Enrolled in Chicken 101

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While combing the internet for courses to take regarding copyright in the library, I came across a very different course offered by the University of Edinburgh via Coursera on Chicken Behaviour and Welfare.  I figured since I’m already taking one course this summer, why not two?!  The course is taught by Dr. Victoria Sandilands and is recommended for “people who own chickens as pets or keep a small hobby flock, commercial egg and chicken meat producers, veterinarians and vet nurses.”  There is an option to enroll for free, or an option to earn a certificate, which costs $49.  The course is in English, but also offers French subtitles.  Is anyone interested in joining me?  There is still plenty of time to join up -> here.  I signed up for the free option, but am tempted to get a certificate in an attempt to legitimize this blog a little more – I’ll decide later.  The course runs for five weeks, and my plan is to update this blog with what I learn along the way…so stay tuned!

Right now we are dealing with a broody hen for the first time and it’s been a little over a month.  When I find the time, I’m going to further explore what can be done to help bring an end to this phase! Any tips?  In the meantime, my husband is in charge of collecting eggs from the nest, and we’re doing it more often than usual or else they collect lots of poop.  She was out taking a leisurely dust bath last weekend, so I’m glad to see she’s still getting outside.

In other news, my son recently turned 7 months and he is such a joy!  He keeps me busy and I look forward to the day he takes an interest in the chickens!  So far, he’s only really stared at them from a Ergo 360 carrier (which I LOVE) while I water the vegetable garden or fill up the chicken feeder and/or waterer.  Oh!  Speaking of vegetable garden, this year we decided to plant a little less than previous years due to our busy schedules.  This year we have three types of heirloom tomatoes, cherry tomatoes, strawberries, two types of squash, peppers, herbs, and blueberries.  The blueberries were actually received as a gift last year on Mother’s Day when my baby (fetus) was the size of a blueberry!

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2 thoughts on “Enrolled in Chicken 101

  1. My experience is limited, but I’ve never had a broody hen who took time off for a dust bath so maybe she is getting over her broodiness. If not, the technique that we used to “break a broody” is to put her in a wire-bottomed cage with food and water for a few days. It serves to lower her body temperature. You have probably noticed how hot a broody’s nether quarters become – must be linked to hormones, I think, and lowering her temperature will convince her (and her hormones) that the party’s over.

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