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Hello, stoopit

I don’t know why I even look at the Mail. I’m convinced half the things in it are fakes or put-up jobs, and the other half are low rent and tacky. But there’s lots of it, and the internet has been boring lately.

Oh, well. This guy and his wife rescued two battery hens. And then, worried that the chickens would feel the cold, had little woolly pinafores made for them. Looking at the pictures, those birds do not look happy to me. I’m sure they’re like, “can we go back to our nice warm barn now?”

Though it can be hard to judge the mood of a chicken, I’m pretty sure my girls are missing Lucia. She was, after all, the one who told them what to do. Now they just drift around looking listless and unhappy. The weather isn’t helping. They don’t even come out of the hut most of the day.

With the death of Lucia, there’s room on the perch for Coco (who grew up to be a big, beautiful bird) in the main house, and Maggie (the crippled one) can have the nest box for the Winter, so she’s at least with the other girls. At last my whole glum, abbreviated flock is together now.

Dear Abby – I think my chickens are depressed.


Comment from Paula Douglas
Time: November 13, 2013, 12:33 am

Poor birds. They probably are a bit bereft and adrift now and will be for a while, until they get themselves reorganized. Sorted, I believe is the word there. I don’t doubt that animals feel loss; if there’s a spectrum of emotions, they feel many of the same things we do, the difference being one of degree rather than kind. They might not have a sense of self and therefore of self-pity, and they might live in the present, but I’m sure that they realize Lucia’s absence and that it affects their behavior.

How is Maggie doing? Can she get around at all?

Comment from Janna
Time: November 13, 2013, 12:35 am

What is derescue? Is that a “British Thing”?

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 13, 2013, 2:20 am

Depressed chickens. Hmm. If SSRIs don’t work on fowl then perhaps a cock would perk them up a bit.

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: November 13, 2013, 2:43 am

I’ve never seen any evidence that the Daily Mail has a greater percentage of fake or misleading news stories than any other newspaper. Its Eric the Half-a-Tabloid, but if you ignore that half you get interesting stuff.

Comment from Oceania
Time: November 13, 2013, 4:45 am

Uncle Al,
You are assuming that the neuro-cilia of Gallus contain the appropriate human analogue 5TR6 g-coupled SSRI receptors?

I could make you a miscelle lipid vaccine to increase the ciliary length of gallus axonemes to make them happy? Think lithium for chooks, without the renal fibrosis.

Gallus and humans are slightly more divergent than you could ever believe. Bit like Wiggers.

And which of you fifthly little bastards is deleting Blakes 7 episodes from youtube? Desist!

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: November 13, 2013, 10:16 am

I think the main difference between the Daily Mail and the ‘serious’ newspapers like the Guardian and The Telegraph is that the Daily Mail is popular.

Journalism, that is to say objective reporting of events, simply doesn’t exist anywhere, at least not in this country.

Every time I’m half-heartedly browsing the Telegraph’s website, and the subscribe-now-to-continue-reading paywall thing springs up in my face like a tramp’s erection, I laugh at the tenacity of it.

It’s a chore to read it when it’s free, and you want me to pay for it? That’d be like paying for the privilege of cleaning my own bathroom. There’s the door, now get the fuck out. And take your tramp’s slugger with you. Damn.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: November 13, 2013, 2:23 pm

Poor Maggie is still not walking? So sad…

And so much drama for such a small flock of chickens – fox attacks, paralyzed young chicks, mysterious deaths of leaders- that it seems like a Soap Opera.

You could call it Life On The Run…..

Comment from Carl
Time: November 13, 2013, 4:21 pm

The Daily Mail is rubbish but it is entertaining rubbish.

Gabby, every time you hit the 20-article limit on the Daily Telegraph website you can just delete your cookies and carry on for another 20.

That used to work for the New York Times but they got wise to that solution and have blocked it. Does anyone know how to get round their paywall?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 13, 2013, 8:58 pm

You can get around most paywalls by Googling the title of the article you want to read. Traffic coming in via Google isn’t subject. I know it works with the WSJ, don’t know about the NYT.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: November 13, 2013, 9:15 pm

Your chickens aren’t depressed, it’s just that time of the year. As the daylight diminishes, they get less and less active.

Give them a little sea salt with their feed.

Talking about diminishing light, I’m moving to Anchorage just in time to enjoy their 1 hour days.

Wish me luck.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: November 13, 2013, 10:32 pm

Just post a sign in the Chicken Coop.

“The Fryings will continue until morale improves”

Comment from AliceH
Time: November 13, 2013, 11:21 pm

I think all NYT articles are accessible if linked on twitter (they like to count those). So… just tweet yourself the link, then open the link from your tweet and voila.

I also think their “fix” of the cookie thing was just hiding a new cookie you wouldn’t notice in manually deleting nyt cookies. I know when I use a “clear all cookies from this site” add on tool(in Mozilla/firefox), the reset works for me.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: November 13, 2013, 11:40 pm

If the NYT doesn’t want me reading their nonsense & lies, then I will be perfectly happy to not read them.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: November 13, 2013, 11:52 pm

But we bought them in pairs, Bob. So every chicken has a buddy. And they really do hang out mostly with their special buddy most of the time.

So Mapp has lost her buddy. And Coco kind of has. So Mapp and Coco are kind of thrown together, but they are top and bottom of the pecking order respectively, so Coco gets a lot of beak.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: November 14, 2013, 7:36 am

Missus and I went trough everything Granny Zimlanova and Granny Wang ever taught the two of us. You should either separate them and put them in a dark box for a week without food or water, or you should just trust them to figure it out. Chickens have no long term memory. They only know what they’ve done the last two days or so.

Comment from Carl
Time: November 14, 2013, 1:43 pm

Thanks Wease. For some time I had, as you suggest, been Googling the article titles to bypass the paywall but a few months ago that no longer worked. However I just tried it and it works again. They must have changed their software recently.

In Firefox the “clear all cookies from this site” also works. Thanks AliceH.

Another thing I found is that going into InPrivate mode in Internet Explorer (or Incognito on some other browsers) works.

Comment from Uncle Al
Time: November 14, 2013, 2:08 pm

The “clear all cookies” route does work on a lot of limited-access sites but it interferes with using some highly beneficial sites and browser features. The solution is to use more than one browser. My preference is Chrome for normal use. When I bump into a problem such as the ones described above, I copy the URL and paste it into Firefox, which I’ve set up to be quite secure, to empty the cache on program close, and I can clear all Firefox cookies without screwing up things I don’t want to screw up. HTH

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