Monday, November 19, 2012

The New Girls

These new girls arrived at the farm on Saturday morning, a quad of older layers from a friend who didn't want them any longer as laying hens. I happily took them, since even if they only offer another season of eggs they may be fantastic broody hens for bringing more chicks into the world, or offer enough eggs to be incubated into younger stock. More birds of good laying stock like this can never be a bad thing for my hearty, outdoor, free ranging flock. Safety comes in numbers in many ways, you see. If Darwinism wins out, they'll be the older, slower, and easier to catch birds when the fox comes around. Maybe not the best fate, but certainly an important one. Chickens are wiser than we give them credit for. They know you don't have to be fastest hen in the flock to survive. You just need to be faster than the slowest chicken...


Blogger barbsbirds13 said...

Great last line!

Good to read about your chickens again among all the new and exciting things going on at CAF.

November 19, 2012 at 11:56 AM  
Blogger rabbit said...

I made that very comment yesterday-though it was in regards to having only to outrun my companion-not a bear ;)

November 19, 2012 at 2:21 PM  
Blogger Kelly McMichael said...

lol--a good lesson to learn!

November 20, 2012 at 10:16 AM  

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