To Know a Chicken is to Love a Chicken
Being first time chicken owners has been one of the greatest joys we’ve experienced over the past year. And we believe whole-heartedly that to be a chicken owner is to shortly thereafter become a chicken lover.
Chickens fascinate and delight us. You can actually drive by the farm and catch us sitting just outside the chicken run in our camp chairs watching these funny birds doing their thing. It didn’t take us long to begin to see the “chicken sayings” we’ve heard all our lives playing out in our flock. Here’s just a few:
- Flew the coop – Speaks for itself.
- Ruffled feathers – When they’re upset their neck feather flair out.
- Chickens coming home to roost – At dusk chickens naturally return to the coop to roost.
- Rule the roost – There is always one chicken that is “in charge.”
- Pecking order – Chickens work out their hierarchy — and pecking is definitely involved.
- Put up a squawk – If a chicken is upset by something, you’ll hear about it.
- Play chicken – When chickens square off, they will flair up and stare down until one backs off.
- Brood over it – A broody hen sits on a nest — any nest — and is difficult to move, even to eat or drink.
- You’re a chicken – Chickens are afraid of everything — even the wind will send them running back to the coop.
- Like a chicken with it’s head cut off – When you remove a chicken’s head, the body will continue to flop around for a bit.
The greatest joy? Those eggs. And depending on the breed, they come in a delightful range of sizes and colors. But always delicious! We love chickens!