Sad news ;-( and happy news :-D and a funny fact ;-)!

Hi everyone! Sorry I have not posted for a while.

Sadly Stripey (the barred rock) died 😦 . We were all very sad and will miss her very much.

Happily though we have bought a new hen called Midnight. Midnight is a black rock and is very pretty. We think she is bottom of the pecking order ( the order of their strength) with Bluebell at the top and snowy in the middle.

A funny fact is that we had our first egg today last year – Monday the 18th September 2016.

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Stick Food

We found some new treats for the chickens at Waterworld on the Wirral. We bought these while we were getting goldfish for my birthday. They are made of all natural ingredients such as nuts, corn and raisins. You get two sticks in a pack for £4.99.

At first our chickens were scared of it because they didn't know what it was. But then Stripy pecked it and then carried on. Stripy, if it's not at the right angle, puts a claw on it and rearranges it before putting her claw back on it and eating it. Our chickens really enjoyed it and it was worth the money.

They last about two days for our chickens.

You can buy them from Amazon as well.

Training the chickens

Why did we train our our chickens?
We wanted to train our chickens so that we can easily get them in their coop or run when we need to rather than having to chase them round the garden!

It is also good to have your chickens trained so that if you see a predator in the garden, such as a fox, you can quickly get your chickens to go tot the safety of their run or coop.
How we trained them?

We trained them with quite a bit of work at the start because they did not know what it was (corn) and how we taught them it was by shaking the corn every time they pecked to tell them when you hear the shaking noise it means corn.
When the chickens come out they run to me to get some corn. Today I did a video of them running to me for some corn (I don’t give them as much corn as it shows in the video.)