Friday, June 12, 2009

Chickens in the Rain

Chickens don’t really like rain. There has been some cold, rainy weather at The Farmers’ Museum. The chickens are let out of the chicken coop at 8am, and are eager to get out. But where do they go when it rains? They could go back in the coop if it is really cold, but usually won’t. They find a dry place to “roost.” I recently caught the Dominick chickens roosting in the drive shed on the beams, on the wheelbarrow, and even on some farm equipment. Where do our Cayuga ducks go when it rains? Anywhere they want! They spend part of each day in the pond, even when there is ice in the water. They spend the rest wandering around looking for something tasty to eat. Just after seeing the chickens roosting in the barn I spied the ducks wandering up the farm field road looking for worms or new tender shoots. They were muttering and quacking as they walked and seemed to be having a great time.

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