"Madder than a wet hen" the truth comes out...

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by HnkyDnkyZZFarm, May 11, 2016.

  1. HnkyDnkyZZFarm

    HnkyDnkyZZFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    I have conclusively discovered that wet hens are in fact not mad. Hey, inquiring minds wanted to know. (saying is actually supposed to be about breaking a brood, right?)

    I just bathed/Permectrin dipped six hens in just under an hour. I honestly thought they would be mad as all get out given the saying. I went in prepared to do battle because of the saying. I contemplated having someone video record the fiasco I was preparing for.

    Garbed in gloves, goggles, bandana and boots I filled my 5 gallon Homer Bucket, caught the first one and lowered its feet into the bucket, bracing myself for the worst... and nothing. I scrubbed and rubbed and separated feathers and removed the chicken from the bucket and wrung it out a bit. Still nothing. Set it down, and started in on the next, and the next and the next finishing all six without incident. They sort of just float there and wait till you let them go.

    Afterwards they stood around the chicken yard, looking sort of dejected and confused about life. Like something monumental just happened here, and they couldn't quite wrap their walnut sized little brains around it. Most stood on one foot, trying to shake their neck feathers back out. They looked sad. Like they suddenly understood both the meaning of life and that they are actually chickens. Like they suddenly were cast out of the Garden of Eatin and the world would never be the same.

    I'm sure they'll get over it. :D

    I can taste permectrin still almost two hours later though. Everything smells like a latex glove soaked in superglue. I got a bonus treatment in the process. Even with compliant hens, there's just no way to not soak yourself in the process. I will be pest repellent for the next thirty days. I may even glow in the dark. *ptooey! YUK!*
     
    Last edited: May 12, 2016
  2. sourland

    sourland Broody Magician Premium Member

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    Wet hens indeed are not mad, but upon occasion their owners are surely 'mad'.
     
  3. HnkyDnkyZZFarm

    HnkyDnkyZZFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    True dat! Lolol. The things I find myself doing...

    Everyone seems hunky dunky this morning, a little spikey looking, but probably alrady feeling a lot less itchy. I think they might have actually been relieved. If I can still taste that stuff, I'll bet they are too.
     
  4. HnkyDnkyZZFarm

    HnkyDnkyZZFarm Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Today the coop and the yard are getting treated, and maybe we'll get a relatively bug free summer!
     
  5. WV Mtn Mama

    WV Mtn Mama New Egg

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    I have noticed tics are very bad already this year, I recently found baby bunny in coop with ducklings, however he had several tics. I am trying to find yard treatment safe for all my animals . Any ideas
     
  6. drumstick diva

    drumstick diva Still crazy after all these years. Premium Member

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    you need a bunch of guineas, they are allegedly the top tick eater champions
     
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