December 7, 2012

  • Prisoner Zero

    I know some people take their chickens in to see the vet. I don't do that. What I need is a chicken psychologist. (For the chicken, not me, whoever in the back made that remark.)

    Spencer, the only chicken left from a previous flock, never got along with other chickens, more inclined to being wild and freaky, and no one would be her friend. After the rest died off in various ways, she settled down and became the best chicken pet ever, following us around the yard right at our feet. Sorry these are so poor, I got them on an old phone. Scott was helping her catch grasshoppers.

    Then we got new chickens and she tried to kill them, so after two days of running the whole flock into ragged nervous exhaustion (I've never seen such commitment in chicken evilness, she is like a machine and never rests), we finally removed her to her own pen. So now she freaks out so much that we HAVE to let her out to go stand by the big pen, but any time we let her really join them she gets so violent that I actually fear she'll kill them, and believe me, I grew up with game chickens fighting, I *know* what chickens can do to each other. She is the craziest chicken I've ever seen. And lately she's taken to trying to roost on top of the Quackerdome (the main chicken house) and gets upset when Scott takes her back to her own roost, which she was perfectly content on when she was the only chicken around for 6 months. I want to just leave her out to be wild, because that is where her heart truly lies, but Scott is a big softie and worries about her getting cold or pounced on by an owl. So we live day after day with her nonstop whining, which is as bad as listening to a dog bark its stupid head off all day. Last summer a visitor dubbed her The Prisoner, and one day when she got out past Scott's feet it turned into "Prisoner Zero has escaped" like from Dr. Who, so now Spencer's alias is Prisoner Zero.

    For the curious, Spencer is a Brown Leghorn and was named after the Spencer's store on the mall. That year our chicken name theme was retailers. We also had Dooney (Dooney and Bourke), a California White,

    Bean (L.L. Bean), a Speckled Sussex,

    and Macy (her full name was actually Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade), a Black Australorp.

    Oh, yeah, and a leftover from the previous flock before them, Jaizzy, a Production Red.

    Bean and Spencer dusting bathing. Silly Bean found my lettuce bowl, makes dusting more ~fun~!

    Thought I had a dead chicken one day, turned out she was taking a nap. She couldn't get comfortable.

    We call the chicken house the Quackerdome because we started out with ducks.

    Steve was Scott's favorite.

    Steve's egg. Yes, Steve was a girl.

    I've got over a thousand photos in my chicken folder, so I guess I need to stop.


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