Today they were drinking from and I swear they were showing off. They were all: hey, look at us! We figured it out because we're smart!
Two weeks of owning chickens and I'm here to testify: all those stereotypes of stupid chickens are total bullshit. These birds are wicked smart.
No more factory farmed chicken for me. Or Ziggy. We'll have to figure out better treats for her.
By the way, the other day I forgot to close the window shade when I left for some errands, which lets Ziggy look out the window and see the chickens. Since then, she's been much more relaxed about them. I'm still hoping that they become friends, but I also really like having them in the front yard and all the conversations it starts.
Today they trapped me in their yard. They surrounded me and blocked the exit and watched to see what I'd do. They weren't interested in the carrot peelings I'd offered them, and I had nothing else. I can't really tell: was this a shake-down or do they want to befriend me? They get quite close to me, much more than I'd expected. But one of them pecked me the first day here (which is much of why Ziggy thinks they're demonic terrorists) and I don't like getting pecked.
Plus, I don't really want to bond too closely to them.
A friend is thinking of coming down from Colorado to take care of the dog and chickens while I have to travel in June. He's just about the only person I'd leave her with for a week - they've never met but he is SO into dogs and he's heard all the tales. I had planned to take her with me, which is a huge hassle but getting a sitter for her is too hard - and my friends who always watch her, the last time I picked her up she and their dog were getting into fights. Not serious ones, but he was FED UP with her and she was like FUCKYOU, MR. GRUMPY PANTS. So to have someone here in the house who will love her (because except for jumping up, she's entirely loveable) would be amazing. And I trust his judgment - I know he'd go cruising and partying and pick up hot guys, because he is young and that's his way, but he wouldn't neglect Ziggy.