Friday, July 6, 2012

Take a Chicken on Safari....

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.  :)



12 comments:

Anonymous said...

Oh Thank You so much for the update.... animals are so amusing and so full of personality!!!

Thanks again for sharing,
Wendy

Kristin aka Trekkie Gal said...

What a lovely chicken she's turned out to be. And such adventures! :)

tiggermama said...

ooo!! it's another buff Orpington chicken!! Mine is named Maude. Aren't chickens just the coolest?? Of course, Maude now lives in a great little henhouse with my friend Eric and his family and their little flock of chickens, rather than the pine tree at my work, which is just better all 'round. . .

Anonymous said...

thank you for such a charming update on how the very lucky chicken is doing. It sounds like she has a wonderful life. I loved reading it and I'm so happy for Chicken. We had a chicken named Lucky for several years----and how she got her name is another chicken story :o) QM

DZRT BXR said...

As was reading i was trying decypher where this clue was leading

Anonymous said...

Last week, I had actually been wondering how your chicken was doing. Don't know why it crossed my head then. thanks for the update.
Larvalady=ZZ

Ceci said...

I hope you have watched The Natural History of the Chicken. If you haven't you should. I have owned chickens but don't right now because of a dog who thinks they are snacks.

ASL Girl said...

I'm clucking with happiness as I see this latest update. Thanks Webfoot!!!! We all enjoy reading about The Lucky Chicken!!! She's such fun to follow around on her adventures!!!!

ASL Girl

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Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for the chicken update! It's great to hear that she's doing well.

Rex Turner said...

Awesome! I was just thinking bout that bird last week...so glad to see the picks....she is a real looker for her age! ;)
Thanks for the update and keep them comming plz.
T rex :)

Lady Slpa said...

My step-son was shocked that you let your chicken out of it's home without a leash! Taking a chicken on safari strikes him as strange but having a chicken on a leash is apparently perfectly normal! lol