Monday, November 28, 2011

Cool Chicken Shades



One of the disturbing things about chickens is that they will cannibalize one of their own if they detect that they have a wound. Even if I go out among them and there is a spot of paint on my shoe or pants leg they will peck at the blemish or the noticeably odd thing that is contrasted by a background color. If you have a cut on your hand they are all over it.

Chickens constantly peck at one another for the purpose of enforcing the pecking order, and if you have a lot of birds; that's a lot of pecking and if by chance a peck draws blood it can get really bad for the unfortunate chicken.

Joseph Haas invented these rose colored glasses in 1939 and at the time you could buy 100 of them for $3.00. The rose colored lenses masked the color of blood. These glasses were cool (the type in the photo below) because the glass swiveled allowing them to see with normal light when they pecked at the ground but stayed in place when viewing things with their heads up.

There are newer versions of these being produced today, but they are opaque red plastic and work more as blinders for forward vision.

7 Comments:

Blogger darev2005 said...

Do you drill a hole through their beak to stick that cotter pin through or what? Yick!

7:22 AM  
Blogger Auntie said...

thats what i was thinking, Rev. Except this is a ceramic version of a rooster.

8:12 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hence the term "walking around with rose colored glasses"?
This is interesting.
Again I am reminded to get a pair.

11:45 AM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

They have a nostril cavity that the pin goes through.

Anon, kind of like the emerald glasses they used in the Wizard of Oz to make the residents think there were emeralds everywhere.

5:20 AM  
Blogger darev2005 said...

Man I hope they don't have to breath through that much! Who'd have ever thought chickens could be so much trouble?

9:08 AM  
Blogger Rosa said...

Have you seen the Hen Saver? http://www.hensaver.com/; bought one in Awareness Pink for my ceramic rooster. The woman who makes them has an animal sanctuary in Texas. Now that is what I'm talkin' 'bout...

12:01 PM  
Blogger The Guy Who Writes This said...

Wonder if she makes chastity belts for hens that live with randy roosters...

12:20 PM  

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