I heard two hee-haws from Paco today- he was impatient waiting for his dinner!
Found Boulder seeking some relief from the heat underneath the truck.
Heading down the drive for the walk.
The foreman of The Lazy Vegan gets the donkeys under control!
Heading UP Ellen Lane- very steep, very long.
Paco had such a good time on his walk that he didn't want to go back into the pasture!
Some nice shade by the time dinner rolled around.
Camille & Baron.
Baron's fancy new car seat. Now I'm not the only person I know who owns one- I like Baron's better than the one I bought for our dogs!
Goodbye, Sophia & Bella ...and God Bless Isabella (her feathers are still around here!)...glad we got rid of the girls before another tragedy!
Chickens are much more intelligent than you might think. For example, because they are social animals, they need to be able to communicate easily with each other. Chickens have over 20 different calls, including two distinct alarm calls to warn their flock about approaching predators. Aerial (flying) predators such as hawks and eagles will cause hens to give a different alarm call than ground predators, and the birds react differently to each call. When hens hear an aerial alarm call they run for cover, crouch down and look upwards; when they hear a ground alarm call they actively look around them for signs of danger. Chickens also use calls to communicate with each other about food. Studies of chickens have indicated that they can interpret the meaning of individual calls and can use calls to show their intention when communicating with each other.
Chickens have a complex nervous system that includes a prodigious memory and the ability to make complex decisions. Researchers who have studied the behaviour of chickens are clear that battery cages can in no way meet the demands of such remarkable animals. Caged chickens have little opportunity for decision making or control over their own lives. They have no access to materials for foraging, dust bathing or nesting. In the absence of these opportunities, chickens are forced to find abnormal ways of coping without them. What the science tells us is that layer hens deserve much better than to be forced to endure their lifetime in a barren battery cage.