I think I figured out why the new little chicks are not going into the coop at night.
I went out before the sun was completely gone last night and watched one of the Bantam hens stand at the door of the coop, refusing to let the little chicks in. When one slipped inside, she chased it back out.
I explained to her that she was behaving like a bully and it had to stop. She didn’t listen very well and continued to chase the little chicks away.
Thinking a distraction might discourage her bullying. We decided to let three quail out of their cage so we could use the cage to transport other quail (another moving day – this one less traumatic).
Watching freed quail is quite fascinating.
They are not interested in leaving the chicken yard. In fact, I’m not sure they know how to fly very far. They can get away from the dogs if necessary, but prefer to walk around with the chickens.
Perhaps, living with chickens, they don’t know they are quail.
Anyway, one of the newly freed quail began chasing the chickens around. Why the chickens run from something a fraction of their size is beyond me. I think it is the bird brain phenomenon.
I must confess when I saw it chasing Bully Bantam, I felt a certain sense of justice.
Apparently, Bully Bantam learned her lesson. All six little chicks were safely in the coop tonight.
However, I did notice a frog in the chicken waterer. I was afraid he was planning to move in and worried about how he would be received by the Chasing Quail and Bully Bantam.
This morning Mr. Frog was gone so maybe he just came to get a drink at night when all the bullies were sleeping.
By definition bullying is aggressive behavior that is intentional, hurtful, (physical and psychological), and/or threatening and persistent (repeated). There is an imbalance of strength (power and dominance).
In the Miller Farm Barnyard, the imbalance corrected itself when the small quail took on the Bantam hen.
In real life, if we see someone being bullied, we have the power to step up and be a bully chaser like that quail in Chicken Wrangler Sara’s email today.
I love this quote by Taylor Swift “If you’re horrible to me, I’m going to write a song about it, and you won’t like it. That’s how I operate.”
That’s being a bully chasing quail!
For another example of how an overweight television newscaster handled being bullied, check out fellow WANA tribe member Ginger Calem’s blog about the much publicized bullying episode.
YOUR TURN: Have you had any experience with a bully? Did a quail come to your rescue? Or have you ever stepped up to be a bully chasing quail?