Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Chicken's Run

Late yesterday morning this is what the thermometer said.

But with the 30-50 mph winds it felt a lot colder.
Since it was so nice out and the snow was about gone and not raining, Wifey decided to let the chickens run free for the first time in over a month.

I wish I would have had the camera ready for this event, but alas my poor old brain wasn't quite awake yet and was shut down to all but the most basic needs, breathing, pumping blood, sight (well just enough to keep from stepping on pets), tasting the unleaded coffee, and grunts for speech. I have a raging ear infection AGAIN, and it has inflamed my sinuses, throat and lungs.
Yes just like last year. I hope this isn't going to be an annual occurrence.

Anyway it was complete mayhem. Chickens running and flapping and flying, only to be caught by the strong winds and knocking the rest of the chickens over. It looked like the KEYSTONE COPS of the old silent movie days, only not so silent. With screaming cackling, and clucking, and when the rooster tried to flap his wings and crow, the wind caught him and he was dancing around on one leg and flapping furiously, trying to keep his cool in front of the ladies.
But the hens were running and being pushed by the winds and soon scattered all over the yard.
They had their own agenda and didn't have time to worry about the stupid rooster or what he was doing, or looked like. They were FREE AT LAST!!! And searching for anything edible.

Run Girls, Run!

They headed straight for the compost pile.

And finding little there, moved on, except this one Rhody who was bound and determined to dig up something.

Mr. Roo and a couple of his main squeezes stuck together.

For a little while anyway, but as the winds picked up in the afternoon called it a day and retired to the warmth and shelter of the coop. Content with their few hours of freedom.
Today the winds were back and it snowed. Who knows when they will get out again.
But they sure provided us with plenty of laughter yesterday.
There is nothing like having a few chickens around for real country entertainment.


Anonymous said...

LOL! Great post dad. We let out our menangerie the other day too. Only a handfull of hens braved the strong winds and made it up to the house (where they like to scratch around under the big cedar tree and the birdfeeder.) and many took santuary in the pallet palace on their way up. The turkeys didn't even try, big babies! And the ducks, well, they didn't even seem to notice of course! But they sure didn't seem to like the crusty and crunchy nature of their grass!! lol

Hope you're feeling better soon, Dad. xoxo

frugalmom said...

Those winds...Im sure they didnt quite know what to make of that. I mean, they were prolly more than excited to be out...if they could only manage to walk on their own feet instead of being carried everywhere by the strong gusts!

Yuck. Its not fun being sick. I hope you feel better soon. I know. Ang, why dont you make him some of your yummy chicken soup? That would make him feel much better. I just know it. ♥♥♥♥♥

Country Girl said...

Too funny. It is some windy here tonight. I am ready for Spring!

Country Girl said...

Forgot to say I hope you get better REAL soon.

warren said...

I hear brandy cures earaches too...

Laughing Orca Ranch said...

Nothing like that Chicken Entertainment. Truly better than TV.

Too bad I've not seen my chickens for over a week now. Makes me sad just thinking about it.

I hope you're feeling better now, my Wolfie Friend,

From the Tower,