June 17, 2014 – I stopped in to visit the baby bantam chicks today and prepare them for pullet camp. It is always a challenge capturing the interest of young chickens long enough to ignite a thirst for knowledge, but I’ve become quite adept at it over the years.
This batch of juveniles is quite the crew, all bright-eyed and self-assured. As a treat, I brought with me a small, unopened container of mealworms. I knew the chicks would flip the minute they tasted a worm for the first time. After that, I reasoned, they would be putty in my wings.
One of the chicks, Henrietta, is a real go-getter.
“Happy, I am very smart and very strong. I’ll open that canister of worms for you!”
I handed her the plastic container and watched her struggle as she tried to remove the lid. Finally, she handed it back to me very displeased with herself. I had to laugh.
“Don’t get too down on yourself, Henrietta,” I said to the young Silkie. “It comes with a chick-proof cap.”
Henrietta was shocked.
“How does it know me,” she questioned.
Ah… there was my opening.
“All this and more you will learn at pullet camp, little one,” I said handing her a freeze-dried delectable delight.
It all went according to plan. I was as smooth as rain; and this is why, I am known as the Crowned Monarch of Pullet Camp!