It’s always interesting living in the bush!
Our enterprising neighbours have turned their half an acre into a hive of activity. WWOOFERS are everywhere (see https://wwoofinternational.org/). After decades of inaction, the community agriculture lot is thriving.
Karl is preparing his garden for viewing next weekend in a Nimbin House and Garden Tour fundraiser for the sustainable living project at Sibley Street (https://nnic.org.au/) sponsored by the Nimbin Neighbourhood
and Information Centre where he volunteers.
Meanwhile, the neighbours’ chooks are destroying things as fast as he can plant and mulch them. It’s a battle of wills, as Karl’s flower garden looks prettier without a fence.
Both of us have undergraduate minors in psychology so we are trying to use classical behavioural psychology on the chooks.
When we chase them and yell at them, we loudly ring my workshop bell.
Classical conditioning for chooks
We’re hoping that — as in the case of using classical conditioning with Pavlov’s salivating dog (see https://www.simplypsychology.org/pavlov.html) — eventually the mere sound of the bell will make them scurry away.
We really dislike throwing stones at Ben’s chooks.
All of this is working pretty well — from our anthropocentric points of view.
However, we’ve noticed that the brown chook is immune to our manipulative efforts at social control.
She’s not part of the harem.
AND (even more interesting), she forages for insects and worms in other places– not Karl’s garden. She’s always alone and apparently doing fine — on the eastern boundary of our property under the trees whose fallen leaves have formed a thick mulch.
The brown chook is an independent actor in our garden.
She seems to be getting enough to eat, lack of sex does not seem to worry her, she makes no sounds (none of this monstrous clucking all the time) and she walks her own path.
Maybe she’s a lesbian chook? A feminist chook?
Certainly, an independent chook.
And we think she might be deaf — and certainly deaf to the rooster’s haranguing importations. (Deaf to the dominant paradigm?)
I already have a kookaburra for a logo.
But watch out, Guy!
The deaf brown chook is nipping at your heels (oops, claws…)
Sunday: Karl (legendary dog whisperer) has apparently fallen in love with the brown chook.
Apparently it’s mutual.
Now she’s following him everywhere!