Saturday, July 14, 2012

swoop!


my chickens are still pretty good flyers...i think that changes once they get a bit older and fatter, right? at least they haven't tried to fly anywhere outside the yard. someone's stray chicken flew into my back yard a few days ago--a little cream-brown one about half the size of my ladies. before i could try to catch her andy chased her and she flew right back over the fence with ease. i'm surprised there aren't more strays and flyaways. practically everyone in this neighborhood has chickens.

5 comments:

Bumble Lush Kitchen Garden said...

I love that you have chickens and that stray chickens get blown over into your yard! Curious--do you find that the chickens help control the bug population in your garden?

Emily said...

it's hard to say how they're affecting the overall population of undesirable bugs, but i've noticed they LOVE eating earwigs, which have been a major problem for me lately. it will probably take a while for them to make a major impact on the number of earwigs in the yard but they're certainly eating as many as they can.

The Gardening Shoe said...

Hi Emily, I just saw your chicken comment on Bumble Lush's blog. It was a timely reminder to keep my hens off the tomatoes. Thank you for that! I love the idea of chickens paying visits to one another's yard. I hope there are no cockerels.

Kim and Victoria said...

Emily, one of our chickens consistently flies from the coop area into our backyard, and she does this over a six foot fence. Yet none of our hens, so far, has ever left our property. Our young hens really like to get into flight when they're let out of the coop, it's fun to watch.

Emily said...

gardening shoe--heh, you're welcome! yeah, it was pretty cute seeing a stray chicken. roosters aren't allowed in city limits here, and so far i haven't heard any crowing.

victoria--good to know, thanks for sharing your chicken experience. my girls like to fly and dash around when they first get let out too.