March 20th, 2008

Walkabout

But, Mom, I Didn't WANT a Baby Sister!"

For those of you playing along at home, 12 new hens arrived on Monday. "Hen" being a relative term indicating their purpose in life at a later date. These are young girls somewhere around E's age in terms of development. Like, they haven't a clue what their purpose is.

The thought was that if the girls were young enough, the remaining 7 would mother them, teach them what to do. My conclusion is that chickens don't do that. They just aren't wired for parenting, at least the way these were bred. Their behavior more resembles that of an older sibling who used to be an only child presented with the arrival of a baby sister. Lots of baby sisters.

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