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Wednesday, July 13, 2016

Dominique Cleans Her Pen

Dominique lives in a 10'x10' dog pen. Her life consists of dust bath, scratching, and sitting. Since she is being denied the ability to forage or have a companion, she finds other things  to do.

When she takes a dust bath, she creates huge holes that cause me to lurch around like a drunk when I step in them. Most of the time she has filled a hole with the contents of the hole she just dug. Therefore, I step in extremely loose dirt that does not provide a stable footing even though it looks fairly solid.

All this scratching has also resulted in huge piles of fresh dirt on the outside of the pen. I assume this is very fertile soil. However, since I cannot dip it up, it just sits like dirt dunes. Lately, I can barely open the door. At times like this I truly realize how much exbf did for me when he could do these things.

When I go out to feed her, I carry her food in a used paper plate or bowl. One day, I went out and she had scratched every one of them into a pile about 2'x2'.  It was not quite that high. I hardly think this was an accident. However, I cannot quite place her making one pile of trash in the category of a purposeful action.

I didn't get a picture of the pile because I couldn't make another trip out there.  The next day, she had scattered them to the four corners of her pen. So, was this a game? Busy work?

Maybe I could train her to come indoors and be helpful. ???

Your turn
Do you chickens or pets seem to have a purpose to their actions or do they just seem to drag things about randomly?


  1. Sometimes it is definitely deliberate. When we moved to this house we were unpacking. We found a cat toy in one of the boxes, took it out and gave it to the cat. He looked at us, picked it up and jumped into the box with it, dropped it, and climbed out of the box again.

    1. EC,
      That cat did not know if you were going to be going to another house, so he wanted to make sure his toy was packed...maybe? That is cute and sounds very deliberate to me.

  2. Replies
    1. Busy, busy, busy! I just hope she keeps it up so she won't get depressed living all alone. Chickens are social animals.

  3. Harper (the dog) has few purposes but all of them goal directed so far as I can tell.

    1. Ur-spo,
      Does he clean house? Just kidding!


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