7. Feb, 2014

That's what friends are for!

‘Give them an inch and they’ll take a mile!’ That’s exactly what my chickens do. But do I mind? Indeed not!

 Poor Mocha has such a short time left I didn’t worry when her friends popped in to see her. I had left the kitchen door open and in they marched. You see, chickens know when one of their own is dying. It can feel their pain and will show a display of empathy, a trait normally found in humans. I have witnessed this so many times and now it has been scientifically proven. In India, they believe a chicken will sense if its owner is stressed or ill and sometimes it can be too much for the poor animal and it dies.

Over the years I have observed many hens and found that each of them has its own personality. Some hens are shy and some are standoffish, while others are confident and fearless. They certainly have excellent memories. You can have 100 hens and each one will know where they are in the pecking order. They also remember where the fridge is in our kitchen and they will do a little dance until we open it and give them their grapes.

Chickens have 30 types of vocalization, which they use to communicate to each other and I count my blessings every time I sit and listen to them.