I didn't see an obvious chicken story/picture sharing thread for general chicken-ness.
We got chickens a couple days ago! Yay! After years of researching chickens and sitting other people's chickens, we got 17, 3 year old hens from a friend who wanted a change of pace. I imagined they would need some time to get used to their new home, their new people, and their new way of life. Nope. They had no problem scratching around, eating bugs, eating greens, hopping the fence, hopping onto my lap.
The previous owner raised them well. They are very chill and very friendly. They aren't bothered by my three year old throwing greens at them or hanging out with them under their coop.
The first night I had to toss them one by one into their coop, but the second night they all filed in on their own.
Anyway share your pictures and stories of chickens being chickens.
We were new to chickens and had recently moved our girls outside. Their run and coop were very well secured and covered... but one went missing. Ohh the sadness! A couple hours after the discovery, grief already processed, I went to clean and lifted an overturned dish and there she was! Now how she flipped a dish over on top of herself and didn't bother to stand up and escape, we'll never know.
My family has a 9-10 year old hen and she still lays. Here’s hoping she’ll make it past sixteen, the oldest known chicken. She’s the one in the middle. Back her youth she was the only uncatchable hen out of dozens.