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Chicken update

Nothing going on today, so I might as well give you a chicken update. Been a while.

I lost this girl for an hour today. Beautiful Vita. Beautiful, sweet, shy Vita. Beautiful, sweet, shy, stupid Vita. My heart goes out to this bird.

The other girls still pick on her. Not as bad as when Lucia ruled the garden with an iron beak, but after the untimely death of Maggie and Coco, Vita is back at the very bottom of the pecking order. She regularly gets her neck feathers yanked and a sharp peck about her person.

When she went missing, I wasn’t too unduly worried. She sometimes wanders off by herself and has a solitary dustbath on her ownsome. She looks so blissful all by herself in the sun. I eventually found her ’round the back of the house standing on a chair in a sort of chicken trance. I’d like to make it up to her with special favors and treats, but she’s scareder of me than she is the other chickens.

They’ve only just started laying again — yesterday was my first three-egg day of the season. They’re probably enough to keep me in eggs, bless ’em, but I can’t help thinking three isn’t much of a flock.


Comment from Anonymous
Time: April 28, 2015, 12:21 am

You could always “dust” the other chickens with catnip and let Jack keep them too busy to fuss at Vita…

Comment from Nina
Time: April 28, 2015, 1:07 am

Time for moar chikens!

Comment from Deborah HH
Time: April 28, 2015, 11:55 am

She is a lovely bird.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 28, 2015, 2:56 pm

Problem is, you add them by two’s (so every hen has a buddy) and my chikken house only holds four. I really hadn’t figured out what I was going to do with chickens #5 and #6 before Lucia and Coco conked off.

Comment from Some Vegetable
Time: April 28, 2015, 3:00 pm

..I can’t help thinking three isn’t much of a flock.

Well, I don’t know international law very well, nor English Common Law, but here in the State Of Texas, the size of a Cattle Rancher’s herd is irrelevant to his (or her) status as, and right to the title of “Cattle Rancher”. I can assure you that in any court of law in this land (and no other matters) that any attorney with the audacity to ask such a question would have a sustained ‘Relevance’ objection clapped upon him (or her, of course).

While,to the best of my knowledge and belief no such thing exists in Texas, I declare that under prescedence you are assuredly entitled to declare yourself a “Chicken Farmer” and eligible for all the rights and privileges thereof.

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 29, 2015, 1:47 pm

Vita is a babe.

Got another damn cold or virus or something. Haven’t had this many sick days from work in 20 years.

Comment from bastiches
Time: April 30, 2015, 7:07 am

Where do you come down on the term “chook”?

Heard this term the other day on an OZ cooking show.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 30, 2015, 9:42 pm

I think chook is British originally. I like it.

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