Wednesday, May 2, 2012
Banished to the chicken tractor
In this picture, taken several months ago, she tolerated the White Dorking hen in the nest box with her.
When I roused her out of the nest this morning, she set up clucking so loud, the wild turkeys came over to see what was going on. They gobbled eagerly to her, but perhaps they don't speak the same dialect.
My husband and I discussed the possibility of getting her some hatching eggs and letting her be a mother, but that would hatch males as well as females and we'd have that Surplus Rooster problem again.
My husband built a chicken tractor for the girls, so putting her in there is one way to persuade her to give up on broodiness. They are all out in the tractor now, happily distracted by fresh grass.
The tractor is a work in progress, but it's adequate to get the girls out and working. The lattice was a former part of a neighbor's fence. It's perfect for protecting the chickens while providing shade and sun.