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Old 08-23-2013, 02:52 PM   #611
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Myrtle, Eggna, Eggatha, Pearl, and Miss Coo-coo are perched on the deck furniture. Myrtle is on the little "side table" closest to the French doors. Her head is tilted so she can "observe" what "The Big Chicken" is doing.

Myrtle: "It don't understand what the reward is that the Big Chicken gets when that "ringing" sound happens. It seems to trigger her to speak."

Eggna: "Speak to whom?"

Myrtle: "It sounds as if she's having a conversation with herself."

Aggatha: "Does she get a treat afterwards?"

Myrtle: "If she does, it isn't something she eats."

Pearl: "Why would she respond to the ringing if there is no treat?"

Miss Coo-coo: "Big Chickens are funny that way."

Myrtle: "Now that you mentioned treats, I'm going to knock on the window."

Eggna: "Oh, do! She might have more bananas!"

Pearl: "Or avacado!"

Peck-peck-peck.

Big Chicken opens the door. "Hello, Myrtle, hello ladies. Would you like some banana?"

A flutter of wings is heard as the Big Chicken offers banana.

A short time later, the Big Chicken is back in the house, the girls are sunbathing.

Pearl: "At least we understand the concept of positive reinforcement behaviour."

Aggatha: "I sometimes worry about the intelligence level of Big Chickens. They sometimes don't seem too bright."

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All this time, I thought I was observing them, rather, they have been observing me in an attempt to understand Big Chicken behaviours...
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Old 08-23-2013, 04:58 PM   #612
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The scene:

Myrtle, Eggna, Eggatha, Pearl, and Miss Coo-coo are perched on the deck furniture. Myrtle is on the little "side table" closest to the French doors. Her head is tilted so she can "observe" what "The Big Chicken" is doing.

Myrtle: "It don't understand what the reward is that the Big Chicken gets when that "ringing" sound happens. It seems to trigger her to speak."

Eggna: "Speak to whom?"

Myrtle: "It sounds as if she's having a conversation with herself."

Aggatha: "Does she get a treat afterwards?"

Myrtle: "If she does, it isn't something she eats."

Pearl: "Why would she respond to the ringing if there is no treat?"

Miss Coo-coo: "Big Chickens are funny that way."

Myrtle: "Now that you mentioned treats, I'm going to knock on the window."

Eggna: "Oh, do! She might have more bananas!"

Pearl: "Or avocado!"

Peck-peck-peck.

Big Chicken opens the door. "Hello, Myrtle, hello ladies. Would you like some banana?"

A flutter of wings is heard as the Big Chicken offers banana.

A short time later, the Big Chicken is back in the house, the girls are sunbathing.

Pearl: "At least we understand the concept of positive reinforcement behavior."

Aggatha: "I sometimes worry about the intelligence level of Big Chickens. They sometimes don't seem too bright."

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All this time, I thought I was observing them, rather, they have been observing me in an attempt to understand Big Chicken behaviours...
Make sure you behave. You don't want them emulating you. I think they have you trained.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:27 PM   #613
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Make sure you behave. You don't want them emulating you. I think they have you trained.
I have come to the same conclusion. Miss Eggna comes to the door every day around noon to come inside and check to see if I cleaned my lunch plate.
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Old 08-23-2013, 05:38 PM   #614
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I have come to the same conclusion. Miss Eggna comes to the door every day around noon to come inside and check to see if I cleaned my lunch plate.
I think she is looking for leftovers.
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Old 08-23-2013, 06:56 PM   #615
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I have come to the same conclusion. Miss Eggna comes to the door every day around noon to come inside and check to see if I cleaned my lunch plate.
That is so sweet
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That is so sweet
Kylie, the girls that are named are the first one she got. We have been following them and their adventures since the beginning. Their first winter was a lot of fun. Knitting and sewing coats for them so they could go out in the snow.
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Awww, I have never seen a chicken in a knitted coat, well any coat come to think of it...that is cool

After all, we all feel the cold!
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Awww, I have never seen a chicken in a knitted coat, well any coat come to think of it...that is cool

After all, we all feel the cold!
If you go back in the Chicken Chronicles you will see the pictures and read all about it.
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I will Ads, I will have a look see now
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Old 08-24-2013, 01:16 AM   #620
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I think she is looking for leftovers.
I know she is. Is it any surprise that there is always something waiting for Miss Eggna? (Who has trained whom?) She also likes to hop up on my lap and check out the computer screen. Be forewarned, she's noted down your screen names!And, she is very intrigued by some of the dishes that are made on "The Chew" which is on at 1:00 p.m., right around the time she comes to clean my plate.
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