Oh, thank you so much, woodmort, for mentioning this. I mean, it's not like it's The Top Important Topic in Keeping Chickens, nor does it solve any problems, but it's REAL and it reassured me where I wasn't even sure I needed reassurance.
Edited by gryeyes - 9/21/10 at 6:54pm
Co-workers already think I'm jess a bit techted in the head. I've never mentioned I sniff my chickens now and then, after the first surprise of discovering one of my hens smelled pretty good. Well, that she had an acceptable and rather pleasant odor to her feathers. People at work know I have purchased and put a "shawl" (saddle) on Carl's favorite gal, and why. They heard about my successful save of a nearly drowned hen who'd fallen into the stock tank/duck pool. Everybody knows I name all the chickens and would never eat any of 'em. They are amazed I know which eggs in the carton they buy from me have been produced by which chicken.
Many have suffered through the little photo essays I share about the antics in my flock.
Many more simply shake their heads when they hear about Matilda, who has become my special needs chicken, as her legs are paralyzed and I'm providing her supportive and palliative care instead of "putting her down."
But to admit I'm a chicken-sniffer? Just another reason I am so pleased there is a BYC and it's supported by SO many folks who really DO understand!