Pecking Order

In Chicken husbandry on May 2, 2011 at 6:48 pm

May 2nd

OK, the girls have jostled their positions as top chick for a couple of weeks and we now have a clear winner!  Violet is the alpha bird.  She is a benevolent leader and never pecks her sisters unless it looks like they may have a tasty bug or speck of dust on their heads. 

She is the first out of the cage every morning and the first one to pounce on any live food.  Rosie follows Violet and imitates her movements precisely. 

 If Violet practices flight, Rosie is in hot pursuit.  She can’t get as high or go as long, but she gives it her all.  Rosie stays close by Violet’s side when they take their trips around the screened porch and follows her right back into the cage when she goes back in for some water or food. Dear Daisy is my “special” little bird.  She is the last one out of the cage after several failed attempts.  She trails after the other two the best she can but she will get “lost” and cry (peep, peep, PEEP!) if they go beyond her line of site.  When I drop a small bug or half dead fly into their midst (No really, I swear my house IS clean!), Daisy never gets a bite.  I have taken to stalking creatures on my morning walks and bringing home all manner of six-legged snacks to hand feed to my dear little yellow bit of fluff.  I was careful to choose breeds that are supposed to be docile and friendly to people and each other and so far my plan seems to be working.  Although Violet is clearly going to be my bossy little biddy, she is never aggressive or mean to her adoring sisters.  The ladies cuddle together in a heartbreakingly cute pile when they settle down for the night and they really seem to like each other. 

They seem to like me too and that’s the best part.  All the animals in the family love Jim the most but my chicks LOVE ME!  He says it’s because they have the smallest brains in the family. I know it’s because I am such a cool mom.

  1. ” He says it’s because they have the smallest brains in the family.” I think he’s just jealous. 🙂

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