Yes, this is the long overdue Chicken Update. :)
The incredibly lucky Chicken is doing well, although she's not really a Spring Chicken any more and has stopped laying eggs. I guess they only get a certain allotment in over their life span and once they're gone, they're gone. But, that's okay - she's a happy little bird.
When I was on vacation and everyone else was taking a nap, the Chicken was acting like she wanted to go out and have an adventure. One of her favorite things is to go to what we call the 'old bridge site' and have one of us turn over logs so she can find tasty bugs and things hiding underneath. So, that's what we did. And so the adventure began.
First, we had to take a little walk across the wide open grassland and over to the old bridge site to where all the favorite hunting logs can be found. She's so funny - if you get ahead of her and look like you're going to turn over a log, she comes running and flapping her wings so she won't miss out on any of the good stuff.
Once we get to the logs, she gets in place and when she's ready to pounce, I turn over a log and hold it for her so she can dive in and snatch tasty beetles and delicious centipedes (one of her personal favorites - they're fast, challenging and scrumptious to a chicken - at least that's what I think she's saying....). It's hard to hold the camera and turn logs at the same time, so I couldn't get a very good picture of her diving for critters - she also moves really fast!
After we turned over all the logs, that little Chicken was still wanting to hunt some more, we ventured into the woods where we found some new logs to turn and she got to go on a bug hunting excursion through the deep 'jungle' grass, into tangles of vines and around gnarled tree trunks. Brave Chicken on safari....
Of course, after returning from a major hunting expedition, it's important to take a good, long bath. She's so funny when she does this. It's almost like she goes into a deep trance state and loses track of time and space. The practice of Chicken Bath Meditation.
Then, cleaned and preened, she's ready to sit on a friendly lap out in the sunshine and recount the great and glorious escapades of the day. (Don't you just love the sun shining through her comb?)
So, there you have it. The Lucky Chicken is still doing well and is absolutely as lucky as ever. :)