Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Roosting with the Roosters

Who is that, w-a-a-a-a-a-y up there in the box elder tree?

Hmmm, orange and speckled critters,
spotlighted in the light from the setting summer sun

Why, it's the chickens! Enjoying a strong sense of enrichment!

Right over top of this chicken-eating dog,
who evidently also keeps them safe from the wild things
that want to get to know them better

Been working on a Farm Side column about the new agreement between HSUS and UEP on a national standard for hen cages. You know, those "enriched" colony cages that will cost $4 billion bucks to construct. Just thought I would show you the reaction of chickens to the ultimate in enriched environments....the great outdoors.

Here is another column I liked that addresses the topic


lisa said...

Our chickens used to roost in the pine trees at night, I couldn't believe they would fly that high! Your pictures were great!

Linda said...

LOL don't get caught underneath that big boy!

threecollie said...

Lisa, these guys actually proved that chickens can learn. They used to roost about six feet off the ground...

Linda, man, I hadn't thought of that! lol

Linda said...

I always enjoy the roosters!


threecollie said...

Linda, I like having them, because they wake me up, so I don't have to use the radio alarm, which is always tuned to the dairy market news, which is always depressing. lol