The hens have landed

26 11 2015

Misha and Alexandra’s group relocated 24 birds to their new pens in the Animal Biosciences barn yesterday! They’ll start being exposed to the various treatments in a couple of days, and actually videoed a week after that.

They’re not attractive birds: no cute little nut-brown hens here – they are dirty white, rangy, somewhat motheaten-looking, with big, creepy spam-like wattles. But the gentle way they poke about inspecting things, making the calm warbly sounds that seem to typify happy hens, makes them really quite adorable.