Disappearing Chickens


| 10/19/2013 12:05:00 PM


Tags: Chickens, missingchickens, cold, coop,

Cyndi WatsonIt's another month and a new week with GRIT. I was going to blog about the thousands of leaves frolicking across the lawn but I know everyone’s all set with that. I couldn’t possibly blog about Obamacare and how crazy people in my area are over the whole confusion, but that didn’t sound like a great match for GRIT. However, I do know what makes total sense to share with my fellow bloggers and readers on GRIT, chickens!

Let me first tell you my usual day routine. I get up early and I let the dogs in to say their morning wag and kisses, I set aside a few minutes to allow the cats to knead my chest and plop across my face, just to be sure I am awake, then it’s feeding time. When I head out for the day, I visit the coop. The coop is pretty dark at this time of the year, I hate the coop. The coop is dark and, well, poopy. My pretty chickens are usually cooing and gurgling and ready to break out. When I finally open the door a few roosters usually run past my feet, a few ladies fly down from the perch and others jump down from the nesting boxes like B-52 bombers, and I can forget playing with them – chickens might look pretty enough to pet or cuddle, but mine firmly dislike my attempts at cuddling.

Still they get cuddled and some mock petting goes on. What? You know what mock petting is, right? It’s when you bend down to pet the chicken closest to your feet, figuring she is giving you the opportunity to pet her. It’s when you just almost reach her pretty feathers that she pops off a few inches just out of your range, so you just hover there not actually getting to pet her = mock petting. What, you have never heard of it? Surely my chickens didn’t invent such a move. After the girls get table scrapes and some oats, I usually change out their water receptacles. Oh, the joy…

With the seasons changing once again, I forget that my chickens will be hunkering down for some chilly days and even chillier nights. I haven’t even begun to windproof their coop yet this season. Even though one keeps a fairly clean coop, it is never clean enough. Not until the chickens start to use a porta john (a chicken-John/porta-chicken?) or maybe if a chicken diaper is invented, it will be clean enough in the coop for extended visits. 

pipecreekfarm
6/11/2015 10:55:15 AM

Cyndi. Thank you for your article on disappearING chickens. You put words to a morning in my life also! Glad to know there are people that feel about their animals in the same way I do. Especially chickens. You discribed mock petting perfectly! I am fortunate to have one hen that let's me pick her up.I think she even likes a hug. I also have Mini horses, one that demands affection, particularly hugs. How lucky are we to know the love of animals!!!! I have lost many chickens over the years to hawks,fox and coyotes. A hawk snatched one of my favorite roosters right in front of me. Loosing them always leaves a heavy hart. The option is keeping them cooped up,but I would rather have them have a short life free ranging that locked in a cage.


nebraskadave
10/21/2013 9:35:42 PM

Cyndi, chickens,huh. Our chickens were kind of free range and wouldn't let us get close enough to even mock pet. The only way we could catch them was to grab them in the coop when it was time for them to go to freezer camp as my blogger friends call it. Chickens are just not a cuddle animal. I'm sorry to hear that some are coming up missing. You think maybe it's from a hawk or a fox in the chicken yard? ***** Renting is an excellent way to see if you are really going to like the country life. City folks some times have this glamorous ideas of what life will be on the homestead. Green acres syndrome, I call it. It's allot of work and chores have to be done every day through sickness, wellness, rain or shine. No one can hire every thing fixed on a homestead so skills have to be learned. Good luck with your venture into homesteading. You can do it. ***** Have a great and wonderful chicken day on the homestead.


nebraskadave
10/21/2013 9:21:45 PM

Cyndi, chickens,huh. Our chickens were kind of free range and wouldn't let us get close enough to even mock pet. The only way we could catch them was to grab them in the coop when it was time for them to go to freezer camp as my blogger friends call it. Chickens are just not a cuddle animal. I'm sorry to hear that some are coming up missing. You think maybe it's from a hawk or a fox in the chicken yard? ***** Renting is an excellent way to see if you are really going to like the country life. City folks some times have this glamorous ideas of what life will be on the homestead. Green acres syndrome, I call it. It's allot of work and chores have to be done every day through sickness, wellness, rain or shine. No one can hire every thing fixed on a homestead so skills have to be learned. Good luck with your venture into homesteading. You can do it. ***** Have a great and wonderful chicken day on the homestead.


nebraskadave
10/21/2013 9:21:13 PM

Cyndi, chickens,huh. Our chickens were kind of free range and wouldn't let us get close enough to even mock pet. The only way we could catch them was to grab them in the coop when it was time for them to go to freezer camp as my blogger friends call it. Chickens are just not a cuddle animal. I'm sorry to hear that some are coming up missing. You think maybe it's from a hawk or a fox in the chicken yard? ***** Renting is an excellent way to see if you are really going to like the country life. City folks some times have this glamorous ideas of what life will be on the homestead. Green acres syndrome, I call it. It's allot of work and chores have to be done every day through sickness, wellness, rain or shine. No one can hire every thing fixed on a homestead so skills have to be learned. Good luck with your venture into homesteading. You can do it. ***** Have a great and wonderful chicken day on the homestead.





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