Saturday, October 13, 2012

A Favorite Thing

I love all of my pets but I am not sure what it is about my chickens that makes them my favorite. Yesterday, I spent some time just sitting with them near their coop.
Here is what I love about them.


First off they are just so pretty to me. I also suspect chickens are a lot like us women and we can relate to them. Whenever I head outside they follow me always talking. It is this sweet little bur, bur, bur bur. Just chatting telling me the happenings.


Unless they are resting, they, like us women, are always working. This area around an old orange tree used to have the hardest compacted soil. Now we throw some grass clippings down there and they just scratch and peck and the most wonderful layer of divine mulch surrounds the tree now. It is greener and full of leaves  than it has been in years.


They are tolerant of the outsiders. If you don't bother me, I won't bother you. I am lucky that even my big dog seems to just ignore them. Of course, I don't leave her alone with them but she has been found out back with the chickens and just seems to ignore them. The little chi however hangs around them and has chased off neighbor cats. A wonderful guard dog for them.


They take daily baths and always keep themselves so pretty. They have made a pit for dust baths under this slide. Perfect spot as no one can trip in it and it is sort of hidden.


They have never bothered their fall flowers. They appreciate beauty too! Wink-wink. I wanted to cover the coop a little from the rains and decided to use the old umbrella I was going to toss. For now I just leaned it over the coop. Helps keep me dry when I lift the lid on the laying box and gather fresh eggs for my favorite breakfast. There is just something about taking a warm, just laid egg into the kitchen and cracking it right into the frying pan.

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31 comments:

  1. I never thought of chickens being like women. All their habits make it so. Beautiful pictures.
    Balisha

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  2. What a sweet post, I love my chickens too Elaine. Their little chattering is adorable and I love just to just sit and watch their cute antics, so relaxing.

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  3. Aw this was such a sweet post! I do think chickens are a lot like us women!

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  4. I love that photo of your pup with the chicken. So cute! You have an adorable little dog and chickens that get along, yet my dogs are distrustful of our cat. Lol!

    Kristin

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  5. Super fresh eggs sound so wonderful!

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  6. While we have over an acre, and plenty of room for chickens, the covenants of our development do not permit us to have chickens.:( One of our daughters has six, though (counting the rooster), and they are still too young to lay eggs. I loved reading about how your chickens "talk" to you.

    We are having a beautiful day here with sunshine! I hope your day is going well, too!

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  7. They are pretty chickens. I didn't know that they could become pets though. Always thought of them as farm animals.

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  8. I too love my chickens for all of the same reasons. I love to watch their antics! They each have their own personalities. They literally run to greet me with I come outside. And most days, I can find Bloom right there on the patio, just outside the family room door. She is such a lovey!!!! So is her sister!!!!
    I sure missed you ladies last night!!
    Hugs,
    Kris

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  9. They are beautiful and have personalities, to boot! I love when you share them with us.

    Thanks so much for joining in today, Elaine!

    xo
    Claudia

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  10. Great post!
    Beautiful shots of your chickens.
    Thanks for sharing.

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  11. Oh aren't they great?
    I love them. Love their personalities. Love seeing your chickens. I can't believe I've had chickens for a year!

    Pat

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  12. I know just what you mean. We love our chickens and they are like pets for us. I love when we can let them free range and they always want to be near where we are working in the gardens.

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  13. Your chickens are beautiful ladies! When I was in high school, my parents had chickens and my chore was to keep water for them and collect eggs. Whenever I went outside, they followed me everywhere and kept the talking going! Oh, how I miss having chickens! Thank you for sharing your wonderful post!

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  14. You know I really want chickens and my hubby has agreed. We have so many things to finish up first, but I can't wait. I love reading about your chickens! I can see how women can relate to chickens. :)

    Have a great weekend, Elaine!
    Tammy

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  15. Elaine - They are almost so perfect that they don't look real! They look like a figurine. They are really pretty.

    Judy

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  16. Oh, I envy you those fresh eggs! And your chickens are pretty.
    Brenda

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  17. You chickens sure have pretty coloring!

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  18. Your chickens are beautiful, Elaine. I love how you compare them to women-chatting and busy all of the time. They seem like perfect little companions.
    -Lynn

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  19. Oh they are so pretty Elaine. I always love to get the prettier breeds, life is too short to get plain white chickens:>) lol. I have always enjoyed their low soft clucking sounds and the way they move, they really are relaxing to be around!

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  20. I find working around the chickens so calming. Like your's, mine go about their business but include me in their chatter. Who wouldn't love something that runs to greet you the minute you leave the house! ~ Maureen

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  21. What a beautiful post about your girls. I can't have chickens here so I will have to live vicariously through you and yours until I get my little place where I can have them. They have grown into beautiful "women" chickens!

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  22. Lovely post! I like to watch them walk.

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  23. Dear Elaine...I loved your warm and evaluation of your beautiful chickens. They do share so many womanly qualities and I love being associated with them.
    One thing that comes to me is how they cover their young with their wings when the storms come...Much like us when our babies face disappointment, sickness and life's challenges.
    Thanks for the beautiful sentiment, my friend,
    Blessings,
    Carolynn xo

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  24. What beautiful chickens. I just love hearing about them.

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  25. A unique looking hen.

    Hopping by from Camera Critters.

    Dogs Territory
    Have an enjoyable weekend!

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  26. Great post...I don't have chickens and don't know if I could in my area but reading this post shows their great personality!

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  27. What adorable girls you have... wish I could have some here. TFS!

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  28. When my next door neighbor told me she was getting chickens several years ago, she asked me first if it would be okay with me. I told her I did not have any problem with it. When the chicks arrived I fell in love with them. I never had any idea of just how delightful they are. Now I enjoy their antics and chatting and would miss them if they were not neighbors. Unfortunately, Bentley does not feel the same way.

    Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

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  29. I've never thought of chickens this way, but what a great perspective. I adore my chickens as well :)

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  30. I love chickens too...this is a beautiful one!

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