Poppy gets tired of motherhood

December 10, 2008 § Leave a comment

Well it had to happen, I guess. Yesterday Poppy was being a bit grumpy with the chicks, and it was noticeable that she no longer holds back from food. But today she decided to really have a go at Princess – really went after her, and chased her into the house. Poor Princess had no idea what was going on, but sensibly kept out of Poppy’s way for a while. Then there was a repeat performance, a few hours later.

I don’t think Princess was or is in any real danger – Poppy was pecking her, but not trying to cause injury. Not even grabbing feathers. Just … very determined that this relationship was over. Why Princess? Maybe she’s the dominant pullet? Dunno. Poor girl.

Whatever the reason, it’s now definitely time to complete setting up the Bach. And to begin the process of reintegrating Poppy back into the main flock …

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