Char­lotte’s Chick­ens

Chick­ens ex­hibit many of the be­hav­iour traits of hu­mans

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They’re so like us!

Chick­ens are like hu­mans in so many ways. Like chil­dren, they bully and fight each other; like many peo­ple, they en­joy the sun and like to sun-bathe; like us, the males of­ten seek out a part­ner and make her a favourite, al­though un­like us, cock­erels may have a few favourite hens!

Other hu­man traits that come to mind in­clude the fact that while the older hens al­ways go to bed first, the younger ones stay out for­ag­ing late and are much more ad­ven­tur­ous. And some­thing that is very no­tice­able at the mo­ment is that older hens and cock­erels feel the cold much more than the younger birds. I have my old cock­erel and one older hen who re­main very hunched up when it is cold and frosty. In con­trast, my new pul­lets are ex­tremely busy from dawn to dusk! How­ever they are quite low in the peck­ing or­der and do not get first shot at the feed­ers in the morn­ing. Th­ese new pul­lets haven’t started lay­ing yet but that doesn’t worry me too much; I know that those who start lay­ing later than the stan­dard POL (Point of Lay be­tween 18 and 22 weeks) will prob­a­bly lay­ing for longer well into their old age. I like their lives to be as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble!

Mother hens all act dif­fer­ently in the way they look af­ter their chicks just as we moth­ers do; some are fiercely pro­tec­tive, some less so, some will get fed up with look­ing af­ter the young ones and shoo them off at six weeks old and some will ed­u­cate and nur­ture un­til chicks are 12 weeks old. Hens can eas­ily move on and hatch an­other brood next year. We moth­ers, though, will al­ways be sad when are young ones fly the nest!

This new pul­let looks in such good con­di­tion with lovely glossy feath­ers

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