RG Meets the Chickens
July 7, 2008
At that moment, a Dominique hen came down to the area where we were chatting, and Mrs. FN shook the can of brown rice to let the hen know she had some hen candy for it. Usually it rushes forward for a brown rice treat, but on that day the Dominique was just not in the mood and merely stayed in the bushes clucking in an indifferent manner. Even friendly hens have moody days.
Mrs. FN took RG over to feed some other hens. When they returned, Mrs. FN said they had good results with the other hens. In fact, a rather stand-offish hen who had never taken brown rice from Mrs. FN accepted some from Random Granddaughter.
Later the Friendly Neighbors commented on how well RG interacted with the ducks and chickens. She approached them in a quiet, confident, and respectful manner.
I take this as a combination of her introvert nature—after all, she like to be approached in a quiet, confident, and respectful manner—and her experience in growing up with a couple of cats. Cats for the most part are introverted animals. The late Sebastian had certainly been an introvert, and very slow to warm to RG.
On the other hand, Sylvie is the most extroverted cat I have ever met. She is clearly a cat (and not a dog in a cat’s body), but she clearly and instantly loves any human she meets. It is a sign of how perceptive my daughter is that she chose Sylvie from the shelter.
Nevertheless, it took RG a while to learn to approach Sylvie (clearly a pet with training wheels) in a sensible manner. By the time she visited the Friendly Neighbors’ flocks, RG demonstrated considerable poultry sensitivity, a sign of her growing maturity.