Rocky came home this morning and we noticed he'd lost some of his fat reserves. I insisted that he stay for a day and eat well before going back out into the wild. Here, Jim and Rocky share a bag of shelled pecans. Those will fatten him up! As far as we know, Rocky's never had pecans before. He absolutely pigged out and must have eaten a small handful of them.
Go ahead, play it again. You know you want to.
Speaking of eating, I made this sign for Jim's business. I thought up the idea at work while trying to keep my mind occupied.
Chickens will eat anything.
I slept late this morning, as I am wont to do on my days off. I woke up briefly, but decided to stay in bed. Derek informed me as I dozed off the second time that Violet and Silver had flown the pen. I made a mental note of it as I drifted back into dreamland. Derek put the birds back in their pen, where they stayed. When I awoke I got my sharpest pair of Fiskars and asked Derek to help me capture Violet and Silver, whom we should have named 'Greased Lightning'. I trimmed the secondary flight feathers of each bird's left wing then let them all out to free range. You can't even tell that Silver's wing was clipped, which Derek was concerned about.
When it comes to chickens, some are much better flyers than others. Those that can fly well can often escape their pens and get into trouble. Clipping the secondary flight feathers of just one wing will help curb this behavior. Some birds still manage to fly if both wings are clipped, which is why I only clipped one.