Thursday, 21 August 2014

Chaos Theory


The peace and quiet of the field has been transformed by the arrival of two new chickens and the Cayuga ducks. Now it resembles one of the latter scenes from Lord Of The Flies with various characters running amok, their little beady little eyes intent on mayhem and madness.
Not only do hens have a strict pecking order and a mistrust of newbies, but ducks and geese , too, hate any sort of change and that change doesn't always need to occur within their own species.
And so, ducks will chase and challenge new hens and visa versa. Geese will chase and honk at anything new even if the victim in question is a dropped piece of paper. And old established cockerels will chase down and batter any new male with a cock of his own and an attitude to match.
It's West Side Story , with webbed feet and fat bills instead of flick knives and a warbling Natalie Wood.
And so the old ducks have laid siege to the lurid purple paddling pool, in an attempt to prevent the new Americans from coming near. The new cockerel has been forced to wander around the edges of the field, where He is embarking on a full bloodied rape offensive of unwary hens
And the air is filled with loud quacking , shrill  squawking and hysterical to-nig and fro-nig
Only Bingley is calm
I fed him his treat of dog food this morning and he calmly ate the lot
As all around him descended into chaos


45 comments:

  1. He's obviously completely deaf to all the chaos around him as long as he gets his treat :-)

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  2. Laying siege to the purple paddling pool is the perfectly proper English thing to do.

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  3. I wonder how long they will all take to settle, so that peace reigns once more

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  4. the new ducks have interesting colours. hope all returns to normal soon.

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  5. Oh John! It's Shakespeare with feathers - I now have a vision of a cross between Fiddler on the Roof (cue Ukrainian village) and Baz Luhrman's Romeo and Juliet. Perhaps you need to outfit Bingley with a light blue beret and deploy him as a UN peacekeeper, it sounds as though he's the only sane fowl in village. Hope it all works out without too much stress and bloodshed. xx

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  6. I always enjoy hearing about your various ducks.

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  7. How are Sylvia and Irene taking all this fuss?

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  8. Sounds as if they do not like any interruption of the social hierarchy.

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  9. After that feast Bingley will be ready for a walk to the middle of the zebra crossing

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  10. Are the guys still at risk from marauding badgers?

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  11. I feel exhausted.

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  12. Bingley is the smart one. Ignore the politics and keep your eye on the prize.

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  13. Once again, I'm glad I'm not a hen. They seem to get the worst of it.

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  14. I hope all things calm down and order will be restored soon. And 2) I totally applaud you duck-caring with a little swimming pool! Having to change the water out when we had ducks was a chore I really couldn't deal with, so I was glad to re-home them

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  15. It's probably equal mayhem to take them in one at a time as in droves.

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  16. Any guestimate how long before quiet reigns again? I Like those ducks!

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  17. Good old Bingley. When I grow up I want to be like him.....calm.

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  18. Such is the life of a bird rescuer, chaos before the eventual calm. How old is Bingley now?

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  19. Beautiful green ducks…not seen them anywhere before!

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  20. Good God us darn Americans try to take over again, even a lurid purple wadding pool.
    Which I kind of like. It looks so festive next to the green plants.

    cheers, parsnip.

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  21. Perhaps the badger will tire of the squawking and come to restore order.
    Do the ducks lay eggs?

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  22. Your life is a musical John. :)

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  23. Pandemonium! Such as Mr Milton never envisaged!

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  24. Now there's a turkey with his priorities straight.

    I hope things settle down soon, with no casualties.

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  25. Do the old ducks take it in turns to have a little swim and how long do they each get ? Do you have to go out there at intervals with a megaphone. " Come in duck number one, your time is up ' ! XXXX

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    1. Oh! Brilliant comment... laughed out loud!

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    2. Gosh, I was thinking the same thing. Or do they all squish in at one time !

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  26. I like Andrews comment. Bingley's always been my fav.

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  27. Pretty much like the state of the world then.

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  28. We used to have the frog version of that paddling pool, but we called it a sandbox.

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    1. Maybe it was a turtle.

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  29. Pecking order isn't just a phrase is it?

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  30. Good God - it's like the horrid confusion of Northern Iraq/Syria is being replicated across the road from your cottage. You must be President Obama and Chris is David Cameron. You're gonna have to get boots on the ground real soon.

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  31. Geez, how fortunate that the human race is not territorial like this, eh John?

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  32. But the Cayuga ducks sure are pretty!

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  33. I guess Bingley is too big to worry about what goes on around him. He has his dog food and all is right with his world. :-)

    Hope things settle without too much bloodshed, John.

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  34. You could write 50 shades of poultry

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  35. Once again, the natural order of life has disrupted & is running afowl in the Ukranian Village. Hope none of the birds meets the same end Piggy did. Makes me think of a fitting rhyme for which the source escapes me - "When in trouble, when in doubt, run in circles, scream & shout". Glad to hear that Bingley is keeping a cool head & not letting his feathers be ruffled by all those crazy ducks & geese. Who knew dog food would be a gastronomic delight for a turkey.

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    1. Just like turkey would be a gastronomic delight for the dogs, I guess...

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  36. Only Bingley is calm

    He's plotting his big move, which will doubtlessly take place when all of his opponents are worn out from their conflicts.

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  37. Just a normal day in Trelawnyd...........
    Yes John, do write a book about it!

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  38. I meant to ask for a photo of your new hens, you show me yours and I'll show you mine lol!

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  39. Like the pool. I got one like that for the girls... they're not made for 80 pound Boxers.

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