In other news, I am smarter than chickens.

We have successfully integrated the babies. After much research, I learned that one of the best ways to bring in new chickens is to put ALL the chickens in a brand new coop, so no one has a territorial interest. Obviously moving our massive chicken fortress was out of the question, so we did the next best thing: we totally rearranged it. It was time to clean the coop anyway, so all the old dead leaves for them to pick through were added to the compost pile, the house was moved, their perching stumps were moved, and the food and water were moved.

All of this activity successfully confused the big chickens into thinking it was a BRAND NEW CHICKEN COOP, and the babies are now living free with them with minimal fuss. It helps that they aren’t REALLY babies, we’re still waiting for their combs to grow in but they’re making big chicken noises instead of baby cheeps and have gotten significantly larger.

The downside of all the coop rearrangement is that Matilda and Lorena swear that they cannot possibly lay eggs under these unsatisfactory conditions, even after I bribed them with collard greens, parsley, cauliflower, and mealworms. For the record, cauliflower and mealworms are hugely preferred as chicken treats. I will have to get them some more, and possibly some funky orange cauliflower.

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Comments (3) | Life at the Manor — Tags: , — Andrea @ 0634 on 6 December, 2010

3 Responses to “In other news, I am smarter than chickens.”

  1. Jen
    1003 on December 6th, 2010

    Also introducing new chickens at night when everyone is sleepy works well too.

  2. Andrea
    1026 on December 6th, 2010

    Yeah, I’d heard that, and that was our first attempt at introducing the babies. Unfortunately when everyone woke up, Lorena and Matilda were all “INTERLOPERS! KILL!” I swear that chickens remember when they were velociraptors.

  3. Selma
    2310 on December 6th, 2010

    I think cats remember when they were velociraptors. :)

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