Now that I'm free ranging our hens,
any person exiting our backdoor may encounter the following:
Having recently re-read a chicken-care book,
it reminded me that if you want friendly chickens,
hang out with them, and frequently bring them treats.
What it didn't say was that (my interpretation)
this will make them associate you with goodies.
And either walk or run toward you when you appear.
So, they'll at least look like they like you.
Of course, I realize they want my treats
rather than my company,
and I'm totally fine with that.
A chicken's gotta do what a chicken's gotta do.
isn't there a reason a common date is
one person giving another person lovely food?
Swoon-y eats (photo by Arnaud 25, via wiki).
If someone feeds you yummy stuff, over & over,
it'd hard not to at least like them.
So, whether or not these girls actually like us,
it's kinda fun to have chickens trotting toward you
every time you step foot outside the house.
Which, in turn, probably makes me more fond of them,
so I'll do things for them that otherwise I'd never do.
Like, say, chase off a mountain lion.
Just for instance.
So... who's the trained animal, here?