Thursday, December 19, 2013

Remember these “gals” ?

They are the Easter Eggers that my daughter and son-in-law have brought South with them for the past 4 years when they come to visit each December…but no more.

Just like me they are now in retirement. They still lay an egg once in awhile but you can’t rely on it and that suits their new owner just fine. She loves chickens but not eggs !!

The “gals” have lucked into a very exclusive retirement community with about 8 other chickens. They are confined in a large fenced in area which is open to the sky but they do have a shed where they have nesting boxes and perches to sleep on.

That “open to the sky” really worried me because I know that hawks prey on small animals and birds but my daughter told me that their new owner had a solution for that. She’s outfitted her ladies with colorful vests with large eyeballs on them:

We think these vests were originally used to protect the chickens from the roosters but it seems to work just as well as a deterrent to hawks. One thing is certain … the chickens sure like to strut around in them !

 
 

9 Comments:

Blogger Anvilcloud said...

Well waddayano!

3:36 AM  
Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Oh how wonderful to think there is actual retirement for old layers and not just a stew pot awaiting. Love the eyeball vests. How clever.

5:02 AM  
Blogger NCmountainwoman said...

Amazing vests! Glad the hens are retired. Too many people get chickens without realizing they lay for only a couple of years. Nice to know they are happy and safe.

8:10 AM  
OpenID schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Chickens,, I love them.

8:48 AM  
Blogger possum said...

AC said it best!
I am smiling at the thought of vests for chickens! LOL! How brilliant! I must send this info to a friend of mine. Where does one find these 'outfits?"
And what do they have to save the wanderers from the foxes?

5:44 AM  
Blogger troutbirder said...

Colorful vest with big eyes on them. Now that is amazingly creative. I'm impressed! :)

6:20 AM  
OpenID Big John said...

Are you sure that they didn't join the Belgium Air Force ?
https://encrypted-tbn3.gstatic.com/images?q=tbn:ANd9GcRKXyn-Dubwsal-ZagwiOVa37ECQbhrrM2rhE1Ic380q9wDDnOg7w

6:55 AM  
Blogger Syd said...

Never heard of those vests. That is really cool.

7:01 AM  
OpenID schmidleysscribblins.com said...

Neat idea. I will have to share this with my SIL. He's lost a few birds to chicken hawks. Don't now about foxes however. Dianne

8:00 AM  

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