Well it has now been about a week since Dolly, Autumn and Meesha were introduced to the flock. The transition has been surprisingly smooth. They are quickly reestablishing a new pecking order. I think that Feathers is the happiest. She is no longer at the bottom of the order. She is even doing a little pecking herself. When I do notice the pecking, it is rather gentle, much like a reminder.
Chocolate is thrilled. He is no longer as bossy to the girls and he seems to be content. He now has seven girls to harrass at any given time. He has shown off his rooster dance to every girl. However, none seem the slightest bit interested. Instead, they just go about their business. As far as I know, he has not tried to hop on anyone’s back yet.
Tilly still is head hen. I’m glad. She is maternal-like to the new girls. It is nice to see. She will peck them now and then but it is usually to say, “Hey I’m standing here at the water. I will not move but you are welcome to stand next to me.”
We have also had 2 silkie eggs laid. I scooped another one out this morning. I think it is Dolly that is laying. I am hoping that she will influence the others to lay soon. They should start anyday now. It is really just a waiting game.
Finally, tomorrow night is the Barnstable Agricultural Commission meeting regarding rooster regulations for the town of Barnstable. I have done my best to rally together all the chicken owners that I know. We are sure to attend. I am thinking that I will mostly observe at first and try and gauge people’s postitions on the matter. Wish me luck!