So I have figured out where the name calling of when someone is scared of doing something, they are called a chicken came from. Chickens are scared of EVERYTHING!! If you add something new to the coop they totally freak out. It can be something as small as a new watering dish. I'm not kidding!
This morning was one of those I'm a CHICKEN and I am really SCARED about what you have just put into my coop days!! You see, we have a mice problem. I've seen them in my compost bin for the last couple of weeks and they even made an appearance at my garden tour this last Saturday. Mice are not good to have around chickens as they can carry Salmonella and spread it to your chickens. I was instructed to turn my compost bin more often and to cut up my compost additions in to smaller pieces to get my nitrogen level up. Well, I did this and it did not help. Next step was to put out mouse traps, which we have and we are catching them (I will not poison them as I would not want to possibly harm other animals in the process). I thought to myself that I'm sure the mice are attracted the the chicken feed that the chickens dump all over the bottom of their coop as well. So this morning I decided to clean up the floor of the coop and attach a hook in the coop, so that I could hang the chicken's feeder instead of having it sit on the ground. I'm hoping this will keep the chickens from spilling so much feed on the ground, thus not giving the mice a free dinner.
Here is the feeder hanging in the coop. As you can see, it is only hanging a few inches from the ground.
Here are the chickens hanging out in the yard while I worked in the coop
Red and Delta
And the babies who I've yet to give names to. Look how BIG they are now!!
Well!!! When it was time for everyone to go back into the coop.........Wait! What is that new thing in our coop??? We don't recognize our own feeder as it is hanging a few inches above the ground now!!! We are soooooo SCARED!!!! We DON'T WANT TO GO BACK INTO THE COOP!!!
10 minutues of me chasing chickens around the yard and capturing them one by one....by the tail.....have you ever tried to catch a scared chicken........with a little dog trying to help you???(sigh) Lots of chicken screaming going on......all neighborhood dogs are barking now.....
Notice how they are all to the left of the feeder. The babies even decided to go up! LOL!! I even put their favorite Greens next to the feeder to encourage them to get closer. It will probably take about 24 hours for them to get used to it.
In the meantime, this little girl Emmie (aka: chicken helper)(I don't know why she squints when I take her pic)
brought me a little dead mouse that she had caught.
I hope your day is a little less eventful than mine!! LOL!!