Chicken feed

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This clever farmer doesn’t have to feed his chickens AND he gets paid for it!

This hen run is on a farm that abuts the Alouette dike which is often my walking path.

I’ve been amazed by this curious activity of the hens to create a depression in the dirt and wallow in it, all the while scratching away at the sides of their self-made “burrows”.  When corn candy is offered, the burrowing hen abandons the nest and comes to vie for grains of corn, just like all the others, so it’s not a sick hen. Anybody know why they do it?
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3 Responses to “Chicken feed”

  1. swatch Says:

    this feeding idea is really smart!

    I have never seen chickens do this but it looks like the nests the penguins make (they took over a local beach so now we have to pay to go there – which I suppose is like a kind of inversion of your story)

  2. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Hey Swatch!
    Thanks for dropping by.
    As for the chickens – I’m sure you would know this – they usually roost in a hen house, or left really free range, i.e, not even fenced in – they will lay eggs at ground level, but they sleep in the trees at night. Perhaps the digging, hollowing out activity is a broody thing to do.
    K

  3. wrjones Says:

    What a clever way to feed your chickens. That farmer is a marketing guru.

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