Raising Chickens Ruined My Social Life


JaymeNot that I had much of a night life to begin with, but I do have a rather busy social schedule. Cooking clubs, gardening and beekeeping clubs – girlfriends, etc. Friends and family are paramount to me. Shortly after getting a dozen hens, I planned a full day of visiting friends and family. I felt as guilty as a mom leaving her toddler for the first time. I kept worrying. I had just put them out in the coop a few nights ago, should I stay home to make sure they roost? Why don’t they go up to the roost box themselves, goofy goofballs. Why did I even get chickens? They smell.

chickens in coop

We had a lovely time out at a Car Show with our friends When they mentioned going out to eat afterwards, I felt a knot in my stomach. It was 7pm. Who’s gonna lock up the chickens? I tried to be polite and laugh and talk, but I was worried SICK over my girls, and could barely eat my cheeseburger, fries and rootbeer. I mean, I left one french fry on the plate for goodness sakes. I was just too upset to eat.

We didn’t get home until about 10:30. I ran to the coop. Literally. I counted them. They were all there and accounted for, and I’m sure that if we’d returned home five minutes later there would have been carnage.

Can’t even go out for a late night burger. Thanks chickens.

Helen scolded me like a teenager when I got home.

charlie greene
1/22/2011 1:43:46 PM

Great story. I could actualy feel your anxiety flowing through the words....Sounds to me like the "Girls" were all tucked in for a great nights roost.......

Chris Davis
12/5/2010 11:03:21 PM

Let me share a story with you. In a country restaurant one Sunday after church, my cousin, who kept chickens, announced to all present that she was ordering some Cuckoo Dorkings. She pronounced the first part as coo coo. She then explained that she was doing this because it's so easy to tell the difference between the boys and girls. See, the girls all go Coo Coo, where as the boys all go Dork Dork! I'm sure the girls won't begrudge a night out once in a while since it gets them a night out also. But watch out for a coup d'état. Good luck with your blog. I hope you have great fun!

6/26/2010 2:12:14 PM

Very funny!! Just found your blog... gonna enjoy reading it I can tell!

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