Friday, February 5, 2010

The State of Our Chicken Nation

Sorry, the mystery animals have declined to be on display until next week. They are fickle that way. But instead I have something else to show and tell.

I can always rely on the CHICKENS to provide some good entertainment on our little property.


Well, it has happened again. That is the round up and lock down of our chickens.


They enjoy a free range existence during the fall and winter months and usually get to frolic where ever they please, BUT the warden has spoken. The fowl have been found guilty and confined to their chicken pen for the following offenses:

1. Rototilling our meager landscaping with their miniature bladed feet.
2. Pooping on my deck.

See here?

3. Eating the cat food.
4. Ripping up the weed matting from my landscaped areas.
5. Pooping on Suzi's patio.
6. Eating the cat food.
7. Laying eggs in unusual places.


8. Hiding.
9. Eating the cat food.
10. Clucking and crowing beneath my bedroom window.
11. Killing my seedling plants.
12. Eating the cat food.
13. Intimidating the cats.


You see, they've even taken to swarming the cats when it suits them...

But as always, turn around is fair play.


14. Allowing ones self to be caught and eaten by a great horned owl. (One of my favorite birds came up missing. There has been a lot of hooting happening at night so I am drawing my own conclusions here about the missing bird.)

I am not holding anything against them, obviously. You see they are a roaming pack of marauding peckers who have nothing on their mind but partying and destruction. I'd hate to see what they do to hotel room.


But we had to draw the line in the sand and reclaim what is rightfully ours. These birds are a guilty flock of foul fowl. So slam the door and throw away the keys on the Chicken Nation. There!

21 Comments for OSL:

Ms Snarky Pants said...

Such beautiful ornery beasts. hehehe You'll be proud to know that while looking at your chickens Finn learned the word Chicken and now won't stop saying it. :-D That kitty is GORGEOUS!

IanH said...

I think I am going to rethink the free range options for my flock! Imagine what 11 chickens could do and also the next 60 in the spring! Right now with a foot of snow, they will not leave the coop.

Pricilla said...

Visit my blog....Blue Guy's departure from this earth is imminent.
The bugger attacked my head. I'm lucky he didn't do real damage.

*&()% bird.
I am going to enjoy the stew.

They do poop everywhere don't they? And I just found half a dozen eggs in the hay pile. *sigh*

Suzi said...

They are going to be soooo sad until the Fall when the veggies are done with. Boo hooo for the birds!

Aunt Spicy said...

Every now and then you just have to lay down the law....way to go Sheriff Julie!

Captain Dumbass said...

Wow. Those chickens are really... well, pretty. The colours on the rooster are amazing. I think if I had chickens the eagles would probably eat them though. Also, I'm pretty sure keeping chickens would be against some kind of bylaw.

Olde Dame Penniwig said...

Oh dear...FOWL play afoot...

Destructive birdies! I had no idea.

Have you considered ANOTHER animal? A herding doggie?

Just what you need...another animal on the funny farm...

Miss Dot said...

Why those gosh darn chickens! I'll bet you even caught them EATING THE CAT FOOD, too! Hmmph. Well, it sounds like you took appropriate action there. I tell you, chickens these days... *shakes head* ...no telling WHAT they'll do.

The Mind of a Mom said...

Oh my gosh the owl took the chicken so I guess the owl really did have ~ To go food!

Ratty said...

At least they've been having fun. I'm just assuming bird brains can have fun though. They must have had fun intimidating the cat.

Sharkbytes said...

All that and they ride bikes too!

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Melodie said...

Ahh.. chickens! I too have a love hate relationship with them! Love to watch them,love their beautiful eggs,love to eat them!Hate when they get out of their pasture and destroy my garden and flowerbeds,hate when they lay eggs every where but their nest boxes! I can't imagine life without them!

San-Dee said...

Well, Julie, if you're anything like my bro-in-law up in Herald CA then your chickens probably have a Taj Mahal chicken coop, so they aren't going to be that sad. Maybe he'll send Harry the Cat over: Harry takes the other cats and goes clubbing every night after my bro-in-law falls asleep. I'll bet for a little catnip he'd take your chickens too....

Frogs in my formula said...

You see they are a roaming pack of marauding peckers who have nothing on their mind but partying and destruction.

Best line EVER. I want that on a t-shirt.

Grand Pooba said...

Cat food must be pretty tasty, my dog steals it too.

But chickens eating cat food? Wierd. Them cats better step it up, I'm a little dissapointed in them.

I love the henshiding in the stroller thingy! Very clever.

(Seriously? Eaten by an owl? That makes me sad. Don't know why because after all, I eat chickens too. But sill.)

Sara said...

Love the pictures!!! My two favorites are the stroller and the surrounding the cat ones. Your chickies got some 'tude going on!

theUngourmet said...

I love the kitty and chicken photos!! What a cute post! :)

Carol said...

These are wonderful photos of your colorful chickens and turkey! Equally great tale you weave... Love the chicken in the stroller!! ;>)

Doris Sturm said...

Serves them right, those roaming rascals! Love the turkey amongst the chickens...very entertaining photos. Thanks for sharing!

Doris Sturm said...

p.s.

Oh, and shame on them for eating the catfood - the early bird, you know...