Chickens eat......by Cassandra Menesez on 10/01/18
I have been collecting tidbits and scraps for the chickens to add variety to their diet and find the act of watching them eat my offerings to be so very entertaining, astonishing and terrifying that I'm considering adding a weekly video.
The fist item offered was take out sushi left in the car overnight. They loved the edamame and fake crab right away then began grain-by-grain gobbling up the rice. Here is when the oldest wisest rooster struts in. The chicken crowd parted to let him through. He took a cautious sideways look at this mess and started taking huge chunks out of the styrifoam takeout carton and eating it. I kicked him out and dump it for the more sensible chickens who were NOT fooled into following his example.
The next grizzly fare offered was 4 pinkies I found in a mouse nest. The cat couldn't be less enthused and the dog made too big of a deal out of carrying one around for over 5 minutes. At this time I gathered them all up and headed to the hen house.
The chickens really got on board with this kind of treat and I would have need a recording with slow motion playback to get anywhere near what happened next.
Suffice it to say the chickens are going to be my opening move from now on with this situation that pops up from time to time.
Note* Last time I found pinkies in the hay barn my son was so worried about what would happen to them that we left them in the milk parlor in a little dish with some fluffy bedding overnight and it appeared that some rescue attempt had been performed and the babies had been swept from their beds by a mouse or fairy and placed in a new foster home or possibly reunited with relatives. But because this may in fact be the case I'm not doing that again and rather let the chickens eat them.