Tuesday, July 15, 2014

The Death of a Yard Bird


It is not everyday that as soon as I get to work I hear come on we have to go get a chicken out of "so and so" person's car. In fact when I was told that ,I wasn't quite sure what was meant. Sure enough as soon as I get into work Josh my "partner in crime" tells me we have to remove a chicken. Okay! Why?
Here is the story.

One of the ladies I work with lives in a little subdivision. You know the sort of place I am talking about. All of the grass has to be a certain height. Restrictions on what type of plants you can have. Restrictions on what kind of animals are allowed. A perfectly sterile place. She really doesn't care for farm animals. On her way into work she goes through an area where "country" people live. She had noticed that at least one house had chickens. She was amazed that they just let the birds roam free.  There had been times that she had seen chickens in the road but that only normally happened in the evening. Well this morning was different.

We go to work early. When I leave for work the sun is barely up. This lady has to be at work at the same time as I do, so I am sure she leaves shortly after sunrise. On her way in this morning all of the chickens were in the road.

Like you would expect, the chickens scattered. Unfortunately, one hen didn't make it out of the way. She said she knew she hit the bird but never did see it in her rear-view mirror.

Once she made it into work she saw feathers and what she thought were the remains of the hen stuck in her grill. She started crying. She did feel bad for the bird. 

When my friend Josh and I walked up to this lady's car, I thought the hen was dead as well. The bird was literally stuck in her car's grill. We started working to remove the body and to both of our surprise the hen was still alive. Well that changes things. We had to be more careful.

Working ever so slowly we did get the hen out of the grill. It was obvious the bird was in shock. We brought the bird in and found a box large enough for her to have room to move around.We found a bowl for water and gave her some food. At first look, other than a scratch on her leg, she looked unharmed. I told everyone if the hen lived through this I was going to name her Super Cluck. 

Oh the chicken puns that went around. "Why did the chicken cross the road? It didn't cause she hit it." "So I understand that you like grilled chicken." "I hear you had a fowl morning." "Chicken slayer." You get the idea.

There is a point to be made here. After Josh and I retrieved the hen from the other employees car grill, nearly every employee stopped to check on the hen. People who had never had farm animals were interested in her survival. Something as simple as a yard bird was able to bring people together. Of course there were some who were not interested. A couple were even negative, almost hostile. But in general everyone wanted to see Lady Cluck pull through.

I hope the original owner of Lady Cluck realizes she is missing. I count our chickens daily and if one is missing I go look for the one that is missing. I would have known.

Keeping chickens can be challenging but it is also very rewarding. If you are allowed and able to have chickens I encourage you to do so. I am including links to two different books that could help you put.

I hope you get to live your
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If you would like to read my review of The Urban Chicken you can do so HERE.

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