As you all know, the Burkholder Family gained ﬁve new members at the start of the summer. Ten weeks later, they are no longer tiny, ﬂuﬀy balls that ﬁt in the palm of my hand: the “ChickiDees” are formidable feathered friends.
Although they were reluctant at ﬁrst, the Burkholder chickens spend the great majority of their day in the the fenced in run, aka “The Forest”. Their hobbies include playing Hide and Seek in the tall weeds, squawking over the food dish, and pecking the hand that feeds them.
Juliet has also expressed an interest in becoming dog food. (A few weeks ago she was almost eaten when Shellie grabbed her from the coop and ran around a bit. Apart from being completely traumatized for a few days, she was perfectly unharmed.)
Their favorite color is alfalfa dust green, as they have been known to eat the dust oﬀ the top of the food. They also enjoy cherries, and, to my disbelief, squash and other vegetables from the garden.
Our four barn cats showed quite a bit of interest in the coop during its building phase, and you will be pleased to know that the interest has not waned. The yellow cats especially, Simba and Little Bit, take great pleasure in spending their leisure sitting outside of the run. Simba also likes to climb on top of the run and peer down at his imagined entree. The chickens have eventually become desensitized to this behavior, and it is now a game to mock the cats.
All in all, I believe the chickens have transitioned into their place at Casa de Loca, and like all of our animals, have truly found The Good Life. They are rapidly growing on my own special diet of alafalfa dust, vegetable scraps, 5 Seconds of Summer music, and The Fault in Our Stars quotes. The last ones definitely have the greatest effect……
Author Extraordinaire: Ashley Grace