Jon and I have been trying to figure out why Bea is never that hungry. She doesn’t finish her food and generally seems disinterested in eating since we got her a few weeks ago. Getting used to her new surroundings? Maybe.
So as I was out in the chicken pen with Bea checking on water and feed and thought perhaps I’d catch her in the chicken wagon again and get a better picture. Well, I was not disappointed.
Just look at that face! Such satisfaction. Then I went about my business checking out the chickens sunbathing and dirt bathing.
(There is a whole lot of dirt flying when they do this!)
I started to notice that Bea was not watching me or coming between me and her chickens, as she sometimes does. No, she was back in the chicken wagon, and very quiet. I called her and out she came with… an egg in her mouth! Way better than an actual chicken in her mouth, but really?
So here’s what I think has been happening.
1) Bea gets a little pang of hunger and goes into the wagon to see what snack items have been deposited.
2) She mimics what we all do when collecting eggs – she lifts up the plastic cover and takes one out! (Please note the perfect placement of the egg dispenser vis-a-vis her head height). Smart girl!
3) Then she gets caught by me and told to drop the egg. By the way ‘drop it’ is not really a good command when it comes to eggs, but anyway…. 5 seconds in the penalty box.
And then back to work! Jon doesn’t think she’s eating the eggs, but I definitely do. I can almost hear her saying ‘what’s ONE egg of all these hundreds?’.