Posted on June 14, 2013
Miller Farm Friday – Strange Eating Habits
By Guest Blogger Chicken Wrangler Sara
I have decided it is my mission in life to make sure no one or no thing in my world goes hungry.
This goes for chickens and dogs as well as humans.
Every morning I feed all chickens, dogs, and humans sometimes in that order, sometimes humans first, depending on who is awake.
We have special feeders for the chicken and the quail to access to their food easily. There are some chickens, however, who are not satisfied with the system and have found their own unique way of eating.
Little Gray Hen, one of the smaller hens who is sometimes pushed aside, has taken to staying on top of the quail cage in the coop. When I put food in the quail’s feeder, Little Gray Hen helps herself.
The feeder is designed so the birds eat out of the bottom. Little Gray Hen does not realize that and eats from the top.
She doesn’t seem to mind that she is eating quail food and, as long as she doesn’t go hungry, my mission is accomplished.
The younger hens have their own feeder on their side of the chicken yard. Some of them have adopted Little Gray Hen’s method of eating and climb in the top.
I suppose as they get bigger that they will do one of two things: stop climbing in the feeder or be stuck in the pail. But, the small hens aren’t going hungry. My mission is accomplished.
Chickens aren’t the only creatures with strange eating habits.
As a small child, my family lived in South Korea. I was not too fond of rice until our housekeeper put ketchup on it.
I was an adult before I ate rice any other way. In fact, when no one is around, I still eat it with ketchup.
I’m not going hungry so my mission is accomplished.