After our pear-peeling party a couple weeks ago, we still had pears left over from generous friends contributing fruit from their trees. We had so many pears canned up that we distributed many of the extras to willing friends, but we still ended up with a box no one else wanted. We ate these fresh until they got too mushy, and then we gave them to the chickens. The chickens thought we should have done this in the first place and saved ourselves all sorts of unnecessary trouble.
Smoky immediately called all her Bandits over for the snack. Smoky is a good mom and hasn't lost a single chick. See how much they've grown?
The other hens stayed away from the babies. Smoky's been known to chase other birds away from her brood, so they treat her with respect. Don'cha just love it?
Whatever fruit is left over, the deer will eat.
Sure enough, I sneaked into the barn the next morning and caught this doe red-handed. Er, red-hoofed.
Off she goes!