A couple of weeks ago we were picking blueberries at Whitney’s, which is an agri-tourist farm that has a shop, playground, and petting zoo, in addition to u-pick crops. At the end of the day, we visited the chickens, who share their coop with a peacock. From having chickens at home, we know they love the leafy greens, so we were hand-feeding them weeds through the wire. Curious to see if peacocks enjoy the greens as well, I was holding a leaf at peacock level when a chicken surprised me by vaulting straight up into the air to steal it. I’m not talking about a running jump, but a completely vertical ascent like a rocket launch. I’ve discovered that all chickens will do this when baited with a tasty leaf, and this has become a favorite diversion at home. It’s good for endless laughs, as they look absolutely ridiculous!

Check out those drumstick gams.

Turnabout is fair play, I’ve heard, and the chickens made a “Kentucky-fried idiot”* of me this week. I was chasing my Orpington named Honey to catch her when I slipped on the wet grass and broke my wrist! As Rocky Balboa’s coach said, if you can catch a chicken, you can catch greased lightning.
*Here’s a link to the Rocky scene . . . I feel your pain, Sly.

The victim and the culprit . . . which is which?

If chickens make you laugh, check out Patrick Merrell’s puzzle book, Fowl Play. With puzzles, humor, trivia, and tricky chickens, it sounds like a hit.

Alethea Morrison

Alethea Morrison is the author of Homegrown Honey Bees. She lived in San Francisco with her husband, photographer Mars Vilaubi, before stepping into the wild yonder of rural Massachusetts… See Bio

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