Chicken Love

Discussion in 'Chicken Behaviors and Egglaying' started by LizGled628, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    We always had chickens, horses, and a garden growing up. We appreciated what mother nature provided, and were very lucky to be raised on healthy, farm food.

    My father is 6' 8" tall. Needless to say, he's a little intimidating but perfectly cut out for farm life. You would imagine a man like that to be a little cold, and a times he is, but when it came to his babies, he melted...

    My sister and I used to hide in the barn when he would feed the chickens. We would spy through the knots in the floor boards and peek at my father as he went into the coop. He would bend down and whisper "Hello ladies!" and pet and love them like they were kittens. He would thank them for their eggs and inspect them for good health before tucking them in. Then he would come inside with the eggs reporting that "The girls looked good" in his toughest Dad voice.

    THe chickens are long gone at my parents house, and I've since taken over the duty with six new babies peeping in my garage. My father, recently diagnosed with a brain tumor, visits regularly. He opens the brooder and let's them perch on his shoulder. Sometimes, when he thinks we're not looking, he whispers "Hello, girls!" as he snuggles them under his chin.

    Some people don't get chickens. Some people don't get love. In our house, chickens are love.
     
  2. noodleroo

    noodleroo Snuggles with Chickens

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    I think you have lots of love in your house....
     
  3. jeb251

    jeb251 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    that is a very touching story, I hope your dad is going to be ok
     
  4. Wizbop

    Wizbop Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I'm crying now. . . how sweet. I totally love my chickens and people think I'm crazy. Chickens are love.
     
  5. teach1rusl

    teach1rusl Love My Chickens

    Sounds like you grew up in a wonderful family! I wish your dad the best; he sounds like a sweetheart of a man and father. [​IMG]
     
  6. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Aw, don't cry...unless it's a happy cry. Since my Dad got sick, we are into doing all the things that make us happy, including getting some chicken love every now and then. I'm glad you are touched and hope you find happiness in all the little things, like I have lately.
     
  7. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    Liz, such a lovely picture you've painted of the great soul your dad is [​IMG] The very best to all of you.
    JJ

    (p.s. whereabouts in RI are you? Loved that state. Lived for awhile in Bristol and then Barrington...)
     
  8. LizGled628

    LizGled628 Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I live in North Kingstown now, but I'm from Wakefield. We love this state too...no one in my family has ever left!
     
  9. shellz131

    shellz131 Sams Memory Lane

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  10. jjthink

    jjthink Overrun With Chickens

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    It always amazed me that despite being the second most densely populated state after New Jersey, it never looked that way. Bought my first house there (for $38K :^), quite the fixer upper. Sold it a year and a half later to move back to NJ (where family is) and soon after it quadrupled in value [​IMG] Wish I could have afforded to hold onto it! Anyway, glad you are enjoying it there [​IMG]
    JJ
     

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