We have had the 4 chooks now since last September, and you can review their arrival by watching Chicken Day – The Movie! It still cracks me up watching it. All are doing well and today I saw the most hilarious thing that I just must share. I was resting in the garden this afternoon on my lazy chair and Bunty, our largest ISA Brown hen decided that she was going to enter the Chicken Olympics and enter the high jump.
So, I built a gate about a metre tall about 5 weeks ago during the chicken house renovation, and it has taken her this long to figure out that with a long run up and a lot of flapping, she can just get on top, perch for a few seconds and then jump down the other side. Sounds a bit like the Chicken Run movie, doesn’t it, with all those girls on bicycles in their plane? Then all the other chickens look through the fence as Bunty then proceeds to find all the nice bugs, worms and weeds up the other end of the garden. I can tell when she has vaulted, because the other three hens make such a fuss, it is hard to miss, and she has been doing it for about a week now.
Anyway, that is not the funny part, this is. I added another 70cm to the top of the gate this afternoon, and as usual Bunty started her run up with wings flapping and launched, then bang! Straight into the extra bit on the top of the gate and fell flat on her big fluffy bum. It was hilarious! I laughed so hard that I nearly wet myself, really. She tried twice more until she gave up and I still couldn’t stop laughing. I suppose she will now be in her little gym trying to loose a few 100 grams so that she can get into the other part of the garden again!
As the old adage goes. The grass is always greener on the other side of the fence (until you get there of course and look back to what you have left behind)!