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There’s one in every flock

You remember Mapp, right? The crazy chicken? The one with chicken Tourette’s? The one that lays a couple of eggs every Spring and then goes broody, sits on the nest and won’t come off for the whole rest of the Summer?

Welp, there she is. I found her there this afternoon, away from the rest of the flock. Yes, that’s an old flowerpot. It had a lily in it last, I think.

Mapp is no lily. I laughed at her. Then I fetched Uncle B and he laughed at her. Then we took pictures of her. I stroked her and poked her and tried to sweet talk her off, but she stubbornly hunkered down in the flowerpot.

About an hour later, I heard an almighty beGAKking, ran out back and found Mapp happily pecking away with the other chickens, and a fresh egg in the flowerpot.

That’s right, we spent the afternoon taunting a poor chicken trying desperately to lay an egg. Heroes!

Oh, hey, housekeeping issue: I’ve gotten something like a fifty-fold increase in comment spam in the last few days. So much that I no longer screen the spam filter, I just flush it a few times a day. If you posted something that Akismet took issue with, I’ll never know. Apologies.


Comment from Oceania
Time: March 18, 2013, 10:47 pm

Le Petite Chicken?

Comment from Christopher Taylor
Time: March 18, 2013, 10:57 pm

Yeah today I have gotten 300+ spam comments in my catcher, I have no idea what’s going on. And they’re almost all just lame failures as well, the links dead, the text idiotic. Its like a batch of chimpanzees are sending out spam.

Comment from AltBBrown
Time: March 18, 2013, 11:26 pm

I’m getting BLASTED w/ spam in my personal accounts – no clue who or why, but I’m constantly switching to text only mail to avoid the pic download to confirm my address as hot.
Reeeeally starting to jerk my chain.
Yes, the same lame failures, but too many keywords to constantly update the e-mail rules.

Comment from Deborah
Time: March 18, 2013, 11:44 pm

Now that’s a fresh egg! I don’t know anything about chickens—do you let her sit on the egg for awhile before you take it away?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: March 18, 2013, 11:59 pm

If they aren’t broody, they don’t want to sit on them. They just hop up and run to greet their friends and, you know, eat bugs and do other chicken stuff. If they’re broody (and you don’t want any eggs hatched) you want to get the egg out from under them right quick (they’ll be somebody else’s eggs, anyway — they stop laying when they go broody).

Yes, I’m getting a big uptick in my email spam, too. Assholes.

Comment from Oceania
Time: March 19, 2013, 12:43 am


Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 19, 2013, 12:58 am

Dang, I was just about to suggest some fresh, chicken [we]blogging. This is awesome.

Uh, wait, you say eggs: the eggs that I eat, come from those horrible birds? What kind of animal do ant eggs come from, then? Are those safe?

Comment from Feynmangroupie
Time: March 19, 2013, 1:33 am

I’m contacting PETA immediately. I’m quite certain that chicken mocking is interspecies bullying.

Comment from Nina
Time: March 19, 2013, 1:57 am

Poor Mapp!

Just remind her to be grateful she’s not a kiwi. 🙂

Comment from Redd
Time: March 19, 2013, 2:14 am

I was curious as to whether chickens like to be petted or not and found this discussion on the topic: http://backyardchickens.yuku.com/topic/12909#.UUfHvhyHtMw

Some do – some don’t. Learned a new word, too: Chickenality.

Comment from Stark Dickflüssig
Time: March 19, 2013, 3:18 am

Meh, who hasn’t wanted to crouch over an egg?

Comment from Gibby Haynes
Time: March 19, 2013, 9:16 am

Have you ever tried to work out the cost per egg of ‘home-made’ chicken eggs, Sweas?

Comment from brendam
Time: March 19, 2013, 12:24 pm

So, you are well on your way to having a chicken in every pot then!

Comment from mojo
Time: March 19, 2013, 4:26 pm

Put the flowerpot in the coop. Never argue with a chicken.

Comment from Bob Mulroy
Time: March 19, 2013, 4:34 pm

There’s still time for the high-carb and total darkness treatment.

Comment from Redd
Time: March 19, 2013, 5:10 pm

I like how the flower pot is broken, giving Mapp a little more room for her heinie.

Comment from JeffS
Time: March 19, 2013, 10:48 pm

If you have a chicken in the pot, Stoatie, you might want to count the cars in your garage, in case there’s a politician at work nearby. It might be your lucky day!

Comment from Skandia Recluse
Time: March 19, 2013, 11:54 pm

Spam, hackers and troll, OH MY!
And now I read in the Telegraph where web sites (blogs?) will have to ‘register’ with the government?

Comment from Scubafreak
Time: March 19, 2013, 11:56 pm

If I wasn’t gone all the time, I could turn that sunroom on the side of my house into a nice coop. Unfortunately, I’m gone too much of the time..

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