Chickens exhibit many of the behaviour traits of humans
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