ONE AMAZING FACT ABOUT CHICKENS
RE YOUR STORY in the July issue on amazing things you probably don’t know about chickens.
In the beginning, a new house was built on the adjacent block. No problem, as it was at least 400m from our house. Accompanying the family were two pet brown Shaver hens, which were later joined by two younger brown Shavers so there were four ‘girls’.
As the new neighbour hadn’t yet got into developing the land or building a run for the ‘girls’, they soon made the trek across the paddock to our house to help with reverse planting (ie, digging up) of the seedlings in the garden, and generally enjoyed a good scratch around and a dust bath. Then came the day when the neighbour noticed the ‘girls’ weren’t laying eggs in the provided nesting boxes. A rummage through numerous plantings and undergrowth in our garden and we discovered a number of makeshift nests and over 90 eggs.
It was crunch time. A palatial house and run was built, and it was eight months before the door to the run was left open.
The ‘girls’ promptly climbed through the fence, came up the paddock, over the driveway, onto the deck and through our back door, making a beeline for the cat’s meat and biscuits, a treat they’d previously enjoyed when we had failed to close all the doors.
So here is my amazing chicken fact: chickens have very good memories. Also, they turn tail when the word
‘OUT’ is applied.