Post last updated: October 10th, 2018
I have an update to Lam’s entrance into the World of Suburban Chickens which I previously covered in Chickens and Chicken News. Lam persisted with leash training her two chickens and reports progress. The two chickens are not fighting and cursing her as much. Instead, they fix her with “epic stink eye.”
Lam acquired an H-style small dog harness which she loosened to the maximum width because her chickens are fat and healthy. She reports that leash training a chicken is similar to halter breaking a horse but it’s easier and safer. Having no experience with either, I’ll take her word for it.
Immediately, I asked if she could get the leashed chickens to walk or did they stand in place, refusing to budge while giving her that epic stink eye. I mean, look at that foot in the photo above. Something about that foot says, “No way. I mean it.”
According to Lam, Princess Penny is the more agreeable of the two chickens when it comes to being strapped into a leash. Lam holds the leash gently so Princess Penny doesn’t hit the end of the leash and cut herself in half. For all that it matters because once the leash goes on, Princess Penny runs as if she might be able to out-run the leash. Out of control. Steering run amuck.
For Lam, there’s a bonus in this leash training business. After each training session, the chickens make a jail break to hide behind the garage until it’s time to roost. Normally, they are clingy and underfoot making it difficult for Lam to get any yard work done.