Friday, July 20, 2018

Duck, Deek and Dive.

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loosing down and growing feathers

Everyday I deal with these dim-witted but strangely adorable hens but the worst experience is forcing them outside for the first time. Chickens definetely lack courage

In the early summer our chicks lose their down and their feathers slowly grow in. Once their skin is well protected, it is time to introduce the adorable little birds to the great outdoors. Needless to say chickens are well, chicken; we are forced to literally pick up every single little chicken and throw them out the small door into their fenced-in run.

However, as soon as the young birds are off the slanted plank walkway outside, they desperately try scramble back inside. Many manage to dart back in while the mob crowding the doorway stops me from pitching anymore outside. Since we raise free range chickens it is of paramount importance that they spend their days outside. In fact after about ten minutes we cannot convince the little darlings to go back into the large chicken coop till dusk because they relish scratching the dirt for tiny seeds and grain which we scattered around everyday as well as weeds, grass and bugs.Yet the problem is getting them outside for the first time.

It took a few years to perfect our plan of attack on the cowering mass of chickens. Nothing is more frustrating than catching a bird, while trying to herd out a couple more, only to lose all three. You must understand that we are talking about 175 meat birds, bred to eat voraciously.These white rock meat birds can move quickly. Duck, Deek and Dive.

Our final method involved stationing at least one or two children outside, preventing a mass retreat back into the chicken coop as well as scattering the clustering chickens around the door. Basically it is a crowd control issue. I call this Operation DDD because it is planned much like an army mission.

Inside four kids stretch out huge sheets of plastic, moving them slowly so that the plastic barrier resembles two slow-moving walls. This herds the birds in the direction of the small doorway. It is my job to grab the fowl one by one and push or throw them out the door. You cannot possibly imagine how many birds Duck, Deek and Dive out of our hands. Often in sheer frustration we all troop out of the chicken barn once in a while to take a break and grab a glass of water or a snack to fortify our resolve to finish this operation.

Thank the Lord that this particular task is only one day a year.

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My husband and I raised 9 children on a hobby farm and discovered fulfilment and joy.The very existence of a joyful mother of nine children seems to confound people. My writing is humourous and heart warming/ thoughtful and thought provoking with a strong current of spirituality running through it.
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7 comments on Duck, Deek and Dive.

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By Coach Phatty on July 17, 2013 at 10:31 pm

This was a very interesting story. I love your stories...keep up the good work my friend!!

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By melanie jean juneau on July 20, 2013 at 12:32 am

you have a gift of encouragment Coach Phatty

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By TonyBerkman on July 20, 2013 at 01:45 am

chickens lack courage? is that why they're called chickens?

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By melanie jean juneau on July 20, 2013 at 03:58 am

all those farm animal references take on a WHOLE new meaning after you have lived on a farm!

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By TonyBerkman on July 20, 2013 at 02:05 pm

I can imagine. Well, sort of!

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By Karima88 on July 21, 2014 at 04:06 am

That is so awesome foteliki

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By Klarysa88 on July 28, 2014 at 02:22 am

I just imagine that is good plastove dvere

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