Wednesday, November 9, 2011

CHICKEN MUSINGS

~ Musings on chicken keeping~

1. If you are searching for some good old fashioned wholesome entertainment... where language or adult content is of no concern...pop a bag of popcorn...grab your favorite lawn chair...and watch the shenanigans unfold...believe me when I say there is a "Lucy and Ethel" in every flock.

2. Chickens love the gift of gab...no girlfriends around...pull up a chicken...she's happy to lend an ear...

3. Need a patch of lawn mowed or maybe a flower garden weeded...chickens delight in this activity...just remember to purchase replacement plants as chickens do get carried away...a bath is usually involved...and let me just say you have not lived until you watch a chicken bathe...dirt flies...chickens roll while purring with delight...yes, you read that correctly chickens do in deed purr...

4. Now there is chicken keeping and keeping chickens...there is a difference...my friend keeps chickens...she is a true farmer...her chickens remain nameless...they are given adequate feed and water and if one dies...oh well...her chickens remain quite healthy and are fine egg layers...
Mine on the other hand have been pampered...okay spoiled... fed organically...treats of blueberries and other delights keep my grocery bill on the high side...I admit one of the draws to keeping chickens is naming them...chickens are the ideal candidate for using "old" names...I just know there is an Auntie Em or maybe a Delores or a Blanche in my future...Yes, there is heartache...chickens do die...but the delights far out way the sadness... This day Charlotte is still with us but grieving, I fear for the worst...and my Josephine has gone broody...This is my first experience with a broody hen...I kept removing her from the nest box, however, her persistence won me over...four tiny eggs remain underneath her warm body...I do believe a little joy and excitement is needed in this hen house...and Josephine just may be the girl to do it...

16 comments:

Farm Girl said...

What a nice list of raising chickens and I agree with them. I still like nothing better than going out and visiting my girls. Oh I do hope you get chicks. From your little hen.
Really, It is just such a miracle.
My hens are all moulting and I just feel so sorry for them. I just stood and talked to them today and they just stood and listened.
I love your chicken posts.

Terry and Linda said...

I keeep chickens, but I also am a chicken keeper. Although, not on the level of you. But i try.

Linda
http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

Ali said...

Julie, did you find some fertile eggs for Josephine! How fun!

Larkrise garden girl said...

What pretty girls. Blueberries yum!
I use to feed my chickens spaghetti noodles no sauce. They thought they were worms.

annie said...

Never have had them, love hearing their eccentricities!

nancy huggins said...

I would love to have Chickens around as pets...never to eat but...we have Coyotes out in the woods here and I am afraid they would not mind Chicken for dinner. We did have Chickens in WI when my kids were young and they had names and the kids used to have to search all over the yard for the eggs..Kind of like Easter :)

Margaret said...

Well said! Chickens and roosters aretruly good friends. We loved our bantam rooster Jerry like a member of the family. Perhaps there are more precautions you can take toprotect them. It's so sad to lose our friends. Love all your posts. Hugs, Maggie

Mary@BarnBugStudio said...

We had chickens named for Oz characters when my children were much younger. At some point, our "Auntie Em" began to crow, and was thereafter called, "Auntie Ed." They were so much fun!

Julia said...

What a charming post on your delightful chicken musing. I think that I wouldn't mind being one of your chicken and be pampered with organic blueberries.

Good luck with the broody chick. There's hope in those eggs. JB

Rowan said...

I've never had cickens but love your reasons to keep them - very persuasive:) Poor Charlotte - a few extra blueberries perhaps?

Nezzy said...

I adore your love for your fine feathered fowl. 'Can't wait to see the excitement Josephine brews up.

God bless and enjoy this day and your entertainment. :o)

Debi@7Gates said...

I love chicken stories. I do think chickens should have names too and I think the old fashion names suit them really well. Now what exactly is a broody hen?

Beverly said...

You gave me a good chuckle, Julie! I agree with all of the above!!

Courtney said...

You wrote this for me...didn't you? I still want chickens!!
Have a great weekend!
Hugs!

Eve said...

Very entertaining musings, nearly as entertaining as the girls themselves. Good luck Josephine!

~ Janis said...

Well said!
Same with cow keeping and keeping cows :)
I have ordered a few chicks to help keep the tomatoe hornworms away.
Oh Yes, We somehow survived Irene....but our neighbors didn't.
Come visit the herd, we miss you!

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