Ordinary Chickens

Reader Contribution by Valerie Boese
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If we did not keep chickens, my family would not have learned …

To laugh at the silly things that chickens do

To feed them corn from our hands and feel their pecking beaks

To be awakened early in the morning, by roosters crowing, not alarm clocks  

To know you may need to outrun an overbearing rooster or stand up to him

To know you don’t need a rooster to have fresh eggs, you only need a hen

To observe a rooster catching a bug, just so he can feed it to a hen

To learn to care for those that cannot care for themselves

To build a pen to protect them from varmints and cold

To climb a tree to rescue them and carry them to the safety of the barn

To have fun watching them scurry after a grasshopper

To care for them when it is freezing cold, when they would rather be inside where it is warm

A Golden Phoenix hen and rooster with an Orloff rooster.

To see a hen hatch her eggs, which change into fuzzy chicks, and see her protect them with all her might

To be wary of a hen’s beak when gathering eggs from her nest

To show your favorite chicken at the county fair and win a ribbon

To enjoy the calamity of an audience scrambling to catch a chicken accidentally turned loose at the fair

To feel the loss when you lose one

Ordinary? I think not, I think Extraordinary.

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