A rough day in the coop

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by Rustywreck, Jan 26, 2009.

  1. Rustywreck

    Rustywreck Songster

    I was short on time and went to the chicken house to take care of their needs. I filled the water and feed, then went in to collect the eggs and give out the treats - 3 slices of bread. Entering the house I had the bread in one hand and an egg carton in the other. Upon seeing that I had goodies, my most mischievious hen promptly jumped up on my shoulder. Not wanting her there at the moment, and with my hands full, I dipped my shoulder to the top of the nest box and gave her a little nudge with my head. She stepped from my shoulder to the nest box. On top of the nest box was a plastic tray. She attempted to jump back on my shoulder and knocked the plastic tray to the floor.
    Well, the rest of my little drama queens started squawking, jumping and flapping around. One in particular tried to jump/fly up to the window sill, but couldn't quite make it. On her way back down to the floor she got hung up in the cord for the heat lamp, which was on. She came down with the cord and lamp causing the 250 watt bulb to explode resulting in glass, smoke and a brief amount of flames.
    With the flames quickly extinguished, I feared that these goofy birds would probably try to eat the glass.
    I tried to hussle them all outside. They didn't want to go. I grabbed the broom to sweep up the shaving and glass, and also to encourage the queens to park their backsides outside until I got the mess cleaned up.
    For every three queens I chased outside two would try to get back in. The more determined I became in getting them outside, the more determined they were to try to get back in. Of course the most persistant queen was the one who started the whole mess in the first place.
    Once I finally got them all outside I was able to clean up the mess. Glass from the bulb was everywhere: In the food, water, oyster shells - everywhere.
    So what's the point of telling you this long story? Well, there probably isn't one other than to reafirm that, though God may love me, I am his favorite target for a practical joke when he needs a laugh.
  2. streemers

    streemers Songster 9 Years

    Oct 13, 2008
    port orchard,WA
    okay that was entertaning i must say but boy oh boy that justs bits. sorry about that although i did enjoy reading about it...
  3. mahen8622

    mahen8622 Songster

    Jan 19, 2009
    that would def teach ME a lesson in patience and to bite my tongue ( i dont think my flock would like me very much if i were screaming curse words at them lol)
    my chickens are the same way if you want them to do one thing they do the exact opposite lol [​IMG]
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    i will never ever again complain about my birds being difficult. At least mine don't set the coop on fire.
  5. Redfeathers

    Redfeathers Songster

    Oct 11, 2007
    Gervais OR

    That's all I've got to say about that. [​IMG]
  6. Chicken Woman

    Chicken Woman Incredible Egg

    Oct 16, 2008

    Isn't life with chickens fun ! Not a dull moment ! [​IMG]
  7. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

    May 14, 2008
    North Phoenix
    My Coop
    Oh, my... that queenie would have been headed for freezer camp in my coop.

    God bless you for your patience.... and great sense of humor.
  8. redhen

    redhen Kiss My Grits... Premium Member

    May 19, 2008
    Western MA
    [​IMG]..thanks for the amusing story!...
  9. BayCityBabe

    BayCityBabe Songster

    May 1, 2008
    Nice to hear that I am not the only one who has failed to train their chickens...

    My hubby often says, "Can't you make them go inside really quick?"
    "Make" them?
  10. Frizzledhen

    Frizzledhen Spear Gunnin' Coons

    Feb 17, 2007
    Quote:You were lucky this time. Now that you know it can happen, fix the problem so it won't happen again especially if you are not there to fix it. Chickens have little heads, therefore they have tiny brains. Need I say any more? [​IMG]

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