasn’t worn them off yet.
TJ Rooster is picking on Little Roo. They used to be friends but since King grew up, TJ thinks he has to be all bad to the bone now to show off for the ladies. Poor Little Roo. He’s lately been leaving the area and walking around the farm. I am worried he will end up in a pig pen down there. The human finds him and brings him back.
I have my hands full now that Ms. Featherfoot is gone. All the things she did have fallen into my lap. I have to chase the new girls around just to make sure they don’t get any big ideas about being in charge. Personally, I don’t care where Audrey takes her dust bath. But I saw her looking all relaxed today, kicking dirt up, so I just had to go make her move along. I scratched the area a couple of times, but I didn’t want that spot. I just wanted Audrey to move.
The final straw happened today. The human cleaned the coop. It’s not even March! Doesn’t she know that doing the cleanup this early will bring more snow? Ugh! Then we will have to stay in again. No one could find a spot to roost tonight because everything was moved around. Not everything but a lot of things. I found my spot early and settled in for the show. Sure enough, no one was happy. The pullet area has three roost bars now. The ladder that Audrey sleeps on was moved to a different area and the nest boxes that no one likes to use were moved. The human moved Izzy over next to me on the roost because she was close to falling off the edge. Great. She snores! I’ll never get to sleep now.
Well dear diary, I must tuck my head under my wing and get some sleep. Tomorrow is certain to be another trying day here in the coop. Will I ever get this flock’s chicken behavior under control?