A couple of weeks ago I had a lovely, quiet day on a sunny, windy day at home with my husband.
I thought it was about time to put a collar on our two chickens, and to see what kind of reaction they would get.
It was only then that I realised that they were not really that bothered by the collar, at least not in the same way that we are.
As I was walking up the stairs, one of the chickens had just noticed my arm and looked at me with a look of shock and fear.
“Can you see my eyes?”
It seemed like he had just seen something that was not quite right.
The other chicken, who I had been talking to for a few minutes, also seemed shocked and was staring at me.
We quickly walked away to get some food, and as we were walking towards the house, I noticed that the other chicken had also started to look at me and my husband with an expression of curiosity.
When we walked into the kitchen, I was immediately reminded of the time that I had with my son.
He was having a meltdown about the collar and wanted to know what was wrong with it.
My response was a simple, “It’s just a collar”, as he started to shake his head in frustration.
With a look like this, you’d be forgiven for thinking that I am a bit of a kook.
What was wrong, you might ask?
The answer was, of course, the collar.
Well, at this point I would probably need to apologise to the dog that has been with my children since I was a baby for my ignorance.
If I were to say that it was a collar, it would be the wrong word, as the dog was not a dog, and the collar was a device.
So, how can a collar work?
First of all, what you want to do is ensure that you have a collar that can be fitted on the chicken without him or her being able to bite through the fabric of the collar or any other means of escape.
Secondly, it is important that the collar is designed so that the chicken can escape, and will have a way of avoiding it.
Thirdly, you need to be sure that it will not be a painful experience for the chicken.
Fourthly, the chicken will need to feel the collar in order to feel safe.
Fifthly, if you are going to make the chicken cry, you will need a way to stop it from doing so, as it is not uncommon for chickens to cry out when they have been given an injection or have been injured.
Sixthly you need a collar to ensure that the animal feels comfortable in your home, and it is also important that you ensure that it is easy to remove.
And finally, you should be able to get a few of these, and you should probably take some pictures to give it a go.
One thing to bear in mind is that not everyone is keen to have a dog with them.
They may feel more comfortable around a person, but the fact is that dogs are not designed to be held or played with by humans.
Having said that, dogs can be trained to do just that, and some dogs do seem to enjoy holding people and being touched by people.
A dog with a collar can be used to help make a dog happy, which is one of my favourite things to do with my animals.
But, what about the chicken?
It is important to be aware that, in most cases, the reason that a chicken is upset by a collar is because the collar makes the dog anxious.
Chickens are much more sociable animals than most people realise, and they do not usually react to their owners.
This is because a collar does not cause any harm to the chicken, and if the chicken feels a bit anxious around the collar it will just leave it alone.
However, if the collar causes the chicken to feel fearful or uncomfortable then it can cause the chicken a lot of pain, which will likely result in a chain reaction in the chickens behaviour.
You can see how the chain reaction could play out if you have one of these collars on your chicken.
So, what do you do when you have chickens that are upset by the use of a collar?
You need to find the right way to address them.
First of, you can simply ignore them.
You can put the collar away, but keep the chickens hands in your lap.
Alternatively, you could give them something that is more gentle and quiet to try to reassure them.
I have always found that when I give a baby baby a toy that is gently placed in their hands, they often respond.
A little bit of gentle touching, along with a bit more quiet, will help