I had to tell you about my little shopping experience today. The chickens sneeze. They are not sick, no other symptoms but sneezing. I have been including garlic in their breakfast a couple of times a week, but though maybe a soluble vitamin in their water might help. They also have been cranky with this dramatic change in the weather, with a months worth of rain in one day this week, and the resulting change in their living conditions.
So off I trot to the local fodder store. It’s a real den of a place and chock-full of sad looking animals. Some special breed chickens, but lots and lots of sad looking Isa Browns too. They also have other birds, kittens, guinea pigs, the works. So I asked if they sold soluble poultry vitamins. The guy gave me a totally blank look, and passed me up the food chain to the boss. Who was a woman even!!
So I explained what I was after, and she wanted to know why? Why on earth would I think that chickens needed vitamins. I tried explaining about the sneezing, only to be told if they have colds, they need antibiotics not vitamins. No, I never said it was a cold!! I said they are unhappy and cranky and need perking up. I was then told that obviously I don’t know anything about chickens and their behavior, because they simply don’t GET grumpy. Right. And all her sad Isa’s crammed into small cages are having the time of their lives, right? She then insisted that MY coop area was obviously too small for 4 chickens and what on earth was I feeding them if they weren’t healthy?
A list of daily food – layer pellet mash with eggshell, oats and spinach for breakfast, green weeds through the day, warm porridge with natural yoghurt for afternoon tea and grain available ALL day shut her up on that point. Her chickens wouldn’t get the half of that!!
But Again I get the…. You are reading waaaayyyy to much into it love, they are JUST chickens. They don’t feel things that we do.
Ok, so maybe I do spoil them and fuss over them a little much. But I don’t know many ppl who spend time with their chickens who don’t think they have opinions, and completely unique personalities. Our four birds couldn’t be more different to each other! They even talk to me differently.
But you can’t look at these girls and tell me that they don’t have feelings. Even IF most of those feelings ARE based around their next meal!! You know what? I just think she was Mrs Tweedy in disguise 😉
So what do you think? Are your chickens more like pets? Or do you agree with Mrs Tweedy?