Saturday, November 26, 2011

Backyard chickens, danger will robinson danger danger, intruder alert

Hope you all had a happy holiday!  We did.  We ate well and then slept through the rainy stormy day. Hash and the girls?  They spent the windy, rainy day in the ...wind and rain....soaked.  There is no doubt that HashTag is a boy anymore. He has been waking us up  every morning for the last week with his crowing.  Fortunately he only does it in the morning.  I was thinking he might sleep late today because we had an intruder in the coop about 11:00 last night.  I woke up when I heard the chickens screeching.  I threw on some clothes as fast as I could and grabbed the flashlight.  By the time I got to the chicken pen all was quiet and HashTag was patrolling the fence fiercely.  I put him back in the coop and he came right back out again watching  the fence line.  It took a few minutes to convince him to go back to bed , that the danger had passed.  This incident seems to have gone a long way to solidifying HashTag's position in the flock.  He has been having a little trouble getting the respect he thinks is due him as protector.  Prissy has been the major holdout.   She's almost twice as big as he is.   When Hash tries to curb her wandering  she just leans over him and pecks one feather off his butt and  then stares him down, with the feather in her mouth,  as if to say....."How far do you want to take this.... Shorty?"   This morning all the girls are sticking close to him.  Prissy tried to wander off and when Hash explained to her that , after last nights intruder she needed to stay close, she gave him some attitude...thought better about it and  backed down.  Once Prissy agreed to HashTag's security measures, everything became quiet and serene in the land of Back-a-yard.
Even though Hash is doing a great job....I will be putting out the havahart trap tonight.

Fearless protector hashTag

Silkie rooster  protecting flock

All the girls staying close to HashTag after he repelled  an intruder