chickens

Felicia, Go Home

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Well, another night has come and gone and Felicia is back on the porch.  This time, she has found the umbrella under which to hide! LOL!

I have 5 birds whom I call the “Fabulous Five” but only one of them is not fabulous in eyes of the other four. When dusk comes, it appears that the four do not allow the 5th, Felicia to come into the coop.

I noticed earlier that they didn’t allow it to eat or drink and would peck at her when she came near. This was not too concerning because everyday they are free-range birds so Felicia could easily find food and water on her own.

At night though, she definitely must go inside of a coop for her safety.  So far, this is day 4 that she has found her way to my back door and has not gone “home”. Every night I say to her, “Felicia, go home”.

The first night she was on top of the grill.  Day 2, she crouched behind the grill.  Day 3, she found herself behind the grill but had turned completely around as if to hide.  Ha!  Last night, the umbrella had been placed on the patio to dry and she took opportunity to get beneath it like a movie star or something!

As usual, I grabbed her up, tucked her wings under my arms, stroked her neck and explain to her that she had to go home.  “Go home, Felicia”.

The answer to this is really simple.  No more free-ranging for the “Fabulous Five” for at least a week and in addition, I will change up the run with perches in different places, food bins changed and in the night, I’ll add a new hen or two with the “Fabulous Five”.

Felicia must stay in her coop for at least a full 7 days or more until she’s acclimated with the new group, and then, I’ll let her free range again.  If then she ends up back on the porch, I will say “Go Home, Felicia” and not let her out again.  It’s for her safety.

Nan

 

chickens, Shows

Ohio Nationals Poultry Expo

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So, how would you like to see some 6,000 plus birds in one place?  I know!  It seems cray, cray ,but at the Ohio National’s Poultry show that’s what was there… some 6,000 birds!  It was really just something walking up and down the rows looking at the various types of birds on exhibit.  From bantams to Turkeys, this show had it all.

The Ohio National is one of the largest shows in the United States. It offers hundreds of awards to be given the a variety of winners in including “Best in Show” and a number of other awards.  From ribbons, plates, plaques, trophies to golden cups, the awards were on display for all to see and many to desire.

The Open, held in the Expo area is held every year in the late fall . It’s slated such that anyone following show rules can participate. Certainly that’s why there were so many birds on exhibit.

Judges walk the rows holding every single bird until the entire show of animals have been seen, held and considered for quality.  The entire show lasts only a Saturday with awards given out on Sunday.

Fun times.

Nan