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Sad chicken demands cuddle

Heh. Just seeing how many chicken pictures I can post before my readership clucks and pecks gravel. And flies away. Truth is, I’m so deep into my country idyll at the moment, I hardly turn the computer on until sundown. It’s Spring, peeps!

Don’t worry — it’s only a matter of time before Obama does something stupid and photogenic. I’m there!

Mad Mapp is still broody. I shut her out of the henhouse in the morning, where she alternates hopping into my lap for a cuddle and lunging at the babies, making them squeak and flap. Lucia is so cheezed off at Mapp’s crazy auntie routine, she’s laying eggs in the flower border around back.

Yeah, the shade of Walt Disney called. He’s like, “can you dial it down a notch? You’re making me plotz down here.”


Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 26, 2011, 10:06 pm

You want to know how bad it gets?

The babies sleep in a cardboard box, supposedly hidden away in Stoaty’s ‘office’ because they are too ickle to be left out at night.

A couple of days ago, a poor, slumbering badger was woken from his dreams by a soft peeping noise. The Weasel had decided to sneak their box into the bedroom because, ‘It’s such a lovely, relaxing sound they make’.

I suppose it’s not the first time the occupier of this old house has shared his room with chickens.

Weasels, perhaps not so frequently.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2011, 10:27 pm

Speaking of eggs, spot the empty shell:

(Something about Russell Brand really pisses me off).

Comment from Spad13
Time: April 26, 2011, 10:58 pm

Lambs and Chikens and Bunnies, Oh My!

Makes for a nice break from,

Fools and Knaves and Politicians, Oh Shit!

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 26, 2011, 11:08 pm

They say that people who don’t have children to drone on about do so about the least little antics of their pets, so there you go.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 26, 2011, 11:12 pm

Some day, Nina, the world will thank us for not passing genes to the next generation.

Trust us on this. We have nieces and nephews.

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: April 26, 2011, 11:38 pm

“(Something about Russell Brand really pisses me off)”

I don’t know about you, but the fact that he’s banging Katy Perry like a screen door in a Kansas Tornado is enough to make ME hate his guts……

Comment from Elphaba
Time: April 27, 2011, 12:14 am

Mapp the Maternal…who’da thunk it?!

Ya know, when I was researching chicken breeds before we bought our bunch, I was shocked to learn that modern breeds have had the urge to brood completely bred out of them. Imagine that…no maternal instinct. It’s kind of going the same way with humans, IMHO.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: April 27, 2011, 12:20 am

I wish my ducks were cuddly.

We’ve got a crested harlequin name Fifi who doesn’t mind being held, but that’s hardly the same thing.

Comment from Nina from GCP
Time: April 27, 2011, 12:37 am

Russell who?

Comment from Brian L.
Time: April 27, 2011, 2:12 am

You obviously missed out on this little gem…



Comment from Steve Skubinna
Time: April 27, 2011, 2:15 am

Last time on leave I finally tried Rick Bayless’ recipe for achiote paste. Rub it on a whole chicken and an hour or so later, roast the sucker… damn fine eating.

Then, as I wrote earlier, there’s coq a vin. My favorite recipe for Spanish Rice. Good old fashioned fried chicken. Grilled teriyaki chicken. Tikka masala.

Mmmmmmmm. Chicken.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 27, 2011, 5:24 am

Scuba said it…

Plus he’s about as funny as Auschwitz.

Comment from Mike C.
Time: April 27, 2011, 7:27 am

I have heard that dogs make good pets…

Who is Russel Brand? Is there some reason I should recognize his name or picture?

Comment from JuliaM
Time: April 27, 2011, 9:01 am

“(Something about Russell Brand really pisses me off).”

Oh..? With me, it’s everything about Russell Brand…

Comment from Carl
Time: April 27, 2011, 9:05 am

Bob Mulroy- “I wish my ducks were cuddly.”

Some ducks are. Like this one in Bristol.

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 27, 2011, 12:49 pm

Peking crispy duck – a badger favourite!

I’ve toyed with adding a few ducks to the zoo, but people say they make an awful mess.

And that’s my job after all.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 27, 2011, 2:45 pm

But UB, if you adds a few ducks, you’ll NEVER have to paint anything ever again!

And I see that The One has allegedly released his long form birth certificate. Still haven’t seen a good resolution image of it to figure whether it is credible, or if it is something that Dan Rather came up with…

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 27, 2011, 6:05 pm

Or maybe not:

SWeas – You didn’t Photoshop this for The One, did you?

Comment from Uncle Badger
Time: April 27, 2011, 6:07 pm

Yes, like the CIA can’t afford ‘Fingers’ Malone – the world’s greatest forger.

Anyway, I don’t care where Obama was born – he’s still the special needs president.

Comment from Uncle Monkey
Time: April 27, 2011, 7:06 pm

@ Mark Matis

I’d like to know what S.W. thinks of this.

BTW, the layered copy has gone away.

The first thing I noticed was IF it was “photocopied” onto the green patterned background, why does the text have white artifacts around it? Kinda like dropping a GIF with a white background onto a colored background – you see the “white” anti-aliasing on the edges.

Why not just drop it in as a multiplied layer?

It’s like they went out of their way to make it look weird and do the layered file.

Normally, Adobe PDF distiller etc. will try to do the OCR thing and break it into pieces, but it’s never set in layers.

thoughts? I mean, buck, buck-buck buckaw?

Comment from Oldcat
Time: April 27, 2011, 7:08 pm

The advantage to you, Weasel is that if we all become chickens, we can’t fly far.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 27, 2011, 8:40 pm

Yeah, Uncle Monkey, it’s like it was purpose-made to look stupid. My best guess? It was done by a legit doc storage and retrieval system; maybe a stupid and antiquated one.

Comment from Mark Matis
Time: April 27, 2011, 9:11 pm

Oldcat, you obviously haven’t seen SOME chickens:

Other videos show them flying 200 feet…

Comment from SCOTTtheBADGER
Time: April 28, 2011, 6:15 am

I think it’s rather nice that a person will take time to make a chicken feel better. YAY STOATY!

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 28, 2011, 7:14 am

Anyway, in re the main picture: poor little chook. Sometimes the best thing we can do by our companion animals is give them a cuddle. It makes them feel better, it makes us feel better: everyone wins. I bet you any amount of money Stalin wasn’t hugging a kitten when he crushed the Prague Spring. Strangling one, maybe.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 28, 2011, 7:27 am

Oops I said Stalin but he died in ’53 and the Prague Spring was ’56 which was Khrushchev. But I bet they buried Stalin with a kitten in case his zombie form felt a bit of stranglin’ coming on.

Comment from David Gillies
Time: April 28, 2011, 8:43 am

Double oops: Hungarian Revolution of ’56. I think zombie Stalin gets to strangle an extra kitten just for my stupidity, so I am not batting like I should be. Sorry, kittens!

Comment from Oh Hell
Time: May 9, 2011, 1:08 am

Instructions on how to make ‘nappies’ (diapers!!) for your pet chicken so it can range free in your house for a few hours at a time. Found at Mary Jane’s Farm Magazine….

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