I love chickens.

Discussion in 'Managing Your Flock' started by fluffhead, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. fluffhead

    fluffhead Out Of The Brooder

    60
    2
    41
    Dec 5, 2007
    Berkeley, CA
    Hi everyone,

    I just realized how very much I love chickens. Yes, I admit, I took a bunch of cold medicine earlier and I am feeling a little goofy and sentimental. But I really, truly do love chickens, even though I've only been raising them since last July.

    I love that my beautiful chicken coop was lovingly made by both me and parents (who live 3,000 miles away, and helped me during their vacation).

    I love that we drove to the feed store and were totally treated like the dumb city slickers we are when we picked up our 2 little pullets.

    I love that one of those pullets started crowing at 5 months of age. That led to a re-housing attempt of epic proportions, via the internet and newspaper and word of mouth. We also met all of our neighbors on the block, as we delivered cookies and personal apologies for the 5am crowing.

    I love the woman who adopted our rooster. Oh, how I love that woman, even though she now regrets her decision because the rooster attacks her children. Oops.

    I love the 8-year-old feral hen that one of my co-workers gave me as a companion for my (actual) hen after the roo was adopted. That bird is an unknown mix of breeds, too old to lay, hates my guts, screeches at every stimulus, and has one ugly little head. But I love her anyway.

    I love that my Ameraucana hen laid her first egg last Sunday, and four more since. I even love that she laid one egg with a very rubbery shell (yes I bought oyster shell) and it was really gross and fascinating. I love that I gave most of her eggs to my neighbors today, who were really happy and grateful.

    I love that I talk about my chickens to my friends non-stop, while they yammer about their kids non-stop (yawn).

    I love that this message forum is genuinely the most kind assembly of people that I have ever witnessed on the internet. And I love that while everyone here adores their chickens, most aren't afraid to mercifully cull them if they have to. This is an approach to livestock that I never understood before - how can you love something, but kill/eat it? I understand it now.

    I love how having chickens has made me appreciate BIRDS. In the past, I never really noticed them. Now, they are beautiful creatures who have distinct personalities. I bought my first ornithology field guide today.

    I love that my chickens lay on their sides in the sun, make tons of poop, and give me the evil eye on a regular basis.

    I LOVE MY CHICKENS!!

    [​IMG]
     
  2. seminolewind

    seminolewind Flock Mistress Premium Member

    17,687
    507
    461
    Sep 6, 2007
    spring hill, florida
    Very nicely said. I even thank the egglayer every time I get an egg. I let them sit all over me with their poo feet. I let the little ones pick my hair and my glasses. My husband is happy because they follow him around for a cookie.
     
  3. crazychickens

    crazychickens Chillin' With My Peeps

    142
    0
    129
    Jan 19, 2008
    Belleville, Wisconsin
    Do your neighbors love you more now?[​IMG]
     
  4. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    That was cute and very well put! I'd like to add that I love going out and seeing my girls after a long day. They don't have a care in the world and are happy no matter what. It's a good lesson for me sometimes.
     
  5. fluffhead

    fluffhead Out Of The Brooder

    60
    2
    41
    Dec 5, 2007
    Berkeley, CA
    I just am completely TRIPPED OUT by the fact that this bird that I have been raising is now LAYING EGGS. My whole life, an egg came in a carton. It actually comes out of a little sassy bird's behind. How amazing is that?!

    Yes, the neighbors are a LOT happier with eggs and without crowing!
     
  6. halo

    halo Got The Blues

    6,069
    37
    291
    Nov 22, 2007
    Florida
    My Coop
    I love your post! [​IMG]
     
  7. Wildsky

    Wildsky Wild Egg!

    11,973
    14
    313
    Oct 13, 2007
    California
    Quote:My husband is tickled pink when all the girls come RUNNING to greet him (and the feed bucket) [​IMG]


    Well said Fluffhead!

    I love the way my girls "talk" to me, I can't understand a WORD they're saying - but I talk right back! [​IMG]
     
  8. BantyChickMom

    BantyChickMom Chillin' With My Peeps

    Sep 25, 2007
    Henderson, NC
    I love spending time with my chickens.
    When I go into a pen they'll all run to the door to greet me as if to say, "We've been waiting all day, so glad you came by. Now, what did you bring us to eat?"

    I can't believe I lived 35 years without chickens!
    NEVER AGAIN......I will always have chickens.

    I even notice chickens in other folks' yards as I'm driving down the road.
    Every morning carrying 6 yr old to school, we pass a house that has 5 girls, 4 BO, 1 BR (appears to be), and we always look for the chickens, morning and evening.
     
  9. CarriBrown

    CarriBrown Overrun With Chickens Premium Member

    I do the same thing, Banty!! I know all the yards with chickens from riding my horses around. When I drive or ride by, I always slow to see what the girls are up to! [​IMG]
     
  10. peeps7

    peeps7 Chillin' With My Peeps

    Aug 26, 2007
    North Carolina
    [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Everything is pretty much true about what you said, lol. I love the little white cochin pullet who bites me everytime I go in the coop, lol.
     

BackYard Chickens is proudly sponsored by