Chickens in the garden…

Today was gorgeous!!  And my Oak Tree and Opulent decided to start working on putting the garden to bed.  Our sweet brood, Gem, Atticus, and Calpurnia/Calpurnio (we don’t know which yet) needed some outdoors time.  Since we don’t have a run for them yet (a project for next Spring), we decided to let them run in the garden for a while.

Now, I need to preface all of this with we have been trying to introduce Calpurnia/o to the coop and Atticus has not been to keen on the idea.  Silly rooster, thinks he owns the place. lol  Anyhow, we thought that since none of them have ever been allowed to run in the garden before this would be neutral territory.  The plan actually worked very well.  In fact, Gem and Atticus pretty much ignored Calpurnia/o and only got close to her/him a couple of times…and without incident.

Gem and Atticus
Atticus' sassy self
Completely ignoring me...
Calpurnia/o wondering what this place is...
Off to explore...
Here I am Mom...
What?!?...enough of the pictures already lady...
Hum...we just won't look at each other...
You play in your dirt pile and I'll play in mine!
Why does she/he get to be up on his knee and not me?! That's my spot!!

In so many ways, they are just like young children: entertaining as they explore their new world, territorial, bickering…and just like a baby, you might get pooed on!  Yes, that is right.  After this last picture, Calpurnia/o decided she/he was going to explore some more.  Well, that exploration included flying up onto my shoulder and POOING in my HAIR!!  Yuck, gack, ugh!  I waited patiently for a child to go get paper towels so it didn’t run everywhere and then I marched straight inside to wash it.  I have had other experiences that were more enjoyable…like a trip to the dentist.  Ok, that may be extreme, but the smell was enough to make me think I’d rather have been in a dentist’s chair!

Moving on now.  Your finished laughing hysterically right?  Your not?  Oh, okay, I’ll wait…

Finished now?  Did you get the tears wiped from laughing so hard?  I know it took my crew a while too.  It’s okay.  Breathe, breathe, ready? Okay, good.  Shew.  Thought I lost you there for a minute.  Anyhow, today went so well with the “brood” in the garden we decided we will be taking them out there daily (weather permitting of course) until it gets too cold.  We are hoping that the “brood” will begin to interact more out there and that as a result Atticus will welcome Calpurnia/o into the coop without a lot of drama.

We’ll see.  He is a chicken after all.

2 thought on “Chickens in the garden…”

  1. April October 10, 2011 at 8:22 pmEditReply

    Your chickens look great, I loved letting mine out into the garden, back when I had a wonderful flock on our old property. Chickens have such fun character. Yikes about your hair! That would be both awful and funny 🙂 Stopping by from the Barn Hop- Fun post! ~April

    • Melissa Kunze Post authorOctober 10, 2011 at 9:13 pmEditReply

      Thanks April! I can assure everyone I will not be starting a new hair care line from that experience. lol

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