This morning when I was headed out the door, I looked at the hen house as I always do. I enjoy the look of recognition on the faces of "the girls" when they see me coming... anticipation in their expressions as they focus on the feed pail I tote. They generally gather near the fence, crowding out the lower ranking pullets, and gradually push their way towards the gate, meeting me as I lift the latch.
It's that Darned Barnevelder (right) that's getting us in trouble!
My gaze was interrupted as I noticed movement on the TOP of the hen house - - - It was those Darned Barenvelder Pullets! Sneaky little chooks! At 6 months of age they are old enough to start laying, but clipping those flight feathers isn't recommended until they reach around 8 months of age - reason being - they are still growing.
Just look at those THIGHS!
Well, I don't need them to "fly the coop", so I'm thinking I'll soon have to shorten those longer feathers a mite. It is hard to explain to those babes about predators and such, that might be looking for a tasty snack of chicken wings or thighs. Colonel Sanders is only ONE thing to worry about when you're a chicken!