Monday, 14 September 2009

on the nature of fowl

The reason we built an enclosure for our chick (instead of just letting it wander around outside) was not to protect it from wild dogs (although these may be a problem) or from cats (of which there are a few) but to protect it from the hens.  These mothers, fiercely protective of their own chicks, would vicously attack it whenever they caught sight of it.

Reflecting on this while threading the coconut fronds through the chicken wire, we thought about how animals usually attack different animals.  We wondered what sort of demented, vicious beast would attack its own kind.

Then we realised.

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