A chicken moment.

Brought the ladies out to  their run late this afternoon and sat down with my current book (Home by Marilynne Robinson) .  Chloe lay down by my side so I pulled oak leaves out of her fur while I read and looked up every few minutes to watch the chicks skitter from one end of the run to the other. They mock-charged one another, wings held high like Dracula’s cloak, ran back and forth at dizzying chick-speed and then settled down to peck every stray bug, twig and speck of unsightly earth out of their path.

Soon I realized that they were focusing their efforts on the edge of the run closest to where Chloe and I were sitting. They felt safest close to us, and their peeping fell to a contentedly sing-song  murmur back and forth, sort of a “Marco-Polo” (or Marco-Pollo, I guess…) lilt to it as they soothed themselves with the late afternoon sun, their Golden protector and each other’s company. It felt like the right place to be.

When I brought them in, they were voraciously hungry, so I rewarded them with some shredded cheddar, aka worms as far as they’re concerned. They responded with the same shrieking and racing around as the last time cheese was served.

Lily has a cheese worm

Lily has a cheese worm

Autumn votes with her feet

Autumn votes with her feet

Three is definitely a crowd

Three is definitely a crowd

About polloplayer

Empty nester searching for meaning of life through the occasional chicken epiphany.
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One Response to A chicken moment.

  1. jess says:

    What a great afternoon! Sounds so peaceful and content. They’re getting so big!! Any more Shooooey roof visits?

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