The other day, I was “fixing” strawberries (that’s what my aunts used to say) and I collected all of the over ripe berries and berry tops in a plastic container as I worked. When I was finished, I nearly threw the whole thing away and then it dawned on me that I had a whole herd of perpetually hungry chickens outside. The only problem was that they’d already eaten half a watermelon that day. I didn’t want to cause any chicken intestinal issues, so I thought about saving them and then an even better idea struck…I’d just add some water to the plastic container and make a big strawberry popsicle for them!
I can’t think of anything better on a hot day, than a popsicle. Even if you’re a chicken.
Recently, I’d read a comment that someone made online that chickens don’t need that type of thing. Basically, the person was putting down the whole idea of doing nice things for your chickens because they’re chickens. I remember feeling a little sad because I wanted to do the right things for them and this person seemed to indicate that frozen treats were a silly idea. How sad. How really, really sad.
So, because I like to be contrary, I froze that strawberry treat to save for a hot day…which turned out to be today. I’d had a rough day and I couldn’t wait to go out to visit the birds. When I arrived home, I changed clothes and grabbed my silly strawberry frozen treat and skittered right out to the coop where I was met by the chickens with their usual greeting of running and clucking. I actually feel physical comfort when I look at them. I can’t even tell you what they do for me mentally…it’s good though…I swear.
I threw the frozen strawberry block into the run and scared them all half to death. If there hadn’t been fence at the end of the run, Cluck would still be running. He’s not a very brave rooster. Anyway, they all came around to check out the block and pretty soon they were pecking and licking (do chickens have tongues?), well, they were enjoying it…and that was the whole point of doing it.
Although chickens may not need coop decorations or fancy nest boxes or specially prepared food that’s healthy for them, it certainly does no harm. If they are MY chickens and I’m willing to put up with the ramifications of what I’ve decided to do…like washing nest box curtains, cleaning decor, or making special treats as a part of their regular diet…then I don’t think it’s a bad thing. Everyone gets to choose how they keep their chickens.
I choose to keep mine happy….because it makes me happy.