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{Photo of the Day} 10.01.2015

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Zelda has taken to hiding out in my room & pulling out all the toys Toki has hoarded over the past four year & then falling asleep under my bed next to Toki. This happened around 7AM this morning.

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Today, the flock got a pumpkin, some bread (they LOVE bread & I know those feels) & something new: yogurt with dried mill worms in it. They were not interested in the yogurt even after I put the mill worms in it. I left the Tupperware with it all in the barn with them for 30 minutes thinking maybe they’d eventually try it. I came back & the entire thing was gone & 3 hens had it all over their heads. It was like a group of toddlers had been eating the yogurt. I had to clean them up before putting them up for the night, but at least I know they’ll eat yogurt now & I don’t have to find a different way to get them some probiotics.

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So, the first thing Odysseus did when he & Penelope were put in the outside run was try to woo her with his little rooster dance then mount her. I had caught the dance before & him just reminding the hens he’s in charge. I had never actually seen him mating with any of them, so that was… Awkward. I was like, do I put Athena & Calypso in there, do I walk away & give them some privacy, what do I do? Luckily, it literally takes a rooster about 10 seconds to mate with a hen. Unfortunately, this kinda set up the rest of the day & Odysseus was getting busy with all the hens. And then he tried to mate with the back of my head. Even more awkward! He got the brush off but continued to launch himself from the ground to my shoulder the rest of the day. I’m only 5′ tall but I still thought that was pretty impressive that he had that verticle for such a little bird. Oh, the rest of the day he just sat on my shoulder or in my hood & tried to preen my hair. No more rooster pickup lines on me.

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Of course, since he was all about getting some of the sweet Polish hen play, he was more aggressive than usual towards me when I had to handle the hens. This is the first time he’s bit me & it was hard enough to cause a welt. I had been worried that he was getting sick since the snotty nares & sneezing hadn’t been clearing up*, so I was glad to see him in full rooster mode even at the expense of the back of my head’s modesty.

*the entire flock is currently on day 2 of an antibiotic in the event this is more than a reaction to the dust in the barn – with how fast & devastating respiratory infections can be for poultry, I’d rather be safe than sorry. they are also continuing to get daily electrolytes with the antibiotic & I’m hoping this thing clears up, if it is a thing.

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