Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Buddy Check

I was just watching the chickens
free range around the back yard.
They stick close together at all times.
If one strays a few feet away from the other
there comes a moment of realization
and one of the chickens will run
its awkward, funny chicken run
to return to the side of its companion.

It is almost as if they are attached
by an invisible elastic cord
that stretches out slowly
and suddenly snaps them back together.

There is some wing action involved
in the running.

Perhaps I'll capture this on video soon.

I'm reminded of my days
as a camp counselor and life guard.

Every little bit we would do a buddy check.
The swim buddies in the pool
would have to grab each other's hands
and hold it up in the air.

Got to keep track of your buddy.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Free Range Chickens

We still sleep in the coop at night...

But it sure does a chicken good to stretch her legs.....right, Ethel?

In each group picture, Lucy is to the left and Ethel is to the right.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

In the Paper Last Sunday


Here's a story from the front page of last Sunday's paper, entitled,
"City Residents Seek Relaxed Chicken Rules."

My chickens are so far no trouble at all. We'll move the little coop around the yard to keep the stink factor down. They are much more quiet than a dog--even this afternoon when the neighborhood cat came for a visit and Lucy reacted with repeated loud, "BA-CAHW!!"

Ethel disappeared under the nesting box, but Lucy sent out the alert.
The chicken master (also known as the Assistant Bee Keeper and the Number Two Carpenter) dumped a bucket of water over the cat's head to indicate clearly that visiting the chickens should not become a hobby. The cat seems none the worse for wear, and the BA-CAHW!ing seems to have stopped.

Thursday, July 10, 2008

Chicken Pictures

Chicken Video

That's Lucy on the left, and Ethel up on the ramp.

I love them.

They are shy and curious and red and clucky.

They like to eat strawberries, bugs, and clover.

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

The Coop de Pop

The project is finished. This first picture shows the nesting box.
This is not a chicken. This is the number two carpenter putting in the chicken ramp.


Ta Da! Tomorrow we add two Rhode Island Red chickens. I'm voting for "Lucy and Ethel" for the names. I like the name "Coop de Pop" because Pop was the number one carpenter, and because it sounds vaguely like a revolt in some chicken based culture.