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In the Chinese year of the rooster 2017 let’s talk about understanding chickens.
Roosters are assertive, courageous and loud. Honored in France and across Asia.
The thing I understand about chickens is that they are fun companions to share a garden with. They can be full of lively and changing moods. Meek or determined, sedate and cheeky behaviours can flow by in the space of a few minutes.
They are a tough little bird and uncomplaining survivors, but easily killed by pet dogs and visiting foxes.
If I had to give one tip it is this, They always respond to gentle consistent pressure better and quicker than rushed violent action.
And the egg came first.
(As in which came first. The chicken or the egg? That was to see if you are awake!)
All right, here is why, the first chicken egg came from two non-chicken parents. That works for a group of us that thinks that is logical and hopefully that should settle it.
Chickens have individual characters and some are smarter than others.
They aim to fit in with the flock, and generally you are seen as the honorary head rooster, and the flock will respect you, and will take your lead.
On the other hand they may like the person with the food better.
If you want to get a chicken to do something, then think of what would make that chicken want to do it. And remember a food treat never fails.
For example if you have a new coop and the way in is through a chicken tunnel with a wire floor the chickens may not be keen to walk on wire mesh, and you might foresee problems herding them in at night.
So call them to get some treat, put some of the treat in the coop and let them walk out of the coop over the wire to get back out. Then at night they will know it is alright to walk in to roost.
Some times when I decide to put the chickens back into the pet enclosure, one will come to get picked up and the others will straggle behind dragging their feet, heading into the enclosure because its inevitable, and they know it. Other times I have an armful of chooks, but the job gets done.
A second tip: toilet training is too hard.
Understanding Chickens —- is not that hard —-
Chickens have needs much like people
o Chickens need (a) food and water
o Chickens need (b) shelter
o Chickens need (c) security
o Pet chickens need (d) chicken company, and regular interaction and handling
o Chickens need (e) regular health checks from a check list
o Chickens have (f) have a pecking order
o Chickens have (g) a complex language
o Chickens love (h) routine.