“The ultimate goal of farming is not the growing of crops, but the cultivation and perfection of human beings.”

Masanobu Fukuoka, The One-Straw Revolution

Chickens Never Forget!

I sometimes think that the only ones who benefit from behavior modification
are we humans!

You might remember that we did a bit of re-arranging two weeks ago.
We moved the turkeys from the barn into an almost empty henhouse
and moved those few hens into our main chicken yard that has two henhouses.

In order to reinforce that this new area is their new home,
we kept the chickens in their yard for ten days.

Certainly 10 days would be long enough for them to understand that
they now live in a new home.

Of course not.

Yesterday, as soon as we opened the chicken yard to allow all to go outside and free-range...
the chickens that had been moved immediately ran back to their old house.

Birds do not forget!
It seems that a few of these girls prefer to lay their eggs in their old house...

I had heard this about crows... that they are highly intelligent and have 
a great memory.

And now I am a believer that chickens are the same.

As for the turkeys...
they still follow us around during morning chores,
and hang out with the chickens during the rest of the day.
And at the end of the day?
Yes... we have to walk them back to their new home.
It's not that they remember their old home...
it's just that...

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