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Old 08-23-2014, 07:00 PM   #741
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In answer to CWS's PS post, I would suggest that our new members take an afternoon and sit down starting with page one of the Chicken Chronicles. This has to be my favorite thread of this whole forum. When one got sick, we all waited to hear if that chick would be all right. How many times we waited to hear about the baby chick who came out of the shell with a bent leg. Would it straighten out on its own? Read the whole thread to find out. And what about Rocky the Riled Rooster? Would he ever let CWS go near one of HIS girls? So many adventures. So many mysteries. Which chicken kept trying to fly the coop?
I have to say, I am surprised by the number of views of the thread. I love having chickens--who knew they could be so much fun. But I am surprised by how many people check in to see what's up with the flock.

Myrtle's holiday at the farm included following the lawn tractor as I mowed the 1 acre fenced dog yard (there are 50 acres at the farm, 3 acres of which is yard--1 acre fenced for the dogs). I need to get a horn on the lawn tractor. I had to stop and wait for Myrtle to move out of the way. She followed the lawn tractor back to the barn, so she's perched. I think she's enjoying her holiday at the farm.

Baby is tucked under Momma's wing. Every now and again, I hear peeping, but I think they are about ready to go to bed. I'll cover the door of the dog crate with a t-shirt so I can be in the kitchen and not disturb them. Yes, the dog crate is in the kitchen by the side door. Where else would I put it...the bathroom?

I love having chickens and hope that I can bring Myrtle into the nursing home. I think the residents would like being visited by a very gregarious chicken.
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Old 08-23-2014, 08:45 PM   #742
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Remember that book? I think you already have it right here. The Chronicles tell the whole story.
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:16 AM   #743
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Myrtle is such a funny girl. I left the farm yesterday. After loading the car with the veggies from the garden, I had to catch Myrtle. Knowing this, I trapped her in the barn about an hour before I was ready to leave. Not hard to do with a cob of fresh corn....

It was hot and humid yesterday. The two dogs, Momma and baby were already in the car. So I drove the car out to the barn.

"Mrytle--where are you?"
"Coo-coo."
"Are you in the canoe?" ( blue-steak swear word as I bumped my leg on the tractor seat trying to look in the canoe). No Myrtle.
"MYRTLE!"
"Coo-coo-I'm right here."
Finally, I spotted her in the corner, but she did not want to hop on my arm.
"Myrle, please, pretty please, let's go in the car."
"Can I ride shotgun?"
"Yes, you can ride shotgun."
"Will I have to share the spot with that rat-dog you have?"
"No Myrtle, you don't have to share with Tucker."
"Where's he going to ride?"
"On the floor."
"In the front or in the back?"
"Wherever you want him to be."
"In the back."
"Okay, okay."
"Do I get cheese?"
"You can have cheese."
"Bread?"
"You're pushing it."
"Alright." Up she hopped.

On the way home, Myrtle sat on the armrest between the passenger and driver's seat. I dolled out bits of cheese along the way. Between bits of cheese, Myrtle made it clear that she did not appreciate the radio station I'd selected. She prefers talk radio over music. The "rat-dog" rode on the floor in the backseat. I had to make a quick stop to pick up some limes at the grocery store. When I got back to the car (which I'd parked in the shade), Myrtle was on top of Miss Betty White's crate. Myrtle rode the rest of the way home perched on the crate. "The view is much better from here. Are you sure you're not driving too fast? I've never flown this fast. Are we there yet?"

I did get a funny look at the stop sign from the driver going the other way...but hey, she was wearing a winter stocking cap with a pom-pom on it. It was 27C. Who wears a stocking cap in this kind of weather? (She probably was thinking "who drives around with a chicken in their car?").

When we got home, Myrtle hopped out of the car and promptly started eating windfall apples.

I don't know, but I think Myrtle enjoyed her adventure (I know she enjoyed the cheese). And no, she didn't poop in the car. She knows better than to do that. Who knew having chickens was so much fun?
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:23 AM   #744
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I see a children's book starting to form or perhaps a self help book for big chickens.

How's her typing?
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Old 08-25-2014, 09:27 AM   #745
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I see a children's book starting to form or perhaps a self help book for big chickens.

How's her typing?
When I got to the farm on Friday, the first thing the DH said was "Did you bring layer mash for her?" How stupid does he think I am? Of course I brought layer mash (and a chicken waterer) for Myrtle.

Myrtle's typing is probably as accurate as her ability to switch radio stations. Once she figures out what the buttons do, she's pretty good at it!
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Old 08-25-2014, 01:44 PM   #746
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LOL!! Mobile chicken coop...
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Old 08-25-2014, 02:13 PM   #747
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LOL!! Mobile chicken coop...
Like an ice cream truck, the eggs would certainly be fresh, what tune would it play driving around the neighborhood?
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Like an ice cream truck, the eggs would certainly be fresh, what tune would it play driving around the neighborhood?

The Chicken Dance of course!
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The Chicken Dance of course!
or maybe.

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Old 08-25-2014, 03:31 PM   #750
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You guys are egging me on....Myrtle is happy to be home...a bit tired after her holiday, but she's been bossing the littles around, so I guess she wasn't too tired.
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