This weekend, sometime after 4H and before the cement mixing, our last chick came home to roost. The Golden Snitch or “Goldie” was born at the fair six weeks ago and just came into her feathers in the last two weeks. The Stitches waited patiently (some of us, like Dad) and impatiently (boys) for Ama to give us the go ahead on our fourth chick to be old enough. So she came home this weekend.
While we expected some pecking order behavior, things did not go very well and by Saturday night I was uncomfortable with the amount of ‘pecking’ that the older girls were doing and the fact that they wouldn’t allow the baby out of the box to get food or water. The girls (and possible boy) were given severe tongue lashings on the virtues of sharing but finally we moved the baby back to travel cage because the stress was too much.
Sunday we tried again with integration and some boy guards, but things didn’t go well in fact they escalated to the older girls trying to peck the baby while she was in hiding. And so she spent another day and night in the travel cage and we called in the big guns. Ama, the Chicken Mama. She is coming to pick the baby up this week and take her back to her home cage to see if Goldie needs to get bigger before we put her in the coop. I hope this is the case. And while I have done a lot of reading on chickens lately, I still no very little. Do chickens take Karate?
What I do know is that my husband is not going to let us keep the baby in the house even if she does like to watch Sesame Street with the boys and that I’m out of luck if I start knitting hats for her.
*Can you tell me how to get to Sesame Street?