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The Girls vs. The Bitches

Back a few weeks ago, I bought four more hens from a guy over in Augusta. He had Buff Orpingtons not quite old enough to start laying yet. Now that we’ve had the Australorp and Rhode Island Reds for a couple of months, I realized how cool it is to have chickens around the farm and well, I’m hooked. I wanted more.

Over the last couple of weeks, it’s been interesting to watch these 4 new, much larger hens interact with our existing hens & two roosters. The first couple of days, our hens pecked at and pestered the new gals. Nevermind that the Buffs are twice the size of the others. I guess hens and roosters are territorial just like cats & dogs. They don’t always take kindly to new additions. 

It’s been an entertaining and enlightening development. The roosters don’t seem interested in the new, fluffy girls. No, they prefer their slender, stylish hens. I swear, it’s like watching kids in high school. Our chickens are the jocks & cheerleaders. The Buffs are the square peg girls. Although, truth be told, they don’t seem to mind not getting the attention of the cool kids.

We’ve taken to referring to our hens as The Bitches. They’re hard to catch when it’s time to come in for the night. They’re rather witchy and like to peck. Truly, they’re ungrateful little wenches. I’ve raised them from chicks, for cryin in the mud! Red, the Rhode Island Red rooster is a particular bastard…chasing after me to peck my bare feet. He grabs the hens by their beaks, I swear just to hear them squaulk. And the hens aren’t much better in terms of temperament.

Our chickens would rather hang out in the construction area that has become the garage, rather than wander around outside in the heat. They really are a bunch of stuck up, we’re-too-good-for-that-nonsense birds. Kind of comical to watch, actually.

The Buffs, on the other hand, we’ve taken to calling The Girls. They’re much more docile and easier to catch. They LOVE being out in the yard all day, just wandering around and scratching for yummies. Play your cards right, and they’ll wander back into the henhouse all on their own if you just show them you’re tossing down feed.

I tell ya, if you need a good day’s entertainment, just watch a flock of chickens. I swear, these guys are more like people than most people realize. They have cliques and attitudes just like a bunch of teenagers.

When I do get more hens (hopefully in the next few weeks) I plan to get more Buffs. They’re just more pleasant chickens to have around. I swear, these guys remind me of Miss Prissy and the witchy hens from the Foghorn Leghorn cartoons. Makes me want to find a bunch of little blue bonnets for my Buffs. :D

  • David Willa says:

    Nice post, I do get more hens (hopefully in the next few weeks) I plan to get more Buffs. They’re just more pleasant chickens to have around, keep sharing.
    David Willa recently posted..Forex

    December 6, 2011 at 3:37 am

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