Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Chicken Logistics...The Roos Go AWOL!

It's always scary when your kids leave home for the first time.
Will they behave?
Will the world be kind to them?
Will they remember what you taught them about alcohol and the opposite sex?
Will they find their way back home?

It's not that different when your chickens leave home for the first time either.

It's been coming... the handwriting has been on the wall.
The morning that I found them on the upper pasture fence,
I knew it wouldn't be long.

And just a few short days later, there they were...
in a whole other neighborhood...
one they had only heard when the breeze was blowing in the right direction.

It's taken several months, but the Roos have finally found the rest of our chickens.
We had hoped to avoid this day...
but I suppose it was inevitable.

We are quite serious about our chicken logistics...
never wanting to mix too many roosters in with our hens.
After all, roosters are quite demanding and can easily stress a group of hens
with their needs.

Besides, that...roosters don't seem to understand the meaning of the cluck "no".
Ask any hen... she'll tell you.

The funny thing is...
these three, my three caballeros as I call them, were perfect gentlemen
while visiting this far-a-way henhouse.
They watched from outside the fence...

ventured in...

nibbled on some scratch...

and left again.

There were no displays of courtship...
no strutting, no crowing.

I suspect they were just testing the waters.
I suspect there will be many return visits.
I suspect they will become more brazen with time.
Time will tell.

But for now, these three boys have listened to the lessons they were taught.
They remembered their manners.
They started no fights.
They respected the girls.
They came home again.

It's all a mother could ask for....
for now.


  1. Cute story. Love the pictures. Hopefully, all will remain calm in the Chicken world.

  2. Cute post and lovely photos . Thanks for sharing , Have a good day !

  3. You sound like a very proud mom...Good boys! Cute story...

  4. have you been mixing saltpeter in their grain?

  5. Hilarious!!! What good little boys.

  6. Thanks for a great story read today--
    though I do love all your stories--
    keep them coming--
    love and laughter, di

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