Category Archives: Chickens

I like to move it move it

I’ve spent the past few days working on a move. I got started eliminating extraneous materials a few weeks ago, and thought I was doing a pretty good job. This weekend I learned I was wrong. I have a lot … Continue reading

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Contextual clues

Moritz the exchange student and I hit it off pretty quickly, but sometimes things got lost in translation. It isn’t that he didn’t speak “well English,” but occasionally his word choice was a little off. The following exchange occurred when … Continue reading

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A conversation with a colleague

Every once in a while, a coworker will call upon my farm-girl expertise. “Do roosters crow? What is the technical term for cock-a-doodle-doing?”

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A note from my mother

“So, Becky just came in. She fed (the goats) for us yesterday because I wasn’t sure if we’d be home in time. She said that she’d left the hatch to her SUV open while she was doing chores and when … Continue reading

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The chicken whisperer

It took my mom a while to recognize the little man and his wife. It was the peak season at her greenhouse, and she was busy with a feeding frenzy of customers. But as their appetites for Impatiens and phlox … Continue reading

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One of the great milestones in a Bootheel baby’s life is when his or her parents hand over the keys to the riding mower and say, “OK, it’s time for you to cut the grass. Try not to lose a … Continue reading

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Free range

It is possible to have too much of a good thing. There was a point at which our chickens were so free range it would be more accurate to call them feral. However, most of them weren’t very clever when … Continue reading

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I still feel a little sad for Dean the rooster, so here’s a picture of me and the chickens during happier times.

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Crime and Punishment

With his butterscotch coloring and opulent crest of feathers, our Polish rooster Dean was a handsome bird. But the golden prince of the chicken coop had a dark side. He was wicked as sin. I was 6 that summer, and … Continue reading

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