My chickens aren’t the best at sharing. Poor Rosie gets pecked often when she tries to eat from the same food trough/plate/source as Isabel. Bronwyn is more relaxed but sometimes she’ll chase both Rosie and Isabel away from anything she decides is hers (Bronwyn is a pretty zen head chook). Because of this disinclination to sharing, we now have 3 food containers in the garden hanging off the vegetable patch fence, so all 3 girls can eat at the same time without too much stress. (Rosie can still be chased from a good bit of grain but she simply moves to another container and keeps eating.)
The whistling doves have been coming into the garden forever and we frequently spotted them pecking under the food containers for any leavings. They knew chicken scraps might be good, but was there something even better to be had?
Yup, now they hop up and actually crawl into the food containers (old milk jugs) to eat their fair share!
Here’s a dove eating next to Bronwyn. When Bronwyn was full she wandered away.
Bronwyn had been at the biggest feeder and the dove must have learned it offered the most comfortable dining experience. Before Bronwyn was 6 feet away, the dove hopped over to the big feeder. Then, unprompted, Rosie came and started eating from the feeder the dove just abandoned. Share and share alike.
Neither chook bothered about the sweet little dove at all. Frank and I figure the resident pair can’t eat that much so we don’t care either. It’s nice to see our girls sharing, even if it isn’t with each other.
Then it got really funny. A couple of days after I snapped the photos above, I spotted a queue at the feeders. The whistling dove obviously understands that sharing is wonderful thing, but you still have to wait your turn.