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Day 10 - October 14th 2006

Last evening we gave them a few corn cobs to play with. We put the partially shucked cobs on the ground and watched the birds approach them, cautiously at first. In a matter of seconds the cobs were being tossed and picked over, corn sent flying from strong pecks. You wouldn't believe how strong these chicks can peck until one pecks on your boot. It isn't long before a bruise appears.

After grabbing hold of one cob, something about it must have freaked out 601. He dropped the cob, jumped back and ran away from it as it if it had bit him! The other birds just started right in on the corn. 607 and 615 were companionably pecking away side-by-side until our resident bully, 622, came in to push them away. By this morning only a few corn husks and empty cobs remained.

 



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