Thursday, December 27, 2007
Psychology of Chickens
This picture above is done with my new Corel Painter software on automatic Classical Oil Painting mode. Isn't that wild?
We have a small group of silkie chickens, only one rooster and 4 hens. The youngest hen is two years old-- Pirate, above. She and her aunt Honey have been broody for about a week now, even though they had no eggs under them. Broody is a strange state in which the chicken almost never leaves her nest and flattens out, in a zone.
Yesterday morning I saw Honey and Pirate (who has only one working eye) fighting like roosters, kicking out at each other. I put Honey in another area of the aviary and closed the door. I let her out this morning and things seemed okay, but half an hour later they were at it again and Pirate's head top was bleeding a little. So she's in a separate cage in the garage with a plate full of yummies. She looks creepy below because the Polysporin exaggerated the wounded look- I really think she'll be fine. But as soon as there's blood with chickens you have to watch out for their cannibal inclinations. (ps- thanks Corel for the beauty job!)