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Friday, November 28, 2014

"Luke, I Am Your Father."

Well, I am going to peck your beak.
 
As I came from exbf's vehicle, I heard a strange tapping noise, very regular. As I walked slowly and looked around--wary and curious, I finally pinned down the tapping.

Maggie May was pecking on their mirror. Her neck feathers were flared. This continued for several more minutes while she vocalized the same each time she pecked the mirror. The sound was almost like the grunt that tennis players give when they hit the tennis ball.

When she finally left the mirror, she came toward me as though I should take care of the problem in the mirror.

I motioned for exbf who was hearing the tapping and wondering what it was. He laughed. Earlier in the day, Maggie May and Patsy Cline had their beak against the mirror, each turning her head and cocking it, too.

When I found them standing on the basement window sills gazing at their reflections, I bought this $3 mirror. They seemed to prefer the basement windows. After four months, they act like the other chickens just showed up.

I put the mirror behind things to protect it when a windy day was forecast. So, it does look messy where it is located.

The post title was idea of exbf when I asked him what Maggie May should be saying for a post title.

Your turn
Do your hens or other poultry ever enjoy watching or fighting their reflections in mirrors, glass windows or anything else? Maybe your cat or dog enjoys a mirror.

8 comments:

  1. Jazz (the big coward) is afraid of himself in a mirror. Unless he knows I am there - when he challenges his reflection...

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    1. EC,
      We had a dog that only challenged anyone coming on our property if we were there. Otherwise, she slept and let them pass.

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  2. Your post title totally cracked me up. In the house I bought right after I got Barkley the lab, there was a big dresser with a mirror in the bedroom. When he got on the bed he could see himself and then would growl at the reflection. He finally figured out it wasn't another dog, but it was pretty comical to watch.

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    1. Brigid,
      Maybe the fact that the dog seemed harmless caused Barkley to let it be. I love animals around mirrors. I wonder if animals ever figure out, "Oh, that is just me." Thanks for that.

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  3. One summer morning woke to a Canada goose loudly vocalizing to it's reflection in a basement window. That goose stayed until early fall. Had a regular routine - wake up, talk to it's reflection, go to the pond, come back to the window, walk around the yard and poop everywhere, go to the pond, back to the window, repeat several times and finally just after sunset settle in for the night. While it was comical for a couple of days, it was a very long 2 1/2 months. We were warned by the local Forest Ranger to expect the goose the following summer - thankfully that didn't happen.

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    1. Now, that is devotion to a "mirror." Maybe since it was an unrequited love or a failure to incite a fight, your goose won't return. Maybe some cardboard on the outside of the window for a few days might make it move along. Thanks for that story.

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  4. What a cute post Linda! I love it and I especially love your birds names! Loved all the readers stories too!

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    1. Feral Turtle,
      Thanks. My birds love their names...lol. Those are some good stories.

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