Saturday, March 31, 2012
Spring is a dynamic time at the farm.
Everything is growing and changing constantly.
It is challenging enough just keeping up with it,
let alone dealing with bullying.
That's right folks,
it happens in schools, the workplace
and on the farm.
This is the pecking order at the farm:
1. Male guineas
2. Buff Orpington rooster
3. Male goose
4. Female guinea
5. Buff Orpington hens
6.. Bantam roosters
7. Tom turkey
8. Sparkle and Shyne
In order to let the hens free-range this summer,
I had to do something with the Buff rooster
or the free-ranging male guineas would have stolen all his lunch money.
So, the rooster, the goose and the Tom all got moved
together into a new pen (remember our lesson on how well
confusion works in the bird world?)
So far, so good.
Next, we let the one female guinea, who had lived with the chickens all winter,
out to be with the two male guineas.
We are hoping they live happily ever after and don't start bothering the hens
and stop chasing the bantam roosters around.
Then we let the hens out.
They immediately went to work on the grass they had been eyeing for weeks.
Look who thinks he just won the lottery.
Like the heavens opened up and shined right down on him.
Hens everywhere and not another rooster in sight.
Much to his dismay
they paid his dancing and high-stepping
no mind at all.
In fact, they reacted quite the opposite.
This particular hen challenged him
eyeball to eyeball
and then proceeded to beat the crap out of him.
Despite his impressive moves.
She got the best of him.
What part of NO do you not understand?
Just so you know,
I do not consider the hen to be a bully in this instance.
We also had to combine two sets of bantam chicks today.
One set is a couple weeks older.
Look who thinks they are being bullied here.
Yep, the older ones are hiding in the corner
even though this is a completely new cage to all of them.
The little ones are like "What's their problem?"
The older ones are like "Why can't you just leave well enough alone?"
Because I can't.
And by next week you will have outgrown this cage too
and it will be time to change again.
That's life on Sprout N Wings Farm.
Better get used to it.