Posts Tagged ‘sixth sense’

Not so bird-brained after all?

March 18, 2019

Stupid, foolish and scatter-brained, or maybe just a head full of feathers? As far as our Silkies go, I’m not so sure. You may remember that all three of our girls went broody at the same time, Thelma abandoning her nest after a couple of days, even though she sat tight alongside BB and Louise until hatching.

Last year, we noticed that Louise was having trouble with her sight; bumping into tufts of grass and tall weeds, needing to see the jug of grain/mealworms up close at treat-time. The bridge between her home in the old church and the main garden proved in fact, to be a bridge too far. She stayed within the environs of the church therefore, with occasional visits from Thelma and Wee man – rarely grumpy, granny BB!

A bridge too far

So, I’m wondering, is Thelma aware of her sister’s problem? Could she sense that she would be of more use to the newly hatched chicks if she stuck around to get to know them? You may remember that BB stole Louise’s chicks on the first day and six non-bantam chicks are a real handful for a wee silkie mum. Did Thelma anticipate this? You may think that I’m crediting Thelma with far too much of the grey matter, but there are stories out there of animals sensing ill health or vulnerability of other beasties, even of a different species! A certain dog named Boo, over on The Farmy in Illinois is just such a caring canine, relishing taking care of orphan lambs, piglets and kittens.

At four weeks old the chicks are becoming very adventurous, needing as may pairs of eyes as possible to keep them out of danger. So whether I’m right or wrong, Thelma has certainly turned out to be a godsend for BB, even if it’s just to cover the youngsters should they need a nap!

So, although Louise looks a wee bit lost on her doorstep, no doubt wondering where her babies are, all is well come bedtime as she still gets a couple of her offspring who snuggle beneath her for the night!

P.S. It has to be said that at this age, chicks are at their least appealing! A bit like gangly teenagers really; legs and necks too long and their clothes not fitting too well!

 


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