The chickens were let out of the coop while my husband and I did some Spring cleaning.
We have two dogs and three barn cats that intently watched the chickens on their adventure outside of the protective confines of wire and wood.
I kept an eye on my feathery friends and made sure they stayed in the front yard.
Well…….for the most part.
A couple of “the girls” went on a chicken run to the side of the house.
Straight for the collie!
I believe my neighbors think I’ve lost my mind after watching what ensued. I took off after the wayward hens yelling, “Stop! Stop! That big furry guy killed your kind in the big chicken massacre of 2012!!!” (out of reverence for the deceased I will not go into the gory details)
By the way, running at chickens just causes a lot more confusion and mayhem, for those who don’t know.
This did not seem to deter them…which says a lot about chickens and their overall intelligence.
I began yelling at the dog, who looked confused as to why I was yelling at him. He was just trying to nap in the shade, all the while with one eye open to see where those noisy, feathery creatures were going.
I managed to chase them back to the front with the others….all with a lot of running around and “Shoo…shoo…..move it girls!” coming from me.
Eventually, with a lot of help from my husband, the coop was ready for Mr. Rooster and his nine girlfriends to re-enter their sanctuary.
Chickens aren’t the smartest birds on the block (hmmm…maybe “on the block” is a poor choice of words when discussing chickens. Sorry.) …….and they sure aren’t good listeners.
But, they do like to be fed.
I coaxed them back in with food, and a little chicken wrangling help from hubby.
Free range chickens are great and it would be wonderful to allow that all the time, but alas our other pets just see them as a yummy chicken dinner.
So, they are locked back down. Safe and secure behind the wire.
Today I am thankful for:
* helping hands
* fresh eggs
* a husband I can laugh with
* sunny days
* good friends
* an ice cold glass of water
* God, who has a sense of humor
* the men and women who sacrificed for this country
* Memorial Day–a day to remember…..