Diane talks about strawberries and blue jays.
One day, I noticed two of my chickens fighting like roosters. On closer inspection, they were fighting over a snake which one of them soon triumphantly carried off, dangling from her beak.
Until then, the dominant chicken of the literal “pecking order” will try to take on the role of rooster, in this case even attempting to crow as well as chasing the younger ones away from the other chickens and from the feed.
Diane commiserates regarding a non-existent Spring this year and the fact that one of her chickens dies.
Diane puts the new chicks into an enclosure early in April but had to tend to one who was not happy in the April cold weather.