The bantam of the opera.September 21, 2010
About 8 years ago I had the chance to help someone who was raising chickens from eggs. I was present at the hatching of one of the baby chicks. When it emerged from the egg, I had to remove it from the group because it was unable to use one leg and was thus a target of the other, stronger chicks. I decided to see if it could survive with a little extra attention and care.
It didn’t just survive – it thrived. As it grew, it’s leg strengthened. More amazingly, it turned out this little chick was quite clever. In fact, I was able to teach it several tricks. It would come when called, sit and stay, and even play dead (lay on it’s back until I tapped it’s belly). Not bad for a chicken, eh?