Chicken – The Original White Meat
To you, chickens may not seem like an extreme pet, but to me chickens were either on Old McDonald’s Farm or in the supermarket.
After living in Maine for a year, we purchased 10 baby chicks at a farm fair. I begged, pleaded, and promised FringeMan I’d learn to cook edible food. We kept them in our house under a heat lamp until they were old enough to brave the brisk fall weather and roam free in our yard.
Yup, I had chickens running across my porch and I loved them. Chickens are smart. They get a bad rap, but they know where they live and they abide by property lines. They are better than the neighbor’s kids!
My son loved the chickens. I would sit him in the stroller in the middle of our field and he’d watch the chickens for hours minutes. They were great entertainment until one day, a rogue neighborhood, feather plucking dog attacked. I looked out my living room window to find puffs of feathers scattered all over.
The feathers weren’t pecking or cocka-doodle-dooing.
You can imagine my despair.
A few went to rest in the great coop in the sky and we were able to nurse several back to health. One chicken was beat up pretty badly and his friends weren’t giving him the sympathy he deserved. In fact, they were pecking the life out of him. Just like a chicken to turn on his brother when he’s down.(I know there’s a lot of plaid in the above photo, but plaid is perfectly acceptable in Maine.)
Anyway, we had to separate the broken chicken from the pack flock, so we kept him in the shed. Unfortunately for the UPS man, I forgot to tell him I had a sick chick in the shed. The UPS man would my package in the shed when I wasn’t home.
He had quite the surprise!
The poor man spent a good 20 minutes chasing my chicken around the yard before getting him back in the shed.
I wish I could have seen it!
I don’t think he ever forgave me. If you’re out there Mr. UPS man, I really am sorry for not warning you…really.
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