Chicken Noodle Fun…

Jun 5, 2009

Ok, so I had a bowl of spaghetti noodles in the fridge from yesterday...and I keep hearing that the chickens love cooked rice, noodles, that sort of thing. I decided to see if THIS would be enough to bribe them to love me...lol. So far, many items I've tried given them have been met with total disregard, so I wasn't convinced they'd actually eat the spaghetti. They run to me for salad greens from the garden, but nothing else has interested them. 

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After they looked at me like I was crazy for a while, I finally just threw a pile of noodles into the run for them, let them out into the yard to run around and walked away to water in the garden. A few minutes later I looked over and Einstein had gone back in the run by herself. Wow..it was like giving a 1-year old their fist piece of birthday cake! She kept grabbing one noodle, then running with it back into the coop with it as if to hide it from the rest of the gang. It was funny watching her try to negotiate eating the whole noodle at once. She ended up scarfing down about half the pile by herself before Phyllis started to show some interest. That's not a bad thing...Einstein needs to put on a bit more weight. (Eunis..the big one, has started really pushing everyone else around. They're a bit afraid of her right now and I'm worried they might be getting bullied out of some food). 

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Once Eunis noticed Einstein and Phyllis digging into something that was obviously good, she came over to see what the fuss is about. Pecker and Scooter follow her wherever she goes, so they came along too. That is Pecker in the above photo as I baited her out from under the door. After just a little while, they were all eating it out of my hands and couldn't get enough. Even Eunis, who has really just been a mean bossy you know what for the last month, was coming to me to eat it out of my hands. Scooter, the little blue Ameraucana is always sweet though and actually seems to prefer me feeding her directly. 

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Anywhoo, I guess I'll be cooking spaghetti more often!

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islandgardener
Jun 06, 2009
1:02 pm

So funny!  I love the first picture where you are trying to entice them—hillarious!  I haven’t tried noodle with the geese—I’m not sure if they would eat them.  I would have to chop them quite small because they could get stuck in those long throats of theirs.

j.d.w...
Jun 06, 2009
10:50 pm

Do you have a chicken coop inside the city limits?  (jealous…) I’m not sure I could get away with that in Richardson…

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jun 07, 2009
9:15 am

JD - Yes, I do. I’m in the cit of Dallas. I have 5 hens right now. Hens are legal in Dallas but roosters are prohibited. I know that Plano is a no on chickens all together. I don’t know what the rules in Richardson are. It’s city by city, so check your animal/livestock ordinance. There are a lot of people in Plano that want to keep chickens so I think they are starting to petition the city council.

We carry supplies and have programs on backyard chicken keeping at NHG. http://www.nhg.com

David
Jun 08, 2009
4:25 pm

Hello,
do you have them as pets mainly? I am guessing you do not get eggs from them since you do not have a rooster.
Cute little gals
I go back and forth about getting chickens. I have dogs and worry about dealing with them not getting along.

Leslie Finical Halleck
Jun 08, 2009
4:30 pm

Hey David,
Nope, have them for eggs. You don’t need a rooster for eggs, you only need a rooster for fertilized eggs = baby chicks. That’s the beauty of hens. This latest crew is too young to lay just yet, although Eunis, the biggun, should start any day, with the others being a few weeks behind her.

I have a chihuahua…meaning they all completely ignore eachother! Actually at this point Ramona can walk into their coop (to steal spaghetti…she’s not interested in eating the chickens) and they don’t even get flustered by her anymore. Even though I’ve trained her to herd them out of my veggie and flower beds, they don’t seem to be scared of her anymore. Now bigger dogs, labs and the like, definitely seem to take a bigger culinary interest! So you do have to be careful about that. And unfortunatley, once a dog gets a taste for fresh chicken, it’s almost impossible to untrain them from hunting the chickens.

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